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    Hours after we called out King Soopers for slacking on COVID-19 safety procedures, including a lack of crowd control and mask monitoring, the October 7 report from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment publicly identified two of the grocery giant's metro stores as outbreak sites — the first time such a designation had been made in months. One of those stores was King Soopers #1, at 1331 Speer Boulevard. The company's most iconic Denver location, at Ninth and Corona, had been declared an outbreak site on May 12, and still marks the worst attack of the novel coronavirus suffered by King Soopers to date. By the time the CDPHE formally labeled that outbreak as resolved, thirteen staff members had contracted the disease and two had died from it. But one customer suggests that store didn't learn its lesson from the outbreak, and recently sent this missive to King Soopers'...
    SUNNYVALE (CBS SF) — Authorities in Sunnyvale released a sketch Thursday of a man being sought in the stabbing death of a local business owner and father of two children. The Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety said the homicide happened on August 15 at around 4:45 p.m. at Baylands Park at 999 East Caribbean Drive. Sketch of homicide suspect, victim Anthony Juarez (Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety) The victim, Anthony Juarez, was stabbed multiple times by an unidentified male suspect at the park. Juarez was taken to a hospital where he died of his wounds. Sunnyvale DPS said the suspect is a Caucasian or light-skinned Hispanic adult male, 20-30 years old, 5 foot 11 inches, about 6 foot 2 inches, 140-160 pounds. He has a skinny build, dark shoulder-length curly hair, and patchy facial hair. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, faded blue jeans, and white shoes and...
    More than six months after the last Denver fire chief resigned, Mayor Michael Hancock has chosen a new head of the Denver Fire Department, which is responsible not just for fighting fires but also responding to medical emergencies and other duties. At a press conference on October 8, Hancock introduced Desmond Fulton, a longtime member of the DFD who had been serving as deputy chief, as the person who will lead that department going forward. Fulton has "shown his commitment to our community and equity and to working to build a more inclusive department that reflects the community it serves," Hancock said before handing over the mic. Fulton noted that he's proud of the men and women with whom he's served, but said he also recognizes that there are certain cultural challenges within the department. "We’re in a different environment and different times. And we need to do a better job...
    Hours after we called out major Denver-area grocery stores, among others, for slacking on COVID-19 safety even as hospitalizations from the novel coronavirus are on the rise, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released its weekly outbreaks report; a record number of new entries include the first appearances in months by King Soopers and Costco outposts. Two King Soopers stores make the list, including King Soopers #1, at 1331 Speer Boulevard. The Costco is at 6400 West 92nd Avenue in Westminster. The CDPHE considers an entity an outbreak after two or more COVID-19 cases among residents, staffers or other people connected to a specific location are confirmed within a fourteen-day period, or two or more cases of respiratory illness with an onset of symptoms within a fourteen-day period are paired with at least one additional COVID-19 diagnosis.Related Stories Denver Stores Dropping Many COVID-19 Safety Procedures Polis Rips Trump as...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – In the wake of KDKA’s investigation into the turf battle between the Pittsburgh Fire Bureau’s fireboat and EMS River Rescue, Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich is instituting a series of reforms to ensure public accountability. “There will be some changes on how we handle these types incidents,” he said. The most concerning incident happened in July when a woman jumped from the Homestead Grays Bridge. Even though the fireboat arrived first to the scene and wanted to begin live-saving measures, an EMS supervisor told the crew to stand down and wait for River Rescue. “There should be no question as to whether or not care should be administered immediately,” Hissrich said. Hissrich has issued an order, saying the first on the scene should administer care. And even though the woman had been in the water 22 minutes and had likely expired, resuscitation should be attempted up until...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — At least six Philadelphia City Council members expressed support for an ATV and dirt bike park in the city during a virtual public safety hearing on the issue Wednesday morning. ‪“We have to understand in the City of Philadelphia that this is a culture. Bike life is a culture,” said Councilwoman Katherine Gilmore Richardson, D-At Large. The last time City Council took up this issue in a hearing was eight years ago. Now, there is once again a renewed push to find a designated space for ATV and dirt bike riders, like the city did for skateboarders with Paine’s Park in Fairmount. Wednesday’s hearing was in response to complaints from city residents who say large groups riding ATVs and dirt bikes illegally on the streets are a nuisance and safety hazard. “13th Street is getting invaded on a regular basis by dirt bikes, where there are diners...
    SUNNYVALE (CBS SF) — Frightening home security footage had the Sunnyvale police requesting the public’s help Wednesday with its investigation into the attempted entry of a home by two armed men early the morning before. Screenshots from security footage at a Sunnyvale residence (Sunnyvale Dept. of Public Safety) The residents of a home in the 500 block of Crawford Drive reported shortly after midnight that two men were banging on the front door and demanding that it be opened. One of the men “was holding what appeared to be an assault rifle with a high capacity ammunition magazine,” police said in a news release. The residents called 911 before the subjects fled and eluded police. Video from the home’s security system is on the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety page on Facebook. Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Detective Corinne Abernathy at (408) 730-7134 or cabernathy@sunnyvale.ca.gov....
    VALLEJO (KPIX) – With a unanimous vote, the Vallejo City Council has declared a public safety emergency giving unprecedented powers to the City Manager to get around local laws and regulations to fight crime. Council members were also give 72 hours to submit further proposals to City Manager Greg Nyhoff who will return will with a list of those proposals in 2 weeks. “It’s a very brave step for all of us, but it’s something that needed to be done,” Vallejo Mayor Bob Sampayan said after the vote. The Vallejo Police Chief says he has seen a 300% increase in crime since the pandemic began and supports the declaration of emergency. The Police Officer Association says the declaration will do nothing to address crime on the streets. “The issues need to be addressed, it cannot be ignored,” said City Manager Greg Nyhoff at the special City Council meeting Tuesday night....
    VALLEJO (KPIX) – With a unanimous vote, the Vallejo City Council has declared a public safety emergency giving unprecedented powers to the City Manager to get around local laws and regulations to fight crime. The Vallejo Police Chief says he has seen a 300% increase in crime since the pandemic began and supports the declaration of emergency. The Police Officer Association says the declaration will do nothing to address crime on the streets. “The issues need to be addressed, it cannot be ignored,” said City Manager Greg Nyhoff at the special City Council meeting Tuesday night. Nyhoff unveiled his proposal to declare a public safety emergency in Vallejo. The city says there have been 22 homicides so far this year, compared to 9 at this time, in 2019. There were 358 shooting victims, putting Vallejo on pace to have its highest shooting rate ever. “At this time we have a...
    WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration laid out updated safety standards Tuesday for makers of COVID-19 vaccines after the White House blocked their formal release, the latest political tug-of-war between the Trump administration and the government’s public health scientists. In briefing documents posted on its website, the FDA said vaccine makers should follow trial participants for at least two months to rule out safety issues before seeking emergency approval. That requirement would almost certainly preclude the introduction of a vaccine before Nov. 3. President Donald Trump has repeatedly insisted a vaccine could be authorized before Election Day, even though top government scientists working on the effort have said that timeline is very unlikely. On Monday, Trump said vaccines are coming "momentarily," in a video recorded after he returned to the White House. Former FDA officials have warned that public perception that a vaccine was being rushed out for...
    By Matthew Perrone and Zeke Miller | Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration laid out updated safety standards Tuesday for makers of COVID-19 vaccines after the White House blocked their formal release, the latest political tug-of-war between the Trump administration and the government’s public health scientists. In briefing documents posted on its website, the FDA said vaccine makers should follow trial participants for at least two months to rule out safety issues before seeking emergency approval. That requirement would almost certainly preclude the introduction of a vaccine before Nov. 3. President Donald Trump has repeatedly insisted a vaccine could be authorized before Election Day, even though top government scientists working on the effort have said that timeline is very unlikely. On Monday Trump said vaccines are coming “momentarily,” in a video recorded after he returned to the White House. Former FDA officials have warned that public...
    The most recent COVID-19 outbreaks report from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment set an unfortunate record for new entries, including three Greek houses at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Add the outbreaks at Phi Delta Theta, Pi Kappa Phi and Sigma Pi to one at Kappa Sigma in early September and another pair (Chi Omega and Gamma Phi Beta) later in the month and that's a total of six fraternities or sororities at the school that have been hit by the disease — and that number doesn't include the two dormitories placed under quarantine amid a rise in Colorado case counts largely attributable to infections among college students. Unlike the University of Colorado Boulder, which made a temporary shift to remote learning after its COVID-19 numbers began spiking, CSU is still holding in-person classes. But judging from our visit to Fort Collins on Saturday, October 3,...
