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abc7 news reporter kris reyes has been talking to mental health experts about the warning signs. and chris, what are some things that parents can do to try to help if they see their kids are struggling? >> hi, larry. we everyone nice with parents and caregivers who may not know where to go if they're dealing with a mental health crisis at home. what signs they need to look for and what resources they need to have on hand right now. here are their best answers. and as an extra resource, we will have the suicide prevention hotline on the screen for the duration of this story. >> so it's really important that we as adult caregivers really remain open and also knowledgeable about resources. because when that door is open and your child is willing to talk, it would be good to be armed with information, right. because the worst thing you can say is oh, i don't -- >> the doctor recommends having resources before you even need
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them, especially during this pandemic when so many families are struggling. >> really knowing crisis hotline numbers. we have this really wonderful website called suicide is >> reporter: we also reached out to ucsf. their doctors tell us they've been dealing with a spike in mental health cases during the pandemic. how do you even begin to have this conversation with your kids if you're a caregiver or a parent? >> i think the number one thing that try to convey is being open to hearing what your teens are going through, even if that's really hard to hear, right. so when we love someone, we care about them, it can be our knee-jerk reaction to respond with oh, don't say that, don't be sad. and we actually want to do the opposite. we want to send a message that i'm really happy that you're talking about this with me, you're not alone in this. >> reporter: as a parent or caregiver, what do you do if you
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feel that initial push back from your child? >> so i think just leaving the door open and letting them know it's okay if you don't want to talk to me about this right now. i want you to know you can come to me at any time. >> reporter: how should parents begin this conversation with their children? >> so i often begin with honesty is really important. we think that our children don't know about it, but they actually do. so having age appropriate conversations, encouraging open expression of feelings, what we heard, let's talk about it. i think people think denying it and preventing it doesn't happen is not very helpful. just be up front and say let's talk about what happened with an incident at school. it's okay to share your emotions. >> larry, kristen, i just want to repeat i think the two most important messages from the experts that we talk to is this. one, that you're not alone, and two, really begin to educate yourself now even before there is a problem. all the other tips they share
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today we'll put on our welcomes, >> kris, such great information you have there. thank you so much. i want to continue this conversation. now joining us is san francisco clinical psychologist dr. christine garcia. dr. garcia, with the kids who died by suicide this time, so young, seventh and eighth grades. is this an anomaly or are you seeing an alarming trend amongst younger children? >> i would have to say it's hard to tell. however, there are anecdotal stories that we are hearing from all over the place, including here in the bay area where it does seem like this pandemic and the effects of social isolation is really been hitting our kids very hard, and some kids more than others to the point where they are harming themselves. and so the data is not out yet to say exactly, but we are certainly feeling the weight our
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emergency rooms are -- it sounds like they're showing it, you know. >> yeah. the isolation certainly a big factor. who are some other pandemic-related factors driving the mental health issues that are hard on all of us, but maybe young people extra hard. >> absolutely. i think for kids, teens especially, preteen, middle schoolers, they're look at a world that they don't know what to make of. we don't know what to make of it as adults. there is this pandemic and we all have to stay at home. what does that mean for their future? what does that mean in terms of what they want to do for their lives? it's kind of an existential question that a lot of teens and young adults and kids don't face on a nonpandemic level. >> yeah. >> so that's really opposite of what they're supposed to do developmentally which is to take risks, go out and do what they want to do to find themselves, and take appropriate steps to
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minimize their super risky behavior, so to speak. >> it's so sad those two children who reached a breaking point. are there usually warning signs before a young person reaches that point? >> you know, there can be, absolutely. i think it depends on age, of course, and also history. so some kids already, you know, having to cope with preexisting mental health issue, and that's okay. but this pandemic and the isolation can intensify it and has for many. and so -- >> go on, please. >> well, for younger kids, a lot of times distress comes out. they might have stomach aches, headaches all the time, difficulty goygt of bed, some of the typical signs we see of depression, but it comes out more in the body. lots of odd pains. if you get them to your pediatrician and things check out, it might be emotional too what they're feeling, and they can't say it the way we can talk
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about our own sadness, depression, anxiety, et cetera. it comes out in their play, what they're interested in or not interested in. it can come out in their eating. so i would say any changes that seem out of the usual norm are signs to watch out for and persistent over time changes in behavior, moodiness, irritability, sometimes depression can come out of anger in kids rather than sadness. and any sort of inability to get out of bed or sleep too much, things like that that are really noticeable. i think are the flags that you might want to pay attention to and check in about. >> well, dr. christine garcia, thank you so much about that insight and information. we do want to let you know that if someone you know is struggling, just go to action to find your ally. we have links to organizations that can help.
