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    The big state-run COVID-19 vaccination sites in New York City are administering shots to massive numbers of out-of-towners — rather than Big Apple residents, Mayor Bill de Blasio charged Monday. The mayor complained that a whopping 75 percent of the coronavirus shots administered at the Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens were given to people who live outside the city. More than 42 percent of the shots the state gave out at the Javits Center in Manhattan also went to non-city residents, Hizzoner griped at a press briefing. “The big sites don’t help us improve equity,” the mayor said. “These sites do not perform like we’d like to see.’’ He and other public officials, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo, as well as leaders in low-income communities, have complained for months about the racial disparity between those who are being vaccinated. The pols have vowed to address the issue with more grassroots education...
    D.C.’s Ward 8 residents are being asked to sign on to help chart the future of their community. On Friday, the Ward 8 Community Economic Development Planning Process launched, with the goal of getting residents to come together and help create a comprehensive economic development plan for the area. “The solutions are in the community and so if we invest in these communities like a Ward 8 they come up with the solution that we need to have,” said organization facilitator Mustafa Abdul-Salaam. “To make sure five, 10, 20 years out from now we’re the community that everyone wants to. Come move to ours because we’re the model community.” According to Abdul-Salaam, there are very few models of a bottom-up community planning process in the country currently. “We really have an opportunity — not only in improving our community, but to create a model for a national movement in this...
    NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — House Democrats are on the verge of passing a $1.9 trillion COVID relief package. The bill would provide more help for those unemployed, but some people have already been waiting for aid for months. READ MORE: Stimulus Check Latest: Will Your Next Relief Payment Be $1,400? House Democrats say their plan would put shots in arms and money in pockets. “This is going to be a boon for families in our country,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said. Those earning less than $75,000 a year would get $1,400 stimulus checks. There would also be a boost to federal unemployment payments — $400 a week with a new unemployment extension. But even those who qualify aren’t banking on the cash. “If I didn’t get the first one, how am I gonna get the second one?” North Bergan resident William Sharp said. Sharp is still waiting for thousands of...
    San Francisco Mayor London Breed released a plan Thursday to redistribute $120 million from the city’s law enforcement budget to projects aimed at helping the city’s black minority. Bay Area public radio station KQED reported: San Francisco Mayor London Breed on Thursday announced a plan for how the city will spend $120 million over the next two years, pulled from law enforcement budgets, to reinvest in the city’s long-underserved Black communities. “The Dream Keeper Initiative,” as it’s dubbed, increases investments in workforce development, health campaigns, youth and cultural programs and housing support. The allocations reflect spending priorities conveyed by Black residents during a series of community meetings and public surveys led last year by the city’s Human Rights Commission, Breed said. … Black people make up only about 5% of San Francisco’s population — a proportion that has consistently decreased in the last 50 years — but make up nearly...
    A general view of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta.Tami Chappell | Reuters A new CDC study found that some elderly who apparently recovered from the coronavirus later came down with a second, even worse infection — indicating that asymptomatic or mild cases may not provide a lot of protection against becoming reinfection with Covid-19. The study, published Thursday in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, studied two separate outbreaks that occurred three months apart at a skilled nursing facility in Kentucky. Between mid-July to mid-August, 20 residents and five health-care personnel tested positive for the virus, according to the study. The second outbreak between late October to the beginning of December was worse — 85 residents and 43 health-care personnel tested positive for the virus. Among the residents who tested positive during the first outbreak and were still...
    More On: perks Pelotons to pantries: 2020’s most-searched apartment amenities First-world problems: NYC’s luxury residents are clashing over COVID restrictions Rare conservatories light up prized Manhattan apartments Here’s how Bloomberg is luring 2020 campaign staffers with lavish perks Erica Feidner, 56, a former concert pianist and salesperson for Steinway, loves hanging out in the wine tasting room, lounging in the library or even attempting a bit of yoga in the studio at her building at 21 West End on the Upper West Side. But one perk stands above the rest: In January, the luxury rental started offering free virtual sessions with Dina Berrin, a life coach and manifestation teacher, specializing in tarot, astrology and “practiced intuition.” “I’ve had a host of health issues and other challenges and wanted to make changes, so I decided to sign up,” said Feidner. Berrin’s weekly Zoom workshops, which cover different self-help topics...
    Reuters February 24, 2021 0 Comments The United States this week will begin processing people held in the Matamoros migrant camp at the Texas border for entry into the country after the area was hit hard by severe weather, the Department of Homeland Security said on Wednesday. The camp, across the Rio Grande from Brownsville, Texas, is home to hundreds of migrants, most from Central America, hoping to be granted refuge across the border. They have endured sub-zero temperatures over the last week while living in flimsy tents. “The migrant camp in Matamoros has recently been hard hit by extreme weather in northern Mexico. As President Biden continues to rebuild the nation’s border management in a way that reflects America’s values, addressing humanitarian needs in Matamoros has become a priority,” the department said in a statement. It said new arrivals at the camp will not gain entry into the...
    A Florida county commissioner is facing growing calls to resign over her 'disgusting abuse of power' after she created a 'VIP list' of vaccine recipients from two wealthy zip codes - and also added herself to the exclusive list. Manatee County Commissioner Vanessa Baugh worked with the state to open the exclusive three-day pop-up vaccination site at the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch for residents living in the 34202 and 34211 zip codes. Baugh admitted she directed staff to give the 3,000 per day vaccine doses only to residents aged 65 and over in the two affluent zip codes, which cover some of the richest neighborhoods in Florida. She also bumped herself, Lakewood Ranch developer Rex Jensen, Jensen's father and two of her former neighbors who didn't live in the zip codes onto the VIP list. The scandal comes as the remaining roughly 110,000 Manatee County residents aged 65 and...
    Leaders of Texas’ executive and legislative branches met on Saturday to protect Texans from an expected spike in their energy bills. The meeting took place via a conference call attended by the governor, lieutenant governor, speaker of the house, and key legislative committee chairs. “We have a responsibility to protect Texans from spikes in their energy bills that are a result of the severe winter weather and power outages,” Texas Governor Greg Abbott said in a written statement provided to Breitbart News. “Today’s meeting was productive, and I applaud Republican and Democrat members of the Legislature for putting aside partisan politics to work together on this challenge. Texans shouldn’t have to face a spike in their energy costs. To quickly address this issue I held an emergency meeting today with legislative leaders to begin crafting solutions. We are working to fix this fast.#txlegehttps://t.co/qYrQq1J5ho — Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) February 21, 2021...
    Residents in 42 units were left homeless Saturday night after a fire tore through three Prince George’s County, Maryland, apartment buildings. The blaze began around 7 p.m. on Hill Mar Drive in District Heights, according to a Prince George’s County Fire/EMS spokeswoman. When crews arrived, flames burst out of the upper floors, and some were trapped on the balconies. All the residents were able to escape the fire uninjured, with four people receiving assistance from firefighters. A preliminary investigation shows the blaze was started after someone accidentally knocked over a candle. The three buildings suffered water damage, and their gas was turned off. The county’s emergency management office and a local branch of the American Red Cross will assist those displaced by the fire. The incident caused more than $100,000 in damages. Below is where the fire took place.
    BLACKWOOD, N.J. (CBS) – Residents in Blackwood, New Jersey are receiving the COVID-19 vaccine at Camden County College’s megasite on Thursday, despite the snow. The snow has been coming down pretty steadily but it’s business as usual. There’s been a steady stream of cars navigating the Camden County College campus. RELATED: Dont Want To Be A Fan Anymore: Social Media In Uproar After Eagles Trade Carson Wentz To Indianapolis Colts People have been showing up for their allotted times, and it gets hectic in the parking lot. Although it feels like organized chaos outside, once inside, it’s smooth sailing. The mass vaccination site started at 7:30 a.m. Thursday. By noon, they’ve administered upwards of a thousand doses. Before closing up shop for the day, 2,000 people will get vaccinated for COVID-19, with half of them getting their second dose. RELATED: Philadelphia Weather: Winter Storm Warning In Effect As Area...
    Tim Boyd, mayor of Colorado City, went viral with his Facebook post on Tuesday The wife of the Texan mayor who called his snowed-in residents 'lazy' for asking for handouts during the snow storm has been fired from her school job, he claims in an updated post. Tim Boyd, mayor of Colorado City, 220 miles west of Fort Worth, said in an irate Facebook rant that people should 'get off your a** and take care of your own family' during the deadly storm. The extreme weather has left millions without power in Texas, with data from Oncor Electricity Delivery suggesting more than a quarter of Colorado City's 4,000 residents were without power at 9pm on Tuesday when it was 23 degrees. Boyd said in a second post that his family had come under fire for his controversial statements, leading to his wife Casey being fired from her job as...