    Ten homeless individuals and the advocacy organization Denver Homeless Out Loud are suing the City of Denver and more than fifty individuals, agencies and organizations over the sweeps of encampments that have occurred in Denver thus far this year. "The sweeps are inhumane and must end. To take away our homeless neighbors' only possessions, during a global pandemic, is cruel. Today, we say 'enough is enough' and tell Denver to stop stealing its citizens' belongings," says Andy McNulty, the Killmer, Lane and Newman attorney who crafted the complaint. Today, October 5, the eleven plaintiffs, all represented by McNulty, filed a class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Colorado alleging that the sweeps violate provisions of the Fourth and Fourteenth amendments and also aspects of the Colorado Consitution.Related Stories City Sweeps Homeless Camp by Morey Middle School Homelessness Crosses Borders: It's a Challenge for Metro Denver Judge Determines Denver Camping...
    In the past week or so, four states — New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and New Mexico — have categorized Colorado as a high-risk location because of rising COVID-19 rates, and mandated that visitors from Colorado quarantine prior to moving freely within their borders. While some of the numbers that led to Colorado's recent undesirable status have started to moderate, the latest figures from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment show that current hospitalizations have risen to a level not seen for months. Here are the COVID-19 stats in major categories as updated by the CDPHE at 4 p.m. October 4, juxtaposed with those from one week earlier. 73,076 cases (up 3,367 from September 27) 7,673 hospitalizations (up 150 from September 27) 64 counties (unchanged) 2,068 deaths among cases (up 27 from September 27) 1,968 deaths due to COVID-19 (up 28 from September 27) 798 outbreaks (up 62 from...
    Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino said Sunday that a rash of crimes in New York City amounted to “the most predictable public safety crisis in human history.” Bongino, who also previously served with the New York Police Department, told “Fox & Friends” host Pete Hegseth that the increase in crime was the logical result of policies that put criminals back out on the streets rather than behind bars. (RELATED: ‘A Bunch Of Savages’: Dan Bongino Rips Into Protesters Who Hope Wounded Deputies Will Die) WATCH: Hegseth broached the topic, saying that dozens of criminals had been arrested multiple times in recent months and asking, “How are you supposed to defeat crime when they just get let out of jail?” Bongino responded by saying it was time for the kind of assessment one might expect from Thomas Sowell: “With points like this the data is so obvious the only...
    Around 1:30 AM on a late August night, I found myself wide awake in bed doomscrolling on Twitter when I heard the ring of shots, loud and clear enough for me to know that they were only a few blocks away. It had been a summer of chaos, cries, mid-evening applause, and incessant firecrackers, so I’d almost become desensitized to unexpected sounds, but the tone of the blasts that evening sounded a bit different. I peeked out my window. It was pitch dark but I could hear shouts, a wailing, and the honking of nearby cars. After a brief moment of hesitation, I returned to my phone and downloaded “Citizen,” an app I had heard about casually, looked upon rather disdainfully, but now saw as the quickest option to learn what was going on just around the corner. Sure enough, after too-quickly sharing my name, email, and location, I...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Deputy Mayor Susan Lee, Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s top advisor on public safety, is stepping down later this month, after little more than a year on the job. Word of Lee’s resignation comes just days after she and Lightfoot announced what the mayor’s office dubbed the city’s first-ever comprehensive violence reduction plan, and on the heels of the announcement of the retirement of Chicago Police Deputy Supt. Barbara West, the department’s No. 3 cop and highest-ranking Black woman in CPD history. “Deputy Mayor Susan Lee has been an invaluable member of my senior leadership team helping lead the City’s public safety and violence reduction efforts over the past year. From ensuring record-high investments in street outreach and victim services to building the Mayor’s Office public safety team from just two employees to now more than 10 staff and launching the City’s first comprehensive violence reduction plan, Deputy Mayor...
    Trump tested positive for COVID-19 this week — days after mocking Biden for heeding public health experts' advice. Before Donald Trump tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday, he spent months mocking Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden for following the administration's own coronavirus safety guidelines.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises the public to "maintain a distance of at least 6 feet or more from people who don't live in your household," and to wear masks to lower the risk of transmitting COVID-19.  The public health agency's "Events and Gatherings: Readiness and Planning Tool" specifically states that, large in-person gatherings "where it is difficult for individuals to remain spaced at least 6 feet apart" and where people "[do] not wear cloth face coverings" pose the highest risk of spreading the coronavirus.  
    BOSTON (CBS) — Salt Bae’s Boston restaurant can reopen after violating coronavirus protocols – but with new restrictions including some on the international social media star himself. The city’s Licensing Board allowed Nusr-Et to resume operations immediately on Thursday after it was forced to shut down over the weekend for posing “an imminent threat to public health and public safety resulting from the ongoing and repeated failure to adhere to COVID-19 public safety standards.” The trendy new steakhouse must follow a security and operations plan to ensure that everyone at the restaurant maintains social distancing, wears face masks and avoids forming lines. Neighbors complained of “massive crowds, unmasked people” congregating along Arlington Street. The new plan also seeks to restrict how the celebrity chef, whose real name is Nusret Gokce, uses social media to feature the restaurant. On opening weekend he showcased the crowded scene outside the restaurant to his...
    An arrest has been made in last July's shooting of 22-year-old Tyree R. Quinones. Al-Muqtadir Padgett, 32, a city resident, shot Quinones near 115 Sunset Ave., on July 13, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, and Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose said. Padgett was charged with murder, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. Padgett is currently in custody at the Essex County Correctional facility. “Working with our law enforcement partners, we were able to identify and bring charges against this defendant. We will now move to the next stage of prosecuting this case,’’ Stephens said. “I commend members of the Homicide Task force for their diligence in identifying and apprehending this suspect,” Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose stated. “No one should lose their life due to senseless gun violence.”
    The Georgia Department of Public Safety has a new Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner. The Board of Public Safety voted on Wednesday to approve Lieutenant Colonel Chris Wright to serve as the next Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety and Colonel of the Georgia State Patrol, following Interim Commissioner Gary Vowell’s planned departure, effective September 30, 2020. The Board also named Major William Hitchens to serve as Lieutenant Colonel of the Georgia State Patrol and Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety. Upon Colonel Wright’s swearing in today, he announced the appointment of Lieutenant Stephanie Stallings to serve as Lieutenant Colonel of the Georgia State Patrol and Director of Support/Administrative Operations, overseeing several divisions of the agency. Other appointments made by Colonel Wright are detailed below, all of which will take effect by October 16, 2020. “I want to...
    Left-wing figures across the board demanded the remaining presidential debates be canceled because the entire spectacle, they say, was “stupid” and future debates would serve as a “danger to public safety and a direct threat to Black life.” Former MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry, for example, stated the debates should be dropped because they are “now a danger to public safety and a direct threat to Black life”: Yes. Cancel them. The debates are now a danger to public safety and a direct threat to Black life. Cancel the debates. https://t.co/e2OUyjW4Na — Melissa Harris-Perry (@MHarrisPerry) September 30, 2020 “Cancel the other debates. This is stupid. Trump is only there to grunt, scratch and howl,” Walter Shaub, a former government ethics official, said: Cancel the other debates. This is stupid. Trump is only there to grunt, scratch and howl. — Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) September 30, 2020 Larry Sabato, Director at the UVA...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Forty Minneapolis restaurants say they’re worried the perception of downtown right now will kill their businesses, and they’re publicly asking for the mayor’s help. The restaurants jointly wrote a letter to Mayor Jacob Frey Tuesday about their concerns. They say public safety and perception of public safety are greatly impacting the viability of restaurants downtown. The letter calls for Frey to create a plan of action to make public safety a priority, to get people back downtown, and help businesses survive. Some the restaurants making up this group calling for action include Black Sheep Pizza, Dakota Jazz Club, Smack Shack, Hell’s Kitchen and Brit’s Pub. Web Extra: Map Of Restaurants In The Twin Cities Metro Area That Have Closed Since COVID-19 WCCO spoke with Tanya Spaulding, who lives and works downtown and is representing all the restaurants in this group, and she says right now the city...
    Andrew Wommack Ministries International defied the Colorado Attorney General's office when it staged an event for around 800 people during a late June-early July Bible conference. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment subsequently declared the gathering a COVID-19 outbreak, after two positive staff cases, six positive attendee cases and one probable attendee case. Now, Wommack and company are coming back for more. The organization sued Governor Jared Polis, among others, in federal court over safety protocols that could cramp its style during the AWMI Minister’s Conference, slated to start on October 5. On September 29, the court denied a ministry motion for a temporary restraining order to allow the event, prompting an appeal to the Tenth Circuit Court mere hours later. AWMI is represented by Liberty Counsel, which describes itself as "an international nonprofit, litigation, education, and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the...