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in the east bay, the livermore valley joint unified school district is planning to return to in-person learning next month. the district has been calling robo parents today after the board voted on a reopening plan earlier this afternoon. here is the plan. it's for all grades preschool through 12 to return march 22 and. weekly schedules will be staggered to maintain physical distancing, and families will be able to stay with distance learning if that's what they prefer. now in oakland, the school board there has proposed a date when they would linebackke to see so schools reopen for in-person learning, even though the school district is still negotiating with its labor leaders. lyanne melendez tells us how practical that proposal really is. >> reporter: this was the superintendent just last friday when i asked her to give an approximate date of when oakland schools might reopen now that teachers were being vaccinated. >> well, you're asking some great crystal ball questions that i cannot give you a definitive answer. >> reporter: last night the
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oakland school board gave more specifics in a letter. the oakland unified school district board of education now believes it is critical for the social, emotional and academic well-being of our students that oakland unified safely open our school sites for in-person learning by mid- to late march. this would only be pre-k to fifth grade and high need students. emotional and high school students would not return this academic year. >> we've put a lot of preparation into the return, and our case rates are trending positive. we believe we'll be in red tier next week. we'll see. fingers crossed. so the last thing is making sure that we have an agreement that everybody can live with. >> reporter: the school birthday's recommendation has been validated by the cdc, which has said that with proper masks and social distancing, schools can reopen safely. the superintendent who has now received the first vaccine doesn't disagree with the school board. but at the same time, she is
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still negotiating with the labor unions. the teachers union called the proposed start date premature, insisting that not all safety measures are in place to go back. >> we are not looking at this as being something that is solely about us. we are thinking about impact to community. so, wow, we may be vaccinated if all these other measures aren't taken, then we could potentially be putting others at risk. >> reporter: meanwhile, parents, students and some community members hope to have their voices heard at a rally this sunday here at astro park in oakland's el embarcadero. lyanne melendez, abc7 news. school closures have led to challenges many teachers have never faced. abc7 news reporter dustin dorsey asked elementary school teachers to take a look back as educators will begin to receive their vaccines this weekend in santa clara county. >> reporter: for more than 300
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days, this is what most public school campuses look like in the south bay, empty. >> let's get started, stock in. >> we're teachers because we love to teach. we're teachers because we love to support kids. we want to see them successful. and we are doing everything we can to make that happen in this difficult situation, this distance learning. >> reporter: frost elementary school first grade teacher rebecca has had to redesign what she has done throughout her ten-year career. in true teacher form, she shared the difficulties her students are facing first, then she told me her biggest struggle. >> we not only do academics, but we do social and emotional learning too. and just supporting them where they need that. that's been a big challenge for me to be able to try to build those relationships. >> reporter: for some, the struggle comes from where they'll be working. some will teach here in front of empty classrooms at the school. others like fourth grade teacher jen?