    Dozens of residents in Texas' South Padre Island beach town have braved the deadly winter storm to rescue endangered sea turtles. Volunteers working with the local rescue group Sea Turtle, Inc. have taken more than 4,000 frozen turtles for rehabilitation at the town's convention center, the Washington Post reported. Conservationists hope to raise their body heat gradually as they lie on tarps and kiddie pools indoors. Wendy Knight, the executive director of the rescue group, told the outlet that the situation is 'unprecedented' and she fears hundreds of them may have already succumbed to 'cold stun.' 'A cold stun like this could have the potential to wipe out decades of hard work, and we're going through it with no power and a unique, more catastrophic challenge to our efforts,' she told the outlet. More than 4,000 sea turtles have been rescued in Texas after the winter storm caused the...
    PEDARA, Sicily (AP) — Residents and municipal teams worked Wednesday to clean up a Sicilian village near Mount Etna after Europe’s most active volcano spewed lava, ashes and volcanic stones. The eruption, which featured spectacular displays of gushing lava, forced the temporary closure of Sicily's Catania Airport, a frequent occurrence when Etna is in an active phase. As Tuesday's volcanic activity was largely expected, areas surrounding the crater were secured and there were no reported injuries or deaths. But nearby residents said the eruption was unusual in that big chunks of volcanic stones carpeted the area, not just ash. “It was a rain of stones. Something I never saw in my entire life,” Pedara resident Letizia Olivieri said. Pedara Mayor Alfio Cristaudo said the village was in emergency mode from the extent of the eruption. “The entire territory of Pedara and all the streets are covered in volcanic ashes and...
    PEDARA, Sicily (AP) — Residents and municipal teams worked Wednesday to clean up a Sicilian village near Mount Etna after Europe’s most active volcano spewed lava, ashes and volcanic stones. The eruption, which featured spectacular displays of gushing lava, forced the temporary closure of Sicily’s Catania Airport, a frequent occurrence when Etna is in an active phase. As Tuesday’s volcanic activity was largely expected, areas surrounding the crater were secured and there were no reported injuries or deaths. But nearby residents said the eruption was unusual in that big chunks of volcanic stones carpeted the area, not just ash. “It was a rain of stones. Something I never saw in my entire life,” Pedara resident Letizia Olivieri said. Pedara Mayor Alfio Cristaudo said the village was in emergency mode from the extent of the eruption. “The entire territory of Pedara and all the streets are covered in volcanic ashes...
    Shutterstock Police in Portland blocked people from collecting food that was thrown away, KOIN reported. The items were discarded at a Fred Meyer location amid power outages from the winter storm, the report said. A Fred Meyer spokesperson told KOIN the food was disposed of because "not safe for consumption." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Police in Portland, Oregon, blocked people from taking food that was thrown away by a local supermarket on Tuesday, according to local news.  As Portland's KOIN reported, a Fred Meyer supermarket lcoated in Northeast Portland faced a power outage due to the winter storm. Sealed food items were discarded in dumpsters near the store, where people in the neighborhood who may have also lost power arrived to recover the perishable around 2:30 p.m., according to The Oregonian. A local resident, Morgan Mckniff, who was filming at the scene, told the outlet...
    Police in Warren County are investigating reports of jewelry thefts at a local apartment complex that date back several years. Numerous pieces of jewelry may have been stolen from residents at the Mansfield Village apartment complex “over the past couple of years,” township police said. Past and current residents of the complex are asked to call Detective Camerata (908-689-6222 ext. 300) to report additional incidents of jewelry theft.
    BUCKS COUNTY, Pa. (CBS) –Two thousand Bucks County residents who thought they would get the first dose of the COVID vaccine Tuesday learned they would have to wait. As you can imagine, it created a lot of anger and frustration. “Obviously, we wanted everything to go perfectly. We fell short of that,” Bucks County Commissioner Robert Harvie said. RELATED: 11 People Rescued From Flooded Street After 48-Inch Water Main Breaks In North Philadelphia Following day 1 of COVID vaccinations in Bucks County, questions remain over major glitches that caused double bookings and cancellations of confirmed appointments scheduled. “We did have quite a few people who were registered and thought they had done things right and had appointments that we had to turn away,” Harvie said. Muriel Hastings says she had one of those Tuesday appointments. “I was told if I didn’t go I would be arrested,” she said. The group...
    By Rachel Bluth | California Healthline ANTIOCH — A mobile “strike team” is bringing vaccines to some of the Bay Area’s most vulnerable residents along with a message: This is how you avoid dying from COVID-19. So far, that message has been met with both nervous acceptance and outbursts of joy from a population that has been ravaged by the disease. One 68-year-old pastor, who lives in a racially diverse, low-income senior housing complex, rolled down his sleeve after his shot and said he wants to live to see 70 — just to spite the government. The team of county nurses and nonprofit workers is targeting Contra Costa County residents who are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines but have been left out: residents of small assisted-living facilities that haven’t yet been visited by CVS or Walgreens, and occasionally people who live in low-income senior housing. The retail pharmacy giants have a...
    After her mother’s death from COVID-19 complications in a New York nursing home, Vivian Zayas founded the advocacy group Voices for Seniors to "significantly improve the quality of life for our most vulnerable, elderly communities through grassroots initiatives and advocacy for protective legislation and reform." In an opinion piece in The New York Post, Vivian Zayas shared her rage about how her mother Ana Martinez, 78,  was left to die: "So, let me get this straight! While my mom was alone, gasping for air and unable to cry out for her family’s assistance, Gov. Cuomo and his team were worried about then-President Donald Trump’s tweets? That is a tell-tale sign of an out of touch, power-hungry narcissist unworthy of his office. It’s hard to believe it’s been almost a year since we gave our mother a hug and kiss." CLICK HERE FOR FULL CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE Aides to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo revealed that his state's...
    Customers of Silicon Valley’s largest water company are in an uproar after receiving yet another proposal to substantially hike up their monthly water bills. Under a new proposal from San Jose Water, the monthly bill of a typical customer would increase nearly 30% over the next four years — and that’s on top of an about 60% rise in rates since 2015. With many San Jose residents and families struggling financially amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many across the South Bay described the proposed hike as “outrageous,” “irresponsible” and “greedy.” If the California Public Utilities Commission, which is tasked with regulating privately owned public utilities, approves the company’s plan, customers would see an 18.73% rate hike next year alone, followed by 3.32% in 2023 and 3.38% in 2024, according to a public notice sent out last month. An additional 3% rate increase went into effect for 2021 in January. For a homeowner...
    The royal family has used an opaque procedure to approve legislation that has prevented tenants living in Prince Charles’ estate from purchasing their own homes, the Guardian reported Tuesday. Under an obscure parliamentary procedure known as Queen’s consent, Prince Charles and his mother were allowed to vet parliamentary bills that may have impacted the crown and approve them before they became law, according to the Guardian. The royal family’s ability to vet the legislation enabled them to secure special exemptions in three parliamentary acts spanning from 1967 to 2002 that prevented residents living in the Duchy of Cornwall’s property from buying their own homes, the Guardian reported. Unfortunately for residents, the exemptions have left them living in homes with marginal or no financial value, according to the British newspaper. (RELATED: British Troops Reportedly ‘Disgusted’ Over Prince Harry’s Behavior, Former Royal Marine Claims) Revealed: The Queen or Prince Charles have vetted...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff DUQUESNE, Pa. (KDKA) — Crews responded to a fire at a high-rise building in Duquesne on Monday night. RELATED: Ohio Mom Says She Came Home To Find 2 Boys Shot To Death And 1 Injured In Bedroom About 80 people were evacuated from the Grant Towers Apartments on Grant Avenue, officials said. Smoke was coming out of a unit on the seventh floor. RELATED: Police: More Than 50 Suspected Stolen Electronic Devices And Jewelry Found At Pennsylvania Home The fire chief said no one was hurt or trapped, but there is a lot of water damaged that is keeping people out in the cold. MORE: South Carolina Man Arrested In 2016 Cold Case Murder Of Pennsylvania Woman The American Red Cross is on the scene to assist anyone who may be displaced.
    PEOPLE living in a tiny waterside community where they have to walk six miles for clean water feel they are living in a “Third World” village. The Plas Panteidal in Gwynedd, north Wales, was once a “thriving” and “absolutely lovely” place. Daily Post Wales 9 Locals can’t drink tap water as the supply is contaminated with E. coli Daily Post Wales 9 Residents have to make a six-mile round trip to collected water – and their electricity grid is close to collapse But now the water supply is contaminated with E. coli and unfit for drinking, trees are in danger of falling onto homes, and the electricity grid is close to collapse. The access road is marred with potholes and is unfit for vehicles – and raw sewage once flowed down a hillside. On top of all of this, the 35 permanent residents who refuse to leave have...
    LAKEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4) – At least two people are displaced from their homes after a fire early Friday morning in Lakewood. It happened at 14th Avenue and Harlan Street just southwest of Sloan’s Lake. Our crews this morning on a structure fire at a small apartment building at 14th & Harlan. One unit is a total loss, another unit was damaged. At least two people displaced, potentially more. Cause is under investigation. pic.twitter.com/VBx8U5X8SX — WestMetroFire (@WestMetroFire) February 5, 2021 West Metro Fire Rescue officials said some Lakewood police officers helped people escape from the flames. No one was hurt. At least one unit is a total loss. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
    WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — About 10 people who had made appointments at a Connecticut CVS to get the coronavirus vaccine were ultimately not allowed to be vaccinated because they did not live or work in the state. The director of the Ledge Light Health District said a site inspection on Thursday at a Waterbury CVS found a group from New York waiting to be vaccinated, The Day reported. To be eligible for the vaccine in Connecticut, a person must be age 75 or older, a medical worker or first responder, a resident or worker at a long term care facility — and live or work in the state. Police responded to the CVS but said they are responsible for enforcing criminal law, not rules around vaccinations. "It was ultimately a (Department of Public Health) call, saying that there were people from New York trying to get vaccinated, refusing to leave,...
    By MICHAEL RUBINKAM, Associated Press The long-term care industry is calling on Pennsylvania to devote more of the state’s share of COVID-19 vaccine to nursing homes, personal care homes and assisted living facilities, saying the Wolf administration isn’t moving quickly enough to vaccinate the state’s most vulnerable residents. Appearing at a state Senate hearing Thursday, industry representatives said the Health Department is directing less than 20% of the state’s weekly allotment to facilities that care for older adults, forcing many desperate residents to wait weeks or months for the vaccine. Residents of long-term care facilities — along with health care workers — are supposed to be at the front of the line to get vaccinated, but the state projects it could be mid-April before that mission is complete. Elder-care executives said that's not good enough, noting that people who live in congregate care settings have borne the brunt of the...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- The Tri-State area continues to dig out and get back to normal Wednesday after the massive nor'easter dropped upwards of 18 inches of snow across parts of the area.New York City elementary students are back in the classroom after two days of remote-only learning, but there remain travel concerns due to coastal flooding and uncleared roads.Video posted on the Citizen app Tuesday afternoon showed a New York City sanitation truck being swept away by door-high water on Beach Channel Drive and Beach 84th Street in Rockaway.Some NYCHA residents were reportedly without heat, prompting City Council Member Fernando Cabrera to demand repairs to heating system."Once again, NYCHA residents are forced to live in inhumane conditions because of the neglect and lack of transparency of this agency," Cabrera said. "It's unimaginable that NYCHA would allow tenants of a senior citizen development to live without heat since the...
    LOWELL (CBS) — Moving two feet of snow was an all-day event in Lowell Tuesday. “My back is killing me right now,” said one Lowell resident. Monday’s nor’easter left behind about 24 inches of snow in the city. “I can definitely tell we’re the jackpot,” said Katie Pelton. She is tackling the mountain of snow in front of her home in shifts. “I woke up early before school to start with the walkway and get the bottom of the driveway and back out again to sort of finish it off and try to her to my car,” she said. When WBZ-TV met Ron Casaubon this afternoon he said he still had about three hours left of work left moving the snow. “I’ve been up since seven o’clock there is a back of the house and now we’re doing the front of the house,” said Casaubon. Luckily, his family came over to...
    BUCKS COUNTY, Pa. (CBS) — Conditions in Bucks County are improving as people dig out. The snow started tapering off in Doylestown around 2 p.m., but now, many residents are digging out from over a foot of snow. BUCKS COUNTY: Downtown Doylestown looking like a postcard after 48 hours of #snow. @DoylestownBoro @CBSPhilly pic.twitter.com/x24lkAa7Vr — Alicia Roberts (@ARobertsCBS) February 2, 2021 The scene at Main and State Streets is looking like something from a postcard right now with snow on the trees, street lights and sidewalk.  Throughout the day, road crews and residents alike spent Tuesday cleaning out and venturing out after a few days of being inside.  Kids of all ages breathed a sigh of relief that the storm is over and enjoyed the winter wonderland. Bucks EMS says they had nearly 1,000 emergency calls since midnight last night with the brunt of the storm hit Bucks County overnight. Schools...
    NINE care home residents have died after a horrific Covid outbreak – just 10 days after having the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. The tragic outbreak at the El Salvador care home in Lagartera, Spain, left all but one of the 78 residents infected. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 1Nine care home residents in Spain have died after a Covid outbreak The facility's residents and staff members were injected with the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine on January 13. Six days later, 10 residents started showing symptoms of the virus. However, Covid-19 symptoms begin to appear five to 14 days after a person is infected meaning it's highly likely the residents were infected with the disease before getting their jab. The home, run by an NGO called Messengers of Peace, issued a statement saying they will give residents the second...
    White people from across New York—both the city and the state—have swarmed the Armory Track & Field Center in the city’s Washington Heights neighborhood since its opening as a vaccine site on Jan. 14. They were there to successfully scoop up the bulk of over 25,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses intended for local, overwhelmingly Latinx residents. Authorities seemed oblivious until the story was broken by THE CITY on Jan. 26. “The entire focus of this project was to create a vaccine distribution point that would serve the Washington Heights community, and if that is not happening, it’s unacceptable,” a New York Department of Health spokesperson told the local news site after publication. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio called this unsurprising development “outrageous” and “totally backwards” in a Friday press briefing, CNN reported Saturday. "The more I learn about this, the angrier I get. Somehow,” deBlasio continued, ”instead of focusing on the Latino community of Washington Heights, a place that really was hit hard by COVID,...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The combination of heavy snow and big waves on Lake Michigan this weekend has people who live along the lakefront concerned about a one-two combination of storm damage. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect through 6 p.m. Sunday, with up to 11 inches of snow possible in some parts of the Chicago area, and a Lakeshore Flood Advisory is in effect until early Monday, due to waves of up to 12 feet on Lake Michigan. At Rogers Beach Park, visitors could get an idea of the forces that are possible from the winter storm. Near Rogers Avenue and Lakeview Terrace, about 20 feet above lake level, high waves churning mid-afternoon had already coated a 20-foot high utility pole in ice. The concern is those big waves could carry chunks of ice, the equivalent of Mother Nature throwing bowling balls, and there’s concern property damage could follow....
    Sequim, Washington (CNN)The 7,000 residents of Sequim, Washington, nestled in a valley on the Olympic peninsula two hours west of Seattle, are grappling with a big question: Has the QAnon conspiracy taken hold of their mayor?"Why do you publicly support QAnon," two callers asked this week during the mayor's monthly "Coffee with the Mayor" community access radio broadcast."What does the Punisher symbol mean to you?" asked another caller, referring to the comic book antihero icon that has been adopted by QAnon followers. "Are you concerned that the publicity received as a result of your stance on QAnon will hurt our reputation?"Mayor William Armacost answered each question on his radio program calmly, patiently and with scant apology about his growing internet attention as a mayor who called the conspiracy theory a "truth movement."QAnon believers are in disarray after Biden is inaugurated"I have never publicly stated I support it," Armacost said, referring...
    More On: nursing homes Letters to the Editor — Jan. 30, 2021 AG report finds NY nursing homes with low staffing had most deaths ‘Who cares?!’ Cuomo callously addresses COVID nursing home death report Cuomo’s not off the hook for refusing to release COVID nursing home death data: watchdog After a damning report from New York Attorney General Letitia James this week, Gov. Cuomo and his staff finally released mortality data that adds to the toll that COVID-19 has taken on the state’s nursing-home residents. It’s a start — but it mustn’t be the end of it: The state needs to keep critical nursing-home data coming, and on a timely basis. On Thursday, New York’s attorney general released a review in which she estimated the total number of nursing-home residents who have perished from COVID-19 has been undercounted by the Department of Health by more than 50 percent. Shortly...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — It’s cold outside, and some folks are doing their best to keep things warm and stylish for people in need. On Friday, the Daisie Foundation gave out new clothes and accessories to 150 CHA residents. They brought 24 racks of clothing for a Friday morning shopping experience to the Hayes Center at 49th and Wabash. The Daisie Foundation specializes in random acts of kindness. Also From CBS Chicago: 14-Year-Old Charged In Series Of Chicago Carjackings Illinois State Employee Says He Had To Quit After IDHS Refused To Allow Him To Keep Working From Home, Despite High COVID Risk Vernon Hills Police Chief Threatens To Yank Body Cameras From Officers If Illinois Criminal Justice Reform Bill Passes
    NEW YORK -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration confirmed Thursday that thousands more nursing home residents died of COVID-19 than the state's official tallies had previously acknowledged, dealing a potential blow to his image as a pandemic hero.The surprise development, after months of the state refusing to divulge its true numbers, showed that at least 12,743 long-term care residents died of the virus as of Jan. 19, far greater than the official tally of 8,505 on that day, cementing New York's toll as one of the highest in the nation.Those numbers are consistent with a report released just hours earlier by state Attorney General Letitia James charging that the nursing home death count could be off by about 50%, largely because New York is one of the only states to count just those who died on facility grounds, not those who later died in the hospital."While we cannot bring...
