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tests in the bay area. a shortcoming they have discovered. and he's going to get kicked out of his home. we investigate the legal loophole residents say the landlord is using to try and evict those residents. the news at 6:00 starts now. thanks for joining us. i'm raj mathai. >> and i'm jessica aguirre. friends and family in both sides of the country are grieving for the death of bay area michelle goh. a man pushed her off a subway platform. >> we're in san francisco's chinatown where a memorial in her honor is underway. sergio? >> reporter: i can tell you this is an event being held in solidarity with the event that was just held a few hours earlier in new york. i can show you right now that this event in san francisco has
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just started. you can see there is quite a turnout on such a cold evening. for some of the people here, this is quite personal because some of the people in this crowd actually knew michelle goh. they went to college with her or knew her when she was growing up in the bay area. for this event, this is an opportunity for people to come together and heal after yet another tragic act of violence. >> michelle goh's death has shocked the city. that's because police say it was entirely unprovoked. the man arrested in this attack, charlie marshall, has a history of mental illness but didn't seem to be motivated by hate. >> this doesn't seem to be an anti-hate crime, but it's the buildup that takes a toll. >> reporter: she wants to provide an opportunity for people to grieve together.
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>> yes, we can go through this alone. we can get through this alone, but it helps a lot when you are surrounded by people, by a community that offers support. >> reporter: a statement from michelle goh's family is being shared at the chinatown vigil. they're asking people to remember michelle for her achievements in life, not for the way she died. a portion of her statement reads, her life was taken too soon in a senseless act of violence, and we pray she gets the justice she deserves. in new york, the mayor is pledging to put more police on subway platforms where riders feel most vulnerable, and more mental health services for unhoused services who have sought out the subway system for shelter. >> we're going to make sure new yorkers feel safe in our subway system, and they don't feel that way now. i don't feel that way when i take the train every day. >> reporter: and this event is just starting. you can see the people are still just trying to light the candles
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for this vigil. reporting live in san francisco, i'm sergio quintana, nbc news. what we're hearing from victims for the first time. the woman was in court for holding drinking parties for her son. she is accused of child endanger. and sexual battery. she has been in jail since last october. her attorney is asking to let her out on bail. today several of the witnesses sat in court pleading to keep her locked up. one of the victims, jane doe, said, shannon robbed me of my innocence. she has left me with sickening memories that will haunt me the rest of my life. i feel she has not changed and i would be scared if you let her out on bail. >> these victims showed incredible bravery, coming forward today making statements
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to the court about how they feel if this defendant were released into the community. >> another alleged victim and three moms told the judge they fear for their safety if o'connor is let out of jail. o'connor's attorney declined to comment but said she is not a flight risk. the judge has pushed off deciding on bail until next month. teachers and disrupted schools in oakland vowed not to return to school until safety issues were met. as of last week, oakland unified said more than 800 students have tested positive for covid, which is why student say they're demanding twice a week pcr testing. the district says most schools have on-site testing sites as
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well as a steady take-home test kits. two high school students we spoke to said they're more worried about keeping schools safe from covid rather than catching up on schoolwork the last two weeks. >> my students text me all the time. they're like, oh, i have symptoms o i've been exposed at home. >> we did this hybrid thing. we had students on zoom who showed up and we had students in class, so we did our best to do a lesson. >> there are no plans to return to virtual learning nor to extend the school year to make up for this month's learning loss. the federal government's new website for ordering free at-home covid tests is now alive, and it's currently in its beta phase, operating at limited capacity ahead of tomorrow's official launch. there is a limit of four tests per household. that's how much you get. results expected in 30 minutes, no lab required. they usually ship in 7 to 10
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days by the u.s. postal service. it's pretty easy to do when you go online. the feds are emphasizing it's one way to get those tests. check it out. go to where you can find the website right on our trending bar. today we obtained more information about what's going on behind the scenes at some local covid testing sites. this is a story we first exposed two weeks ago, and now some revealing new information. let's bring in our consumer investigator chris chmura. this is what, the sites in san jose and mountain view, right? >> medicare raised many red flags for a center called covid control and partner labs. the cdc runs many sites in mountain view and san ramon. people complained about not getting in testing sites. today we got ahold of their 81-page report that we requested
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last week. in case after case, medicare and medicaid services inspectors found failures, like this one. a 51-sample shipment from covid control. 50 out of 51 patient tubes were not labeled with patient names or any identifier which means there is no way to know whose is whose. it did not contain any packs to maintain shipping temperature. they know one of the suppliers requires them to store them at 2 degrees celsius -- that's cold -- for storage. the inspector noticed an 11-day stretch in november when the lab got 84,000 samples. it didn't have enough people to process them or deep freezers to store them, so it was unable to test about half of them. 41,196 people tested within the
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four-hour time frame when testing is valid. they answered the phone, centers for covid control, and referred us to the cdc. the cdc spokesman said the companies are separate. there is no cross-ownership. the inspector, however, told them the data entry and processing staff are employees for centers for covid control. either way, we asked cdc why it continued to use a lab that was not able to keep up. we didn't get an answer to that question. they said they're investigating and is waiting for a response from the laboratory to deficiency siting. they closed down three offices until thursday for additional staff training in sample collection and handling, and to ensure compliance with regulatory guidelines. today we asked the california department of health if the
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center for covid control is free to reopen here. it said it cannot comment on an ongoing investigation. we'll find out thursday. and we will. so let's say you got tested at one of those places. what do you do? if you don't trust the results, you should get tested again. >> thank you very much, chris. early voting now underway in an effort to recall three san francisco school board members. gabriela lopez, fanauga molga are fighting to keep their seats. there is also a voting option. election day is february 14, four weeks from today. as the pandemic rages on, eviction protections have dried up for millions of californians, now the long-time resident of a san pablo apartment building could be forced out.