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>> well, i don't eat dinner at my kitchen table anymore. >> reporter: her home has turned into a classroom. everything she can do to give the best education to her student, she does with the hopes they can be prepared to return to normal schooling soon. >> we want to go become too. go back when it's safe. we all want what's best for the kids and we all want to support them. no matter what, i think the kids are learning. the data from my test results show they are learning. >> reporter: if it wasn't hard enough for these veteran teachers to learn a new way work, try teaching online. sees the work being done from both sides of the equation and hopes the communities she and her fellow teachers serve see it too. >> we're trying to make sure that we're there for the kids, we're there for our communities, and we're there for ourselves as well. this is our opportunity to transform education and to make it more meaningful going forward. >> reporter: with vaccines on the horizon in santa clara county, these teachers hope
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their districts can create a safe plan for everyone so they can transform education in person very soon. in san jose, dustin dorsey, abc7 news. >> so challenging for everybody involved. the next vaccine authorization right around the corner. so what can we expect next? expanding tech. the growing face of technology. who is getting involve and not just in the bay area. plus, pink wheels, a special ride for cancer warriors. i'm spencer christian. the wind is calmer today, but the weekend will bring the let us take you to a place you've been craving. where the aroma of authenticity turns into the scent of home. and the warmth of friends and family is in every bite.
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traffic alert in san francisco right now. this is a sinkhole on the sixth street offramp of northbound interstate 280. one car got stuck in it earlier in the day. car has been removed but the left lane is closed indefinitely. closer look right here. the chp posted these pictures on twitter. that's sizable. two other lanes at the bottom of the offramp do remain open. thanks to public outcry, east bay regional parks is revising its feral cat management program but so far has stopped short of pledging to never kill them. activists are not pleased. it's an issue our i-team first brought to light.
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laura anthony has the story. >> reporter: the i-team first discovered the controversial policy in november through the eyes of cecilia who had been feeding and caring for a colony of about 30 feral cats only to discover that a dozen had been shot and killed by east bay regional parks staff after the cats wandered into a nearby marsh. >> how can they shoot these bes. some of them were pets. >> reporter: now district staff has is proposing policies to include better coordination with local animal services and rescue organizations, increased efforts to trap and rehome the animals, and greater public outreach to encourage spay and neutering and discourage the abandonment of cats and the feeding of those already on the loose. >> we're hoping to work with our community to help them understand that the cats do need to be relocated away from the sensitive habitat areas. >> while we're pleased that the policy seems to be work with local advocates and to prefer
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not killing cats, we want to see a pledge that this never happens ever again. >> reporter: the issues seem to be mostly at the district's parks along shorelines. that is where feral cats are more likely to interact with endangered wildlife like rare bird species. each with revised policy, the district reserves the right to use lethal means as last resort. >> there is no excuse for shooting cats ever. there is always a humane solution. >> reporter: the district's full board of directors will consider whether to adopt the revised free roaming cat management policy at a later date. laura anthony, abc7 news. take a look at these stunning images of yosemite national park's orange fire fall. this happens when the sun reflects off of horsetail fall on the eastern edge of el capitan, and that creates the fiery illusion there. it almost looks like lava going down the hillside. the phenomenon only occurs in
