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it is not expected to start until next month at the earliest. >> california numbers showing hospitalizations and the percentage of icu patients going up but the test positivity rate continues a slow decline. last week was at 23%, now 20.7%. >> a new study finds omicron was likely in the u.s. more than a week before the first case was detected. wastewater samples found a variant in new york city on november 21. the first official case was reported in san francisco on december 1. >> the number of covid cases in san francisco has started to plateau, that is the latest update. our news reporter with more morm what we can expect going forward. >> not right away but he will begin to see some restrictions lifted. next monday, some countries in europe will drop some of their restrictions because they have
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seen a significant fall in case numbers. in san francisco, we are slowly following that trend. the light at the end of the -- >> the light at the end of the tunnel is here. we may go through another tunnel but there is hope and there is light. >> it has helped that 82% of san franciscans are fully vaccinated. while still a concern because of its high infection capabilities, the number of covid cases finally peaked on january 9. >> with a 70 average of hundreds of cases per day and dropped each day since then. >> the number dropped on january 12. hospitalization rates always lag behind the number of reported cases. they are still climbing but that rate of increase is slowing down. here is where the vaccine and preventive measures seem to have made the difference. last year in january, 160 five
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people died in san francisco of covid related illnesses. one year later, this month, five people so far have died. a doctor said we must learn to live with covid, echoing what other health officials have stated. >> i want to stress that our goal is not to prevent every case. omicron has proved that that is not possible. our goal is to prevent the worst outcomes. >> my hope is as we begin to reopen, as we see numbers decline, that we continue to be careful but continue to support our restaurants, that we order and pick up from our restaurants and various businesses, that we support small businesses. >> the commerce department reported a decline in foot traffic in the downtown area since early december with omicron cases began to surface. then mayor made reference to the fact that there are people who
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are not going to restaurants not because of the restrictions but because they are psychologically afraid of getting sick. it has been nearly two years of mirroring this and i have not contracted covid or the common cold and it is kind of nice. but at some point, we all have e to accept that many of us will eventually get covid or the common cold. larry: the masks have helped but i think everybody is sick of the masks and we would like to move on to testing and trying to get past this. it has not been that efficient given we are two years into this. we have a bunch of tests. a surge comes, we take the tests, things level off, then we have another search but there are not enough tests. what is the plan going forward? reporter: dr. colfax said something that we all know to be true which is testing needs to be accessible, affordable, and fast.
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what are they doing? he says they are working with state and federal partners to make over-the-counter tests easier to come by. that is number one, and requiring health care system partners to step up and do their part when it comes to testing. larry: two years and healthy and safe and let's hope it stays that way. kristen: testing is another issue and nearly 14,000 covid tests left unprocessed in a lab. many customers waiting nearly two weeks to get results. you asked and i team is getting answers. our reporter is here now with the testing troubles. reporter: we heard from many of you who have been waiting for your covid pcr tests results from virus geeks, you were promised a 48 hour turnaround time but is nearly two weeks later. we have an answer for you about why it took so long.
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that is how long they long theyl waiting for the covid test results. >> they said they would call back, they never called back. reporter: they took a test through virus geeks, a bio health technology company that has more than a dozen covid test sites across san francisco. >> i have an update for you. we found out where your sample has been. reporter: according to the company, 14,000 specimens collected last week have been sitting in a lab for seven days, all untouched. >> i'm very sorry about these events. they have a right to be mad. reporter: the ceo reached out following our story saying he takes full responsibility for what happened. facing testing demands from omicron, he says his company relied on another lab to help process the overflow. days went by, still nothing. >> it did not feel right so something is going on.