    A group of disenfranchised Colorado residents are exploring the possibility of annexing from their home state and changing boundary lines so their entire county would become part of Wyoming. Christopher “Todd” Richards is leading the effort with his “Weld County Wyoming" political committee, created last February, according to local outlet Fox 31 KDVR. The organization is working to get a measure added to the November 2021 ballot that would encourage county commissioners to “engage and explore the annexation of Weld County with the State of Wyoming's Legislature.” The purpose of the measure is to “get out from under the thumb” of Colorado’s more liberal government, according to the group’s Facebook page. “Denver and Boulder have declared war not only on Weld County, but common sense itself with regulations designed to kill energy jobs,” according to one November post. “Putting radical animal rights activists in positions of power over the ranching...
    More than $17 million is being returned to people in Massachusetts who had fallen prey to false advertising or another business scam since 2018. According to data provided by the Federal Trade Commission, since July 2018 more than 99,000 Massachusetts residents have been bilked out of $17.65 million through savings and loans, unauthorized debts and charges, grant, and payday loan scams among other types of deception. When the FTC sends refunds, it usually uses customer lists and contact information it gets from the defendants, the FTC said. If that information isn’t available, the agency may ask people to file a claim or use its Consumer Sentinel database to find people who are eligible for a refund.  To see if you are eligible for a refund, visit the sentinel database as well as the FTC online.   THE MOST REFUNDS IN MA From July 2018 through 2020, the businesses that had to...
    PANICKED residents had to jump from a burning building after a huge fire engulfed a home in Birmingham last night. At least two people are in hospital being treated for potentially serious injuries after jumping to safety following the blaze in Handsworth. 4Residents jumped from the roof of the burning house to safety Credit: BPM Media The fire broke out on Tuesday night shortly after 11pm in the property in Regent Road, Birmingham. Over 30 firefighters were called to the scene to battle the blaze - as well as three ambulances, three paramedic officers, and a MERIT trauma car with a doctor and critical care paramedic on board. Dramatic pictures show emergency services dealing with the fire as a number of residents hurried to move their cars out of the way. A man and a woman leapt from the roof in a bid to flee the fire and...
    BEN LOMOND — At the base of the mountain, still littered with fallen redwoods, a worn path leads to a red, weathered toy box overflowing with soggy teddy bears and rusted trains. A message is stenciled on a wooden sign behind it: “Somewhere in this area lie my two grandsons Trevor, 7, & Kelly, 5. Please do not dump any trash.” Signed, “Grandma Olson.” This is a memorial on Love Creek Road from the superstorm of 1982, that killed 22 people in the San Lorenzo Valley, including 10 along Love Creek who perished when the rain-soaked mountain gave way and buried the McCluskey boys and their parents. It is also a warning. Another storm that started to blow in Tuesday afternoon was expected to dump up to 8 inches overnight and has the potential to do similar damage. It’s yet another calamity threatening this little hamlet and neighboring Boulder Creek...
    A 38-year-old New Jersey house cleaner has been charged with stealing jewelry from several elderly clients, authorities said. Linda Kreig of Wrightsown was charged last Tuesday with multiple counts of theft after a yearlong investigation, Manchester police said. Manchester police officers responded to several homes where the victims reported their jewelry had been stolen by a woman working for a Toms River-based company between May and December 2019, authorities said. Detective Joseph Fastige identified Kreig as the house cleaner and subsequently charged her with four counts of third degree theft.  The Manchester Township Police Department’s Patrol Division, the Barnegat Township Police Department and the Ocean County Prosecutor’s office assisted in the investigation. Authorities suspect there may be additional, unidentified victims, they said. The Manchester Township Police is requesting anyone who had Kreig clean their homes and believes that they may have been the victim of a theft to please contact Detective...
    TEWKSBURY (CBS) – The coronavirus pandemic has forced many people across Massachusetts to work from home, but one town in the state is now hailed as one of the best places to live in the country if you are a remote worker. Tewksbury was ranked by Money Magazine as one of 10 best places to live if you work from home. It was ranked 10th and was the only New England town on the list. The number one place to work from home was Reston, Virginia. “Tewksbury is a great choice for anyone who works from home and doesn’t mind a little cold,” the magazine said in a statement. “And why should you? While commuters here travel an average 34 minutes each way, you won’t need to trudge through the 43 inches of snow a year, much less leave the toasty comforts of your Massachusetts home.” According to the magazine,...
    As COVID vaccine programs in the Bay Area and beyond face shortages, delays and confusion, President Joe Biden on Thursday laid out a national strategy to attack the pandemic and get more shots in arms. In his second full day in office, which also marked the one-year anniversary of the first U.S. confirmed case of coronavirus, Biden signed 10 executive orders and directives, unveiled his detailed, 198-page COVID strategy and brought Dr. Anthony Fauci — the country’s cop infectious disease expert — back into the national spotlight. The president moved Thursday to ramp up the nation’s supply of vaccines and personal protective equipment, increase testing sites, reimburse states for vaccine expenses and expand outreach to underserved communities, while also mandating that people wear masks while traveling. The actions prompted a sigh of relief from many health experts and politicians in California, where efforts to vaccinate residents have faced frustrating hiccups....
    Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) is traveling to Washington, DC, to attend Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday despite urging residents not to leave the state. “I am honored to attend the inauguration of President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and ready to begin working closely with each of them to fight this virus, save lives and put the country back on track,” Whitmer said in a news release. The Detroit Free Press reported: Whitmer has generally discouraged Michiganders from traveling and attending gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic. Her spokeswoman could not immediately say whether Whitmer was taking any special precautions or whether she was flying commercial or in a state plane. “Certainly she will adhere to all COVID-19 safety precautions as it relates to travel and while she’s there,” spokeswoman Tiffany Brown said. The trip will not be paid for with tax dollars, Brown said. She...
    A BABY had to be thrown from an upstairs window after an alleged arson attack left residents trapped inside. Firefighters rushed to the property in Sheffield, South Yorks, at 8.35pm last night following reports of a blaze. SWNS:South West News Service 3 Firefighters rushed to the flat in Sheffield last night SWNS:South West News Service 3 Officers have launced an investigation and three men have since been arrested on suspicion of arson A number of residents were trapped in the building and emergency crews had to mount a daring rescue operation to get them out. According to reports, a person in one of the flats in the block had to throw a baby out of a window to a member of the public below. Residents in nearby housing assisted the rescue effort by helping people to safety down ladders. FLAT BLAZE Three men have since been arrested on...
    Joanna Eberts for the Center for Public Integrity Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.This story was produced in collaboration with the Center for Public Integrity and Columbia Journalism Investigations. It was co-published in partnership with Mother Jones, The Arizona Republic, and Orlando Sentinel. Regional stories based on the heat illness data analysis produced by CJI can be found in Orlando Sentinel and The Arizona Republic. Mario Wilcox won’t set out in the summer without an emergency kit in his car trunk: a cooler with an ice pack and a blanket. He learned this improvised life saver from his time in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars; ice and a wet cloth can cool down an overheated body. Now he finds it vital in the intensifying heat of Fort Pierce, Florida, and especially...
    As public health officials scramble to clear a backlog of unused COVID-19 vaccine by opening the process to anyone 65 or older, new data show they failed to quickly deliver shots to the vast majority of California’s most vulnerable residents, who were supposed to be the priority. As of Sunday, only about 5% of long-term care facility residents in the statewide vaccination program — including people in skilled nursing homes and assisted living centers — had been vaccinated, according to California Department of Public Health data obtained by The Times. And while the vaccines became available in the U.S. in mid-December, only 3% of California facilities in the program had been scheduled for their first visit from a vaccination team as of Sunday, the data show. “I find that infuriating,” said Lee Collins, whose 91-year-old mother is in a Beverly Hills assisted living facility where nobody had been...
    The mayor of Miami wants to reserve all coronavirus vaccine doses for residents who live inside city limits. It comes as reports have surfaced that many snowbirds and rich people from places such as New York City have been flying down to Florida to receive the jab. Federal regulations and guidance from emergency managers state that there cannot be residency requirements for vaccines. But Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, who pitched the idea during a city commission meeting on Thursday, says he wants to implement a 'Miami First' policy, reported the Miami Herald. Suarez requested that the city manager and attorney 'take all legal steps necessary' to give vaccines to elderly and vulnerable populations first and prevent non-residents from receiving the shots.   'We're seeing a lot of high profile people who are in effect saying that they got priority over our residents,' Suarez said.  'Obviously whatever we do has to pass legal...
