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    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – The demand for help this holiday season is growing.  Many people are struggling to make ends meet or to even afford a meal. Every person has their own story. Some, like Kao Saechao, were comfortable enough to share theirs. He’s fallen on tough times and knows he’s not alone. READ MORE: Average Price Of A Gallon Of Gas In California Hits All-Time High“I’m just in a bad situation right now but I’m on the right track,” he said.  “We have all been through something, you know. I’m not the only one,” said Nord Young, who is a veteran.   Young is grateful to sit amongst other men who have served, feeling the love and support that comes with Thanksgiving. It’s a feeling that was once lost.   “It’s about family and love, and happiness and being thankful,” he said. The Salvation Army provided hundreds of meals to people in need Thursday.   READ MORE: Motorcyclist Killed After Hitting Sign Along I-80 In Placer CountyCaptain Larry Carmichael with The Salvation Army says people experiencing what they call pandemic poverty is...
    What happened in California this weekend when over $1 million in luxury goods were stolen was not "looting," authorities said. Calling it "looting" might be racist, they said. Instead, what happened was "organized robbery," according to a spokesperson for the San Diego Police Department. THOMAS JEFFERSON STATUE BOARDED UP AND REMOVED FROM NEW YORK CITY HALL San Diego officials are not alone in this sentiment. "As the Bay Area grapples with a wave of seemingly organized smash and grab robberies this weekend, policing and journalism analysts are cautioning against the use of the term looting," a report said. In San Francisco , Louis Vuitton and Burberry stores were burglarized and lost a significant amount of their product, the report said. Similar incidents occurred in San Jose, Santana Row, Hayward, and Walnut Creek, with waves of people storming into stores, causing extreme losses. However, these events are not considered looting, according to the California Penal Code, which defines looting as "theft or burglary ... during a 'state of emergency,' 'local emergency,'...
    DENVER (CBS4) – An empty campus once home to Ridge View Youth Services Center, may be part of the state’s solution to a growing a homeless population. In a statement the governor says, “Homelessness has no address and neither should our approach to resolving it.” READ MORE: Celebrate The Holidays With Non-Stop Christmas Music On KOSI 101.1The facility in Watkins is just east of Aurora and offers hundreds of open beds even before any transformation. (credit: CBS) Cathy Alderman with Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, welcomes the idea. “According to the stated goals it does sound like a real opportunity to provide a recovery community for people experiencing homeliness,” she said. READ MORE: Colorado Woman Hopes To Pass Torch On Creating '38,000 Smiles'Modeled after the Fort Lyon Supportive Residential Community that they operate for the state In the south Eastern Colorado. “It requires a lot of work and a lot of partnerships but it has been a real lifeline,” Alderman said. The Fort Lyon faculty combines housing with recovery support, education, training and employment opportunities for those experiencing...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Nearly one in 100 people in New York City is currently experiencing homelessness. Many of us have no idea what it’s like trying to navigate the shelter system in the search for permanent housing. READ MORE: Street Teams Canvas Neighborhoods To Bring Medical Care To Vulnerable New YorkersCBS2’s Jessica Moore spoke to Shamaya Morris, a woman who has been through it all and has advice on how to improve what she calls a failing system. “It’s been me plenty of times and I can say you do not want it to be you,” Morris said. She knows the desperate cycle of homelessness in New York City all too well. “I feel so heartbroken because you’re in a situation where you need the services, you know the workers are overworked, you know how hard and difficult it’s gonna be… It’s your only option,” she said. Morris’s most recent bout with homelessness came after Hurricane Ida destroyed her apartment, leaving her and her four kids without a house. “Now we’re literally at my uncle’s house sleeping on couches...
    There was a time, not too long ago, when many people could only name one, maybe two, poets — often a long-dead White man named William Shakespeare, Robert Frost or Walt Whitman. In recent years, though, a shift has occurred. Amanda Gorman, after reading her striking poem at President Joe Biden’s inauguration in January, inked a modeling contract and was invited to the Met Gala. Rupi Kaur, whose poetry first became prominent on social media, has appeared on celebrity-dominated “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and has a special on Amazon Prime. And, for the first time since 1998, the MacArthur Foundation this year awarded its prestigious “genius” grant to three poets: Hanif Abdurraqib, Don Mee Choi and Reginald Dwayne Betts. Meanwhile, the Lincoln Center, which houses prestigious artistic institutions like The Juilliard School and the New York Philharmonic, named its very first poet-in-residence this year, Mahogany L. Browne. Though poetry has always existed and experienced waves of acclaim, the genre is finding new prominence in today’s mainstream collective imagination, stripping itself of its previous relegation to sleepy high school...