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now we are going on day three, a four, day five. >> when we were notified if there was an issue? -- when were you notified there was an issue? reporter: peace says the lab blamed the delay on a area but when they checked it out, they saw this. >> they were left in the original backs that we sent to the laboratory. reporter: he says the 30 backs of samples are from the company's test sites at the event center and monterey airport. >> did they what happened? >> they said they had only one scientist, so to give you an idea, processing 5000 samples a day, you need a minimum of three scientists. reporter: the i team reached out for further comment but the company denied virus geeks' sample backs were sitting in the facility for over a week. despite these pictures showing the company's tax in their facility. they say a portion of the samples were processed but
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admitted to the i team. due to increasing workload from our customers, we told them to take samples back. virus geeks has pulled back testing as the company works to process the influx of samples left in these facts. >> how long do you think it will take to clear out the backlog? >> i anticipate by thursday, everything should be done. >> you think that will happen today? >> i anticipate the backlog will be cleared up by friday. reporter: it has been 10 days since the specimens were collected. it defeats the purpose, but still comes with a price tag billed to insurance companies and ultimately, taxpayers believe aching up part of the thaad for those uninsured. there are many backlog raises concerns about the quality of the specimens. >> samples remain viable after 21 days. within room temperature. reporter: the manager of the
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clinical religion lab disagreed. would you be concerned about the quality of specimens sitting in room temperature for six to seven days? >> it is very unlikely that you will have accurate results if the samples are kept at room temperature up to that amount of time. you can have a false negative result. reporter: customers learn she tested negative but was positive the next day. >> i know things can change from one day to the next. i don't know. it is fishy. reporter: we brought this to authorities in san mateo county. what is your team doing? >> the county is working with virus geeks to try to improve the test turnaround time situation. there are staffing disruptions that affected so many sectors including test processing vendors and with such high demand. reporter: virus geeks has
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provided testing to high schools and colleges and hosted the largest scale test site at the san mateo marriott before expanding. >> what are you doing to ensure this does not happen again? >> make sure we keep the volume to our capacity. i'm very sorry. reporter: he says the company is adding a new lab that will increase their capacity from processing 10,000 tests per day to 70,000 tests per day and plans to keep all testing in-house to avoid this in the future. san mateo county says if this backlog persists, they will be looking into other companies to assume the test site at the event center. larry: attorney has handed down subpoenas demanding records from two groups doing covid testing in the city, this follows our i team investigation into community wellness america and crestview clinical laboratory. questions about whether these
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companies are properly licensed, it is also unclear whether companies have been doing with the information and the swamps that have been collected. the city attorney says people should report suspect testing facilities to officials by calling 311. two years ago tomorrow, the cdc officially confirmed the first case of covid in the u.s. and coming up at 4:30, he look back at the first wave. kristen: the governor spent the day in southern california addressing a spree of railcar thefts. the crime trend has spiked in los angeles county in the past year. >> we need all of us to recognize our collective and individual responsibility to do more and start supporting one another to address these issues. kristen: the governor visited a cleanup site after images went viral showing piles of empty boxes along the tracks. he said it looks like a third world country. union pacific, one of the largest railroad companies, said it may avoid operating and l.a.
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county because of the spike in thefts. larry: a deadly shooting, what led up to police shooting a man in the terminal. a reporter hit by a car, this was live on the air. we will show you the video. prices skyrocketing at grocery stores, gas stations, and more. will be see relief anytime soon? >> driving through that fog this morning was tough. you will not have to deal with that tomorrow. but the winds that scour out of that fog, that could bring other issues. i will tell you how long that wind advisory is
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larry: deadly shooting today after police confronted a man they said was armed, this happened in the terminal near the bart station. reporter: police shielded the scene with partition to keep passengers from seeing the aftermath of the deadly shooting that happened here in the international terminal at sfo. airport employees and passengers who were here at a 7:30 this morning heard the shots and quickly escaped to a designated safe area. >> we were told to evacuate the terminal. we got all the passengers who were in the middle of checking in for flights. it was pretty scary. reporter: police got a call from a tsa officer that a man was acting suspiciously.
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they say he pulled out two guns and refused to drop them. >> not individual continue to display threatening behavior, the officers attempted to use nonlethal messages -- measures to subdue the suspects. the individual continued to advance towards officers at which time they discharged several shots into the suspect. >> passengers arriving at the airport saw the large police presence and were shocked to hear about what happened. >> he was allowed to come through, innocent people would get hurt. why are you bringing guns to the airport? reporter: officials say the tsa employee to the right thing, emphasizing the importance of if you see something, say something. they say they are great for the man did not get any further into the terminal. other employees say they felt bill prepared for the emergency. >> i'm pretty calm because i knew what to do. reporter: this happened at the entrance of the bart station.