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middle february at sunset. so enjoy it while you. we'll be enjoying some sunshine, spencer christian, and presumably, hopefully without all the winds. >> the wind did diminish a bit today under sunny skies. so it's quite pleasant right now. but we're going have a return of the winds within the next 24 to 48 hours. we have sunny skies across the bay area right now. and the wind is pretty calm in most locations. where it is breezy, it's only breezy, not gusty, with wind speeds of 10 to 15 miles per hour right around the bay shoreline right now. 24-hour temperature change shows it has cooled down quite a bit. 9 degrees cooler in oakland. 7 in hayward. the one spot that warmed up was fairfield. 6 degrees warmer than this time yesterday. generally it is cooler and calmer from mount tam. currently 59 degrees in san francisco. we've got mid-60s in oakland. 67 at san jose. morgan hill 66. and a cool 54 at half moon bay. blue sky is over the golden gate
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and over most of the bay. current temperature readings 66 in santa rosa. 70 at novato. 67 napa. we have a wide range of current temperature readings. 72 at fairfield and upper 60s at concord and livermore. the view from the rooftop camera, these are our forecast features. we'll see clear skies overnight. calmer winds, and it wil be cooler tonight. winds will increase again tomorrow night into early sunday. so most of the weekend will be pretty windy, and a dry pattern. the dry pattern we have right now will continue on into next week. overnight, clear skies and fairly light winds. overnight lows will drop into the mid- to upper 30s in the inland valleys. it will be pretty chilly in places like santa rosa, napa, looking eastward at livermore in the south bay, morgan hill 37. right around the bay shoreline, lows in the low to mid-40s and low 40s generally along the coastline. tomorrow's highs upper 60s for most of the south. 67 san jose. 67 morgan hill. along the peninsula, looking for
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mid 60 down to mountain view. upper 50s on the coast at pacifica and half moon bay. downtown san francisco a high of 62 tomorrow. up in the north bay mainly upper 60, 68 santa rosa. 66 plume that. over sonoma, 66. and 68 at napa. east bay shoreline 66 at oakland and hayward. upper 60s to about 70, 70 at fairfield. 69 at pittsburg. 69 at concord and brentwood. and on we go to the accuweather seven-day forecast. notice the cooldown on saturday as the winds pick up again. so look for some gusty conditions from time to time on saturday. starting on friday night, actually. but the wind will be a little bit tamer on sunday, and it will be a little bit warmer on sunday. it will be minor cooling on monday, and notice the skies will be bright for all of next week and conditions will be dry. we'll see a gradual increase in clouds the latter part of next week. >> spencer, thank you. you may think of the silicon valley as the epicenter of tech,
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hubs are popping up all around the state, including in the central valley. one fresno company in particular working to make tech jobs accessible to everybody. >> my family in particular is an immigrant family moved here to follow the crops. a family of field laborers. and in my own way found my way to the technology industry. ended up in a job that just profoundly changed my life and existence and the opportunity that i saw in front of me. >> and my grandmother came here from mexico. she and my grandfather raised my father very poor in los angeles, east l.a. came home one night, flipped on a commercial, and there was for something called the commuter learning center. that was the ad for my dad becoming a computer programmer for his life and consequently in my life. the technology industry has
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historically excluded folks who come from nonwhite ethnics. excluded nonstraight individuals, excluded nonmale individuals, and on and on and on. and what that does is it creates barriers to that opportunity for most people. >> and the why we do that and the way that we do that, we pay people to learn. that is the heart of what we do. and it is radically different from the way that other institutions go about the idea of workforce development. when you are coming from a story of whether it's systemic poverty or generational disenfranchisement, the things that you can't afford to do are work for free or trade your time for an education that may or may not result in a job. so we match those things together in a way that has really afforded these folks the opportunity for the very first time to spend their time on something that may pay back dividends to them, their families, their communities and generations following.