    After 9/11, Muslim Americans and people of color nationwide reported more incidents of hate than before. The novel coronavirus has further contributed to this rise of hate crimes against communities of color, with data compiled by the FBI finding alarming rates of incidents reported in 2020 compared to 2019. Amid the alarming rise of hate crimes, a string of hate crimes against Muslim Americans in the last month has prompted advocates to call for investigations into incidents of Islamophobia. A new survey exploring the lives of Muslim Americans supports the reports in the rise of hate crimes nationally—the survey found that more than two-thirds of U.S. Muslims personally experienced Islamophobia. Additionally, the survey found that this rate was higher in Muslim women, with nearly 75% of participants believing women are more at risk of experiencing Islamophobia. About 77% of Muslim women reported that they experienced incidents of Islamophobia personally compared to 58.6% of men. The report, “Islamophobia through the Eyes of Muslims," was released on Sept. 29 by the Othering & Belonging Institute at the University of California at Berkeley. More...
    LONDON (AP) — Long lines are snaking down streets across the U.K. as drivers struggle to fill up their cars, causing widespread traffic misery and worries over whether the emergency services can do their work. The British army has been put on standby to help out. And the government is blaming the public, urging people not to panic. Unsurprisingly, perhaps, people hear the word panic and do just that — panic-buying fuel on a scale not seen since September 2000 when a similar crisis brought the country to a virtual standstill. Here’s a look at how the crisis is unfolding: WHAT IS GOING ON? In recent months, many companies have reported shortages, including fast-food chains KFC, McDonald’s and Nando’s. Supermarket shelves have also run dry. At first, the shortages drew a shrug. An inconvenience for some, but hardly the stuff to shake an economy or a government. But Thursday’s news from oil giants BP and ExxonMobil that they were having to close some gas stations as a result of a truck driver shortage changed that. People,...
    According to a study by the Australian Cola Foundation (AKF) released on Monday, the number of colas in Australia is declining rapidly, estimated at 30% in three years. According to the AKF, cola populations have declined in all parts of Australia, with New South Wales topping the list with a 41% drop. Cola has already disappeared in 47 of the country’s 128 federal districts. There are still more than 5,000 colas in a block. In some areas, the remaining population is only five to ten specimens. The AKF estimates that approximately 32,065 to 57,920 koalas are still alive, and since 2018, estimates have been between 45,700 and 82,100 live animals. The report said that the 2019 and 2020 wildfires have had a major impact on the people of Cola. “But that is not the only reason. Land clearing for agriculture, housing and mining killed people. If we want to save our beloved national animal from extinction, we need urgent action to stop land clearing in better cola habitats.According to AKF President Deborah Dabart. See also  Earl Thomas, Chuck Clark...
    Since the withdrawal of American and NATO forces from Afghanistan in July, the Taliban has quickly taken control of large parts of Afghanistan. The government has fallen and the president has fled. While this is horrific for all Afghan people, women face the worst of it. Devastating videos and photos of people trying to flee the country are circulating on social media and other platforms.  Under Taliban rule, women were subject to persistent human rights violations, including denied employment and education, being forced to wear the burqa, and forbidden from leaving their homes without a male “guardian.” While the Taliban claims they have changed their stance on women’s rights, their current actions reflect otherwise. According to the International Rescue Committee, there are more than 18 million people in Afghanistan who require humanitarian aid, a number that has doubled in the last year. Additionally, 50% of those in need are women and girls.  Reports have indicated that the Taliban is not only ordering women to leave certain job positions but for religious leaders to provide a list of girls over the age of 15 for...
    Simone Biles. AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky Simone Biles withdrew from five Olympic medal events over mental-health concerns and "the twisties." Biles said she's happy to be home to spend time with family and "decompress." Biles said since returning from Tokyo, she's been doing "light" workouts and "can do everything again." Business Insider: A daily selection of curated stories Loading Something is loading. Email address By clicking ‘Sign up’, you agree to receive marketing emails from Insider as well as other partner offers and accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Simone Biles said that since returning home from Tokyo, she's been able to relax and spending time with her family and friends — and on Monday, she returned to the gym. "I have been to the gym and did a little bit of working out," Biles said in an interview with People on Thursday. "When I say work out, it's very light. I'm enjoying my time at home and I'm happy to be back." At the Tokyo Olympics, Biles withdrew from five medal events over concerns over...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Those who operate group homes and home health care agencies across New York are sounding the alarm that they don't have enough workers to care for their clients and it's putting people's lives in jeopardy."We really thought the pandemic was the worst of it, but this is becoming the worst of it right now," said Dana Arnone, the owner of Reliance Home Senior Services, based in Massapequa.Arnone said she lost about 200 home health care aides during the pandemic and can't find people to replace them, primarily she said because the minimum wage she's offering pales in comparison to what people can receive through unemployment."If they were being paid a living wage, they would be choosing to return to work," she said.Arnone said she and her staff have been working around the clock, mostly doing damage control, telling families they can't find aides to take care of their loved ones, especially on the weekends."Families are getting frustrated," she said.Arnone said she still has workers who are going out on unemployment. She said the ones that are...
