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that. that's it for "abc 7 news" at 5:00, everybody. i'm dion lim. we'll see you right back tonight, breaking news. the senate has passed president biden's $1.9 trillion covid relief bill. the vote, 50-49. not a single republican senator supporting the measure. the package including $1,400 direct payments to many americans and extended unemployment benefits. money for vaccine distribution and schools. now heading back to the house for approval. when can americans expect to see those checks? superspreader fears. the new images tonight of spring lafialat tacking beaches and nba al wee.on crowds g steam in the race to vaccinate. the new record tonight -- 2.9 million reported shots administered in a single day.
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pepper spray outrage. the shocking body camera footage showing a rochester police officer pepper spraying a mothef screaming 3-year-old child. the department already under fire as an officer pepper sprayed a 9-year-old less than a month ago. the pope's historic trip. pope francis celebrating the first ever papal mass in iraq's capital, telling a packed church, love is our strength. hours before, the pontiff sitting down with the top shia cleric in iraq. what we're learning about the extraordinary exchange between the two religious leaders. royal rift. the royal family bracing for harry and meghan's explosive interview. and now the video messages just released from buckingham palace. fraternities under fire. the investigations tonight at two college campuses over alleged hazing incidents. a heartbroke> and onight about .
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her powerful message after she says she was racially profiled by a security guard outside her own home. good evening. it's good to have you with us on this saturday. i'm whit johnson. we start with that breaking news -- the $1.9 trillion covid relief bill passing the senate, clearing a major hurdle to get stimulus aid directly to struggling americans. president biden this afternoon from the white house celebrating the senate vote, calling it one more giant step toward delivering on his promise to help the american people. senators voting along party hours. nt,ou, where it's 'sust s setoose their unemployment benefits. instead, the bill would extend
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those benefits through september 6th, and many americans would receive direct payments of $1,400. the bill also includes billions for vaccine distribution, contact tracing, and schools. republicans united in opposition, saying it's too expensive. abc white house correspondent maryalice parks leads us off. >> reporter: tonight, the senat package, bringing den one step to a major win on a campaign promise. >> when we took office 45 days ago, i promised the american people help was on the way. toy i can say we've taken one more giant step forward in delivering on that promise. >> reporter: the bill including billions of dollars in aid for states, schools, and small businesses. plus direct $1,400 payments to many americans. >> this plan will get checks out the door starting this month to the american people who so
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desperately need the help. >> reporter: today after the senate voted for more than 25 straight hours on dozens of last-minute amendments, democrats approving the measure alone. republicans firmly united against the plan. >> the senate has never spent $2 trillion in a more haphazard way or through a less rigorous process. >> reporter: the vote coming after the process was held up for nearly 12 hours overnight as democrats worked to get moderate west virginia democrat joe manchin on board with the plan to extend expanded unemployment benefits through the first week of september, but agreeing to keep them at $300 a week instead of $400. in ohio, stacy rodriguez says that stimulus check could help keep her family afloat. she was hospitalized with covid-19 last year, and her daughter recently needed surgery, too. >> to some people $1,400 is nothing to them, but it can mean
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i'm able to pay some of our electric bills, our gas bill at home, our mortgage payment, i'm able to buy her medications. >> so many americans desperate for this aid. let's get to maryalice parks on capitol hill. we heard in your piece the president say those checks will be out the door this month, but what needs to happen between now and then? and what are members of the house saying as this revised bill heads back their way? >> reporter: yeah, whit, that's the final step. this senate bill needs to go back to the house for final passage. democratic leaders there confident, signaling today they think they can move fast. they want to vote tuesday, but they only have a slim margin there. they're going to have to keep their ranks together if they ca it to the president's desk. whit? >> maryalice parks, thank you. now to the latest on the pandemic and growing fears tonight about superspreader
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events. atlanta officials telling fans the stay away from gatherings surrounding this weekend's nba all-star game. south florida bracing for spring breakers, many maskless as covid weary young people head for the beaches there. those concerns amid really good news we've just heard in the vaccine rollout. a new reported record -- 2.9 million reported shots administered in just one day. more mass vaccination sites going live in several states. here's abc's elwyn lopez in atlanta. >> reporter: tonight, scenes like this across the country -- spring breakers flocking to beaches and bars, sparking fears of another deadly coronavirus surge. florida already seeing huge crowds of mostly maskless partiers. this popular party hot spot in 23. >> they're doing a great job i think it's kind of silly. >> reporter: here in atlanta it's nba all-star weekend. the game closed to the public, but despite officials urging out-of-towners to stay home,