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the new landlord says he need to make major renovations and they have to leave. but the resident says they're not leaving without a fight. >> reporter: this san pablo apartment building is where juanita mendoza and anita diaz have called home for 40 years combined. mendoza was a babysitter and caretaker. diaz lived in the san francisco hotel industry. they each raised daughters here. >> i feel comfortable here. it's calm and quiet. >> we're used to living here in the same neighborhood. >> reporter: the rent is cheap because they lived here so long and benefited from recent state protections from large rent increases. but now mendoza and diaz and everyone else in the building have been told they have to leave. >> we've been comfortable living here all this time until they
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sold it. they said they're going to renovate it and they want us out of the building. >> reporter: the new owner bought the building back in 2017 and he tried to evict them all. back then some residents left, they say, others managed to fight it. then the pandemic bought them more time thanks to state and county victim moratoriums. but those protections have now expired, and last month the residents got new eviction notices that says the owner needs to make major repairs to the building. tenants say the landlord is just using a legal loophole to get them out. >> translator: i can see that we'll all leave so he can raise the rent for the new people. >> reporter: this is a tenant attorney and legal director for the institute. she is fighting the eviction on behalf of the residents. >> we're in the midst of not only a housing crisis but a pandemic. we're kicking people out to make this upgrade.
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what we are seeing are these kinds of evictions all over the state. >> reporter: we reached out to the landlord yesterday but never heard back. the tenants say he offered them a deal. move back in when the repairs are done and pay triple what they are paying now. >> translator: i could pay a little bit more but not that much. i think he is asking too much at once. >> reporter: residents have taken to protesting from time to time outside a restaurant the landlord owns. they were supposed to be out last week, but say they aren't going anywhere. officials might step in. >> translator: we need protection. >> candace webb, nbc bay area news. >> tonight the pablo city council will vote on a bill that allows new protection for
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tenants. slight of hand. two people arrested after police say they conned others out of their valuable jewelry. how they pulled it off before getting caught. plus a close call of sorts. a massive asteroid passing by earth. what nasa knows about it and how asteroids could impact future space travel. i'm chief meteorologist jeff ranieri. i'll talk about climate coverage and how much energy saving improvements could make on your household. that's in the full 7-day forecast coming up in about seven minutes. right now as we get ready to come on the air in the west, the governor starts taking orders for home covid test kits. how it's working so far. also snapchat responds to us about its platform being used for the sale of sometimes deadly counterfeit pills. what they're doing about it, when we see you for "nbc nightly news".