    (CNN)The grand jury's decision to not charge the officers who killed Breonna Taylor was heartbreaking in its familiarity. From Eric Garner to Michael Brown to Sandra Bland and now Breonna Taylor, the murder of Black people by law enforcement in this country often seems not to be considered a crime. The grand jury in Kentucky played into this painful feedback loop, charging one officer out of three for wanton endangerment, but not for taking Breonna's life. "Black Lives Matter" is not just a phrase for us. As organizers, civil rights advocates, and Black people, it is an affirmation of our humanity, and a rallying cry for policy change. The BREATHE Act is that policy. Created by the Movement for Black Lives amidst this national reckoning on race, the BREATHE Act seeks to divest federal funds from the main programs and agencies that have been fueling mass incarceration at state and...
    A lawyer for a Boston steakhouse opened by the chef and social media star known as Salt Bae apologized Tuesday after the restaurant was shut down for violating coronavirus safety rules. Dennis Quilty, a lawyer for the Nusr-Et Boston restaurant, told officials on the city License Board that restaurant operators are “very apologetic” and want to “work cooperatively” with the board, police department and other officials, NBC Boston reported. The restaurant opened by the Turkish restaurateur, whose real name is Nusret Gökçe, was ordered closed Sunday because officials said it posed an “imminent threat to public health and public safety resulting from the ongoing and repeated failure to adhere to COVID-19 public safety standards.” Officials said inspectors who visited the restaurant found violations including a “long line of patrons and failure to socially distance.” The restaurant’s lawyer said a plan will be submitted to the licensing board and hopefully...
    BOSTON (CBS/AP) — The restaurant owned by international social media star Salt Bae will stay closed for a few more days. Nusr-Et had a hearing in Boston Tuesday morning on its violations of coronavirus protocols. The emergency appearance in front of the city’s Licensing Board came after it was shut down this weekend because the city said the trendy new steakhouse posed a “imminent threat to public health and public safety resulting from the ongoing and repeated failure to adhere to COVID-19 public safety standards.” Boston police inspection reports show the restaurant was cited for having long lines, which is not allowed during the pandemic. The restaurant was also cited for staff and patrons not wearing masks. A closed sign on Salt Bae’s restaurant (WBZ-TV) “The board felt this was a necessary action due to the strain on city resources to respond to calls of lack of social distancing repeatedly...
    BOSTON (AP) — A lawyer representing a Boston steakhouse opened by the chef and social media star known as Salt Bae apologized Tuesday after the restaurant was shut down for violating coronavirus safety rules. Dennis Quilty, a lawyer for the Nusr-Et Boston restaurant, said told officials on the city License Board that they are “very apologetic" and want to “work cooperatively” with the board, police department and other officials, NBC Boston reported. The restaurant opened by the Turkish restaurateur, whose real name is Nusret Gökçe, was ordered closed Sunday because officials said it posed a “imminent threat to public health and public safety resulting from the ongoing and repeated failure to adhere to COVID-19 public safety standards." Officials said inspectors who visited the restaurant found violations including a “long line of patrons and failure to socially distance.” The restaurant's lawyer they were putting together plan that they will submit to...
    Inspections to equipment began Monday, as did the return of power to thousands of Northern California residents who lost electricity because of a PG&E public safety power shutdown, officials with the utility said. PG&E was unable to say Monday afternoon whether any of those restorations were occurring in Napa County, where it turned off power Sunday to 288 residents because of prime fire conditions caused by a Bay Area heat wave and accompanying strong winds. The warning proved prophetic when the Glass Fire broke out Sunday night in Napa and Sonoma counties, where it consumed about 11,000 acres by 9:30 a.m. Monday. Overall, 17,000 customers in Sonoma County and 11,000 in Napa County were without power Monday, PG&E spokeswoman Tamar Sarkissian said. All but the 288 in Napa County were without power at the request of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection to keep fire crews safe, Sarkissian...
    BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) – Health officials in Boulder have made a significant adjustment to their public health order that blocks gathering for 18 to 22 year olds. The order was put into effect late last week after a big jump in the number or positive COVID-19 cases over the past three weeks, especially among University of Colorado students. After some residents voiced concerns they would be placed in unsafe situations in public settings, the order was changed on Monday morning and now bans gatherings of three or more people for anyone in that age group. Before, it blocked gatherings of any size for 18 to 22 year olds. The order only applies to people in the city of Boulder. LINK: Read Boulder County Public Health’s amended public health order A week ago CU officials announced in-person learning would be suspended for at least two weeks, also due to the coronavirus...
    BOSTON (AP) — A Boston steakhouse opened by a Turkish restaurateur and social media star known as Salt Bae has been ordered closed for failing to meet coronavirus safety rules. Nusr-Et Boston was ordered closed Saturday just days after it opened. Boston's Licensing Board said the restaurant opened by Salt Bae, whose real name is Nusret Gökçe, posed an “imminent threat to public health and public safety resulting from the ongoing and repeated failure to adhere to COVID-19 public safety standards," The Boston Globe reported. The licensing board is scheduled to hold inspection hearings for Nusr-Et Boston on Tuesday. Gökçe didn't immediately respond to a request for comment from the newspaper. Officials said inspectors who visited the restaurant found violations including a “long line of patrons and failure to socially distance." City Councilor Ed Flynn, who represents the Bay Village neighborhood where the restaurant is located, said he will ask...
    BOSTON (AP) — More than 50 Black leaders and organizations from across Massachusetts are pressing state lawmakers to act on a stalled police accountability bill. The Massachusetts House and Senate have approved separate versions of the bill. A conference committee has been working to hammer out a final version of the legislation. In a letter to lawmakers, the advocates say that any final bill must have a series of components, including a strong Peace Officer Standards and Training system, limits on the use of force, limits to qualified immunity, a commission to study the civil service exam and a requirement to collect data on police stops. “In order for Massachusetts to move closer to becoming that exceptional Commonwealth where justice no longer eludes our communities, the legislature must have the political courage to meet this moment,” Michael Curry, a national NAACP board member from Brockton, said in a written statement....
    BOSTON (AP) — More than 50 Black leaders and organizations from across Massachusetts are pressing state lawmakers to act on a stalled police accountability bill. The Massachusetts House and Senate have approved separate versions of the bill. A conference committee has been working to hammer out a final version of the legislation. In a letter to lawmakers, the advocates say that any final bill must have a series of components, including a strong Peace Officer Standards and Training system, limits on the use of force, limits to qualified immunity, a commission to study the civil service exam and a requirement to collect data on police stops. “In order for Massachusetts to move closer to becoming that exceptional Commonwealth where justice no longer eludes our communities, the legislature must have the political courage to meet this moment," Michael Curry, a national NAACP board member from Brockton, said in a written statement....
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – University of St. Thomas Public Safety says a student was assaulted early Saturday morning near the school’s campus in St. Paul. At around 12:30 in the morning, officials were notified about the aggravated assault, which took place near the intersection of Summit Avenue and Mississippi River Boulevard at Shadows Falls Park. According to Public Safety, two university students were walking in the park when they came across a large group of people blocking the path. One person appeared to be under the influence of some kind of drug. One of the students offered the man some water, but he then threatened to stab the student. He then lunged at the student and hit him in the face, taking him to the ground and placing him in a chokehold. Two or three others from the group pulled the student off the man and started dragging him while hitting...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – University of St. Thomas Public Safety says a student was assaulted early Saturday morning near the school’s campus in St. Paul. At around 12:30 in the morning, officials were notified about the aggravated assault, which took place near the intersection of Summit Avenue and Mississippi River Boulevard at Shadows Falls Park. According to Public Safety, two university students were walking in the park when they came across a large group of people blocking the path. One person appeared to be under the influence of some kind of drug. One of the students offered the man some water, but he then threatened to stab the student. He then lunged at the student and hit him in the face, taking him to the ground and placing him in a chokehold. Two or three others from the group pulled the student off the man and started dragging him while hitting...