    DR FAUCI has warned that the Delta surge in the US will send Covid cases soaring to more than 200k per day before plummeting, like in the UK. Fauci said on Tuesday that cases will continue to go up before dropping, even though more people appear to be getting the vaccine in the US. 3Fauci spoke about rising Covid cases in the US on TuesdayCredit: The Mega Agency 3The US is experiencing a spike similar to the UK'sCredit: Our World in Data "Since an acceleration of vaccines doesn't give a result until several weeks after, we are already on a trajectory that looks strikingly similar to the sharp incline that the UK saw," Fauci said during a conversation with the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Covid-19 cases in the US have risen 266 percent in the last three weeks, from around 23,000 cases per day to around 85,000. Over in the UK, daily cases have continued to fall, to around 21,000 daily, from a steep spike earlier this summer. "Remember, we went from an average of about 12...
    (CBS DETROIT) – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is collaborating with local health departments to investigate a recent increase in reports of Legionnaires’ disease. Between July 1 and July 14, 107 cases of Legionnaires’ disease have been reported in 25 counties. READ MORE: Michigan Sheriff Dies After Accident At His UP Home Legionella pneumophila, the bacterium that can cause Legionnaires’ disease, growing on specialized microbiological media (BCYE). | Centers for Disease Control While an increase in cases of Legionnaires’ can be due to environmental factors, this increase shows a 569% increase from the 16 cases reported from the same period in 2020 and a 161% increase from the 41 cases from the same period in 2019. The confirmed cases include 19 in Wayne County, 17 in Oakland County and in the City of Detroit, and 15 in Macomb County. Legionnaires’ disease is an infection with symptoms that include fever, cough, and pneumonia. These cases are most common in the summer and fall when the weather warms, and stagnant waters provide the environment for bacterial growth. Still,...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — They call them “boxes of goodness,” and what’s inside is meant to lift the spirits and ignite hope in Pittsburgh’s unsheltered communities. Since its launch in May, the new non-profit organization Books Bridge Hope has distributed dozens of boxes in partnership with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and its community engagement officers. READ MORE: Groups Say City Council Was Too Quick To Pass Preliminary Vote On COVID Relief Fund Spending Officers keep the boxes in their cars and hand them out to people experiencing homelessness. Inside the boxes are items like socks, toiletries, snacks, writing supplies and books. Founder Lillie Leonardi is a 26-year veteran of law enforcement and former FBI Community Affairs Coordinator. She lost her job and livelihood after she was diagnosed with PTSD. Leonardi responded during the Sept. 11, 2001, plane crash in Shanksville, and books helped her heal, ultimately guiding her toward a new mission of writing and outreach. An author herself, Leonardi makes certain each box contains works from local authors. READ MORE: Dormont, Beechview Residents Experiencing Constant Power Outages “As...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – There are no storms and no trees down so why is the power constantly going out in Beechview? “It could be anywhere from five to 20 times. We communicate on the Beechview community page and everyone south of Pauline Street has been experiencing this,” said Beecvhiew resident Nate Moreno. READ MORE: Crews On Scene Of 2-Alarm Fire In McKeesport Moreno said that’s twenty times a day for the last week and a half. “Around 3:30 to 5 p.m. it starts and all of a sudden things start to beep, the fans go off, the AC goes off, then 20-30 seconds later or more things will turn back on and you have to reboot,” Moreno said. Moreno told KDKA it’s a problem as people like himself are working from home. If you go down the street to Dormont, people there said it’s the same issue. “I mean we are a gas station that can’t sell gas. It’s been happening a lot the last week and a half and it’s making our days super stressful,” said Laura Baker, who...
    The Western US has seen extreme temperatures so far this year Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images Wet bulb conditions occur when heat and humidity are too high for sweat to evaporate. Such conditions can be fatal for humans if the temperature and humidity both exceed 95. Extreme heat and humidity are growing more common due to climate change.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. People across the US and Canada are trying to stay cool as an historic heat wave sweeps the northern hemisphere. Air-conditioning is in high demand, and even squirrels are vying for shade in the Pacific Northwest. For hundreds of people who couldn't stay out of the heat, this month's temperatures have been deadly. The human body has some natural cooling mechanisms in place, but our tolerance for heat only goes so high. When the heat and humidity reach a certain point, there's nothing the body can do to cool itself down. The phenomenon is called wet bulb temperatures, and it's becoming dangerously common around the world. The combination of high...