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>> i had some trouble with the law when i was younger. it kind of started off in high school, you know, hanging out with the wrong crowd. that's when i started getting introduced to robbing houses. eventually got charged for residential burglary. realizing that hey, the rest of my life is kind of could be over from here on out. and i eventually got bailed out. and i got a internship at habitat for humanity. when that ended, that's when stephanie from bitwise called me and hey, we know you're interested in tech. did you want to try this class out? it's free for people who have been previously incarcerated. people who have misdemeanors or felonies. going to that class at first i felt alienated until i realized that everyone else there like me, we're all the same people, all the same stories, you know. >> for me, when i think about the dream, i think about folks who look like me, folks who come from similar backgrounds, folks who are typically from underserved and underrepresented
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populations having the chance of whatever it is they want to do right here in california. >> i don't think that it is dead. it is not having its best decade, but we can do so much better. and there are now hundreds and even thousands of folks that have come through our doors that are a testament to exactly that. >> i thought after i got my felony, i thought it was over. you feel like a bum more or less. you're stuck. man, it's a beautiful feeling knowing that there are people who care for us out there, giving us a second chance that we all deserve. >> you can stream all of our "california dreaming" stories on demand, including our 30-minute "california dreaming" special. you can do that right now on our connected tv app. download the free app now on roku, fire
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building a better bay area for a safe and secure future, this is abc7 news. >> it's been one year since san francisco mayor london breed declared a local emergency over coronavirus. at the time there were no active cases. since then, more than 33,000 have been reported, including people who have recovered. statewide, nearly 5,000 new cases were reported in the past 24 hours. the seven-day positivity rate is back under 3% for the first time since november. san francisco's largest mass vaccination site is back open. moscone center had closed because of supply issues but now has enough vaccines for the next two weeks. they're limited to 4,000 doses a day. supervisor matt haney is hopeful it would only go up from there. >> the white house is saying
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this next week will have the greatest distribution, largest number of doses that they've had yet. we hope to see that here at this site. it will make a huge difference for us. >> yesterday san francisco opened up vaccinations to tier 1b, which includes teachers as well as food and emergency service workers. front line, muni and bart employees are eligible as emergency service workers. moscone has the capacity to administer up the 10,000 doses a day once the supply is here. and help is on the way. the fda could authorize the johnson & johnson vaccine as soon as tomorrow. joining us now live is dr. haley gantts, an infectious disease physician at stanford medical center. thanks for joining us, doctor. you're on the fda advisory committee. what can you tell us about the process and what we might expect tomorrow? >> yeah so, tomorrow we had the opportunity to review all of the data that has been put forth both by the johnson & johnson
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company from their evaluation as well as an independent evaluation from the fda. so we get to relook at all the data. we have it in advance, but we'll be delving into it in more question and all of our questions get answered. and our task is to decide if we want to move forward with a recommendation for emergency use. >> well, you're really in a key role. what's your biggest question at this point, if you don't mind sharing? >> yeah, so i've reviewed all the data, and i'm excited as i was with the previous two applications for vaccination, particularly against the severe disease and the variants. have i some questions that i'd like to clarify on how they're going to continue to monitor immunity. this is a lasting question we all have. how long will our immune response last and when and if we need boosters to this, as well
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as ongoing safety surveillance. >> now we just heard in the previous story, and this is going on throughout the country, not just in california, about the difficulty in some places getting vaccines, whether it's pfizer or moderna. if johnson & johnson is indeed approved, how much will that help the supply so that more people can get vaccinated? >> yeah, it's a wonderful question. and it's a really great part of the story. this vaccine only expands our ability to get out to areas that actually have difficulty receiving the moderna and the pfizer vaccines due to the cold storage that they require. so this vaccine is stable at lower temperatures, just refrigeration. and the other great news is it is being asked if we will market it for one dose. and that will obviously alleviate the need to come back
