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it. >> how are you doing? >> good. coming up at 6:00 now, she took the stand, elizabeth holmes testified in her own trial. how she's defending herself. more outrage today over the shooting death of a young woman here at the toll plaza. we'll hear from her family and the oakland mayor on safety changes that need to be made. also, did you know history was made for the first time in the united states? a woman took over as acting president. >> i think this sends a great message to the american people about what leadership looks like. >> the reason kamala harris held that title for less than 90 minutes and the message her childhood friend wants to send her. the news at 6:00 starts right now. good evening and thanks for being with us on this friday, i'm raj mathai. >> i'm jessica aguirre. the jury ruled. kyle rittenhouse, not guilty. who shot and killed two people
in kenosha last year, a freeman, rittenhouse broke down in tears as the judge red that verdict, outside the courthouse, there was mixed reaction. here in the bay area, people are starting to gather in oakland to condemn that verdict. we have more from oakland. and cheryl, there must be some level of discontent, disappointment, in that, from some people there. >> reporter: there is. the protesters called it making a stand for kenosha. and organizers were hoping for a big crowd, as you can see, only a handful of people have shown up so far. the planning for tonight's event, they're angry about the rittenhouse verdict, not guilty, on all counts, one of the organizers tells me that this is the message that they plan to make tonight. >> number one issue is we're sick and tired of seeing white supremacy, we're sick and tired of seeing the double standard in justice, we are sick and tired of our community living in fear,
we are sick and tired of all of these atrocities being unpunished. >> now, only one business that we saw so far is boarding up. i talked with pat brooks, one of the well-known organizers here in oakland, and he was telling me that he is hoping that a lot of people show up here, in the last minute. but at this point, no one knows how many people will be here. once they rally here, they plan to walk down to the courthouse and that's about a mile or two away. reporting live here in oakland, i'm cheryl hurd. nbc bay area news. >> thank you. the biggest moment of the elizabeth holmes fraud trial in san jose happened late tonight today. the one-time star, superstar of the silicon valley took the stand in her own defense. it was a shocking move that came just after prosecutors rested their case. among those in the courtroom, are business and tech reporter scott budman. scott, what was the reaction, what was it like inside that
court? >> it was silence. and everybody was stunned, raj and i'll tell you, a lot of people just stopped what they were doing and laser focused on elizabeth holmes. she walked up, took off her mask for the first time in front of the jury and spoke, and then answered the question, what would she sound like, in fact her voice is as we've been hearing for years, as the theranos ceo, the deep baritone some say is one of her signatures. today, she spoke about how she dropped out of stanford to start her company, which was originally called realtime cures, and how her parents used some of the money they were going to pay for college to help her get the company off the ground. she talked about gradually building up that company, eventually calling it theranos, as she spoke i noticed she made some eye contact with the jury, and it's clear the defense wants them to go home for the weekend. seeing and hearing from holmes in this way, very human, but this is also a risky move, because putting her on the stand means prosecutors will eventually get the chance to
cross examine her directly. >> it is certainly a risk to put her on the stand because there is so much to cross-examine her about. you have thousands of emails. you have thousands of statements that she's made to people. >> all right, scott budman is here now. what was the prosecution, you said they get to cross examine, when does that happen, and how is she, what was her demeanor on the stand, was she comfortable? >> she seemed very comfortable and confident, raj, she made some eye contact, she occasionally laughed, she was very confident in talking about the science of the company. i should say though, this all happened within about the last 45 minutes of the entire day, and the entire week. everyone was pretty much ready to go home. there weren't all that many people even in the overflow courtroom at that point. the prosecution will get a chance to cross examine her but not yet. clearly, the defense, which is her defense, wanted to have her tell her story today, and have the jury go home with that on
her mind, and that image in their head, and eventually, after the defense gets more time with her next week, the prosecution will eventually get a chance to cross-examine. >> good work. we will see you in our 7:00 newscast as well and get into more of what she said on that stand today. scott budman in san jose for us. >> you bet. more questions tonight about that latest deadly shooting on an east bay freeway. 29-year-old demoni morris was killed yesterday morning as her fiance drove her to a job interview on i-80 with her two young boys sitting in the backseat. we have more after talking to the victim's mother, a woman in anguish now heading here to bury her daughter. >> reporter: it was a very emotional conversation, talking about the consequences of yesterday's shooting near the bay bridge. today, her mother made another plea to the killer, while the oakland mayor proposed changes to try to stop the shooting from plaguing local freeways. >> these are new photos of the
victim, sent us to today by her fiance, the 29-year-old mother of two was on her way to a job interview in san francisco, with tillman and her son, ages three and five, around 9:00 a.m. yesterday, when multiple shots were fired and morris was killed. her mother, alicia butler, spoke to us from georgia. she said she has not gotten any update from investigators, and is still trying to make sense of what happened. >> my daughter was a person everybody went to to talk, like she bore everyone's burdens. so this makes no absolute sense. >> butler had a direct message for the person who killed her child. >> you took my daughter. you took my grandkid's mother. you took my only grad granddaughter. you are living yourself as if nothing ever happened. turn yourself in, please.