    A 17-year-old accused of shooting at a Department of Public Safety trooper in Phoenix last week is an "unlawfully present citizen of Mexico," and has been charged with attempted first-degree murder of a peace officer, officials said. Early in the morning of Sept. 17, Luis German Espinoza Acuna allegedly jumped out of a silver Infiniti sedan and ambushed the detective with an "AK Pistol variant." The detective got out of his vehicle and returned fire as a second DPS officer engaged the shooter. The driver of the Infiniti escaped, leaving Acuna behind. The two detectives were able to apprehend Acuna without anyone being hurt. DHS CHIEF WOLF SAYS BORDER CROSSERS ARE MOSTLY SINGLE ADULTS COMING FOR ECONOMIC REASONS Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) told KNXV in Arizona that Acuna is an illegal immigrant from Mexico. “On Sept. 17, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) lodged an immigration detainer on Luis German Espinoza-Acuna, an unlawfully present...
    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) on Thursday issued an executive order calling for the activation of 1,000 members of the state’s National Guard amid protests against this week's grand jury decision to announce no charges in the death of Breonna Taylor.  The governor wrote in the order that the activation was intended “to provide necessary assistance to State and local civilian authorities and/or special duty and emergency assistance for the preservation of life and property, preservation of order, and to afford protection to persons." A spokesperson for the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security said in a statement to Boston’s State House News Service that the order was issued "in the event that municipal leaders require assistance to protect opportunities to exercise first amendment rights and to maintain public safety during large scale events.”  Baker said in the order that it will remain in place “until further order of the Adjutant General.” ...
    A bipartisan group of Georgia Sheriffs and law enforcement officials have endorsed Senator David Perdue in his re-election campaign ahead of the November race in which he faces Libertarian Shane Hazel and Democrat Jon Ossoff. In a news release announcing the endorsements, the Perdue campaign said the support from law enforcement reflects Perdue’s ‘proven commitment to upholding law and order and his opposition to the radical “Defund the Police” movement.’ The Perdue Public Safety Leadership Committee includes 93 sheriffs and law enforcement leaders, as well as Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr and Georgia Insurance Commissioner and former police chief John King. The Georgia Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) also endorsed Perdue this week. “Georgia’s public safety officers represent the very best of our state and country,” Senator Perdue said in a news release. “Every day, our men and women...
    (CBS DETROIT) – The Oakland County Board of Commissioners passing a new budget Wednesday, puts more money to public safety including the use of body cameras. The budget boosts a pilot program for body cameras for the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department. It also contains a provision allowing the county to get a quote for a new training center. Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard released a statement on the passage of public safety initiatives Thursday: “I want to thank the Commissioners for passing this budget, which invests dollars into county public safety services. The approved budget bolsters our pilot body worn camera program as well as containing specific language for a request for a quote (RFQ) related to building a state-of-the- art training center, and 911/emergency operations center, for better development and advancement of our Deputies and area public safety. These will be critical investments in the next budget cycle to...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Though the city’s $500,000 fireboat is designed to fight fires, its crew and state-of-the-art sonar and infrared scopes stand ready to locate missing victims and possibly save those in distress. But our investigation has found this apparent turf battle with EMS River Rescue across town may be relegating the fireboat and its crew to the sidelines while jeopardizing public safety. “When there are recovery efforts within these rivers, we have specific equipment that can find and recover victims in these rivers and yet we’re told to go home,” said Fire Union President Ralph Sicuro. The most concerning incident happened in July when a distraught woman jumped from the Homestead Grays Bridge. According to a Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire incident report obtained by KDKA, the fireboat was the first to arrive on the scene, and although the woman had been in the water for 22 minutes, fireboat crew...
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Highway Patrol is looking for new troopers. Applications for the upcoming Cadet Class 65, which will begin in early 2021, can be obtained from any MHP District Office, Driver Service Office, and the Human Resources Office located at Headquarters in Jackson. A downloadable application is also available at https://www.dps.ms.gov, WLBT-TV reported. “The need for men and women of integrity, moral character and a desire to serve their state has never been greater or more important than it is today,” said Col. Randy Ginn, director of the MHP. “Becoming a part of the Mississippi Highway Patrol Cadet Class 65 is a great opportunity for anyone seeking a career in law enforcement that is full of opportunities to advance both professionally and personally,” said Mississippi Department of Public Safety Commissioner Sean Tindell. “The Mississippi Highway Patrol is a storied law enforcement agency and is the cornerstone...
    (CNN)Operation Warp Speed, the mission to develop an effective Covid-19 vaccine, seeks to deliver 300,000 doses by January 2021. According to projections from the University of Washington, by then the US death toll from the novel coronavirus will likely have reached nearly 400,000. Edgar MarcuseWhat evidence of vaccine effectiveness -- balanced by what assurance of safety -- would prompt you to seek a dose of one of these novel vaccines to protect an elderly family member or for yourself?Optimal use of these Covid-19 vaccines will depend on the confidence of the American people in the processes leading up to the vaccines' release. The Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Biologics License Application (BLA) is the standard path to vaccine licensing. The rigor and transparency of this process ensures clinician and public confidence in vaccine safety and efficacy. But now there is concern the FDA will sidestep the BLA and instead use...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The Illinois National Guard has been put on standby for the reaction to the charging decision in Breonna Taylor's police shooting death.Kentucky officials announced Wednesday afternoon that Louisville Officer Brett Hankison was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment in connection to the police raid on the night of March 13.After the announcement, a spokeswoman for the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications said "OEMC is monitoring the situation at this time, and the City of Chicago will take proper precautions to ensure public safety throughout the entire city."Mayor Lori Lightfoot is expected to speak on the indictment at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.Chicago police squad cars and even garbage trucks could be seen Wednesday in the city's downtown. The Illinois Restaurant Association is also warning businesses to stay alert in case of protests or possible looting in response to the Taylor decision.EMBED More News Videos The Illinois...
    WASHINGTON — Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn and infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci on Wednesday said the public should trust the COVID-19 vaccine approval process. Hahn, whose agency would approve a vaccine, and Fauci told a Senate committee they would take a vaccine themselves — after Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and running mate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said President Trump may corrupt the science. Fauci, the longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a White House coronavirus task force member, vouched for vaccine production. “The rapidity of where we are right now is a reflection of the technological advances in vaccine platform technology, as well as the risks that were taken financially so that we will have doses available when the decision is made by the FDA as to the safety and efficacy,” said Fauci. “There’s no cutting corners,” he emphasized....
    1 of 4This undated photo provided by the Iowa Department of Public Safety shows Steven Vogel. Police in Iowa have charged four people in the strangulation death of a man whose body was found burning last week in rural central Iowa ditch. Vogel, of Grinnell, was arrested Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, in the death of 44-year-old Michael Williams, of Grinnell, the Iowa Department of Public Safety said. ( Iowa Department of Public Safety via AP)1 of 4This undated photo provided by the Iowa Department of Public Safety shows Steven Vogel. Police in Iowa have charged four people in the strangulation death of a man whose body was found burning last week in rural central Iowa ditch. Vogel, of Grinnell, was arrested Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, in the death of 44-year-old Michael Williams, of Grinnell, the Iowa Department of Public Safety said. ( Iowa Department of Public Safety via AP) KELLOGG,...
    (CBS DETROIT) – Detectives over in Holland will be pursuing suspects in a different fashion. According to the Detroit Free Press, the Holland Department of Public Safety will use the Tesla Model 3 when driving to crime scenes or conducting interviews. The city says while the car is more expensive, it makes up for it with fuel savings. © 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Related
    Public Advocate Jumaane Williams rolled out a vision last week he calls “Redefining Public Safety” — an earnest effort to flesh out what the less-extreme de-policing advocates want. But the better name is “Eliminating Public Safety.” “People want to feel safe. Very often the thing that’s offered is simply more policing,” Williams lamented last week. “That’s a narrative that needs to change.” Huh? Through Sept. 6, the number of people shot is nearly double last year’s figure (1,288 vs. 653). Many survived, thank goodness, but homicides are still up 35 percent from 2019. Burglaries are up 41 percent; auto thefts, 61 percent. And the quality of life in the city, with vagrants and druggies terrorizing communities, is the worst in decades — a key reason people are fleeing. Yet Williams wants less policing. Not all his views are entirely off-base. It would be great if someone other than cops could handle...
    State law arbitrarily “obliterates” the constitutional rights of 18- to 20-year-old Floridians, attorneys for the National Rifle Association argue in their latest brief in a federal lawsuit challenging the Florida Legislature’s post-Parkland gun-control bill. NRA lawyers and attorneys for the state filed dueling briefs earlier this month with Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker. Both sides also submitted motions for summary judgment to avoid going to trial Jan. 11. Walker rejected a similar motion from the state in May. The NRA filed the lawsuit in spring 2018, shortly after the adoption of Senate Bill 7026, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act. SB 7026 was a quickly assembled, $400 million response to the Parkland High School shooting that left 17 dead, which occurred Valentine's Day 2018 while lawmakers were in session. SB 7026 raised the minimum age to purchase firearms to 21, imposed a...