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thousands descending on a city still at risk. georgia ranking dead last for vaccinations per 100,000 people. many businesses taking precautions.ikth if it's above 99, then it beeps too loud, we don't allow hem to enter. >> reporter: these vaccinated fans flew in from dallas, hoping for some normalcy. >> we decided, we got our shots, let's do it. >> reporter: do you think that pandemic fatigue is also contributing to that thought? >> absolutely. absolutely. >> reporter: arizona re-opening at full capacity. texas and mississippi dropping mask mandates all together. all three states have at least one of the highly contagious >> we have seen this movie before. up. te vaccinations ramping up. the nation shattering a single day record with 2.9 million shots into as
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with an >> the javits center among the places offering that johnson & johnson single dose vaccine. elwyn lopez joins us from atlanta. elwyn, we know vaccinations are really ramping up. you're learning officials are expecting enough doses for 130 million americans by the end of march? >> reporter: we know that in the last week nearly 20 million doses were distributed by the end of the month. officials are expecting approximately 126 million more doses. whit? >> encouraging news. elwyn lopez for us in atlanta. thank you. police in rochester, new york, are again under fire. an officer now on administrative duty. body camera video appearing to show that officer using pepper spray on a woman who had been holding he 3-year-old child. police now releasing footage of the incident. a warning, it is difficult to watch. here's abc's trevor ault.
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>> reporter: tonight, disturbing new police body camera footage sparking an investigation in p! >> reporter: video shows an officer attempting to arrest a woman suspected of shoplifting her 3-year-old daughter. the woman seen running away, and after a brief chase, officers tackling her and one firing pepper spray. her child screaming next to her. that officer is now on administrative duty pending review of the incident. the interim police chief saying the situation could have been de-escalated. >> can we get to the same place by utilizing a different strategy maybe? and so those are the things i really want to focus on. >> reporter: the controversy comes only weeks after this >> both incidents involved black mothers. both involved black children. both involved black people obviously in crisis. >> reporter: intense scrutiny coming from the city's newly created police accountability
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board. it was formed following the death of daniel prude at the ng psts d pi ce last year.nd f resiationsrom li le procedures and culture. and whit, the police union says they also want change, but this officer was following protocol. the woman pepper sprayed was first suspected of shoplifting but charged with trespassing. her daughter was not hurt. whit? >> okay, trevor, thank you. overseas, pope francis denouncing religious extremism, reaching out to muslims during a historic visit to iraq. meeting with the top shia cleric in his home. the ayatollah saying christians should be able to live in peace and security like all other iraqis. the pope today celebrating the first ever papal mass in iraq. and abc's ian pannell is there. ♪ >>orr: tonight, the rs ev pal mass in iq, a
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country home to christians since the 1st century. a heavy mix of cheers, songs and incense greeted pope francis. this historic trip means so much to so many, but above all, to the dwindling numbers of the faithful. earlier the pope held a groundbreaking meeting with a top shia cleric in iraq, grand ayatollah ali al sistani. walking the narrow streets, of the holy city, francis removed his shoes before meeting one of the most revered and influential religious leader in the region. in a major move, the grand ayatollah offering protection to iraq's beleaguered christians, whose numbers have collapsed in the last 20 years. it was an unprecedented meeting between the head of christianity and a leader of shia muslims and sends a powerful message. there was also a pilgrimage to what's believed to be the birthplace of the abraham, the trrcof c
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judaism and islam. alongside other religious leaders, heetrayal the religion. but delivering the hope and reconciliation they all crave will take more than prayers. >> ian pannell joins us from irbil, where pope will hold the biggest mass of his trip tomorrow. ian, he's also going to mosul where isis first declared their caliphate. >> reporter: that's right. seven years ago, isis leader abu bakr al baghdadi also declaring isis would occupy rome. imagine the irony that rome, pope francis, is going to mosul instead. this time on a peaceful pilgrimage. it's a scene that would be almost unimaginable just a few years ago. whit? >> ian pannell following the pope tonight. thank you. now to the latest increase in tensions in the royal family. senior royals delivering messages ahead of commonwealth day celebrations tomorrow. meay that much-antateder w y and meghan airs here in the united states.
