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this is abc 7 news. >> i missed it, a lot. >> a lot of people have. for the first time in over a year, a major theme park is open to the public. good evening and thank you for joining us, i'm dion lynn. it could be one of the biggest steps forward in our return to normal since the pandemic began.
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some bay area theme parks, opening rides today. cornell bernard joins us from six flags discovery kingdom, in vallejo, where lots of families are having some fun. talk about a nice assignment and lots of smiles to be had. >> reporter: yeah, for sure. and it's about timeon so many smiles around the park, today. 17 rides are now fully operating good today, the general public is being welcomed back to this theme park at 15% capacity. first up for many families, the roller coasters, of course. >> are you guys ready to ride >> that would be a yes from everyone who waited to ride the joker roller coaster. david and mariah, came from sacramento. >> i'm really excited, but this one, when i told her they were opening back up, she started shaking. >> it was just like i missed it a lot. [ laughter ]
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>> hold on tight, this coaster, one of nine, reopening at six flags discovery kingdom, after the pandemic closed them down for more than a year. that's a lot of screaming to catch up on. >> we are help themenjoying their time. and we are happy to welcome back more of our employees. >> the line was long at the front gate. all saturday, tickets sold. reservations were required. >> we are celebrating two birthdays, today. >> a day of fun is exactly what dejah and her family needed. >> i could get on all the rides i ever wanted to go on. >> safety measures e ppin temperature taking monitor. rides are disinfected throughout the day, and lots of safety reminders, in case you forget. >> keep those masks on the
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entire ride, and above the nose. >> for many, this is a big deal, a chance to return to the good times we used to know. >> this has been coming for a long time. >> reporter: if you want to come out to the park, you will need to make a reservation and buy tickets online. and in case you were wondering, the bay area's other themepark, california's great america, set to reopen, may 22nd. live for abc 7 news, cornell bernard. >> many thanks. california's reopening process is about to change. governor gavin newsom, late yesterday, announced a new announcement concerning the tier system. >> is there something besides yellow and orange? the answer is yes. >> the governor says he would
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like to make the official announcement on monday, or tuesday. he pointed to the state's vaccination effort and low positivity rate as reasons to make the modifications. and here's a look at california's numbers for today. estate reported, the positivity rate did not change. it is still at 1.8%. california has hit a milestone with vaccinations more than 7 million are now fully vaccinated against covid-19. and part of building a better bay area is tracking the vaccine rollout and the ongoing effort for equity. east palo alto officials welcomed by community members and a newly opened site aimed at closing the distribution gap. cesar chavez raven wood'sraven middle school is in its second full day of vaccinations. officials say supply of the johnson & johnson single-dose vaccine was doubled to 2000 shots in the last 48 hours.
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>> what we are dealing with is franchising in the city that we have always had to wait for resources, for allocations, for vaccine. now when we have this news of the vaccine, it's awesome, but it's also going to take a little time to really encourage our residents to come in the numbers they should. >> only 27% of east also residents have been vaccinated. the lowest rate in san mateo county. officials hope to hold another vaccination clinic another date. a four-day vaccination clinic opened in the heart of oakland, today. ame church will also host. this site was made possible by emergency services, along with fema and local 2015 which presents nursing home and home care workers, in california. >> we need to not lose another
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beloved member of this community. so please, for yourself, do a favor, keep yourself well, get a shot, keep those you love well. >> hundreds of members are invited to get vaccinations at the site in the next few days. meantime, private medical practices are starting to organize their own mass vaccination clinics in the bay úarea. this one was in san ramon, this morning. doctors, melissa mack, , vaccinating hundreds with their first dose of moderna vaccine. first shots were offered for free. doctors say they plan on these clinics continuing for the resin of contra costa county, 16 and older. and if you are looking for vaccine information, you can head to that is where you will find who is eligible for a shot, and a place where you can send