    NBA legend Dominique Wilkins has opened up for the first time about the shocking moment he was turned away from an upscale Atlanta restaurant because of the color of his skin. In an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com the Hall of Famer, nine-time NBA All-Star and Atlanta Hawks Vice President told how he felt the sting of discrimination as the host of Le Bilboquet looked him up and down then refused to seat him on the grounds that they were trying to 'keep a level of elegance.' He said, 'I've never got turned down by a single restaurant in my life until this new restaurant. I've been to all the top restaurants in the city – that's better food – and they've never turned me down.' Wilkins, 61, who was dining with a female friend said, 'I couldn't believe what happened. First of all, they looked me up and down and [my friend] said, ''That's strange.'' Then we asked him for a seat outside and they had all these tables free, and said, ''We don't have any reservations.''' NBA legend...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Unsanctioned camps are not the answer for homelessness, that’s the message from Denver Mayor Michael Hancock. The answer is more permanent housing, he says. CBS4 went out into the community to talk with those who are dealing with being unhoused about the mayor’s new plans. READ MORE: Sanctioned Homeless Camp Begins Operations In Denvers Park Hill Neighborhood (credit: CBS) “I came to Denver to reconcile with some people who I thought were doing things wrong,” Heidi said. Heidi is originally from Kansas and came to Colorado about a decade ago. At the present time, things have not been going so well. CBS4’s Jacqueline Quynh asked her, where does she stay? “Bridges. I don’t stay in shelters because that enables them to keep me there longer,” she said. She doesn’t like life on the streets either, but convincing people like her to seek help at the city’s now expanded shelter program will be part of work for Denver’s recovery plan from the pandemic. “I don’t believe in COVID,” she told CBS4. (credit: CBS) We asked the mayor how...
    ECHO PARK (KABC) -- A Tiny Home Village has opened in Echo Park. It's a transitional housing solution for those experiencing homelessness."It gives someone who has suffered the trauma of being homeless an opportunity to have an environment in which they can thrive. And that environment includes supportive services," said City Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell.This village has 38 tiny homes that can fit one to two people each.The village is run by the nonprofit Urban Alchemy, the same organization that runs the Safe Sleep Village in Rampart Village.Anthony Curry and his girlfriend just moved in after living in Skid Row and MacArthur Park.Curry described the village as quiet, peaceful and loving."All the people that work here for Urban Alchemy are very, very inclusive," said Curry.People staying at the Tiny Home Village have access to medical and mental health services, three meals a day, sanitation stations and laundry.Plus, there is also a dog park so they don't have to leave behind their pets.O'Farrell said this is just the starting point for a transition into permanent housing."This Tiny Home Village, that first entry...
    A homeless woman was arrested Wednesday night on suspicion of fatally shooting a homeless man in Mid-Wilshire hours earlier, the Los Angeles Police Department said. Eva Fekete, 71, of Los Angeles, was booked on a murder count and is being held on $2 million bail, police said. The case will be reviewed for possible charging by the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. Fekete could not be reached for comment, and did not have an attorney listed in court records. Officers responded to the reported shooting near the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Ridgely Drive, just east of the La Brea Tar Pits and near a Ralphs supermarket, about 12:40 p.m. Wednesday and found a man believed to be in his 40s suffering from a gunshot wound, police said. The man was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He has yet to be identified, police said. At about 7 p.m., officers patrolling the area of the shooting spotted a vehicle belonging to Fekete, who had been identified as a suspect, and arrested her. Police...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Hennepin Healthcare has been awarded this year’s Gage Award for their work to reduce readmission rates for those experiencing homelessness. According to a hospital spokesperson, HCMC’s efforts came after an analysis showed housing instability accounting for a high rate of 30-day readmissions; of patient charts reviewed by HCMC, three in four fell into this group. The hospital cited studies showing that those experiencing homelessness are four times more likely to be hospitalized and at an increased risk to be readmitted, or to undergo a prolonged hospital stay. HCMC says that readmissions went down about 12.4% over a one-year period for the targeted population. “Homelessness remains a significant health-related social need that complicates care and leads to poorer outcomes. We partnered with community-based ACO care managers in the inpatient setting to help build rapport with patients, promote care continuity, and connect patients experiencing homelessness to social services,” Dr. Danielle Robertshaw, senior medical director of Hennepin Healthcare Community Connections, said. Hennepin Healthcare also developed a novel analytics tool to identify risk factors indicating housing insecurity to help us identify...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Residents and business owners are growing frustrated and worried about the rash of homeless encampment fires that have been seen across the Southland. The Los Angeles Fire Department told CBS Los Angeles that every day crews are responding to dozens of fires they say are caused by people experiencing homelessness. READ MORE: Justin Dean Evans Charged With Molesting Teen Boys In Anaheim Afterschool Program Both property and livelihoods are being impacted by the destruction caused by the fires. One business owner found his downtown property on fire one day, causing him more than $100,000 in merchandise. READ MORE: Crews Working To Contain Casitas Fire Burning Near Ojai; Evacuations Ordered For Some Residents “It’s so sad,” Yohan Han said. “I can’t even explain my words but I want everybody to see what’s happening in this city. This is the reality of what’s going on.” It’s important to note that many people experiencing homelessness do not have access to cellphones so if a fire does break out, they may not have a way to contact authorities. MORE NEWS:...