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and get a second dose. so this will add to our ability to get out to areas where we're having difficulty at this time, and will increase just our electoral amount of vaccine that we can get into our populations. >> now, i have some friends, and i consider them to be fairly intelligent, and they continue to have concerns about vaccine safety, whether it's pfizer, modern narcotics johnson & johnson. what would you tell somebody whose on the fence? >> yeah, thank you for that question, because i think this is a really important part. we have to get to herd immunity. how we get there, it's better to get there from the vaccine. what we see from the immunity that is induced from the vaccine, it's actually better than the natural disease and so it will last longer. if you want something that's more beneficial. in addition, it's really the safe way to get exposed to any infection. we have so much experience with vaccination. it's a way to tell your body to
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make immunity without having any of the damage or the cellular damage. so it's really an exciting way for us to fight infectious disease in general, but really get us out of this pandemic. what we've seen from the safety data is really actually quite incredible. it's a great story. it's so efficacious against severe disease. you have no idea how you'll respond to the natural virus and what parts of your tissues it will replicate in. we know how these actually function. and so we have much better ability to really understand how you'll respond to these. >> well, dr. gantts, a big day tomorrow obviously. we appreciate your time today. we look forward to talking with you in the future. >> thank you so much. take care. >> all right. big report coming out tomorrow. it may not come out tomorrow, but at least they'll start going over the
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if your inflammatory bowel disease symptoms develop or worsen, or if you've had a vaccine or plan to. serious allergic reactions may occur. learn more at time now for the four@4. one year ago today, san francisco mayor london breed declared a local state of emergency over the coronavirus. at the time there were, oh, no confirmed covid cases here in san francisco. breed said the declaration was about preparedness and being able to access additional funding. at the time, health officials weren't recommending any community gatherings be canceled. travel was a concern for officials. they said they were monitoring
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travelers from mainland china, and some companies had begun restricting nonessential travel for employees. if you would tell me a year later we've be looking at 500,000 deaths in the u.s. and we would still be fighting it thought, kids not going to school, i would not have believed it. >> hard to believe. when all this began, i think some of us thought two, three, four months, like a flu season. we knew it was going to linger for a while. but who would have thought a year later we'd still be in this boat. very interesting that the mayor was so far out ahead of it. even though there were no cases at the time decided to declare an emergency and get the city prepared. >> thoughts at the one-year mark? >> that was clearly the smart thing to do to declare a state of emergency early. our lives have been turned upside down by this virus, obviously. and that's not even considering the countless lives they would have lost, how tragic. i feel that now with the availability of the vaccine and more people showing willingness to get it, i feel optimistic
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that we'll get back to some sense of normalcy maybe by the fall or winter. >> hopefully. hopefully. slowly we're getting there. lady gaga is offering a $500,000 reward for the return of her two french bulldogs after they were stolen by two men. they actually shot her dogwalker. this happened last night in hollywood. you can see the dogwalker here being looked at by emergency responders. he is now recovering at the hospital. he was still holding on to one of lady gaga's three dogs. the thieves got away with the other two. french bulldogs are fetching thousands of dollars on the black market. maybe you remember the story last month in san francisco where a woman was attacked at gunpoint and her french bulldog puppy was stolen. i don't know this f this is pandemic relate order a crime of opportunity, what's going on with this. i don't remember dognapping being such a thing. dan, what do you make of this?
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>> no, i agree. and obviously she is a celebrity with a lot of money and who knows. i don't remember this being a thing. certainly not violence as a result of the shooting this poor dogwalker. i don't know about you guys. i am sick and tired of the crazy crimes that we're seeing now recently, the asian americans shoved to the ground, one died in the city, now the dogwalker shot. there is just a level of violence and a lack of regard for human life that is really discourici i discouraging at times. >> and a crime of opportunity or pandemic-related? i think the pandemic has created more opportunity. you guy, '90s tv fans, get excited. "frazier" is being rebooted 17 years after the last episode aired. kelsey grammer will return as frasier, but there is no word if his castmates will return. "sex & the city" is also set to return. which favorite show would you