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julia macfarlane has the story. >> reporter: tonight, the royals putting on a united front despite the escalating family rift, focusing on the pandemic in video messages ahead of the commonwealth day celebrations tomorrow. >> this pandemic has shown us the true nature of a global emergency. >> reporter: highlighting global efforts to fight covid-19. >> katherine and i have spoken to a lot of health-care workers in the uk and around the world. >> reporter: the royals bracing for blowback from harry and meghan's upcoming interview, which is dividing opinion on this side of the pond. >> when it comes to the queen, she's incredibly popular. i think a lot of people in britain feel protective of her. if harry and meghan are seen to be saying and doing things that might harm her or are critical of her, then that's when they start to lose public opinion over here. >> reporter: meghan expected to reveal her side of the story, telling oprah why she's speaking out now.
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>> we're on the other side of a lot of -- a lot of life experience that's happened and also that we have the ability to make our own choices. >> reporter: the palace also taking heat for the decision to open an investigation into claims that meghan bullied staff. friends of the duchess now taking to social media to offer her their support. actress janina gavankar tweeting, here's what she is -- kind, strong, open. here's what she's not -- a bully. the queen's commonwealth address will be broadcast here in the uk tomorrow night, several hours before harry and meghan's interview airs in the u.s., but that won't be broadcast here until monday. whit? >> julia macfarlane, thank you. much more ahead on "world news tonight" this saturday. fraternities under fire. the alleged hazing investigations at two universities. what the family of one college g the felony charges that officer
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>> and then they broke to news to us, and it's just been a disaster ever since. >> reporter: the family says they heard from friends present that adam was encouraged to consume a large quantity of whiskey as part of an initiation process. then passed out. >> the next morning they checked on him, he was dead. >> reporter: that fraternity suspended by the national organization and by vcu, which promises an independent investigation. but two anti-hazing activists whose son died during hazing at penn state died in 2018 frustrated by lax laws. >> the word hazing apparently is acceptable, but if you translate it to what it really is, abuse, then you see it as the crime that it is. >> reporter: pi kappa alpha fraternity says they are horrified and outraged by the bowling green incident, adding they have a zero to hazing. whit? when we come back here, news tonight on inaugural poet amanda gorman.
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tonight on abc 7 news at 6:00. back to school in san francisco. the deal that will reopen classrooms for in-person learning. relief is one step closer for americans. what's in the massive covid relief bill passed by the senate. and new developments with the two bay area teenagers accused of killing a police officer in rome. .demands being made by prosecutors. next on abc 7 news at 6:00. >> announcer: building a better bay area for a safe and secure future. this is abc 7 news. there is a tentative deal to reopen san francisco schools and have students in the classrooms next month. good evening and thank you so much for joining us. i'm dion lim. the phased in approach would start with youngest students at school sites but at abc 7 news
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reporter cornell barnard shows us not all parents are ready to send kids back to the classroom. >> i'm grateful to share with you that sfusd is on track to offer in person learning options. >> this school boardment says preschool through second grate classes will start. >> it's great they set a date. a lot of the parents in the communities have been asking the school district to do. >> he is one of many parents asking schools to reopen. he says remote learning that be a failure for his sons. >> the online doesn't work. >> the teachers union likes the return to classroom plan which includes health and safety protocols and vaccination for school staff. >> every morning before anybody comes in the building there will abscreening, health screening. then ventilation measures as well. all the layer


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