    DENVER (CBS4) — A new Safe Outdoor Space for people experiencing homeless is now open at Regis University in Denver. It’s the third managed campsite to open in the city. (credit: CBS) Mayor Michael Hancock attended a dedication ceremony on Thursday morning. READ MORE: 18-Year-Old Kendra Durnan Hit And Killed On I-25 After Crash Involving Elk The temporary camping space is in a parking lot on the campus, near Federal Boulevard and 50th Avenue. READ MORE: Avalanche Center Nathan MacKinnon Named Hart Trophy Finalist Regis University is working with the Colorado Village Collaborative for the camp. The 19,000-square-foot campsite can provide secured shelter for up to 60 people. Residents also get food, wellness checks and assistance finding permanent housing. MORE NEWS: Boil Water Advisory Issued Following Water Pump Failure In Castle Pines The Safe Outdoor Spaces are monitored 24 hours a day and the people who use them are screened for drug and alcohol use.
    LAFAYETTE (CBS4) – A new Boulder-based program is helping fill the need of those healing from trauma and PTSD. It’s called the “Inner Ocean Empowerment Project.” (credit: CBS) Founder Mindy Counts told CBS4’s Mekialaya White the nonprofit has grown tremendously since it was founded back in October 2020 and she couldn’t be more excited. READ MORE: Westminster Police Locate Stolen Subaru, $7,000 Reward Offered For Dog Still Missing “I am just a service junkie. I’ve been like that my whole life,” she explained. The program initially launched during the pandemic as a way to fill the gap for health care workers experiencing stress with counseling and holistic healing techniques. And now, it’s expanded to help others in their journeys, including people impacted by the Boulder shooting. (credit: CBS) “The goal for me is to let people know that they are loved, that they have resources and really stop these cycles of trauma and violence that can live and grow within communities and families,” said Counts. “I think what we’re seeing now is the aftermath of chronic high level of stress....
    (CNN)One of New York City's newer tourist attractions is reopening to the public with a focus on suicide prevention after three young adults took their own lives there over the last year.The climbable, 150-foot-tall staircase, known as the "Vessel," located at Hudson Yards in Manhattan, closed for visitors in January after a 21-year-old man wanted for questioning in a deadly stabbing in Texas jumped to his death from the structure, according to CNN affiliate WABC. The man was the third person in 15 months to take their own life there, WABC said.The Vessel will reopen with new safety measures in place, such as increased security, and buddy system and mental health resources signage. Hudson Yards is also tripling the staff and security and "installing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline signage and messaging developed in partnership with Born This Way, an organization committed to supporting the wellness of young people, at the entrance to the attraction and on all Vessel tickets," the statement said.So if you're thinking about going alone, grab a friend to accompany you. Visitors won't be able to explore...
    DENVER (CBS4)– The Samaritan House in Denver is expanding its capacity for people experiencing homelessness. The need in the Denver metro area has increased during the coronavirus pandemic. (credit: CBS) Current renovations focus on how the shelter can best serve the needs of single women, families and veterans who are experiencing homelessness. The Samaritan House has served the community since 1986. Since then, thousands of people have found a safe place to stay, received healthy meals and a hand up by numerous support services.
    An estimated 155 million people across the globe faced severe food insecurity and were in need of urgent assistance in 2020, according to a U.N. report published Wednesday. Researchers found the number of people experiencing food insecurity at or above a "crisis" level has risen to its highest level in five years, with an increase of nearly 20 million people compared to 2019 — and are warning that millions are at risk of famine if action isn't taken.  "155 million people in 55 countries relied on humanitarian assistance just to survive — an unprecedented high and just the tip of the iceberg" World Food Programme Executive Director David Beasley said as he announced the report's results.  According to the 307-page report, 155 million people were in one of the three most severe phases it uses to characterize food insecurity: "Crisis," "Emergency," and "Catastrophe/Famine." All 155 million people in the estimated tally are at least experiencing "Crisis," which signifies "high or above usual acute malnutrition" or people who can only meet their minimum food needs "by depleting essential livelihoods or through crisis-coping...
    As you know I'm not a doctor. But I don't let that stop me from giving medical advice. Or doing exams in my van. So I can safely diagnose: that many Americans are experiencing a mass delusion. First, the "Jeopardy" contestant accused of sending "bat signals" to bigots. It's like it was only last week.. Greg Gutfeld, April 29: A "Jeopardy" winner is getting harassed on social media for allegedly flashing a white power hand sign on a recent show.  Some very lonely former contestants posted an open letter demanding an apology and shaming producers for allowing this to happen. // He was just holding up the number 3 to mark his 3rd victory. The same way that after his second win he held up the number 2 and before that the number 1.  Wow - who is that bundle of deliciousness? It's hard to hear what he's saying when you're overpowered by his handsomeness. Now you figured that would be it - an absurd tale that gets picked up by bloggers starving for content and Clearasil. And me. But no. Since that aired -- 450 former...