>> and the oakland mayor expressed her sympathy and with all of the freeway shootings, at least 77 in the past 12 months, it is time to start monitoring freeways on the bay bridge more closely. >> i think people in the local communities need to take advantage of technology like cameras, they are a very useful tool. >> amani's fiance did send us the photos but remains too upset to talk on camera. the california highway patrol said at this point, it has no new information to release. amani's mother says she plans to arrive here in the bay area in a matter of hours to help plan her daughter's services. at the toll plaza, robert handa, nbc bay area news. >> thank you. another tragic chapter today from another freeway shooting also in oakland. face masks could not cover the tears at the funeral service for jasper wu. law enforcement from across the bay area joined the fam lift toddler shot and killed when a stray but hit the family's car on 880 earlier this month in oklahoma.
the service was held at the mountain view cemetery in oklahoma. among the attendees, oakland police chief, and deputies of the almeda county sheriff's department and officers with the chp. the agency that is in charge of this investigation. following the service, you can see outside, there jasper's parents and grandfather took part in a chinese tradition that involves burning paper and made offerings like toys so jasper could enjoy them in the after-life. >> that's the last chance they can express their love to their loved one. >> the family also wanted to express that they do not wish to see any more of this kind of killing. but for any innocent people. >> there is a reward of at least $10,000 for tips that lead to the arrest of jasper's killer. the president of the oakland chinatown chamber of customer says things are transpiring
because of that reward but so far police have not announced or released the suspect name or the description of the car involved. that's madam president, the united states made history today, even if it was brief, for 85 minutes, joe biden was under anesthesia, the bay area's own kamala harris was the commander in chief. nbc's bay area stephanie talked about experts about the moment. >> she is a woman of many firsts, first female black vice president, and first asian and black american vice president first female district attorney for san francisco and now kamala harris has become the first female president of the united states. >> i know for her, it's not about being the first, it's about really being efficient and just getting the work done and being here for the people. >> derreck johnson say he and harris have been friends since he was 16 years old. he calls her cousin and describes her as brilliant and
progressive. and sees today's milestone as one more reason to see her as a trailblazer. >> and i just want young women from all over the world, especially here in oakland, in particular in oakland, that come from marginalized communities to just look at vice president harris, president harris for an hour and 25 minutes, and know that you can accomplish whatever it is you set your mind to accomplish. >> vice president harris was in power for only 85 minutes, as president biden underwent a routine colonoscopy. but it was enough to make history and create some buzz around the bay. >> to see the elevation of these women that we know they are from our community, kamala harris, nancy pelosi, numbers two and three in line for the presidency, i think this sends a great message to the american people about what leadership looks like. >> political science professor james taylor says today's moment
should end animus about women in the american highest office. he believes this could be a foreshadowing of what we could see in the next presidential election. two women competing for the top seat. but more significantly, women with multicultural backgrounds. >> the 21st century american is more like kamala harris than the old models or i'm black or white or latina, and it is more i'm black and i'm white and latina. >> diversifying what leadership looks like. nbc bay area news. up next here at 6:00, heading out for the holidays, with gas prices at an all-time high. how people in the bay area are changing their plans for thanksgiving. i'm chief meteorologist, a little bit of clouds, and we will show you how fast it moves
out for tomorrow. we're back with the weekend forecast in eight minutes. moments away when we come on the air in the west, we're in kenosha with reaction to the rittenhouse not guilty verdict. what his defense team says tonight, and also, with millions of us on the move for the holidays, what to know about potential snarls at the airport and on the roads. on nightly news.