    As the coronavirus spreads relentlessly through Los Angeles County, poor neighborhoods and the region’s Latino and Black communities continue to bear the brunt of illness and death, according to data released Wednesday. These groups have been disproportionately hard hit since the beginning of the pandemic, but the gap had eased during the summer. That progress has disappeared and members of those communities are now dying at rates far worse than at any previous point in the COVID-19 crisis. People living in the most impoverished neighborhoods of the county are now averaging about 36 deaths a day per 100,000 residents. By contrast, those living in the wealthiest areas are experiencing about 10 deaths a day per 100,000 residents. Latino residents in L.A. County are dying at an astonishing eight times the rate they once did — from 3½ daily deaths per 100,000 in early November to 28 deaths a...
    You won’t have to go home, but you can’t smoke here. The mayor of Amsterdam has submitted a proposal to ban non-residents from being able to purchase cannabis products at any of the city’s 166 marijuana-tolerant coffee houses – also known as coffeeshops – starting in 2022. The initiative, she says, is designed to deter foreign visitors from viewing Amsterdam as a destination for "soft drug tourism." "Amsterdam is an international city and we wish to attract tourists – but for its richness, its beauty and its cultural institutions," wrote Mayor Femke Halsema in a recent letter to the Amsterdam city council, The Guardian reports. 5 COUNTRIES SUFFERING THE BIGGEST TOURISM REVENUE LOSSES AMID THE PANDEMIC Under the new measure, only residents of the Netherlands would be allowed to purchase small amounts of marijuana within the city’s coffeeshops. Such regulations are already in place in other major Dutch cities since 2013, though Amsterdam...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh released a report Monday outlining recommendations to help residents recover from impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The report comes from the COVID-19 Access to Justice Task Force, which worked for six months to identify the hurdles residents face to get the help they need when dealing with things like evictions, custody battles and other issues that may involve the court system. It also identified the structural racism and inequalities that have added to the challenges faced by communities of color. Residents have complained of being bounced between state departments and a lack information on where to get help. “COVID-19 did not create the systemic failings and inequities of our social safety net and civil justice system. Rather, the pandemic exacerbated and brought to light these deficiencies and the significant harm they cause,” Frosh said. “Comprised of experts from a broad range...
    California continues to remain the nation's hardest hit state during the pandemic as coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths keep surging. In Los Angeles County, the epicenter of the state's outbreak, a new death due to COVID-19 is now reported every eight minutes.    On Thursday, Mayor Eric Garcetti said the number of people who died in the county in one day is equivalent to the number of homicide deaths the city saw last year. 'Yesterday we had 259 deaths, that's one more than all the homicides in 2019 in LA city combined,' Garcetti told reporters at his news conference. 'In a single day, equal to a year of homicides.'  It comes as state officials issued a travel advisory recommending people not travel more than 120 miles away from home and government officials say a commonly used test may be returning false negatives. SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO  re than 11,000 residents...
    YONKERS, New York (WABC) -- Yonkers residents are furious after they were forced to evacuate their high-rise apartment building on Thursday following a four-alarm fire the previous night.Residents say they were notified via pink fliers that they would need to evacuate their building on Glenwood Avenue by 8 p.m. Thursday.Many residents found out about the evacuation order as they returned home from work, and management was nowhere to be found."Are you kidding me?! Like how you do people like that? What are we dogs?! What are we dogs?! We are working people," resident Edward McCoy said.When they attempted to contact building management, they say there was no answer. The office closed at 4 p.m. Yonkers residents furious; notified at 4p only via pink fliers they need to evacuate by 8p. After yesterday’s fire parts of building condemned. Many finding out as they returned from work. Management nowhere to be found,...
    Firefighters battled a four-alarm blaze and saved three residents trapped in a third-floor apartment building in Westchester County that left 20 apartments uninhabitable. The fire took place around 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6, at 1 Glenwood Ave., in Yonkers, said Yonkers Fire Department Deputy Chief Joseph Citrone. Arriving fire crews saw heavy fire coming from a third-floor apartment. Three residents were rescued by an outside ladder from one of the crews, Citrone said. The fire started inside a third-floor apartment and when the resident fled, the apartment door was not closed and the fire spread to the entire hallway causing a blowtorch effect that took numerous companies to extinguish, he added. Heavy smoke traveled throughout the entire building and resulted in numerous rescues and calls for help.  One family had to jump from their 19th-floor balcony to the 18th-floor balcony to escape the smoke, Citrone said. It took crews about...
    BEAVER COUNTY (KDKA) – After dozens of residents at the Brighton Rehab & Wellness Center in Beaver County died from COVID-19, lawyers are claiming the center is immune to any lawsuits. The lawyers are claiming that healthcare providers are protected from any liability during a national health emergency. This claim comes as they’re asking to be dismissed from a lawsuit filed against Brighton Rehab a few months ago. RELATED: ‘Brighton Put Profit Over Patients’: Families Sue Brighton Rehab Over Coronavirus Outbreak That Killed 73 They say they are shielded by what’s called the “Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act” – better known as PREP. In March, the secretary of health and human services issued a declaration under this act, which guards healthcare facilities against liability when it comes to the handling of COIVD-19 unless there is misconduct. Attorneys filed this motion in federal court on...
    Homeless men living at the controversial Upper West Side Lucerne Hotel will be allowed to choose whether or not they want to be relocated to another shelter in the Financial District, an appellate court has ruled. The city planned to move some 200 homeless men living at the Lucerne to a Radisson hotel downtown. But the relocation has been repeatedly halted as an October lawsuit by downtown residents seeking to stop the plan worked its way through the courts. A five-judge appellate panel Tuesday unanimously blocked the city from transferring all the homeless men — saying the city is only “permitted to relocate those residents who voluntarily choose to be moved.” The ruling by the First Department, Appellate Division came after three Lucerne residents requested the decision to move all the men be put on hold pending an appeal of a lower court’s decision allowing the relocation to go...
    Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser urged residents of the nation's capital on Sunday to stay out of the downtown area where a pro-Trump rally to protest the election results is scheduled for Wednesday.  The Democratic mayor advised residents not to engage with demonstrators "who come to our city seeking confrontation, and we will do what we must to ensure all who attend remain peaceful."  Bowser reminded the public and anyone attending the rally that firearms are prohibited "within 1,000 feet of any First Amendment activity."  The mayor's statement comes as police have been posting signs near where the rally is set to take place, notifying the public that all firearms will be prohibited. Police said the prohibition on carrying weapons at the rally includes D.C. residents who have a concealed carry permit. Photos of the notices were posted on Twitter by FOX 5 DC reporter Jesse Burkett-Hall. The rally coincides on the...
    With Los Angeles County now a leading hot spot of America’s coronavirus crisis, the statistics are hard to process. A person is dying every 10 minutes. And Mayor Eric Garcetti noted Sunday that a person is getting infected every six seconds. But one thing about the pandemic has not changed during the darkest phase: those who suffer most. For those with the means to stay home and the strength to avoid gatherings, COVID-19 has remained a relatively low risk. For people living in crowded conditions and who must work, it’s become an even more mortal threat. Workplaces remain an area of growing concern, amid new outbreaks at retail establishments as well as other businesses deemed essential. The massive increase in cases makes the chances of workplace transmission higher. “If you had a workplace before where you had 500 workers, there might be one person who was infected, so the risk...
    THE death toll from a Covid-infected Father Christmas’s visit to a care home has now risen to at least 27. Residents of the Hemelrijck care home near Antwerp, Belgium, were still in isolation last night. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 3The death toll from a Covid-infected Father Christmas’s visit to Hemelrijck care home has now risen to at least 27Credit: AFP Cases began to soar after Santa’s visit on December 5. The spreader tested positive for coronavirus after officials at the home noticed a spike in cases. Pictures showed the white-bearded man — not yet named — sitting close to elderly residents. The home said: “We offer our sincere condolences to the family members. "Hemelrijck acknowledges that communication with family members has not always gone smoothly in recent weeks. "As a team, we are doing our utmost to improve this.” 3Residents of...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- 2020 will be a year that goes down in history, from the coronavirus pandemic to the presidential election.For some, it was a year filled with loss, while for others it was a year filled with unexpected joys.VIDEO: Here's a look back at San Francisco's New Year's Eve fireworks show from years pastWe spoke to several Bay Area residents to see what they remembered most from this tumultuous year.Some residents expressed their frustration with the pandemic and not being able to see family, while others remember moments like Joe Biden winning the election and adopting a new fur baby.Watch their responses in the media player above. WATCH: Goodbye 2020: Looking back at key moments and events that shaped the yearEMBED More News Videos As we close out the year, a look back at the major news events in 2020. RELATED STORIES & VIDEOS: These 13 people defined...