    Carlil Pittman knows trauma firsthand. As the co-founder of the Chicago-based youth organization GoodKidsMadCity-Englewood, he grieved the loss of Delmonte Johnson, a young community activist, more than two years ago to the very thing the teen fought fiercely against: gun violence. He’s also been angered and frustrated by the onslaught of stories of Black Americans killed at the hands of police across the nation throughout the past year. First, there was Breonna Taylor, a Black woman who was fatally shot in her Louisville, Kentucky, home last March. Then there was George Floyd, whose Memorial Day killing by a Minneapolis officer sparked global protests. Just this week, Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, was fatally shot by a police officer during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota — just minutes from where Floyd died. And on Friday, Pittman spent much of the day planning a demonstration with other Chicago organizers to protest the police killing of 13-year-old Adam Toledo, who was Latino. “We’re constantly turning on the TV, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and seeing people that look like us who are...
    UNION, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – After a year of living under COVID restrictions in varying degrees of isolation, some say they are feeling “reentry anxiety” as they begin to socialize again. “I’m very nervous, especially with my children. I know that they want to go out, and we’re worried about where they’re going,” said Joseph Cangiano of Springfield. READ MORE: Bronx-Based Artist, High School Students Collaborate On Inclusive Safety Mural As CBS2’s Meg Baker reports, as things start opening back up, people return to work and friends start planning get-togethers, some are feel a new kind of social anxiety, even if they are vaccinated. COVID VACCINE New York State book online here or call 1-833-NYS-4-VAX New York City book online here or call 877-VAX-4NYC Track NYC vaccinations by zip code Nassau County more info here Suffolk County more info here Westchester County more info here New Jersey book online here or call 1-855-568-0545 Connecticut book online here “I know a lot of people are like, ‘I can’t wait to start hugging people.’ I actually do feel like, no – I’m OK,” said Natalie Fygetakes of Maplewood. So what is reentry...
    Oakland (CNN)While some people nationwide have successfully booked their vaccine appointments online, many others -- including people who are experiencing homelessness -- are struggling to even get access to the booking sites.That's why in Oakland and Berkeley, California, one clinic is working with local officials to bring Covid-19 vaccines directly to unhoused people."We've really seen Covid infiltrate ... this population that's so marginalized from society," said Dr. Jason Reinking, a street medicine doctor with Oakland's LifeLong Medical Care, which has partnered with Alameda County to provide health care and vaccines to those experiencing homelessness.Hishimu Courtney, who lives in a homeless encampment in Oakland, receives a vaccine dose from a LifeLong Medical Care nurse."We flipped the medical paradigm on its head. We essentially bring care directly to people instead of waiting for people to come to care."LifeLong Medical Care originally administered Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, until Johnson and Johnson ones became available, according to Reinking. The clinic said it is now administering the one-dose J&J vaccine to unsheltered people in the community.Read MoreThe clinic has vans -- essentially health clinics on...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Sometimes the simplest gestures can mean the most, and for someone who is hungry, that gesture could be a brown bag lunch. Over the last year, and with the help of the Hollywood Food Coalition, Hang Out Do Good has provided more than 240,000 lunches to Angelenos experiencing homelessness. (Credit: Hang Out Do Good) “We started by asking our friends to make 10 lunches and bring them to one location,” Andrea Rothschild said. READ MORE: Chihuahua Rescued From Hot Car In Palm Desert Rothschild is part of a group called Hang Out Do Good that seeks to help those in need and do more for the community at-large. Last year, at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the group started making and distributing lunches to people experiencing homelessness — an act of kindness that has since caught on. “Today we have 13 food drop-off locations, all across Los Angeles County,” Rothschild said. “There are 40 organizations that pick up our lunches every Sunday from the Hollywood Food Coalition and distribute them to as many as 7,000...
    OAKLAND — The city of Oakland will take over a vacant former student dormitory near Lake Merritt to shelter homeless individuals during the pandemic. The City Council passed a resolution Tuesday to allow the city administrator lease the building at 2332 Harrison Street at least until Sept. 30 to provide emergency shelter for people experiencing homelessness who are most at risk of being sickened by COVID-19. The building is the Lake Merritt Lodge, a one-time hotel and YWCA built in 1929. In 2013, entrepreneur Mahnaz Khazen bought the lodge and transformed the six-story building into a student dormitory for the Hult International Business School in San Francisco. Last summer, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors had voted to approve buying the building to use it to house residents experiencing homelessness, but that deal fell apart, The Oaklandside reported in August. The city’s plan now is to lease the building’s 92 rooms at a maximum daily rate of $132 per room for an occupant and $50 for each additional occupant. It’s made possible, city staff say, because of a new Biden...
    ECHO PARK, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- People experiencing homelessness in Echo Park are holding their ground as recent news has circulated that the city might clear out and shut down the park for repairs.Many people are asking if all of the tents and people experiencing homelessness will be forced to clear out this week.Tony Arranga, the communications director for city Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell, stated that the city is closing the park for $500,000 worth of repairs.And though there's been no official closure date announced, whispers of the closure have circulated this week.David Busch-Lilly has been homeless for 20 years and lives in the park."I've slept on the streets for the last 10 years in Venice, until the last seven months here and it felt like a retreat," said Busch-Lilly.According to people experiencing homelessness at Echo Park Lake, homeless service providers have been at the park over the past few days. They're offering shelter in programs like Project Roomkey and Project Homekey.But it's not an option that many people there want to accept."These hotel rooms last three to six months, and...