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like to see back on the air? >> i think frasier is my favorite sitcom of all time. it was brilliantly written, had a great ensemble cast. of course john mahoney has died, but all the others are still around. david hyde pierce and perry gilpin and jane leaves. i don't know about eddie the dog. . >> we'll get a statement. that show, spencer and i have talked about that show many times. it is spencer's favorite comedy show of all time. it was so clever so, smart, so well written. for me probably and no one can duplicate it the same way, if there is a reboot, probably one of my favorite shows of all time was "rockford files." i don't know how you could bring that back with a different actor. i'd love to see a seinfeld too. >> all those shows were great. i'm going to go back even further in time. just because i love the movie series so much. "mission: impossible" as a
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weekly series. >> that's a good one. >> if you decide to accept this mission, mr. ashley. i'd love to see that. >> that's a good one. i like that. >> kristen, kristen, what's your pick? >> oh, i was hoping that you guys wouldn't ask me. >> why? >> i think i'm just going say "brady bunch." >> that's a good one. >> what's wrong with that? >> a cute show. >> marcia, marcia, marcia! go on. speaking of mixed families, mr. and mrs. potato head are undergoing a name change. today hasbro announced that it is peeling away the mr. and mrs. titles from the famous toy spuds, saying the two will now be referred to as potato head going forward in order to break gender norms. one hasbro official described the toys' current gender identities as limiting to children and they were in need of a modern makeover. mr. potato has been around for
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more than 70 years. the change will soon begin appearing on boxes. personally, i find this a little bit disturbing. as a young boy, i feel like i learned a lot about what it took to be a man from mr. potatohead, and among the things i learned is i didn't want that big mustache like spencer has right now. i learned that. and by the way, people, when this was announced were freaking out on social media. so hasbro has reemphasized that if you want to dress the potatoes up, i think there is 42 accessories, you could still have mr. and mrs., but you don't have to have that. kris step, your kids are a little too old to be playing -- i hope they are, with mr. potatohead at this point since they're in their teens. i don't want to judge. i don't want to judge. what's your take on this? >> oh, i don't know. this one is too much of a hot potato for me to tackle. >> oh! >> that was a spencer joke right there. yep.
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or to the first time. kumasi aaron shows us how. >> i'm drawing this drawing like three different times. so by the time i get to the wall, it's almost like it's ingrained in my memory. >> reporter: it's not only what rachel wolf goldsmith is painting on the side of this house that's left a mark, it's who. >> i just felt honored to be able to represent these incredible women. >> reporter: she is painting the first mural to honor the women of the black panther party. >> just getting deeper into the work that they did, it's inspiring me to think about what we can do organizing and fighting for our rights, here in this present day. >> reporter: these are the images most often connected with the black panther party, men in berets and black leather jackets. but it's these photos of women who made up 70% of the party by the early 1970s that inspired the mural. >> they drove the vans. they fed the kids.
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they printed the paper. they were the editors. they were the teachers. they literally did everything. >> jill christina best never intended to have a mural this big on the side of her house, but after the deaths of george floyd and breonna taylor, she wanted to create something to bring her joy. i didn't want to memorialize things that had been done to us. i wanted to find a way to honor what it looks like when we do things for ourselves and we fight for our liberation. >> reporter: this was the result, a mural highlighting the women of the black panther party who provided food, education, health care and more. it will eventually list the more than 300 women by name. >> this mural will be one of three memorials in this neighborhood to honor members of the black panther party. as you can see, it is larger than life. but jill and rachel say it pales in comparison with the women who inspired it. >> i was so touched. >> reporter: erica huggins was a
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leading member of the black panther party. >> the reason we're doing this is not because men in the black panther party didn't acknowledge us. it's because we live in a world that doesn't give a central focus, the intelligence, the brilliance, the imagination of women quite often. so we just wanted to hold that up and i think we are. >> this mural is for the community. and it's for everybody who walks by it. and it's for everybody that can look up at it and say i know exactly what those women did. >> reporter: in west oakland, kumasi aaron, abc7 news. >> what an incredible painting that was. and the drone shot with kumasi was fantastic. all right. let's get to one more check of the weather with spencer christian. >> okay, larry. overnight we'll have clear skies and calmer wind. last night chilly in the inland valleys with low temperatures mainly in the upper 30s. low 40s near the bay and coast.