    Hampden Public Safety A minor admitted to placing dog poop in mailboxes of Trump supporters. A girl in Maine has confessed to a “crappy” deed that made headlines in her home state. Police said a minor admitted that she had left dog poop in the mailboxes of at least three homeowners in the town of Hampden. Each house had signs displayed in the front yard in support of President Donald Trump. Here’s what you need to know: Police Said the Girl Also Vandalized the Trump Signs The Hampden Police Department received reports about animal feces being left in mailboxes over a two-day period. According to News Center Maine, three houses along Constitution Avenue were targeted on September 13 and 14. The homeowners assumed the feces belonged to an animal. All three homes had Trump signs displayed in the yard. A patrol officer for Hampden Public Safety, Alyshia...
    A TEEN was arrested after allegedly firing an AK-47 at a police officer who was sitting in his car in an "ambush-style" shooting on Thursday. Arizona cops arrested 17-year-old  Luis German Espinoza Acuna, and are looking for a second suspect who was reportedly driving Acuna and sped off after the attack, police said. 4Luis German Espinoza Acuna, 17, was arrested for the shootingCredit: Arizona Department of Public Safety 4Acuna reportedly shot at a detective as he sat in an unmarked carCredit: Arizona Department of Public Safety The attack comes just days after two cops were ambushed while sitting in their patrol car in Compton. Before the Thursday attack, an Arizona Department of Public Safety detective in police uniform was sitting in an unmarked car on Roosevelt Street in Phoenix. A silver Infinity pulled up to the car and a passenger, later identified as Acuna, got out and...
    Arizona police are searching for a second suspect involved in an “ambush-style shooting” of an officer on Thursday morning, state troopers announced. A silver Infinity pulled up to an unmarked car on Roosevelt Street in Pheonix, in which an Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) detective sat. A passenger got out of the Infinity and opened fire on the detective, who returned fire, according to a report. “Our detectives were wearing police attires, easily identifiable as police officers. We're here simply supporting another operation going on nearby," said Capt. Jesse Galvez, FOX 10 reported. ASSAULTS ON NYC CORRECTION OFFICERS SURGE OVER PAST YEAR A second AZDPS officer responded to the scene and assisted in apprehending the shooter. The second suspect--the driver in the Infinity--however, fled the scene and remains at large. Neither officer, nor the shooting suspect, was injured, the AZDPS said. MAJORITY OF LIKELY VOTERS WANT 'BLUE LIVES...
    Few business categories have suffered more during the COVID-19 pandemic than gyms. Even after the state's stay-at-home order was lifted and they were allowed to reopen under specific public-health rules, concerns about safety kept many regular patrons away. Among the most frequently cited issues: Under Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment guidelines, individuals are allowed to exercise without wearing facial coverings, although masks must be donned once workouts are over. With so many customers not yet returning to their regular routines, a wide range of gyms, yoga and dance studios, as well as other fitness-related sites, have permanently closed over the past few months, including Awaken Gym, at 777 Santa Fe Drive. In an early August announcement to customers that he was closing shop, owner Orench Lagman wrote: "I have many fond memories of the gym and the connections I've made at this location, so this news comes with a heavy...
    SFMOMA and the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco have announced their reopening plans. After more than a half year of being shuttered due to safety precautions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Asian Art Museum and SFMOMA open to the general public on Oct. 3 and 4, respectively. Both of these museums will do so by offering free admission to guests for extended periods. Viewers can check out the offerings at SFMOMA free of charge — plus free parking at the museum’s garage on Minna Street — Oct. 4-18. Over at the Asian Art Museum, guests will receive free admission Oct. 3-12. Related Articles Legion of Honor, de Young museums in SF set to reopen to public Museum members get to return even early, during previews that run Oct. 1-3 at SFMOMA and Oct. 1-2 at the Asian Art Museum. SFMOMA and Asian Art Museum join a number of...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Officials say a pedestrian was critically injured after being hit by a shuttle bus in Oakland. ALERT: A female pedestrian was critically injured on Terrace Street in Oakland when she was hit by a shuttle bus. Terrace Street is closed (3400 block) while police investigate. More details to come. pic.twitter.com/ZADCCr1ruS — Pgh Public Safety (@PghPublicSafety) September 17, 2020 Pittsburgh Public Safety says the woman was hit on the 3400 block of Terrace Street on Thursday. Officials say Terrace Street is closed while police investigate. Stay with KDKA for more on this developing story.
    Joe Raedle/Getty Images An overwhelming and bipartisan majority of Americans say they would “distrust” any coronavirus vaccine that was released before Election Day in November. According to an Economist/YouGov poll released Thursday, concerns about the safety and efficacy of a COVID-19 vaccine released in time for the election abound. Respondents to the poll were asked “If the government announced there was a COVID-19 vaccine right before the election, how much would you trust that the vaccine would be safe and effective?” Among all respondents, 59 percent said they would either “distrust somewhat” or “distrust completely” the safety and efficacy of such a vaccine — with 36 percent saying they would completely distrust it. And while there is partisan disagreement on a number of coronavirus-related issues, 50 percent of Republicans agree with the majority that a pre-Election Day vaccine would not be trustworthy. Even among those who intend to vote for President...
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia National Guard will host a regional disaster training exercise next year, and the event is expected to draw more than 1,000 participants. Gov. Jim Justice announced Vigilant Guard 2021 on Wednesday, to be held in August at the Hobet All Hazards Training Center, his office said in a news release. The event will run for nine days and will be held in coordination with United States Northern Command, the National Guard Bureau and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the release said. The goal is to improve coordination, operational relationships and response plans of agencies across the states in preparation for emergencies. Government agencies, public safety agencies, volunteer public safety and disaster groups and military units from Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia are expected to participate. Other organizations from as far away as Massachusetts have also indicated they...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh Public Safety says a motorcyclist is in critical condition following a crash on Becks Run Road. Officials say police and EMS responded to a report of a motorcycle and vehicle crash on the 400 block of Becks Run Road around 7 a.m. on Wednesday. The male motorcyclist was taken to the hospital and no other injures were reported. ALERT: One person critically injured after crash on Becks Run. For more info:https://t.co/6z8oXnMeQ1 pic.twitter.com/UfbPuW1I3B — Pgh Public Safety (@PghPublicSafety) September 17, 2020 Police are investigating. Stay with KDKA for more on this developing story.
    HONOLULU (AP) — A U.S. military plan to expand a Pearl Harbor munitions depot has raised concerns there has not been enough information released to the public, considering that the depot was the site of a massive and deadly explosion 76 years ago. A 1944 explosion at the Navy’s West Loch Annex left 163 men dead and nearly 400 wounded in what is considered Pearl Harbor’s second-worst disaster in terms of fatalities, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Tuesday. A draft environmental assessment describes a new Army munitions storage complex at the annex within Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The project would be built in several phases beginning in 2022. The complex would house 35 storage magazines and a range of support structures, enabling the relocation of existing Army munitions operations at Lualualei Annex in Waianae. The Navy is also building a new munitions facility at West Loch with 24 magazines to store...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — US proposes gradual rollout of free COVID-19 vaccines, most requiring 2 doses, as public remains skeptical about safety. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    The final House Transportation committee report on the fatal design flaws of Boeing’s 737 Max—which killed 346 people in two accidents between 2018 and 2019—show the air disasters could have been avoided. The 239-page report, which was released Wednesday, is the product of an 18-month investigation that confirmed time and again that Boeing caved into “production pressure that ultimately jeopardized the safety of the flying public.” The committee cites competition with Airbus as a primary cause of cuts in costs to maintain the 737 Max production, even though those shortcuts were fatal. “Our report lays out disturbing revelations about how Boeing—under pressure to compete with Airbus and deliver profits for Wall Street—escaped scrutiny from the FAA, withheld critical information from pilots, and ultimately put planes into service that killed 346 innocent people,” the House committee chair says. “What’s particularly infuriating is how Boeing and FAA both gambled with public...