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taking off tonight in fact. a live look at sfo. this is projected to be the busiest day at sfo since the pandemic began. the price of airline ticks by the way jumped because of jet fuel prices, they're the highest they have been since 2014. and sjc today, many are looking to be getting back to old holiday traditions and one family is introducing their daughter to their grand parents. >> and i heard we're more on the safe side and with the people traveling. >> and with so many people working remotely. if you're hoping driving will be cheaper, that depends where you're going. gas in california hit a record this week. the average statewide gallon costs $4.68. but in the bay area, it's closer to $5 or well over $5 in most of our communities. in case we've forgotten or you have been ignoring, it thanksgiving is next week. now we're kicking off our
nourishing neighbors food drive at bay area stores $10 goes a long way to help families in need and tonight, we bring you nbc bay area's vianen arana. >> we get to hang out with volunteers tomorrow to kick off the food drive nourishing our neighbors and i know i'm not in the studio tonight but we have her smiling face right here and she will be located throughout all of the safeways when you enter the store. a wonderful display here. $10 will go a long way to helping bay area famlies and we have more from second harvest food. >> it will have a luge impact. donating $10, we can donate 20 miles. >> we can make it go a long way. >> we can double it with meal. >> and for a reference, we have around 450,000 people every single month. so we definitely need your help.
we need a lot of help, folks. if you can be one of those, we would greatly appreciate it. >> absolutely and we were talking about this, and in addition to that $10 monetary donation that doubles to 20 meals you're giving away turkeys and chickens this year. >> we are. so if you need a turkey, you want chicken, some people don't like turkey and we get it, an we will have a bunch of turkeys and also different locations, we have different incentives, around 150 distribution centers in santa clara county, and there's going to be a few of them that will be delivering the chickens, not turkeys. but we're going to provide a turkey for every single family out there in need. so please come to our organization and call us up. you got to. >> and remember, just to give us an idea back home, we have a lovely set up, and the $10 has big buying power, protein, old-fashioned oat, cereals,
sauce, all of the good stuff, head to your local safeway, and if you can't head to the store, head to nbc bay area.com and we have the information there. >> thank you, and a big thank you to blanca garza, an old friend of ours. >> an old colleague of ours. >> she was an anchor at telemundo, and nice to see her helping us out with the nourishing neighbors food drive. >> that food drive runs through christmas day and you can find out more information at nbcbayarea.com. >> so nice to see her. >> she brings a great spirit. >> that's right. >> how about friday? >> we will get you all squared away. if it too dreary for you today, i'm hearing you, i'm feeling you, when the weather is like this, you want the rain in california or sunshine back and we will get some sunshine back in here for the weekend and storm ranger, what i want you to be worried about, as you are out on the roads, or really
concerned about, or thinking about, some areas of spotty drizzle especially in contra costa county and some fog, so just be mindful of that, if you're out on the roadways, there is a ton of traffic, if you haven't even put yourself in the car today, and you're getting ready to het out, just be ready -- head out, just be ready for a lot of traffic through contra costa county and almeda county. as we move into tomorrow morning, if you have that heavier jacket, you've been wait fog to wear it, tomorrow morning is -- waiting to wear it, tomorrow morning is going to be the day. look at these temperatures. it feels like the holidays. down in the 40s. south bay at 48. going cold here. north bay, 43 degrees. 49 in san francisco. and 44 there in the east bay. we start on the chilly side. as we head through the day, sunshine is back. let me show you why. it is an area of high pressure that is nosing its way in, and it looks like it is going to stay for the entire weekend. so sunny skies, as we roll through saturday and sunday, and the one thing we will watch out for tomorrow, if you're heading
