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you are watching getting answers. this is where we ask experts questions to get you answers in real time. today, we have abc 7's miguel joining us. he is the producer of the documentary regarding the assassination of san francisco's harvey milk. also, professor of astronomy will join us with all we need to know.
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there was always lots to talk about when it comes to covid-19. today, with cases climate, experts are asking questions. joining us now to talk about that is dr. monica gandhi. happy memorial day. >> i am in my car. i really apologize. anchor: we are glad to have you. les get straight to our questions. with coronavirus, we want to talk about that surge. johns hopkins says kucova cases are more than six times what they were this time a year ago. let's talk about what is fueling the surge. >> unfortunately, it all has to
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do with them ba.2 variant. the right a severe disease countrywide is staying globe. our hospitalizations are manageable. anchor: the statistics are pretty stunning. i want to get further into the omicron variant. it is said to be more transmissible but less severe. we have seen that with less
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people staying home. how much of a role is that plane? >> ba.2 came so fast after ba1. now we have a subvariant of ba.2. this is very transmissible, leading to cases, but not driving up the right depth severe disease because of all of our immunity. one will this end? people are so tired of this. they are all omicron. that means it is changing less. because we have so much more
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immunity in the world now. anchor: it sounds like things are improving. i want to take a moment to say hello to everybody who is tuning in on facebook. speaking of the variant and the tapering off of things, is there growing concern that the worst of the pandemic is not behind us? i keep hearing things that eventually all of us will have it at some time or another. >> it is probably almost impossible to avoid getting covid at all. what do we have going for us? further immunity. the antibody which is triggered by the vaccine.
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[indiscernible] if we had this case count this time last year, our hospitalizations would be very hard -- high. they are not. covid will always be with us.
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there are so many tools for covid for this stage of the pandemic. anchor: i feel like there's so much more research too. on that note, it being memorial day, are there any recommendations you would have for anybody happens to plan to have a group gathering outside or inside. any precautions that are different? >> ventilation is the best thing you can do. keep your windows open when you are inside. move your event outside. vulnerable people should wear a mask.
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we did everything right in the bay area. we have a high rate of vaccination. anchor: good words of advice. i want to remind everybody we are taking your questions right now on facebook as we's. before we get to the commercial come i want to ask you other things. there is a growing concern about monkeypox in the u.s.. we have 10 cases here and none of them deadly. the world health organization has said they are not worried about a global pandemic, but nowadays it is very easy for us to assume that this could trigger something much larger. do you think we should be concerned? >> anchor: it looks like the doctor has lost her signal.
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george moscone and harvey milk were murdered by their colleague. we are premiering our abc 7 original documentary murder in city hall today. joining me today is the producer of this documentary, my colleague can miguel. there have been other documentaries on the assassination of supervisor harvey milk. there was a feature-length film that talked about this murder. what makes this documentary different? >> we often hear the story of harvey milk in the context of the assassinations.
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we do forget that mayor of a major u.s. city was assassinated in mayor george moscone. i wanted to get into who this amazing person was. harvey had only been in office for seven months. the mayor had a well-rounded career as a state senator. he had been in politics for 12 years and he was reshaping san franciscpoanchor: can you talk t more? >> george moscone was a charming mayor. he was representative of a new political liberal in san francisco. he was progressive. he really was part of the change in guard. he was the mayor who was
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responsible for what san francisco is today. he immediately appointed people from the community. people who did not have a place in the normal society. people who did not give a lot of money. he went for the single mothers, the gay and lesbians in the city. he made significant changes to san francisco politics. anchor: it seems to be that every day people and to actually clean house was over very bold move. >> something i noticed when i took a look at the documentary was how beautifully edited it was. it was so researched. can you tell us a little bit about the process. >> it goes back to 2008 when senator dianne feinstein did an
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interview about that date where she heard the gunshots, walked down the hall and found harvey milk on the floor. she was a witness to the assassination. she had never spoke in such terms as she had in that interview. she had never again talked about it. i have been holding onto that interview since 2008. thinking i will be able to tell the story in its entirety. about eight months ago, i started going through our film archives, what -- much of which has not been touched since we put it on the shelf back in 1978. i pulled out each piece and copied it over to digitize it so we can tell the story today. anchor: going through the archives is a challenging process.