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Officials are continuing to asses building damage caused by the Christmas Day bombing as law enforcement officials on Thursday allowed media outlets the first opportunity to survey the downtown Nashville explosion site. The photos show blown out windows, debris spilling out of buildings onto sidewalks and a dark crater where the bomb directly went off. “Our priority is to try to make residents and businesses whole and Metro is working to get business owners and residents back into their properties as quickly as possible and to assist those who’ve lost their jobs,” Mayor John Cooper told reporters earlier that day. City officials hoped to finish their assessment of the structural damage of the 41 affected buildings by Thursday. That same day, the FBI on social media announced that two missing cats, Martin and Molly, had been reunited with their owners after one was found under blankets...
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Officials are continuing to asses building damage caused by the Christmas Day bombing as law enforcement officials on Thursday allowed media outlets the first opportunity to survey the downtown Nashville explosion site. The photos show blown out windows, debris spilling out of buildings onto sidewalks and a dark crater where the bomb directly went off. “Our priority is to try to make residents and businesses whole and Metro is working to get business owners and residents back into their properties as quickly as possible and to assist those who’ve lost their jobs,” Mayor John Cooper told reporters earlier that day. City officials hoped to finish their assessment of the structural damage of the 41 affected buildings by Thursday. That same day, the FBI on social media announced that two missing cats, Martin and Molly, had been reunited with their owners after one was...
    A proposal to redesign the South Carolina state flag was thrown out after residents mocked and harshly criticized the new design, according to CNN. The South Carolina State Flag Study Committee was tasked with “proposing an official, uniform design for the state flag based on historically accurate details and legislative adoptions,” according to the committee’s report, and it met no more than five times between 2018 and 2020. NEW: South Carolina’s flag design committee is going back to the drawing board after the entire internet rose up and declared as one: This flag sucks https://t.co/yK6lOzY7EW — Avery Wilks (@AveryGWilks) December 30, 2020 The committee’s redesign kept the indigo background and the crescent remained in the same place. However, the palmetto tree in the center of the flag was redesigned, CNN reported. “Perhaps the most difficult task of the committee has faced in its work has been the adaptation of...
    The World Health Organization has said social isolation can be as damaging to health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. The problem worsens as we get older. Zoe Moser, a 12-year-old student at Bull Run Middle School in Gainesville, Virginia, knows from personal experience. When she wasn’t able to visit her elderly cousin who lives in a nursing home in North Carolina, she got an idea for a new business called The Zoe Project. She wanted to make a handmade card to show her cousin that she was thinking about her, so she did. Then other residents of the nursing home wanted cards too, so she sent them to others as well. Moser said the cards sometimes have inspirational Bible verses, or words of encouragement to help lift a person’s spirits. Moser said her church also stopped visiting the nursing home in her area, so she decided to send cards...
    Newly-released 911 calls have revealed the panic and confusion among terrified residents during the massive explosion that tore through downtown Nashville on Christmas Day. Nashville dispatchers began fielding calls just before 6am last Friday after panicked residents called in to report what they believed were gunshots near Second Avenue North.  In a chilling audio recording released by the Nashville Emergency Communications Center Wednesday, one woman, identified as Mallory, is heard frantically pleading for help after telling dispatchers her building was collapsing.  'My entire building just fell down and it's collapsing. I live at [address] please come. Please come,' she says, while explaining that she does not know what is happening.  Nashville Emergency Communications Center on Wednesday released a series of 911 calls from the Christmas Day bombing Debris remains on the sidewalk in front of buildings damaged in a Christmas Day explosion Tuesday As the dispatcher attempts to take...
    Los Angeles residents are expressing concern over New Year's Eve concerts planned in the area by Christian evangelical singer Sean Feucht, citing what they call his lack of regard for coronavirus precautions. Community leaders have asked Feucht, who has hosted several Christian music concerts across the U.S. this year with maskless attendees, to reconsider holding performances in Skid Row and Echo Park, with some vowing to block off the area, the Los Angeles Times reported. "We know based on his track record whatever he’s going to do is going to be maskless,” Church Without Walls pastor Stephen "Cue" Jn-Marie told the newspaper. "The problem we’re facing is even prior to the stay-at-home order, people come into the community and say they’re bringing resources but what they’re bringing is the disease.” Jn-Marie teamed up with Pete White, executive director of the L.A. Community Action Network, to create a Facebook event calling on other residents to help form...
    Wild squirrels have been attacking residents living in the New York City borough of Queens since late November, leaving many afraid of venturing outside.   The wild attacks have occurred mostly in Rego Park, with the bulk of them happening on 65th Drive near Fitchett Street. One woman has even had to go to the emergency room, with others expressing their worry about even going outside.   'It just basically runs up my leg and I'm like OK squirrel, hello, what are you doing,' Micheline Frederick told ABC7 about her December 21 attack.  The wild attacks have occurred mostly in Rego Park, with the bulk of them happening on 65th Drive near Fitchett Street ABC7 Privacy Policy RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next COVID-19 fatalities are rising at such an alarming rate that... Super-COVID IS in the US: Colorado man in his 20s with...
    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (CBS4) – Centennial is considered one of the best cities in the country for remote workers. That’s according to RetailMeNot. The municipality in the southern part of the Denver metro area came in at No. 8 on RetailMeNot’s list, which is based on community and safety, housing and living costs, plus weather and health. To land on the list a city had to have a population of at least 100,000. Centennial has a population of 100,377. According to the survey, cities in Midwestern and mountain states have the most appeal. “The top cities tend to have lower tax rates, ideal weather for outdoor recreation, healthy citizens, and several other beneficial characteristics for people working from home.,” the RetailMeNot editors wrote. Centennial describes itself in the following way on the city’s official Facebook page: Located in the south metro Denver area, the City of Centennial, Colorado, is home to...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) — With more than 1,000 reported deaths in less than two weeks, the number of Florida residents who have died of COVID-19 exceeded 21,000 on Saturday, according to the state Department of Health. The department’s website showed 21,135 residents have died since the pandemic started. Also, 302 non-residents have died in Florida. The number of resident deaths increased by 140 from a Thursday count, as the department did not release statistics on Christmas Day. Florida exceeded 20,000 reported resident deaths on Dec. 14, hitting 20,003 that day. Deaths, positive cases and hospitalizations surged this fall and have continued into the early days of winter. As of Saturday, 1,264,588 people had tested positive since the pandemic started, an increase of 17,042 from Thursday. The state Agency for Health Care Administration reported 5,647 people hospitalized Saturday with “primary” diagnoses of COVID-19, including 971 in Miami-Dade County. On Oct. 26, by...
    A Kansas police department is on a mission this week on behalf of an anonymous donor acting as a Secret Santa by handing out $100 bills to residents. Shawnee Police Officer Matt Sumpter has been on the force for 20 years, but Wednesday’s task is his favorite part about being a police officer — surprising residents with a little extra cash this Christmas, KMBC reported. “I would like for you to have some of Secret Santa’s money. I have a $100 bill with your name on it,” Sumpter told one woman. “Still in shock, a little tears. I appreciate, and I thank you so much,” the woman said. For the past five years, an anonymous donor has given thousands of dollars to Shawnee residents to spread Christmas cheer around the holidays. Sumpter believes everyone could use a little extra help during the holiday season, especially as the coronavirus pandemic lingers. “The...
    Some 18 care home residents have now died from coronavirus after an infected Santa Claus came to visit in Belgium. Sinterklaas and his helpers in black face known as Zwarte Piet ('Black Pete') infected 121 residents and 36 staff at the Hemelrijck care home in Mol, Antwerp, earlier this month. Pictures of the man dressed as St Nicholas emerged to two weeks ago and the 'superspreader' has been blamed for the home's rising death toll since.   Five more elderly residents died over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and at least one was treated with oxygen.  The Father Christmas fell ill and tested positive for Covid-19 three days after visiting, prompting health officials to start testing at the home. The volunteer dressed as Sinterklaas was welcomed in to spread Christmas cheer among the 150 residents of the Hemelrijck care home in Mol, Antwerp (pictured: residents enjoying mulled wine and oranges as Santa...
    By Lidia Kelly MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Sydney residents were urged not to head to the shops for Boxing Day bargains, while those in some northern beach suburbs prepared to re-enter a strict lockdown for three days from Sunday as the city seeks to stamp out a coronavirus outbreak. The state of New South Wales recorded nine new coronavirus cases, eight of them directly linked to the northern beaches outbreak, which now stands at 116 confirmed cases. Lockdown measures for some suburbs were first imposed on Dec. 19 but were eased slightly for the Christmas break. "Our strategy is to make sure we nip this in the bud as soon as we can," the state's premier, Gladys Berejiklian, said at a televised news conference. "And in the next few days we will let the community know what New Year's Eve will look like and what January looks like for the northern...