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questionabc 7 vaccine team. air travel is taking off with a record number of passengers, since yesterday. new guidance released by the cdc suggests people who are fully vaccinated can safely travel, still. the cdc though does not recommend travel at this time, because of a recent rise in cases. and they also suggest unvaccinated people avoid all nonessential travel. not, now to a group asian activists group >> the group marched from medicine park to chinatown, members of the group include black and latino residents, standing in solidarity with the
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asian community. >> different leaders come patrol their own hood. they have a lot of elders that need a lot of protection. >> one of the goals today was t encourage people to patronize chinatown businesses who have suffered during the pandemic. personal data longing to half 1 billion facebook users appeared online today. the data includes phone numbers and names, along with locations, birthdates, and in some cases, even email addresses. all of it was available for free on a hacking forum. facebook played down concerts, saying it was old data, and the vulnerability had been patched into honey 19. security researchers say it could still be useful to cyber criminals who want to impersonate people and commit fraud. looking ahead, a toddler from the east bay is in the fight of his life. >> he is my person. >> the huge undertaking by his
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grandmother to help him, and his family. plus, baseball has stepped into the battle of georgia's controversial voting rights law. now the state's governor is hitting back. his response to losing the all- star game i'm meteorologist drew tuma. the warm weather has been wiped away. cooler temperatures over the forecast over the next few come experience the grand opening of floor and decor's newest location in pleasant hill! our expansive store is fully equipped with safe distancing guides, so you can browse our wide aisles
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air wick our essential mist transforms fragrance infused with natural essential oils into a mist. to awaken your home with an experience you can see, smell, and feel. it's air care, redefined. air wick essential mist. connect to nature. new developments with major- league baseball's decision to pull the all-star game out of georgia. over the state's voting rights law. georgia's governor made his first public comments following yesterday's move and as abc 7
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reporter tells us, he is not backing down. >> major-league baseball, announcing it is moving the all- star game and the draft, out of georgia. the decision, coming after a controversial new state voting bill was signed into law. georgia's governor, brian kemp, defending that law. expands access to voting, expands weekends voting, protects no excuse absentee voting and levels the playing field on voter i.d. requirement. >> the law suppresses historically disenfranchised voters in urban and suburban counties, according to officials. >> it now has the attention of the mlb and corporations that are really thinking twice about georgia. >> manfred junior, saying, the league supports voting rights for all americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box. there access to voting continue to have our game's unwavering support.
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she says she commends the league for speaking out. atlanta's mayor, telling cnn she expects there may be other boy cats from businesses and tourists. >> it's going to impact millions of georgians, employment, small businesses, corporations unfortunate. >> i want to be clear, i will not be backing down from this fight. we will not be intimidated. >> as texas state lawmakers consider new voting bills in their legislative bodies, american airlines, at&t, and dell, have weighed in. a sign, some of the biggest corporations and employers in the state are keeping an eye on these bills. reporting for abc 7 news, new york. a little boy's fight against cancer inspired a community-led effort to help save lives. adrian rodriguez of antioch has
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stage leukemia. his parents have stopped working theifo due to t they held a fundraiser for adrian's family. even though he is going through this, he is sick and tired, he is still a typical 3- year-old. i think that is what everyone forgets. that's how resilient he is. >> in this area, all our local food trucks, we are just so much more community over competition. >> that is so nice to see them working together. adrian's family says above all else, they hope the event raised awareness as well of the need for stem cell donors. things that may appear simple at first may have a much deeper meaning. these pinwheels are the perfect example. the cause of local hospital is calling attention to. and i'm meteorologist drew
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tuma. onshore flow, cooler temperatures
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how nice is this! pinwheels are spinning outside a south bay hospital, symbolizing children waiting for organ donation. lucile packard to the hospital is making national donate month , with the pinwheels, each, representing a child on the transparent transplant list. a pinwheels is supported by a single stem, symbolizing one organ donor can save up to eight lives. the san francisco municipal transportation agency showed off a new collaboration with local artists in the bayview.