over the mountain passes, or the bay area mountains, winds, 20 to 40 miles an hour. and coming out of the northeast, it is going to be very isolated in the mountains. you can see right here on the key, the wind gusts with the colors, and then you will see it tomorrow morning, we're seeing a little bit of that orange to red color here over the north bay the east bay and the south bay mountains, wind gusts 20 to 40, much calmer at the lower elevations and stay with some of the wind as we head through the afternoon and then by sunday, that wind does calm down. i don't think we will have high fire danger because of the recent rains but again watch out for some wind in those mountains. as we roll through tomorrow, temperatures will look like this. 69 in morgan hill and through the east bay, 60s, 67 in antioch. the peninsula, you get sunshine. you get light wind. you get a perfect day. redwood city, 67. and also, mighty fine in san francisco with widespread 60s. and through the north bay, 62, bodega bay. and on the seven-day forecast, a slight chance here of a spotty
shower next tuesday. 40% possibility. we are dry on thanksgiving. temperatures not much of a big difference here from san francisco to the inland valleys. 60s for highs. and lots of 40s for those morning temperatures. so i got an idea for us. we go to safeway, we do our donation, and then maybe we treat ourselves maybe, just maybe, to a pumpkin spice latte or something. >> a little side of pumpkin pie. >> we have to wait for next week for pumpkin pie. maybe we don't have to. >> i want pumpkin pie. >> debbie downer. >> early, early. >> we'll take it. >> thank you. well, up next, history making eclipse. we will show you what probably missed out on last night.
offering to relieve some of that trouble by forgiving a $26 million loan. the city loaned that money in 2019 during a parcel tax lawsuit that froze up the funds meant for the schools. the loan will be forgiven once the district adopts a plan for its budget. the state has already appointed an adviser to help the district with the deficit. if you missed it, don't worry, you're not alone. the historic partial lunar eclipse last night was over before many of us got a chance to see it. the cloud cover wasn't exactly happened. the video shows us how it looks other places though where the skies were clear. the earth's shadow blocked almost all of the sun's light from reaching the moon, and this was the longest eclipse in centuries, lasting almost three and a half hours. >> pretty impressive. up next, covid changes for a popular tourist spot. what you need to know before heading down to santa cruz. stay with us.
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they are getting ready for the holidays. santa cruz county is bringing back its mask mandate. >> bringing it back. santa cruz county will start requiring masks indoors as of monday. now, the county has dropped the mandate back in september, thanks to a low spread of covid but today santa cruz is the cdc's second highest tier and the county health officer warns that the holidays pose a significant threat to the
community, so in santa cruz, you need to mask up. tonight at 7:00, we're continuing the conversation about the kyle rittenhouse verdict. what it says about race, politics, and our justice system. there's also a rally in oakland, in the next hour. and what exactly did she say on the stand? the surprise in court as theranos founder elizabeth holmes testified in her own defense. scott budman was in the courtroom and he joins us at 7:00. up next on "nightly news," thanksgiving travel all right starting to slam airports. what is expected to be a record-breaking week for travel. lester holt joins us from new york right now. tonight, the verdict now in kyle rittenhouse found not guilty on all charges in his homicide trial the drama as the verdict was read rittenhouse shaking and appearing to collapse the jury, after three and a half days of deliberations, finding him not guilty for
fatally shooting two men during protests and unrest in kenosha, wisconsin last year. prosecutors portrayed the teen as a vigilante. his attorney saying it was self-defense tonight the reaction outside the courthouse and president biden weighing in. also tonight, the fda and cdc advisers green lighting both pfizer and moderna boosters for all adults can it stave off a holiday surge? busy airports as the thanksgiving rush gets underway. the severe storms threatening travel plans for millions al roker is timing it out for us. after months of gridlock, house democrats passing president biden's massive build back better spending bill the hurdles it now faces in the senate. the results just in from the president's physical today. the health issues his doctor says warrants detailed investigation. and why this was a history-making moment for vp kamala harris. after 46 years, is there a break in the jimmy hoffa mystery? and adele is back.