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Kent Taylor, founder and CEO of the Texas Roadhouse restaurant chain, has died. He was 65. His family and the company say he took his own life after suffering from symptoms related to COVID-19, including severe tinnitus.Taylor's family and the company on Sunday confirmed his death in a statement.Tinnitus is a common condition involving ringing or other noises in one or both ears. Experts say the coronavirus can exacerbate tinnitus problems.RELATED: Almost one-third of people with 'mild' COVID-19 still battle symptoms months later, study finds"After a battle with post-Covid related symptoms, including severe tinnitus, Kent Taylor took his own life this week," the statement said. "Kent battled and fought hard like the former track champion that he was, but the suffering that greatly intensified in recent days became unbearable."Taylor recently committed to funding a clinical study to help military members suffering with tinnitus, the statement said."Kent leaves an unmatched legacy as a people-first leader, which is why he often said that Texas Roadhouse was a people company that just happened to serve steaks," the statement said.Taylor opened...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The homelessness crisis across the Southland is becoming more pervasive by the day, and a new report from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Thursday underscored that reality. A new report estimates there are now 161,548 people experiencing homelessness in California, a 7% increase in the past year. (CBSLA) The federal report estimates that California’s homeless population was at 161,548 people as of January 2020, prior to the pandemic, a 7% increase from the previous year. In Los Angeles County, the number jumped 13% over the same time to 66,436. READ MORE: 100-Year-Old Man Dead After Slashing Spree In Encino, Suspect Arrested On Thursday night, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority hosted its first State of Homelessness event with leaders confirming what Californians have all seen — homelessness is surging. “I believe we have 20,000 more on the streets since the last count,” Andy Bales, president and CEO of the Union Rescue Mission in Skid Row, said Thursday. This year, LAHSA was forced to cancel its annual homeless count because of the COVID-19 pandemic....
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The Los Angeles Department of Public Health Thursday reported 933 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases and 88 deaths, bringing countywide totals to 1,212,586 cases and 22,664 deaths. The Los Angeles Mission on Skid Row operated as a vaccine clinic Feb. 24 for eligible residents experiencing homelessness. The clinic was part of the county’s effort to vaccinate its most vulnerable residents. (Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) Of the new deaths reported, 25 people were over the age of 80, 30 people were between the ages of 65 and 79, 27 people were between the ages of 50 and 64 and five people were between the ages of 30 and 49. Pasadena reported one more death. READ MORE: Woman Alleges Actor Armie Hammer Raped Her, LAPD Investigating Public Health also reported that cases among people experiencing homelessness had dropped from a peak of 620 weekly cases in late December to just 58 new cases reported in the past week — including 48 cases from previous weeks that were newly identified. To date, there have been 7,061 reported...
    ASTRAZENECA has said its supply of the Covid jab in the UK is “not experiencing any disruption” - after the NHS warned of a dip in supplies from the end of March. NHS England today said there had been “reductions in national inbound vaccines supply” and asked organisations to ensure no further appointments were uploaded to booking systems in April. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates... 2Astrazeneca has said its supply of the Covid jab in the UK is “not experiencing any disruption”Credit: PA NHS bosses said that as a result, people under the age of 50 should only get the jab if they are in a priority group for the vaccine. But the reasons for the slowdown remain unclear, as Astrazeneca said this evening: “Our UK domestic supply chain is not experiencing any disruption and there is no impact on our delivery schedule.” It came after Health secretary Matt Hancock earlier warned that supply will always be “lumpy” despite the success of Britain’s vaccine rollout.  Ministers promised bumper supply from mid-March would see record daily...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A new survey from the American Psychological Association shows Americans are experiencing unprecedented stress during the pandemic. According to the survey, 61% of adults have experienced undesired weight changes. The survey noted 42% reported gaining weight, an average of 29 pounds. As for sleeping schedules, 67% said they are getting more or less than they’d like to. And 23% are drinking more alcohol. READ MORE: Experts Believe New Child Tax Credit Could Potentially Have Profound Effect On US Poverty “We have adapted over the course of the pandemic, what the survey is showing though is that some of our adaptation has been unhealthy,” said Dr. Arthur Evans from the APA. The survey highlights the toll the pandemic has taken on parents with school-age children. Of those surveyed, 47% of mothers and 30% of fathers with children learning remotely say their mental health has gotten worse. READ MORE: South Florida Organization Rescues 5 Dogs From Meat Market In China Dr. Evans said communities of color are also being impacted during the pandemic. “Both for Hispanics and for African-Americans,...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) — A new survey from the American Psychological Association shows Americans are experiencing unprecedented stress during the pandemic. 61% of adults have experienced undesired weight changes, according to the survey. 42% report gaining weight, an average of 29 pounds. 67% are sleeping more or less than they’d like to. And 23% are drinking more alcohol. READ MORE: Celebrate National Pi Day With These Delicious Deals “We have adapted over the course of the pandemic, what the survey is showing though is that some of our adaptation has been unhealthy,” says Dr. Arthur Evans from the APA. READ MORE: Miami Weather: Mix Of Sun & Clouds Today, Nice Weekend Weather Ahead The survey highlights the toll the pandemic has taken on parents with school-age children. 47% of mothers and 30% of fathers with children learning remotely say their mental health has gotten worse. Dr. Evans says communities of color are also being impacted during the pandemic. “Both for Hispanics and for African-Americans, that they had elevated levels of stress in certain areas, particularly when it came to thinking about...