    New York State could lose a seat in the House of Representatives after more than 100,000 residents left the state within the past year, according to multiple reports. Between July 2019 and July 2020, 126,355 left the state, a dip of 0.65 percent, a preliminary estimate from the U.S. Census Bureau showed, according to Empire Center. New York lost the most residents of any state, according to Fox News. Illinois came in second for population decline, losing 79,487 people since last year, according to Lohud. The exodus could cause issues for the state during the 2022 federal reapportionment. William Frey, chief demographer for the Brookings Institution, said that if the numbers hold, the state is one of ten that could lose a House seat. The Airbnb logo (R) is displayed on the Nasdaq digital billboard in Times Square in New York on December 10, 2020. (Photo by Kena Betancur /...
    DETROIT (AP) — A judge said Monday that she’ll wait until January before deciding whether to give preliminary approval to a $641 million settlement in a lawsuit by Flint residents who were exposed to water contaminated with lead and bacteria. Residents in the city of 100,000 still will get a chance to give their opinion if preliminary approval is granted, U.S. District Judge Judith Levy told lawyers over Zoom. “If that hearing needs to go two or three or more days, that is how long it will take,” Levy said. “I will be keeping the pedal to the metal to move the litigation forward,” she said. “But on the other hand, nothing is more important to me than hearing all sides of an issue and having the time to consider them carefully.” Most of the money — $600 million — is coming from the state of Michigan. Regulators in then-Gov. Rick Snyder’s...
    By ED WHITE, Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — A judge said Monday that she'll wait until January before deciding whether to give preliminary approval to a $641 million settlement in a lawsuit by Flint residents who were exposed to water contaminated with lead and bacteria. Residents in the city of 100,000 still will get a chance to give their opinion if preliminary approval is granted, U.S. District Judge Judith Levy told lawyers over Zoom. “If that hearing needs to go two or three or more days, that is how long it will take,” Levy said. “I will be keeping the pedal to the metal to move the litigation forward," she said. "But on the other hand, nothing is more important to me than hearing all sides of an issue and having the time to consider them carefully.” Most of the money — $600 million — is coming from the state...
    DETROIT (AP) — A judge said Monday that she’ll wait until January before deciding whether to give preliminary approval to a $641 million settlement in a lawsuit by Flint residents who were exposed to water contaminated with lead and bacteria. Residents in the city of 100,000 still will get a chance to give their opinion if preliminary approval is granted, U.S. District Judge Judith Levy told lawyers over Zoom. “If that hearing needs to go two or three or more days, that is how long it will take,” Levy said. “I will be keeping the pedal to the metal to move the litigation forward,” she said. “But on the other hand, nothing is more important to me than hearing all sides of an issue and having the time to consider them carefully.” Most of the money — $600 million — is coming from the state of Michigan. Regulators in then-Gov....
    By Cate Cadell and Thomas Suen WUHAN, China (Reuters) - In China's Wuhan, the original epicentre of the COVID-19 outbreak, the city's residents are returning to normal life, even as they continue to grapple with memories of the early outbreak, which struck fear in the city. It's been almost seven months since the city recorded a locally transmitted case of the disease due to a strict city-wide lockdown and a mass testing event of almost all the city's 11 million residents. Today, restaurants, shopping streets and bars are crowded, but locals are still experiencing the lasting impact of the lockdown on mental health and work. Reuters asked people throughout Wuhan to share images and videos they took during their outbreak, as well as their hopes for 2021, as the city approaches the one-year anniversary of the outbreak. City health officials released the first public notice of the then-unknown virus on...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)– Firefighters in Aurora rushed to a burning apartment building on Friday night. The Amber Apartments complex is located in the 1900 block of North Peoria Street. (credit: Aurora Fire Rescue) Crews tackled the fire which was contained to two units, leaving six residents displaced. The Red Cross will help them find temporary housing. (credit: Aurora Fire Rescue) No one was injured in the fire. What caused the fire is being investigated. Sadly, 6 residents are displaced due to this fire in a five-story apartment complex. 2 units impacted by fire and @COWYRedCross is being contacted to provide support. This incident is under investigation and there are no additional updates expected. pic.twitter.com/OI4UzkKbi3 — Aurora Fire Rescue (@AuroraFireDpt) December 19, 2020
    Residents and fellows at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, California, formed a protest Friday after staff members who are working from home were selected to receive the first round of the coronavirus vaccine instead of front-line workers. “I saw 16 COVID patients in the past 24 hours … more than double the amount of residents getting the vaccine,” one of the doctor’s signs read. “First in the room, back of the line,” another said. NEW: Stanford used an algorithm to decide who got the #COVID #vaccine first, and the result was only 7 of the first 5,000 slots went to residents… the same week they were asked to volunteer for ICU coverage in anticipation of a surge in COVID-19 cases.https://t.co/tupAeyHudx pic.twitter.com/gr5CaPoV7G — Caroline Chen (@CarolineYLChen) December 18, 2020 There is an enormous demonstration going on at @Stanford Hospital right now carried out by staff, who are protesting the decision...
    SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge Thursday declined to block Seattle officials from removing a homeless encampment from a city park. Officials intended to clear Cal Anderson Park in the Capitol Hill neighborhood Wednesday morning. They postponed the sweep after makeshift barriers went up, dozens of black clad protesters arrived and park resident Ada Yeager filed a federal lawsuit. Yeager claimed a sweep would violate her civil rights, include rights to due process before being deprived of property, and that the park was targeted for a sweep for political reasons, in violation of the First Amendment, because residents have criticized officials and police. But following telephone arguments Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Richard Jones ruled Thursday afternoon that Yeager had offered little to no evidence that her rights to free expression or due process were violated. Seattle officials have argued that the encampment, which until recently had about 50 residents, poses...
    ALLENTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — The Lehigh Valley looks like a winter wonderland one week before Christmas Eve. They were in the bull’s-eye of all the snow from the storm as the big cleanup is under way. There are mounds of snow-covered cars as far as the eye can see in downtown Allentown as folks begin the slow and exhausting process of digging out. “I’ve been here since this morning around 11. I took a break from shoveling and I came back out to finish what I started,” Haniel Delvillar said. The Lehigh Valley saw the brunt of Wednesday’s nor’easter, with gusty winds and snow totals of about 9 inches. The steady heavy snow gave way to snow-covered streets and hours worth of finding ways for residents to become mobile again. “It’s really crazy, especially from COVID still going on. We’re trying so hard not to be out too much, but...
    SANTA ROSA (CBS SF) — Firefighters rescued four dogs from a smokey fire at a four-plex apartment building in Santa Rosa Wednesday evening, according to the Santa Rosa Fire Department. Dispatchers received a call around 7:27 p.m. about a fire at 2450 Plata Ct. The caller noted that one of the apartment windows was glowing and turning brown from the smoke. Firefighters with two rescued puppies (BCN) Three engines, a ladder truck and a battalion chief responded. Upon arrival, the firefighters found one unit was charged with heavy smoke, but the residents were not home. Just as crews were preparing to force entry, the residents arrived and unlocked the apartment door, saying their four dogs were still inside. Once in the unit, fire crews launched an aggressive response in heavy smoke to a well-established kitchen fire while the dogs were rescued from the second floor. Two of the dogs were...
    President Trump, who is set to leave the White House and become a private citizen on January 20, is reportedly planning to settle down at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida Neighbors near President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate don’t want him to relocate there after he leaves the White House next month because doing so violates a promise he made not to turn his private club into a permanent residence, it has been claimed. An attorney representing the DeMoss family, which made its fortune selling life insurance and has since become involved in evangelical philanthropy, sent a letter to the town of Palm Beach and the US Secret Service. The letter urged the town to inform Trump that he would not be allowed to move to Mar-a-Lago full time so as to ‘avoid an embarrassing situation’ whereby a man who was once president would be forced out at a later date,...
    Loading the player... A small group of Jersey Shore residents on the western side of Asbury Park successfully got enough signatures to potentially establish a rent stabilization ordinance. Scheduled to be presented at the city’s public hearing on Dec 22., the Asbury Park Affordable Housing Coalition (APAHC), a group of volunteers and advocates, say rent stabilization would give Black residents the housing reform they been asking for 50 years. READ MORE: Family of Hasani Best, killed by police, sue Jersey Shore city for $25M The western side of Asbury Park, plagued by $5M worth of damages from a riot that took place in the 1970s displacing several Black businesses and neighborhoods, was already in need of change before the pandemic struck the beach city. Fast-forwarding to 2020, Asbury Park, best known as the place where legendary rocker Bruce Springsteen performed in his early days, is in the midst of...