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police say did not know if this man rodie in on part, they also don't know what his intentions were. kristen: san jose police are continuing their investigation following a shootout last night. the suspect died from his injuries. dustin dorsey got reaction today from neighbors. reporter: in san jose, the pieces left behind from a night neighbors described as terrifying, dangerous, and scary. police say a man suspected -- expected of a carjacking drove into this neighborhood where he crashed into another vehicle before getting to a shootout with officers. this woman who did not want to show her face was when -- was in her home last night when she heard the gunshots. >> we got on the floor in her room. my husband told me he heard
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gunshots also. as things settle down, we realized it was all happening on this corner. reporter: neighbors say that shootout ended in this yard and as you can see, there is what looks to be a bullet hole industry and a car with his tires and back window shot out. police say the suspect got out of the car and allegedly opened fire on police. the man was killed in the shootout. a triggering moment for sidney chavez. >> it is like i want to scream. reporter: she left a rose at the sight of the crash for the person who was killed. she says well she does not know the details, she says her son was killed by police four years ago. >> is emotional for me because he has a mom. i feel for this family. reporter: as police continue the investigation, the residents get back to their lives, still shocked at what happened. >> we stood outside in our yard with our neighbors and we never had anything like this before. reporter: sjpd says they will
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update us tomorrow. kristen: plans are moving ahead to honor a santa cruz county sheriff killed on duty in june 2020. the deputy sheriffs association announced willowbrook park will be dedicated and renovated in his honor. >> this dedication will give our children along with future generations a place to honor his sacrifice and remember his legacy. he would have loved to be honored at willowbrook park, a place where children can come and play, where families come together. >> asserted was shot and killed well responding to the point of a suspicious man. -- reports of a suspicious man. larry: while we wait for more rain whenever that comes, might as well enjoy some sunshine. mike: so get in, there is plenty
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to be had. let's take a look outside. all the way back to the east bay hills, temperatures from 59 in san francisco, 55 and half moon bay, and oakland, santa clara, around 60 to 66. a touch of haze in the hills. air quality is running good right now. or at least healthy. santa rosa, 65. fairfield, 65. look at the clean air over san rafael and the vivid colors. that is what the early rain does. nothing like that tonight. a few passing high clouds, less fog as winds will build, especially in higher elevations, and work their way down towards the rest of us tomorrow through saturday. it is going to warm us up. our warmest days are those two days. when the winds back off, it will be cooler but still drive-thru
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the forecast. let's start with the temperatures. 40 in livermore, 39 in santa rosa. most of us in the low to mid 40's. in the high elevations, the green, those are the 50's as the air will be overturned. some of that will make it to the coast. half moon bay, one of our milder spots tomorrow morning. temperatures cranking up to 63 in sunnyvale. san jose, 66. peninsula, 64 to 66. the same thing along the coast. until you get to the sunset at 63. downtown, 65. head over to the north bay, some of our warmest temperatures. lakeport, santa rosa, 68. napa, 64. richmond at 62 and 66 in oakland. to our valleys, warmer than today. succeed three to 65 in walnut
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creek -- 63 to 65 in walnut creek. an area of low pressure, it is going to decrease the distance between it and this area of high-pressure pressure and that creates a strong pressure gradient and that is how we form our window. fast winds from 7:00 tomorrow morning to 7:00 saturday with gusts around 15 to 30 miles an hoenpo in hi. we need to lock down anything that could blow away or could cause damage. what we are looking at our good air quality, the fastest winds tomorrow will definitely be during the afternoon and evening. my 70 forecast, a run of mid-60's tender 70 with our record highs 68 to 73. the average is 60 to 62 next week. >> it is going to be cooler with the 49ers are going, they are
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headed to green bay. abc 7 was at santa clara an hour ago as the team buses filled up. saturday's playoff game has the niners and packers kicking off at at 5:15 california time. temperature at kickoff, a little warmer than we thought, it is going to be 15 degrees. that is balmy for green time of year. wind chill plus six. kristen: a different kind of recycling, the
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larry: the widow of bob saget is speaking publicly for the first time since his passing, telling the world what america's that meant to her. rick reporter: affectionately known as america's dad. to kelly rizzo, bob saget waters only. she sat down with tj holmes to remember her late husband's life, the laughs and the legacy he leaves behind. >> so many tears your body will let you cry. reporter: her last conversation with him did not raise any flags. he was returning to his hotel from his comedy show and he had sent a text telling her how much he was looking forward to seeing her the next day. >> he was on his way home or back to his hotel and was telling me what a wonderful show he had. he was happy and loving what he did. reporter: her world crashing
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down when she received the news about her husband's death. she said bob saget had covid in december but it was nonserious. >> i will point to that last post of his where he said he felt like he was 26 again. reporter: they married in 2018 after three years of dating. she says her late husband had the biggest heart, from the way he embraced his full house family as his own. >> kaman in. -- come on in. reporter: to his work. >> he wanted to spread love and laughter and he did so amazingly and i'm so proud of him because he truly brought people together. he was so wonderful. i was so honored to be his wife and be able to be part of it and bring him any bit of happiness that i could. reporter: she says her husband's costars have been kind and