    VICTORVILLE, Calif. (KABC) -- A new program in Victorville is working to provide housing support and case management for community college students who, in many cases, would be considered homeless.Kaitlyn Moore is a freshman at Victor Valley College who until recently wasn't always sure where she would sleep at night."I feel like there's a lot of other people that are too, but they're just scared to come out because they're just feeling like I was," she said.Moore is now part of the program called It Takes a Village, a joint effort led in part by the non-profit Searchlight Society and Next Up, on the community college campus. It only began in January and has already assisted 33 students this semester."If I get a call or a referral that there's a student living in their car or there's a student that doesn't have shelter tonight, we'll rapidly re-house them into a partner hotel and then we'll transition them into either shared living, their own apartment or a different type of housing model," said Daniel Herrera, co-founder of the Searchlight SocietyAmber Allen,...
    Samir Hussein / Getty Meghan Markle was pregnant with Archie when she said she experienced suicidal ideation.  The thoughts are relatively common in pregnancy, especially among people with histories of trauma.  Speaking up is critical for your and your future child's well-being, and to break down the stigma.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Meghan Markle was more than halfway through her pregnancy with Archie when she hit such an emotional low that she attended a glamorous event simply to protect herself from herself.  "I can't be left alone," Markle said she told Prince Harry that morning in January 2019.  Markle revealed her past suicidal feelings to Oprah Winfrey on Sunday, bringing attention not just to how people's outward smiles can mask their inner pain, but also to how, for some, pregnancy can spawn devastating, even life-threatening, emotions.  "It's important to normalize [suicidal ideation in pregnancy] so more women can get the help they need, versus stigmatizing or shaming women for something that is common in pregnancy," psychotherapist Ashley McGirt, the founder and president of the WA...
    A nurse works on a patient in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) in St George's Hospital in Tooting, south-west London, on January 7, 2020. Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images A 69-year-old man with obesity and a cough came to the ER with trouble breathing. When he started to feel worse, he was put on a ventilator and turned onto his belly. He then developed a three-hour erection and needed it drained with needles. He died soon after. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A man experienced a rare COVID-19 side effect, a three-hour-long erection, before dying from complications related to the disease. According to a January 1 case report in The American Journal of Emergency Medicine, the 69-year-old man went to the emergency room after medication his doctor prescribed him didn't help with his shortness of breath. The man, who had obesity and had been coughing the entire week before, soon developed a fever. When the ER doctors who wrote the case report tested him for COVID-19, the results came back positive. His health continued to deteriorate...
    ROCKAWAY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Every day, a New Jersey woman travels to Newark to help people experiencing homelessness, but Tuesday, she took it a step further. She offered for them to spend a day out of the cold and take them to a place they could feel the warmth from the community. READ MORE: Amid Scandal Engulfing Gov. Cuomo, Experts Re-Examine What Constitutes Workplace Sexual Harassment When Henry Veal woke up Tuesday morning in Newark’s Penn Station, he had no idea his day would take him to Rockaway. He overheard a conversation; Jenny DePaul was inviting people on a trip while doing outreach. “I said, ‘Would you mind if I go?’ She said, ‘Of course not, I would love to have you with us,'” Veal said. DePaul personally drove Veal and a few others from Newark to the Kindness Closet in Rockaway, started through her nonprofit Project Kind. At the closet, they could choose whatever they needed most. It’s a community hub where “all the love comes.” People share what they have and can take what they need, no...
    A Zoom call.CNBC Ever get off of a video call and feel like it wiped you out? You're not alone — as people around the world left offices last March and replaced in-person meetings with videoconferences from spare bedrooms and kitchens, they started noticing that videoconferencing made them feel tired. The phenomenon was dubbed Zoom fatigue, after the popular videoconferencing software. As the pandemic enters its second year, with many people still working and attending school remotely, researchers from Stanford and other schools are starting to closely study how videoconferencing affects people on a psychological level. There are four main ways that videoconferencing could contribute to feelings of exhaustion, wrote Jeremy Bailenson, founding director of Stanford University's Virtual Human Interaction Lab, in a paper published on Wednesday: Videoconferencing forces users to make extended eye contact Non-verbal signals like nodding require more effort The little box where users see themselves is unnatural Users are forced to sit in one place. "Going from, on average, a handful of video conferences per week to, in some cases, nine or 10 a...
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