    This picture taken on November 8, 2020 shows a Santa Claus figurine photographed among surgical masks in Paris, as France is on a second lockdown aimed at containing the spread of Covid-19 pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus . JOEL SAGET/AFP via Getty Images More than 70 people were infected with coronavirus at a nursing home in Belgium after a recent visit from a man dressed up as Santa Claus, CNN reported.  Fourteen employees and 61 residents tested positive for the virus. Of those infected, one resident died as a result of the outbreak in the home, according to CNN.  "It was made with the best intent, but it went wrong," Wim Caeyers, Mayor of Mol, told VRT News. "It has been a very black day for the care home. It is a very great mental strain to bear for the man that played Saint Nicholas, as well...
    When the coronavirus pandemic struck, some health care workers resorted to wearing trash bags over their clothes and bandanas around their faces in a desperate effort to protect themselves. And as the unfamiliar virus ravaged nursing homes, it became clear these facilities needed all the infection control guidance they could get. The pandemic has spawned a couple of new California laws that aim to better prepare the state and health care facilities, including nursing homes, for future infectious disease outbreaks. But as the state faces a new surge of infections, some of the provisions of these laws won’t go into effect for nearly a year or longer. State Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, in Sacramento, Calif. September 2019. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)  One of the laws requires the state to create a personal protective equipment stockpile for health care workers and other essential employees for use during emergencies starting Sept. 30 of...
    Millions of Californians received text messages from state authorities on Tuesday, ordering them to remain indoors following Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recent coronavirus order. Around 27 million residents, roughly two-thirds of the state’s population, received the message urging people to stay inside except for essential activities, according to CNN. Newsom on Thursday issued a mandate which shutters businesses and creates a mandatory stay-at-home order for localities where intensive care unit capacity drops below 15%, the New York Times reported. .@Cal_OES will issue region-wide emergency alerts at noon Tuesday, asking residents to stay home except for essential activities. The alert will be sent via text message through the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) system across Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley. pic.twitter.com/RZl8dUY5d7 — Cal OES (@Cal_OES) December 8, 2020 “State of CA: New public health stay at home order in your area,” the message read, KPBS News tweeted. “COVID-19...
    The Chinese developer accused of banning Australians from an island in the Whitsundays has taken aim at locals labelling them 'anti-development'. China Bloom snapped up a portion of Keswick Island on the Great Barrier Reef for about $20million in 2019 on a 99-year lease, but now residents say the subtropical paradise is more like Wuhan than the Whitsundays. Locals claim the wealthy Chinese developers are trying to stop Australians from setting foot on the island. The Beijing-backed firm has banned boats from accessing the public ramp, shut down the air strip, and attempted to stop visitors from using the beach - and locals say it's being kept exclusively for rich Chinese tourists. Keswick Island (pictured) is located 34km north-east Mackay in central east Queensland - but the public have been banned by a Chinese company Signs welcoming guests to Keswick Island are still up, but locals are concerned...
    An Austrian town that changed its name from F***ing to the less rude Fugging has seen its new sign vandalised to show its previous title.    The new signs, which were put up last week, were smeared with black spray paint to show the original name of 'F***ing'. Local police are investigating the damage but little is known about the perpetrators, with no evidence being found thus far, a spokesman for the Upper Austria state police department told Krone.   An Austrian town that changed its name from F***ing to the less rude Fugging has seen its new sign vandalised to show its previous title Local residents, of which there are only 100, have endured decades of jokes from English speakers and the frequent theft of their signs by visitors. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Boris Johnson will hold showdown Brexit trade talks with... ...
    CHICAGO — The city is challenging Chicagoans to have candid conversations on race to learn and rebuild connections with one another. The campaign, called Together We Heal, will run through the end of January. Residents are asked to organize virtual healing circles and other activities where people can talk about race and share their experiences so they can learn and make connections with one another, according to a Mayor’s Office news release. Participants will be able to share information about their activities through an online form. A “healing map” will show related virtual events around the city. To learn more and participate, go here. At the end of January, the campaign will culminate in a virtual summit where participants will reflect on the progress that was made and “envision a path forward for the coming year,” according to the Mayor’s Office. Together We Heal is being organized in light of...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – People were forced out of their homes Sunday night when a fire erupted in a Wynwood apartment building. Miami Fire Rescue said when firefighters arrived, they found heavy smoke and flames coming from a unit on the second floor of the building on NW 21st Terrace. They were able to bring the fire under control in about 10 minutes, all of the residents of the building got out safely. “I walked out there and I looked up and I saw this smoke coming out this window, not out the front door. It was just this big black smoke. It was something else man. And so they started evacuating everyone. They went door to door, knocking on everybody’s door to get them out of there,” said one man. More from CBSMiami.com Sun Sentinel Investigation: Gov. Ron DeSantis ‘Ordered Public Health Officials Not To Discuss...
    More On: homelessness Homeless men appeal forced relocation from UWS Lucerne Hotel What Joe Biden could do to truly make a difference on homelessness FiDi residents appeal court ruling to move UWS homeless to neighborhood Judge clears way for homeless to be moved from Upper West Side A group of Upper West Siders that support the move of homeless men from their neighborhood to the Financial District is appealing a judge’s ruling barring them from intervening in a lawsuit over the contentious forced relocation. A group of FiDi residents and businesses called the Downtown New Yorkers, Inc. filed suit in October seeking to block the move of a group of over 200 homeless men residing at the controversial UWS Lucerne Hotel shelter to a Radisson hotel in their neighborhood. Then UWS residents who call themselves the West Side Community Organization, or WestCo, asked a judge to intervene in the...
    North Dakota has become the eighth deadliest state in the coronavirus pandemic per capita, though it still trails behind several states that pursued more restrictive lockdown policies. On Tuesday, cumulative virus deaths since March in North Dakota hit 966, out of a population of 762,000, meaning that roughly one in 788 state residents has succumbed to the pandemic. That still trails far behind the deadliest state, New Jersey, where roughly one in 580 residents has died because of the virus, according to state data. In order, the seven deadliest states per capita are now New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Louisiana, Rhode Island and Mississippi. Cumulative deaths in the pandemic by day in North Dakota are seen in the chart above. The state is the eighth deadliest in the nation per capita The number of deaths by age group due to COVID-19 in North Dakota is show above North...
    AUSTIN Mayor Steve Adler has come under fire after urging residents to stay home – while he himself was vacationing in Mexico. The Democratic mayor is the latest in a running list of officials who have been criticized as people say they break their own coronavirus guidance. 9Austin Mayor Steve Adler has come under fire after he urged residents to stay home – while he himself was in Mexico 9He admitted to traveling to celebrate the wedding of his daughter (pictured) “Our numbers are increasing and everybody has to be aware of that and we need to, you know, stay home if you can,” Adler said in the video, posted to Facebook on November 9. “Do everything you can to try to keep the numbers down. This is not the time to relax,” he urged. Adler has since come under fire, as it was revealed he was in Mexico for a wedding...
    SOUTH LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- At 45-years-old, Ever Linares devoted his life to serving others and making the community a better place - even through the coronavirus pandemic."Not afraid to pass out PPE. Not afraid to hug somebody who needed a hug," said Andrea Linares, his wife.He co-founded Resilient Agency, a non-profit organization in South Los Angeles."We got office space this year, and we were really excited. He was able to do the work in his own community," Linares said.At an early age, Linares got involved in gang activity, but through faith in God, he changed his life and the lives of others."He didn't care where you came from. All he cared about is that if you needed him, he was there for you," said Resilient Agency co-founder Miguel Guedel.Now, his partner in life and ministry is grieving his death."We met in our church, actually, 17 years ago," Andrea said.He...
    Austin mayor Steve Adler has come under fire after he urged residents to stay home and curb the spread of the coronavirus while he was vacationing with his family in Mexico. The mayor on Wednesday admitted to traveling out of the country after celebrating his daughter's wedding earlier this month, when health officials began warning the public of a surge in COVID-19 cases.  In a video shared on his Facebook page on November 9, Adler warned residents of the spike and urged them to stay home to limit the spread of infection.  Scroll for video  Mayor Steve Adler posted a Facebook video on November 9 warning the public of the spike in COVID-19 cases but failed to mention he had been speaking from his Cabo timeshare 
    A Chinese real estate company that bought an Australian island has blocked its Aussie residents from living in paradise. Residents say they can’t go back to their homes since developer China Bloom bought a 99-year lease to take control of Keswick Island in 2019. “I just don’t think they want Australians on the island,” former island resident Julie Willis told the news program “A Current Affair.” “I think that they want to have this island solely for the use of the Chinese tourism market.” ROW OVER 'REPUGNANT' TWEET BY CHINESE OFFICIAL SHOWING FAKE GRAPHIC PHOTO OF AUSTRALIAN SOLDIER The Chinese developer has gone as far as banning residents from renting their homes on Airbnb, which residents say has ruined tourism, and blocking them from entering the island from air, land, and sea. “There’s been no tourists since September last year,” former resident Rayna Asbury told the news program. Keswick Island,...