    Public housing units in several D.C. wards will gain some safety improvements as part of a settlement in a lawsuit. The D.C. Housing Authority will be required to install and maintain lights and security cameras, hire additional security personnel, secure vacant units, perform daily inspections and perform frequent property maintenance at 10 of its properties in Wards 1, 5, 6 and 7. Aside from the security upgrades, the housing authority must also do community engagement on a regular and ongoing basis and provide $500,000 in funding over five years for violence-interruption services, a D.C. Attorney General’s Office news release said. “The agreed upon changes should result in reduced dangerous illegal activity at the properties, eliminate blight, and provide residents at these properties more of a voice in how safety issues are handled,” D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine said in a statement. The properties are home to some 5,000 people in...
    by Efthimios Parasidis, The Ohio State University Americans are increasingly concerned that regulators and manufacturers will rush a vaccine to market without an adequate review. That prompted nine vaccine front-runners, including Pfizer and Merck, to promise to abide by clinical and ethical standards in an effort to increase the public’s confidence in any vaccine that ultimately comes to market. As a scholar of law, public health and bioethics, I have extensively studied vaccine policy, as well as the laws and regulations governing human subject research and FDA-regulated medical products. In my view, the pledge is little more than a public relations strategy, with companies simply reaffirming that they’ll follow FDA guidelines and standard scientific practices. While I doubt the biotech pledge will do much to increase public confidence in a COVID-19 vaccine, Congress can take meaningful steps to do so. Specifically, lawmakers can create what I call a coronavirus social...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A young girl was rushed to Children’s Hospital this afternoon after being hit by a car in the city’s Sheraden section. According to Pittsburgh Public Safety, it happened around 2:30 p.m. on Hillsboro Street. ALERT: A 5-year-old girl is in critical condition after being struck by a vehicle in Sheraden. For more info:https://t.co/rwkjpX3Yni pic.twitter.com/weUtytUvnY — Pgh Public Safety (@PghPublicSafety) September 14, 2020 The 5-year-old girl had just gotten out of a car when she was struck in the roadway. She is listed in critical condition at the hospital. The Pittsburgh Public Safety Department says the man who was driving the car that hit her stayed at the scene and is cooperating with police. Police continue to investigate the crash. Stay with KDKA for the latest on this developing story.
    Having been closed for months due to the shelter-in-place mandate, two of San Francisco’s most popular museums — the de Young and the Legion of Honor — are now set to reopen. The de Young museum opens to the public on Sept. 25, with the Legion of Honor to follow in mid-October. “As the city’s museums, we have been eager to be able to share the multifaceted art collections and exhibitions, with airy galleries, and green park settings of the de Young and Legion of Honor with our Bay Area audiences again,” says Thomas P. Campbell, director/CEO of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. “After many months of quarantine, we are thrilled to open our doors, and look forward to seeing members of our community engaging with art in our galleries.” “Rigorous” new health and safety measures, based on city guidelines, will be in place when the two musicians...
    Teachers in some areas have said they might go on strike rather than going back to in-person teaching if they felt it would be unsafe—and a majority of Americans would support them, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll found. A third of people said they would strongly support teachers, and another 22% said they would somewhat support teachers. Just 21% of people said schools should completely reopen in person, with another 26% saying schools should partially reopen in person, and 38% saying schools should be closed or online-only. A 47% plurality said that the risks of reopening schools are greater than the consequences of keeping them closed, and 45% said teachers should not be required to teach in person. Regardless of what teachers or the public think, schools have already reopened in many places and teachers are dying. ● The National Labor Relations Board found merit in a complaint that Kickstarter illegally fired a union...
    Teachers in some areas have said they might go on strike rather than going back to in-person teaching if they felt it would be unsafe—and a majority of Americans would support them, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll found. A third of people said they would strongly support teachers, and another 22% said they would somewhat support teachers. Just 21% of people said schools should completely reopen in person, with another 26% saying schools should partially reopen in person, and 38% saying schools should be closed or online-only. A 47% plurality said that the risks of reopening schools are greater than the consequences of keeping them closed, and 45% said teachers should not be required to teach in person. Regardless of what teachers or the public think, schools have already reopened in many places and teachers are dying. ● The National Labor Relations Board found merit in a complaint that Kickstarter illegally fired a...
    SACRAMENTO —  In California, cradle of renowned tech startups and Silicon Valley, elementary school students have had to figure out how to work remotely, but lawmakers have not. As the end-of-session frenzy gripped the state Legislature in late August, pandemic no-nos spiked: Lawmakers gathered indoors in large numbers and huddled closely, let their masks slip below their noses, smooshed together for photos and shouted “Aye!” and “No!” when voting in the Senate, potentially spraying virus-laden particles at their colleagues. “It’s terrible role-modeling,” said Dr. Sadiya Khan, assistant professor of cardiology and epidemiology at Northwestern University. “Why do we have to do this if they’re not doing it?” Legislative leaders are divided on whether remote voting violates the state constitution. Nonetheless, it was authorized — should it be needed — on a limited basis by both chambers in late July. In the last week of the session, the Democratic leader of...
    The leaders of a number of businesses urged Mayor Bill de Blasio in a letter Thursday “to take immediate action” on public safety and other issues in New York City as part of dealing with the city’s longer-term economic concerns. Among the more than 150 people on the letter were the heads of Citigroup, Macys, and the WNBA. In the letter, the signers cited the city’s success in containing the virus, but said “there is widespread anxiety over public safety, cleanliness and other quality of life issues that are contributing to deteriorating conditions in commercial districts and neighborhoods across the five boroughs.”
    About 18% of the population in Montgomery County, Maryland, is Black, but according to a report this summer from the Office of Legislative Oversight, they were subject to 32% of all traffic stops and 55% of use-of-force cases in 2018. Montgomery County Councilman Will Jawando held a town hall Thursday with several local experts on police reform and what that may look like in the region, with a focus on the racial disparities found in the report. “We’re a great place, but we’re also not immune to the sickness and the disparities that we’ve seen nationwide,” Jawando said. Danielle Blocker, president of Young People for Progress, said during the meeting that data collection is helpful, but change needs to happen beyond the numbers. “We have to have action that is action other than more data collection or another task force or commission, to make sure that these problems are actually...
    Governor Kemp announced this week that Bulloch County businessman Ellis Wood has been reappointed to serve on the Georgia Board of Public Safety. Kemp’s office released the list of reappointed members and new appointees, which included the appointment of Ware County Fire Chief Leonard “Dee” Meadows and Jesup Police Department Lieutenant Patrol Commander Nicholis Ellis. Joey Terrell and J. Craig Tully were also reappointed alongside Wood. While Governor Kemp serves as Chairman of the Committee, Wood has more recently served as Vice Chairman of the Board The Board of Public Safety is a division of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, meeting monthly for matters pertaining to state and local public safety matters, donations for agencies across Georgia, and needs of law enforcement officers.  The Board also fields reports from the Department of Public Safety and connects the entities with...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The Chicago Police Department held another series of public safety drills in Bronzeville and Belmont Cragin, two neighborhoods hit by looters earlier this summer, allowing them to practice their looting response tactics.Training drills were conducted using looting as the scenario, although CPD did not give out any tactics."It's a chess game for criminals, so we don't want to give away our moves to the criminal elements so they can defeat what we are drilling for," CPD Supt. David Brown explained.Bronzeville neighborhood business destroyed by fire during weekend lootingsEMBED More News Videos Chella Holcomb's Luv Handles party store in Chicagos' Bronzeville was destroyed after a fire spread to her business during Sunday's lootings. Brown said the drill s not just about preventing looting, but being prepared to arrest looters, which he said was difficult at the end of May. Officers face criticism for allowing the looting to happen...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The CEOs of more than 160 companies are calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio to take action on quality of life issues in New York City. While pledging their commitment to the city, they appealed to the mayor in a letter Thursday asking for a more assertive response to issues like public safety and cleanliness so the city can recover from the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. They wrote people “will be slow to return unless their concerns about security and livability of our communities are addressed quickly.” Here’s the full letter: Dear Mayor de Blasio: As employers who are committed to New York City and its re-emergence from the devastating health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are confident that New York can and shall remain a thriving global center of commerce, innovation and opportunity. Despite New York’s success in containing the...
    Donald Trump has repeatedly ignored rules aimed at curbing the coronavirus pandemic. On Wednesday, tapes made public by journalist Bob Woodward of interviews he conducted with Donald Trump revealed that Trump has known how deadly the coronavirus is since February. But a review of his public appearances and campaign events since that time shows that he has repeatedly ignored safety rules — even in states and localities where authorities have instituted such safety requirements aimed at curbing the pandemic. "You just breathe the air and that's how it's passed," Trump said in a Feb. 7 interview for Woodward's upcoming book, "Rage." "And so that's a very tricky one. That's a very delicate one. It's also more deadly than even your strenuous flus." Loading...