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supportive. she says bob saget would be happy about that. kristen: it has been two since covid first officially appeared in the u.s., a new documentary takes a look back at the first wave. larry: from shortages to skyrocketing prices, the sticker shock at the grocery store and
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>> building a better bay area, moving forward, finding solutions. this is abc 7 news. kristen: this week marks two years since the first confirmed covid case in america. larry: a new documentary called the first wave looks back at
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what happened in those early weeks as covid began spreading across the u.s. and the entire world. kristen: a reporter from our sister station has a preview. reporter: as the streets emptied and the emergency rooms filled, national geographic embedded with the warriors on the front lines in new york city. at long island jewish medical center, opening an unprecedented window into the first wave of the pandemic. through the eyes of academy award madea director matthew heideman who share his experience on the premiere before the omicron surge. >> there is so much courage and love and humanity that we witnessed. reporter: introducing us to heroes. >> i literally had a panic attack because when you are living through it, you are only seeing one perspective. reporter: the documentary takes us inside the epicenter of the covid outbreak in that doomed
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spring of 2020 where we meet this person. >> can you squeeze my hand? reporter: fighting for his life with his wife by his side. >> can you hear me? reporter: he survived. >> i look a lot different. life is precious. life is not promised to nobody. reporter: cameras also captured in the social uprising following the killing of george floyd. >> when we started chanting, i literally felt like my breath was stripped away. reporter: the doctor protested too. >> the longest time, hugs were banned. i did not have an embrace like that in such a long time. i think i helped him but in that moment, he helped me as well. reporter: in a cinematic time capsule that honors the heroes of the pandemic. >> this film is many things. in some sense, it is a love story to new york.
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documentary for free until midnight tomorrow on the abc 7 connected apps. it is also available on hulu. larry: joining us is somebody we have seen a lot of the last couple years. you are on tv more than i am. [laughter] >> i'm not sure about that. but it is good to be on. larry: it would be nice if you are not on would not have to be on. we are two years in. i still remember one of your colleagues sitting here, i asked him, how long do you think this is going to last? he said a year and i almost keeled over. what have we learned since the start of the pandemic? >> we learned that we cannot hit this virus with just one strategy, it requires multiple measures, noxious vaccine, but masking, testing more. we are excited for the future
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because we have new tricks up our sleeves, some pills. if you asked me the biggest lesson i have learned, i learned that science should be aligned with politics and bad politics can impact people's health and result in the deaths of thousands of people. larry: that has been a problem, especially early on. you can argue it continues today. we have had several surges but today, officials said they are seen the omicron surge winding down in the city. are you seeing the same thing? >> yes, in the hospital. i have been tracking the admissions with covid. they have been plateauing since january 11. we did not want to announce it prematurely but that has been happening. our positivity rate has been coming down. i think it is we'll end it is earlier than i predicted because
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i think it speaks to getting a little bit of advanced warning compared to the east coast, having a milder climate so people could gather more outdoorsmen needed compared to the cold in the east. hospitalizations i am optimistic that we will be out of this hopefully in three to four weeks. larry: when you say out of this, you mean this surge -- you are not seeing life returns to normal because we are going to be dealing with this for quite a while, right? dr. hong: i think life will return to semi normal. june 15, 20 21, when california was the opening, i think we will have that for three to six months, maybe until next winter, it depends whether or not we have a new variant that upends our lives again. we have had a lot of population
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immunity. we have been vaccinated. next month, we are likely to have kids under five vaccinated. things are moving in a positive direction. larry: we cannot do anything about this but wait but when you look at the rest of the world, we are talking about billions that are unvaccinated and did not have the therapeutics we have. how much does the next variant concern you? there are a lot of places that would be breeding grounds for more variations. dr. hong: some people wondering whether omicron is going to continue to sweep around the world. it has not been too much in asia, australia, and new zealand yet. that is the next frontier. if it does that, everybody in the world will kind of have immunity around the same time and maybe that might be enough. but you are right, i think most people are fearing another variant. the silver lining is if you get vaccinated and boosted, despite
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getting a breakthrough infection, it might be mild or no symptoms. in san francisco, despite all these cases, we only had five deaths in 2022 and it speaks to the power of vaccinations. larry: we are in a better place than we were when all of this started. thank you for your time. we are two years in and we still always appreciate your insights and appreciate you taking the time to come on. dr. hong: my pleasure, thank you. kristen: dramatic video of a reporter hit by a car in the middle of a live shot. her reaction coming up.