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to build a future of unlimited possibilities. a man and woman have been approaching older people and stealing valuable jewelry off their necks and wrists, replacing it with cheap costume jewelry. a policeman handcuffed them and asked them about these steps. police won't say what the actual charges are so we've blurred the couple's faces right now. this happened at ramona park last week, and the same day they
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stole jewelry from another person about a block away. the string of robberies has been unnerving, to say the least, for seniors in this area. >> i have thought about it but i usually go during the day walking and things like that, so i felt pretty comfortable. but it did raise a little bit of concern hearing what was happening. >> despite the two arrests, detectives say the suspect descriptions have varied from robbery to robbery, so there may be a network of thieves working together. brace yourself. it is the size of the golden gate bridge and it is traveling through space at almost 48,000 miles an hour. it's an asteroid much closer than usual to earth. but astronomers here in the bay area say in this case unlike the movie, it's safe to look up. we have reporter scott budman with his telescope. >> reporter: all right, we start with the bad news. there is at this moment an asteroid the size of three sales
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morse towers passing relatively close to the earth. the good news? it's only relatively close. still about a million miles away. >> it's close for an astronomer but not for a human being. >> frank ortiz says it's more than five times the distance away from our moon, so we're going to be okay. here's what we know about our somewhat close call. the asteroid, often called 1994 pc1, gets brighter as it gets closer. so this is a chance to learn a lot about rocks in space. >> it's kind of a weird shape, like that, and by spinning, it changes the light. >> reporter: and not just learn about it. he says we're likely someday to jump on board. >> we're studying it right now
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so maybe in the future we could explore it, put stations on it. you don't know what could happen in the future. >> reporter: a future where we don't just gaze at asteroids but ride them, mind them and maybe even help us colonize elsewhere. >> if our civilization truly wants to live in space, our stations over there explore planets and the solar system, we would need resources. we're not about to bring resources from earth to space. >> reporter: i should also mention nasa has a program to break up asteroids if they get too close to earth, sort of like in the movie. meanwhile, if you want to see the asteroid tonight, we're told the best bet is to aim your telescope toward the pisces constellation and hope for clear skies. >> look at scott with the telescope. >> he loves it. >> he needs to go to jeff's how else and tell us what he sees.
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>> can we see it right now as scott is referring to that? >> we've got some breaks in the clouds, so keep your eyes out. all right, let's continue our climate coverage tonight, and i do want to start off with something we talk about a lot, and that, of course, is with our changing climate, we've got rising sea levels, warming temperatures and also that extreme weather. but a way we can limit or lower the impacts of climate change is by some simple tips at home to lower your carbon footprint. i know some of these are expensive, but if we can all do our part and maybe do something here or there when doing your home improvement, it can make a difference. energy smart appliances, a thermostat and energy lighting can help. so in california in an energy smart home, you can save $397 per year. that's 100,000 tons of co2 every year. look at the midwest and also new
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england. they could receive anywhere from 3.5 to 4 tons of co2 per year just by having a smart home. we can definitely hope to mitigate impacts from climate change. let's bring it right back into our forecast here at home. we're going to start it off on the cool side. to low 40s with patchy fog. this will bring us down to 40 in the north bay, san francisco 46 and the east bay 41. as we roll into tomorrow, temperatures rolling to about 3 to 5 degrees. this will bring us to 53 in san. san francisco 56 in downtown, over to the outer sunset 54. to the north bay, 64 in ukiah, 61 in napa and 61 in arvada.
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unfortunately no rain chances the next several days. it looks dry from the next 10 to 14 days. in the inland valley, one of the things i want you to pay attention to is by friday night into saturday, winds at 20 to 40 miles per hour and we'll get some good sunshine as we head into a sunday forecast and dry into early next week. some pretty good chances here to see a lot of what's happening in the sky as we head through the next couple days, y'all. >> sounds good. thank you, jeff. this is what you don't want in your e-mail. a scam that may already be there. why it's important you delete it asap. we'll give you information when we come back.
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okay, be warned if you have a zelle account, scammers might be targeting you. they're sending out phishing e-mails and text messages.
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they appear to be from zelle and they notify users that money will be taken out of their account if they don't click a link to fix it. do not click that link. it's a scam. zelle is a united states-based digital payment network similar to venmo and paypal. let's take a look inside 30 rock. safety leaders answer questions about the action to protect your kids. the message for parents. that's coming up.
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all right, here's the plan. serve your community in exchange for free college. that's the new program launched today. >> kind of like the peace corps. governor newsom launched california colleges. people who volunteer get $10,000 toward their tuition. a woman was pushed to her death in chinatown. and we're seeing problems with people ordering at-home tests. inside the standoff. tonight, two wireless giants delaying the launch of 5g near some airports after a dire warning. at&t and verizon agreeing to temporarily limit 5g near some airports when they turn the service on at midnight
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it comes after airlines warn 5g could interfere with flight equipment and cause catastrophic disruptions. the faa under fire what the cell phone carriers say the agency failed to do. also tonight, the white house's free test website going live a day early how to get your test kits at no cost it comes amid dire new omicron projections. as many as 300,000 more deaths by mid-march just in, new subpoenas for trump allies from the january 6th committee, including rudy giuliani the showdown on capitol hill the senate debating voting rights bills, but is there a path forward new questions in the texas synagogue standoff what did british authorities know about the gunman? and news on his two sons questioned in the uk the white house warning russia could now invade ukraine


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