    The U.S. Postal Service says that mail is again being delivered at Mar Vista Gardens, a public housing complex with more than 1,800 residents, after an outcry from local leaders over delivery being suspended. “The idea that a decision was made to delay mail in the middle of a pandemic is heinous,” said U.S. Rep. Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles), who initiated a formal inquiry into the decision. “How many of those packages were medications? How many were checks? How many were letters from loved ones? This can’t happen.” Last month, Culver City Post Office Postmaster Roderick Strong suspended delivery to the 43-acre complex in the neighborhood of Del Rey, stating that safety issues were putting mail carriers at risk. Among the recent incidents cited by Strong were an “uncontrollable dog” and a threatening tenant; the Postal Service did not immediately provide further details about those incidents. Strong said last...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago will be conducting public safety drills Thursday which could disrupt traffic.The drill will take place in the 2600-block of North Narragansett Avenue in the Brickyard Mall area and also at 47th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue.Both of those areas experienced looting earlier this summer.The drills will take place from 1 to 3 p.m.RELATED: Chicago public safety drill held downtown Thursday in wake of looting incidentsThe city said the drills have been planned for weeks as part of ongoing safety efforts. Last month, police conducted a safety drill downtown. The drill will involve the Chicago Police Department, Chicago Fire Department, Office of Emergency Management and Communications, Chicago Department of Transportation, Streets and Sanitation, Department of Water Management, Chicago Transit Authority and others.
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The lights are back on for most PG&E customers who lost power due to the Public Safety Power Shutoff earlier this week. The utility said 88% of customers were restored Wednesday evening. After the Red Flag Warning expired and gusty winds died down, crews inspected PG&E power lines and began restoring power. Some areas affected by wildfires, including Butte, Plumas and Yuba counties, did not see full restoration Wednesday. Approximately 3,000 personnel and 34 aircraft are working to restore power. The inspections can only be done in the daylight, so if power was not restored Wednesday, crews will have to resume work Thursday morning when the sun rises. You can find the latest PSPS information on the PG&E website.  https://twitter.com/PGE_Paul/status/1303885492073697280
    SANTA ROSA (CBS SF) – Pacific Gas & Electric gave the “all clear” in areas impacted by a Public Safety Power Shutoff that began on Labor Day, setting the stage for power to be restored to 172,000 customers across Northern California, including Wine Country. According to the utility, more than 3,000 employees had begun inspecting 10,750 miles of transmission lines starting at daybreak Wednesday. PG&E anticipates power to be restored to the vast majority of customers by the end of the day, but some customers may experience delays due to repairs or if inspections from aircraft are suspended due to smoke. Shutoffs were called in 22 counties over increased fire danger and strong winds that were felt in much of Northern California earlier this week. The utility recorded a wind gust reaching 65 mph at its Santa Fe Geothermal weather station in Sonoma County Tuesday night, one of the strongest...
    Catholic schools across the five boroughs opened on Wednesday — with the COVID-19-fighting regimens of temperature-taking and stair-rail sanitizing mixed with the age-old traditions of crisp new uniforms and first-day jitters. City public schools are still getting their act together, but at Immaculate Conception School in The Bronx, more than 150 pre-K, elementary and middle school students showed up. “I’m so happy because it was a success this morning,” principal Amy Rodriguez told The Post. “Parents that I thought would be coming with reservations were excited to see all of the procedures and protocols that we had in place — temperature screening, hand sanitizers as soon as they walked in.” “We are so excited to reopen,” said Archdiocese of New York schools superintendent Michael Deegan, who visited the school. Everyone entering the school wore a mask and had a quick temperature check, windows were open for ventilation, and one industrious...
    Health and Human Services Director Alex Azar vouched that a coronavirus vaccine would meet the “safety and efficacy standards” of the Food and Drug Administration before being released publicly, disputing the contention from Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris that the decision would come down to politics. “I want to be really clear to your viewers. The president, I as secretary, and the officials at the FDA, including the career officials, will require that any vaccine meet the very high safety and efficacy standards that the FDA has set,” Azar said on Fox News’ “The Daily Briefing” Tuesday. “The FDA has actually published transparent guidance to say what they will require for approval of a vaccine. We will be transparent with the data. We’ll have a public advisory committee process for that. We will not compromise on the safety and efficacy of a vaccine...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is requesting an independent review of the state’s response to the civil unrest following the death of George Floyd. In a request document released Tuesday, the department said it wants the review to focus on how the state deployed resources, particularly in regards to the looting and arson in Minneapolis and St Paul. Officials also want the efficacy of the state’s response evaluated, as well as its collaboration with more than 80 government units. The purpose of the requested review will be to evaluate the state’s response, figure out what other options might have been available, and come up with recommendations for how to respond to future periods of unrest. RELATED: Gov. Walz, Minneapolis Mayor Give Differing Accounts Of Why National Guard Response To Unrest Was Delayed George Floyd died on Memorial Day after a Minneapolis police officer,...
    CALISTOGA, Calif. (KGO) -- PG&E has issued a weather "all clear" and will begin inspections and restoration work for the majority of power lines impacted by the Public Safety Power Shutoffs issued in Northern California.The utility says areas impacted in the North Bay, Sierra Foothills, Sacramento Valley and Kern County will be inspected this morning. The remaining inspections for the Northern Sierra will be inspected later today.VIDEO: PG&E PSPS impacts 172,000 in 22 California countiesEMBED More News Videos Amid the extreme heat, PG&E is warning customers of a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) that could impact 172,000 customers in 22 California counties. Napa and Sonoma counties could start to lose power at 3 a.m. Tuesday More than 3,000 PG&E personnel will patrol and inspect some 10,750 miles of transmission and distribution power lines today.PG&E says the PSPS was necessary because of the significant fire risk posed by the dry, hot...
            by Andrew Trunsky  Nine pharmaceutical companies signed a joint pledge Tuesday promising to prioritize safety and science regarding the development and distribution of a coronavirus vaccine. The pledge is meant to counter declining public confidence in an eventual vaccine, Politico reported. An August CNN poll found that just over half of Americans would be willing to take a vaccine once developed, and a recent Politico poll found that over 60% of voters opposed the release of any vaccine that had not undergone full testing. The executives who signed the pledge said that vaccines would only be submitted for FDA approval or emergency use authorization after having successfully completed a Phase III trial, which involves human testing to ensure a vaccine’s safety and effectiveness. Three vaccines are in Phase III now, Politico reported. The pledge contrasts President Donald Trump, who has said that a vaccine may be available by late October even though...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Amid the extreme heat, PG&E has triggered a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) that impacts 172,000 customers in 22 California counties, including some in the Bay Area.When you consider that each PG&E customer represents about three people on average, that's more than 500,000 Californians without power.The map below shows where PG&E has shut off power for the PSPS, indicated with a purple triangle.PG&E says the PSPS is due to dangerous fire conditions. The utility shuts off power amid high winds in an attempt to avoid sparking more wildfires.About 23,000 customers in Sonoma, Napa, and Lake Counties lost their electricity overnight. It will likely be out for about 48 hours.The windiest weather is supposed to pass by Wednesday morning. At that point, PG&E crews will inspect power lines for damage and start turning power back on.WATCH: PG&E officials provide details on the power shutoff EMBED More News...