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the project reimagines transportation groups from cars and added artwork for the eye. artists painted murals, the city also created bicycle and pedestrian lanes and reduced the number of lanes to traffic. see it all along evanson avenue and hunters point boulevard. certainly a nice day to do some bicycling, or anything outside. though, cooler than what we are used to. calling this back to reality, this is where we should be this time of year. not be record warmth for last week, that has been pushed out of here, and that fog has returned, bringing back that traditinal bay weather today. 24 hour change, you can see anywhere from as much as 17 degrees cooler right now, compared to this time, yesterday, with that onshore flow coming back. live look right now, santa cruz, upper 50s right now, cool along the immediate coastline could san francisco, 55, the current
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temperature with the sea úbreez oakland, one degrees shy of 60. 59 in san jose, morgan hill, upper 50s. 54, in half moon bay. live view from emeryville and the sun has been sharing the sky with cloud cover today. we will find more clouds rolling in later this evening. other damages, upper 50s to lower 60s from santa rosa, napa, 62 now in fairfield. 60 in concord. let's update on the pollen forecast. tomorrow, monday, and tuesday, tree pollen, the main affinity for allergy sufferers, we need rain to rinse our atmosphere of this pollen. that won't be for the next several days. tonight, stars mixed with clouds, otherwise, temperatures across the board, falling to comfortable levels, tomorrow.
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for easter, starting off in the 40s, but we'll rake down cloud cover for sunshine by the afternoon. highs starting in the south bay, 66 to san jose, 65, cupertino, 60, san mateo,, 50s for half moon bay. downtown san francisco, morning clouds, afternoon sun, 56, downtown. in the north bay, 55 petaluma, 63. vallejo, a lot of sunshine. a cloudy in the east bay. inland, we are mid to upper 60s, 66, walnut creek, and i have 66 in livermore. here is the accuweather seven- day forecast. it states seasonal on monday, a little mild on tuesday, but overall, the pattern remains dry with temperatures mainly in the 60s. that will be through next weekend. >> drew, thanks.
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coliseum, and they are doing their thing. elvis andrews, taking over for marcus simeon. look at this play getting maldonado in the fourth. what a play! so nice we show it twice, the diving play, and he's fired up here it he made one mistake, and here it is. don alvarez, no relation, much better at baseball than i was. center field, 5-01, astros. bottom eight, a's down, and l5- 1. bases-loaded, one out, all precautions. jet lowery, swing and a miss. so the a's next batter, they need a grand slam, the ball is deep to right center, the fly out ins in houston for the ninth. the astros win at 9-1. the a's hope to avoid the sweep tomorrow. for the first time in 11 years,
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the stanford women's team, playing in the national championship. arizona, tomorrow, 3:00 on espn. stanford survived the final seconds last night, when south carolina missed not one, but two shots on the final possession of the game. their opponent, arizona, beat yukon by 10, that sets up a champion game for the conference of champions. for most of the season, stanford played on the road. that experience is paying dividends now. >> we have competitive, motivated, talented, really strong women on our team here it and they have dug deep. i think that off the court experience made us tougher, stronger, more determined. well it's an advantage for us when we were on the road for almost two months straight. when they came to the bubble in san antonio, they didn't know what to expect.
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i feel like everything happens for a reason. >> it's crazy, we are going up against a talented team. we know each other, it's going to be exciting. two should be a great game. an increasingly frustrated coach steve, closing in closing games to go and a team that should be fighting its way is only going the opposite way. >> i mean, you saw it. we just got destroyed. not a lot to be said. humiliating for everyone involved. i think the game went south on us quickly. we got demoralized. >> good news, they have a chance to make things right against the hawks. >> redemption shall be sweet. chris, thanks. well, if you did not know better, you would think this is a movie.
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finally now, a spectacular scene today in egypt, as some royal mommies were located to a new museum, and a prayed fit for a king. total of 22 mummies wound their way through the streets of cairo. each one was transported in a vehicle fitted with special
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shock absorbers good as you can see, they got a full escort, including a horse-drawn chariot. perhaps the most notable one being moved is king ramses the second. he rolled for 67 years. tonight, the coronavirus warning, as millions of americans travel this holiday weekend. the new images tonight of packed airports. tsa saying they screened the most travelers on friday since the pandemic began. health officials warning against large family gatherings for a second consecutive easter, as cases rise in nearly half the country. with hospitalizations up in at least 18 states. the u.s. working to get ahead of the virus with vaccines. a record 4 million reported shot the investigation into that deadly attack at the capitol. security barriers going back up today after a suspect rammed a vehicle into officers, allegedly lunging at them with a knife. what we're learning about the officer killed, the father of
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