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tomorrow a sunny day. fairly mild. high temperatures up to near 70 degrees in the inland areas. mid-60s around the bay shoreline. upper 50s on the coast. here is the accuweather seven-day forecast. it's going to cool down on saturday under gusty conditions. it will warm up again on sunday. and most of the next week will be calm and dry with maybe a few extra clouds toward the end of the week. kristen? >> spencer, thank you. a fire truck that's used to celebrate life and not just save lives. up next, the pink wheels fire up next, the pink wheels fire engine, and how it's bringing a ♪ ♪ are you ready to join the duers? those who du more with less asthma. thanks to dupixent. the add-on treatment for specific types of moderate-to-severe asthma. dupixent isn't for sudden breathing problems. it can improve lung function for better breathing in as little as 2 weeks and help prevent severe asthma attacks. it's not a steroid but can help reduce or eliminate oral steroids. dupixent can cause serious allergic reactions
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stay with us for abc 7 news at 11:00. project pink wheels is rolling through contra costa county to celebrate and honor cancer warriors, the bright pink fire engine escorts cancer patients to their first or last cancer treatment offering hope and support. >> this is a symbol to people within the community that we see you. >> this is going to help people that are stricken with cancer in a multitude of ways. >> you're not alone, and there are other people that have been through the fight, and we're here to celebrate that fight with you. >> the purpose behind this whole thing is to let people know that we're not alone, that there's people out there pulling for you, people out there willing to fight for you.
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your firefighters are here we're moms, dads, fathers, mothers, we're all those things they are as well. cancer affects us all. >> project pink wheels is the embodiment of a community vehicle that shows the community that we're here for them, that when you're struggling with cancer look no further than that there's a pink fire engine rolling around, even though it's pink and represents breast cancer, this is a vehicle that represents all cancer. this fire engine is designed to be the escort to people's final cancer treatment, or their first cancer treatment. anybody within our service area here in contra costa county can make a request to have a ride. >> your first treatment, you are so nervous. everything's uncertain. and then when you're coming out with your last appointment, it would be so cool to be able to celebrate it all because that's really what it should be, it should be celebrating, celebrating that you are done, you've been through all of this and you are out on the other side and now it's time to make your new life and go out and live it all.
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>> they started with ringing the bell in the hospital. and then pink wheels showed up, took her down the main street of martinez, where he had the community out, and just cheering her on. this couldn't be a better way to end her treatment. and just the thought of this experience, it's just like putting a bow on it and just having that support has meant a lot to us. >> i really liked it. it was happy that i could come home celebrating in a fire truck too. i enjoyed it. >> we're encouraging people to come down and sign project pink wheels. we look at this as a rolling memorial to our cancer warriors, whether they've beaten their cancer, they're still fighting their cancer or they've lost someone to cancer, we want to be able to have them put their name on it. >> when i found out i had cancer
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i had just kurnd 6 years old. it makes me feel really happy, everyone who rides in this truck will know the people who signed it know about it and we're supporting them. it made me feel really happy that contra costa county fire was doing this for cancer survivors. >> i really love that it's sort of a celebration to everybody and what they've been through and a reminder that we see you and we see your strength and celebrate it. >> it's kind of that community bonding vehicle where it shows the community we're here for you, we understand the battles and the struggles that you're doing through and we just want to be a sign of support, a sign of strength, a sign of hope, that your fight, even though you're going through it, we're there with you. and you can get more great content on you can watch all of our newscasts live and on demand through the abc 7 bay area connected tv app, it's available for apple tv, android tv, amazon
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a man picks up a post from a line barrier and smashes a window, next at 5:00 the increasing anxiety over crime in the asian community and the push to encourage people to come forward. and the power of one, a teenager gives voice to the voiceless, how she's making sure racial injustices don't get lost among her generation. also ahead here the oakland school board says students could start heading back to classrooms within weeks. but the union tonight explains why that can't happen just yet. also here, police say it took 32 years to make an arrest but they say they are confident that smiling man you're looking at committed a brutal assault on the peninsula, the crucial evidence that led to a break in the case. building a better bay area for a safe and secure future, this is abc 7 news. and we begin tonight with a new push to report crime


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