    PLACERVILLE (CBS13) — Thousands lost power Monday night into Tuesday as part of PG&E’s planned power outages due to the high fire danger. It’s the first Public Safety Power Shutoff of the year, but this time it’s happening while many are stuck at home. Fire engines flew through El Dorado County Tuesday. Rod Repschlaeger is on his local fire safety board. He says today’s conditions are simply dangerous with little fires everywhere. “Everything is just so darn dry,” Repschlaeger said. PG&E cut power in Placerville and surrounding towns in the county last year during high fire danger days. With the same shutoffs in effect again now, things like generators are flying off shelves at local hardware stores. “I think people are feeling anxious,” said store owner Jeff Gutterez, who says he can’t keep up with the high demand. “That stock only lasts a certain amount of time.” READ: PG&E Trying Shorter,...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is seeking an independent evaluator to review how state agencies dealt with civil unrest after the killing of George Floyd. Public safety officials want the report to investigate collaboration among state and local entities, including timelines, strategic plans and tactical decisions, Minnesota Public Radio reported. Floyd, a Black man, died May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck for nearly eight minutes. It sparked protests that lasted for many days and led to widespread violence and damage in the metro area. Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington told a Senate committee this summer there were plans for a deep dive into the performance of various agencies and called it “a hot wash at least to look at lessons learned.” The review is expected to begin in November and be completed in four months. Copyright 2020 The Associated...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh Public Safety is calling the viral video showing a clash between protesters and restaurant patrons “unacceptable.” They say if any laws were broken, charges will be filed. Footage from a demonstration in downtown Pittsburgh over the weekend has been blowing up on social media. The viral video showed demonstrators and restaurant-goers clashing in the streets. “People have the right to dine in public without being accosted and without vulgarities being thrown at them,” Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich said in a statement Tuesday. “What we saw this weekend was assault and battery. It was embarrassing. The vast majority of the protests in Pittsburgh have been peaceful, but this weekend was anything but peaceful.” Pittsburgh Police are working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and FBI Pittsburgh to investigate, which includes collecting video evidence and trying to interview witnesses. (Photo Credit: Facebook) “As a native Pittsburgher, what I...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh Public Safety is calling the viral video showing a clash between protesters and restaurant patrons “unacceptable.” They say if any laws were broken, charges will be filed. Footage from a demonstration in Downtown Pittsburgh over the weekend is blowing up on social media. The viral video showed demonstrators and restaurant-goers clashing in the streets. “People have the right to dine in public without being accosted and without vulgarities being thrown at them,” Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich said in a statement Tuesday. “What we saw this weekend was assault and battery. It was embarrassing. The vast majority of the protests in Pittsburgh have been peaceful, but this weekend was anything but peaceful.” Pittsburgh Police are working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and FBI Pittsburgh to investigate, which includes collecting video evidence and attempting to interview witnesses. “As a native Pittsburgher, what I saw this weekend...
    Nine pharmaceutical companies signed a joint pledge Tuesday promising to prioritize safety and science regarding the development and distribution of a coronavirus vaccine. The pledge is meant to counter declining public confidence in an eventual vaccine, Politico reported. An August CNN poll found that just over half of Americans would be willing to take a vaccine once developed, and a recent Politico poll found that over 60% of voters opposed the release of any vaccine that had not undergone full testing. The executives who signed the pledge said that vaccines would only be submitted for FDA approval or emergency use authorization after having successfully completed a Phase III trial, which involves human testing to ensure a vaccine’s safety and effectiveness. Three vaccines are in Phase III now, Politico reported. (RELATED: Here’s Everything We Know About A Coronavirus Vaccine So Far) A volunteer is examined by a Nurse Practitioner as she participates...
    The top executives of nine drugmakers likely to produce the first vaccines against the new coronavirus signed an unprecedented pledge meant to boost public confidence in any approved vaccines. The companies said Tuesday that they will stick to the highest ethical and scientific standards in testing and manufacturing and will make the well-being of those getting vaccinated their top priority. The announcement comes amid worries that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will be under political pressure to approve a vaccine before tests to prove it is safe and effective are finished. Meanwhile, public health officials worry that if many Americans don’t get the vaccine, it will be harder to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The pledge was signed by the chief executive officers of American drugmakers Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Moderna, Novavax and Pfizer, and European companies AstraZeneca, BioNTech, GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi. BioNTech has partnered with Pfizer...
    SANTA ROSA (KPIX) – Across Northern California’s picturesque Wine Country, a patchwork of neighborhoods began Tuesday without electric lights, air conditioning and with refrigerators filled with thawing food as their power had been cut-off in a planned Pacific Gas & Electric outage. The region was under a Red Flag Fire warning with hot dry gusting winds — a weather pattern that triggered a Public Safety Power Shutoff from the region’s largest utility as a precaution against wildfires. PG&E said the outages impacted 5,656 customers in Napa County, including 186 medical baseline customers in Calistoga, Saint Helena and unincorporated areas. In neighboring Sonoma County, at least 210 customers lost of power including 5 medical baseline customers in Cloverdale, Rohnert Park and unincorporated areas. In downtown Calistoga, PG&E crews had stacked large portable generators to keep lights on in local businesses if the utility was forced to expand the outage and turn...
    ROSEVILLE (CBS13) — The latest on the PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff event. 11:40 p.m. Crews shut off power in the foothills Monday night as the winds picked up. In Nevada City, the street went dark just after 10 p.m. Soon after, outages could be seen on the PG&E Outage Map in nearby Grass Valley, up Highway 49 in Sierra County as well as in Butte and Plumas counties. The shutoffs are expected to continue throughout the night as the winds increase. PG&E outage map, with PSPS outages noted in purple, as of 11:40 p.m. Monday. 9 p.m. PG&E has begun shutting off power as part of the Public Safety Power Shutoff which will affect customers in 22 counties in the foothills, Sacramento Valley, Northern Sierra and elevated North Bay Terrain. Diablo winds are forecasted to begin around 10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday morning. After the winds die down, crews...
    PG&E shut off power overnight to 23,000 customers in Sonoma, Napa and Lake counties because of dry and windy conditions that carry a high fire risk. The shutoffs come as new evacuations were ordered for the Walbridge Fire.The utility issued the Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) over concerns that powerlines could fall and start fires. PG&E says while this weather calls for being on high alert, it is not like the weather we saw in 2017 when the Tubbs Fire happened.LIST: Bay Area counties impacted by PG&E's Public Safety Power Shutoffs"This event doesn't have quite as much as we call it upper-level support, we don't anticipate it being as strong," said Scott Strenfel, PG&E Meteorologist.The forecast calls for this windy dry weather to last through tomorrow morning. PG&E says once conditions have improved, they will inspect the lines for any damage. They hope that won't take more than 12 hours...
    PG&E shut off power overnight to 23,000 customers in Sonoma, Napa and Lake counties because of dry and windy conditions that carry a high fire risk. The shutoffs come as new evacuations were ordered for the Walbridge Fire.The utility issued the Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) over concerns that powerlines could fall and start fires. PG&E says while this weather calls for being on high alert, it is not like the weather we saw in 2017 when the Tubbs Fire happened.LIST: Bay Area counties impacted by PG&E's Public Safety Power Shutoffs"This event doesn't have quite as much as we call it upper-level support, we don't anticipate it being as strong," said Scott Strenfel, PG&E Meteorologist.The forecast calls for this windy dry weather to last through tomorrow morning. PG&E says once conditions have improved, they will inspect the lines for any damage. They hope that won't take more than 12 hours...
    NEVADA CITY (CBS13) — A Nevada County grocery store was racing to save its refrigerated products as the PG&E Public Safety Power Shutdown took effect Monday. The power company announced Monday night power would be shut down as part of a planned outage during extreme fire danger for two days. Nevada City went dark around 10:12 p.m. READ MORE: PG&E Begins Public Safety Power Shutoffs That Will Affect 172k Customers Chris Kyser is the president of Nevada City’s California Organics. “Here we go again,” Kyser said. After last year’s PSPS, Kyser bought a backup generator to avoid the crisis again. Only his power switcher still stands in his parking lot uninstalled. Kyser says bureaucratic delays have prevented the generator’s proper permitting. “I have not felt that there has been a concern in the government coming back to help me get this done,” Kyser said. Cindy Osborne received the alert her Nevada...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — For weeks we’ve been dealing with fires and periods of triple-digit heat, but this is the first Public Safety Power Shutoff of the year. The big difference this time around is that this is the first significant off-shore wind event of the season. Wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour are forecasted. Realistically, that should not be bringing down power lines, so we turned to a fire scientist and one of PG&E’s meteorologists to understand how they decide to turn the power off. Craig Clements, Director of The Wildfire Research Center at San Jose State, points to wind models that indicate the greatest risk for a Public Safety Power Shutoff is forecast for Tuesday morning. But he warns that utilities account for much more than just the wind, saying “all the utilities have different tools at their disposal.” While the National Weather Service forecasts general fire “weather”...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Amid the extreme heat, PG&E is warning customers of a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) that could impact 172,000 customers in 22 California counties, including some in the Bay Area.The warning for power outages are due to a forecast of an "offshore dry wind event," the utility said Sunday morning. Residents in more than 20 counties were warned on Sunday and the agency says the potential PSPS event would not go into effect until Monday evening at 9 p.m.RELATED: Statewide Flex Alert in effect amid extreme heat; potential Public Safety Power Shutoff Monday eveningNapa and Sonoma counties are included on both Monday and Tuesday because the areas are further subdivided in each region, PG&E officials say. The two counties include 23,000 customers and the utility intends to begin deenergization at 3 a.m.PG&E's in-house meteorologists, as well as its Wildfire Safety Operation Center and Emergency Operations Center,...