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larry: time for the four at 4:00. this is unbelievable video of a tv reporter in west virginia showed incredible professionalism, she is doing a live report and take a look and you will see what happened. >> water main breaks. whoa. larry: that is reporter tori yorgey, she got back up and finished her report after being hit by a car that was skidding in her direction on live tv. she told the host in the studio, this is the second time she has been hit by a car, it happened to her in college. she was ok, was taking to the emergency room just in case and then tweeted a few hours ago, she is fine. you can see, she is back up and doing the report. she is a little bit sore.
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there are so many places we could start. what are your immediate reactions? >> as someone out in the field reporting, number one, you should not be doing a live shot at 11:00 at night with no vest in the middle of the street by yourself. second, did you see the reaction from the anchor? where was the producer, where with the director saying, let's check and see if she is ok? this is an example of why you cannot be out there on your own reporting in the field at nighttime, especially on one main break. you could cover it many other ways. kristen: if she had a photographer, he would have seen a car was coming, watch out, get out of there. she does not have ice on the back of her head. we have all been out there covering ice storms, snowstorms, putting ourselves in danger. that is our instincts, get the story first. but i think this is a wake-up call. dion: this cannot continue happening, especially in the smaller markets and we are
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seeing it in larger cities as well when there are so many things happening around here. i don't think she needs to be applauded, i think it needs to be a conversation. >> it is our instinctive do that but the people that were above her and have been in the business longer and understand should have helped her. kristen: the anchor could not have been more blase about it. explained that afterwards, but even hearing she was hit, the reaction seemed muted. this one is a talker. wharton is one of the leading business schools in the country. it appears some of its students may need to learn more about the financial realities that americans face. last night, a professor tweeted, she asked her students what she thought the average american worker makes a year. 25% thought more than six figures. one thought it was $800,000 a year. the professor added she does not
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necessarily think this reflect poorly on her students. i think is important that we do not dump on the students. she said, people are notoriously bad at making this kind of estimate and for the record, the real amount that the average american worker makes per year is $45,000. you got thoughts on that? mike: several. is wharton a private school? i don't want to go that route necessarily. you can google that. you will find different answers anywhere from $45,000 to $70,000. it is a sad state of there is so much information out there that you can easily find it but no one looked for it. kristen: i think it could be a reflection of where the students come from. larry: what i was going to say, if they phrased the question, what you graduates of wharton business school expect to be making, $800,000 year is accurate because it is one of the most prestigious business
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schools in the country. the rest of the universe is not thriving the way wharton people are. dion: my first job in tv, $12 an hour. kristen: you were rich. dion: that was a different era. larry: you will soon be able to dig into another plant-based burger. mcdonald's announced it was testing out a new plant burger in a few markets and now they are expanding in a couple new areas including in the bay area starting next month. the mcplant will be here and in dallas starting february 14 while supplies last. who is ready for mcplant? don't all shout at once. mike: if i'm going to eat fast food, which i do infrequently, i want to go for long -- >> chick-fil-a? mike: maybe. larry: you are going to get the full burger experience. mike: i may skip the fries into the diet coke.
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larry: does that make you feel better to get the diet coke with the big mac? kristen: i know dion does not compromise. you want the full thing, not the substitute, you want the thing. dion: the thing, that is a very scientific -- yeah. [laughter] kristen: speaking of goodies, it is tasty thursday and that means it is time to get your mouthwatering because today, we are showing you greenhouse bakery in oakland, it is a micro bakery that is not some industrial kitchen, it is out of the basement of a greenhouse in east oakland. it is part of a trend of cokes working out of their homes. greenhouse bakery creates pastries and cakes. larry: during us is rachel with greenhouse bakery. we will try some of the samples you have. some of our production assistants came down and i could smell -- i was like, what is that? what is happening? all of the new year's diets are
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out the window the second we look at this. >> we don't do diets over here. larry: what got you into the home baking business? that has to be challenging. >> i have been a baker for 20 years and i have always been kind of a serial entrepreneur. when we bought this house, we needed to make ends meet. i knew of some other people that were picking out of their house so i started small. now it has grown, taking on a life of its own. larry: talk about how you ideate these flavors. you have some unique ones. this is the savory one, what is that? >> it is college greens -- colored rings. generally speaking, i try to
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bake seasonally. i will go to the farmers market and see what is available. we are lucky in the area to have amazing, small grocery stores like monterey market. just go see what is in season. larry: as each one of us tastes, you hear, ooh! how often are the pastries available? >> right now, i bake three times a month. usually, it is not always this way, but it is always posted on my website but i usually do a preorder bake the first thursday of every month, then two first come first serve bates on a saturday. kristen: i know you're off and sellout. what is the case? i take that some apricot. >> is a pistachio cake with lemon cream and cheese frosting and marble laid on top. mike: that kills the diet.
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so good. larry: how can people find you? >> you can follow me on instagram. @green_housebakery. on my website, you can sign up for the newsletter. kristen: i'm so glad there are more home kitchens popping up. the pandemic has made that flourish, right? >> for sure. >> so we should get a double oven when we redo our kitchen? i'm trying to convince my wife to do that. >> yes. do you have flavored requests? >> to be there could be an abc 7 named baked pastry? we will talk about that later. kristen: this is amazing. greenhouse bakery, thank you so much. larry:
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larry: get ready for more sticker shock. even though many companies are reporting healthy profits, they are about to raise prices because it seems most americans are willing to spend more. faith abubey has a look at these rising prices. reporter: a new sign that prices for many household items are set to increase even higher to account for record high demand,
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labor shortages, and supply-chain issues. procter & gamble and announcing it will raise prices by an average of 8% on his laundry detergents, fabric softener, and dryer sheets. the company also planning to hike prices on personal health care products. the ceo saying americans so far don't seem to mind the higher prices. >> demand is strong and we have nine out of 10 categories that are growing in the last 3, 6, and 12 months. reporter: also on the rise, gas prices with the cost of oil hitting a seven-year high. supply is still catching up to pre-pandemic levels. one tracking site predicts prices at the pump will average four dollars a gallon by spring. >> bottom line, if price increases are what you are worried about, the best answer is my build back better plan. reporter: president biden claims the solution to inflation is his nearly $2 trillion spending package that has run into a roadblock.
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now he says he is willing to break it up into smaller plans. >> i'm confident we can get big chunks of the build back better law signed into law. reporter: that could include separate plans to address prescription jug prices, childcare costs, and climate change. larry: to further to further tor inflation, the federal reserve is expected to begin raising interest rates by springtime. kristen: amazon is opening another brick-and-mortar store, this one is a clothing, shoe, and accessory store. only one sample of each item will be displayed on the sales floor. qr codes will be used to make purchases. if you want to try on an item, go to a fitting room where touchscreens will help you request different sizes and colors. the first amazon style will open in l.a. later this year. turning trash into treasure. this is more than just treasure. one artist
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>> always -- it is chunks of plaster. reporter: mariah scours some of the most spectacular scenery. but like here, she is not searching for beauty but instead -- >> for trash. reporter: she gets almost giddy over trash. all that litter she transforms into painted landscapes. it is her canvas. >> plastic water bottles, rope. i also found shoes and pj pants draped on the side of trees. reporter: it is all part of what mariah calls her eco-art. often painting the spot where she picked up a piece of trash. >> i call the paintings that i do outside, i call them color
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studies. i am just trying to craft the colors that i'm seeing around me. reporter: as much as she enjoys her trash collecting, all of this junk only helps illustrate the ongoing environmental challenges facing the planet. >> eco-art is this new form of art that addresses the scene we are living in and uses art as a tool to display climate change and pollution. i hope when people see my art, they are excited to make small steps in their own lives to become more sustainable and can see their habits reflected in either the plastic water bottle or the location of where it was found. kristen: she says her favorite way to showcase her work is to photograph the pisa painted trash in front of the landscape it depicts. beautiful and thoughtful. abc 7 news at 5:00 is coming up next.
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>> >> building a better bay area, moving forward, finding solutions, this is abc 7 news. dan: a man shot and killed by police at san francisco international airport. tonight, we learned the man was not armed with real guns. ama: good evening. ama:dan: tonight the district attorney is telling us the man that was shot and killed had airsoft replica guns. the attorney general's office is taking >> over the investigation. > reporter melanie woodrow has the story. reporter: just before 7:30 this morning, they responded to san francisco

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