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did you have any bumps in the road? it has been so long. we have not seen some of this footage in 40 years. >> the riots that erupted after the verdict, much of that video's gone. it was accidentally erased. going through our archive and funding 30 seconds here and there, really makes what we have and you pretty much see every frame available of that night. anchor: it speaks to the importance of trying to preserve history. you mentioned that you had wanted to tell this story for a long time. you had been holding onto this dianne feinstein interview for quite some time.
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what finally pushed it over the edge? was it editorially decisions that people signed off? >> it is one of those documentaries that was in the back of my mind my entire life. i remember when this happened in 1978 and i remember my mother turning off the tv because it was so shocking that such violence had happened. this murder happened just days after the jonestown massacre. you can imagine the feeling of the people at the time. fast-forward 40 years and you think people not know the story. they do not know the story of this amazing mayor and these amazing people who work together. dianne feinstein is the one who held the city together.
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she carried on the george moscone legacy as much as she could. she admits it changed her forever. anchor: what is the feedback been? >> the people who were involved, i did an interview with forearm are mayor brown -- firm or your brown. all of them are actually seen it for the first time today. i sent them a copy today. some of them have read bits and pieces of it. i have been on the phone a lot with them confirming the details of things. you oftent what happens in the moment and in many cases i was reminded people of what
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happened. can you imagine your husband or father has just been killed and you are forced to sit up in front of an entire community and celebrate his life. where do you find time to mourn? anchor: i could imagine it is difficult to have to dig up all of these emotions and all of these details that you have stored away for a long time? >> i think the family has done that. they will not talk about it anymore. in large part because so much of the attention was focused on harvey milk, unjustly so. harvey should be celebrated, but i think the mayor should be celebrated too. anchor: is there any one thing you would like the audience to take away from watching this
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piece? >> when you get to the end, you realize what really happened and the things that dan white told people about what happened, you will have a different feeling about what happened and the verdict in that trial. anchor: when a tease. you make me want to finish this documentary. i so proud of you. always a pleasure. murder at city hall premieres tonight at 7:00 p.m. on the abc 7 24/7 streaming channel. stay with us.
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stargazers, you are in for a treat tonight. possibly a meteor shower could light up the night sky. joining us to talk about this is
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andrew, a professor from the university of san francisco. so great to have you. >> thanks for having me. anchor: tell us what a meteor shower is. i also hear the term shooting stars. >> shooting stars are what the conflict says -- public says. . when the earth in its orbit around the sun intersects a swarm of dust left by an old,, some of that dirt could burn up in our atmosphere and that is what we call a shooting star. when we intersect come up he sometimes get what is called the meteor shower. it is important to emphasize we are not sure if we are getting one tonight or not.
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our viewers need to know that you are participating in the process of science itself. there is some prediction that we might be getting a new swarm of shooting stars tonight, but it is not definite and we will all find out together whether that prediction is right or not. anchor: i want to make sure nobody goes outside and makes plans to be disappointed to see nothing. speaking of the shower itself, how rare is that to see something like this? i have read that it is a once-in-a-lifetime possibility. is this true? >> there are two separate questions there. showers of meteors come pretty regularly throughout the course of the year. there are old coents who left
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their cosmic garbage behind them and we reliably intersect them every year. what we are talking about now is a new meteor shower that has never been seen before. something which is for the first time happening because the comet that might give rights to this just fell apart a decade or two ago. we do not know whether it has established enough of this troubling garbage behind it to make a meteor shower, but some experts say in my arid tonight at 10:00 p.m. we are all going to find out. the best thing to do is to get away from city lights. one of the big issues is that
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they are not cosmic laser shows. they are faint, their subtle. you need to be in a dark location with your eyes dark adapted and with a good view of the whole sky. anchor: acosta says it is not cosmic garbage. it is good for laypeople like me to figure out with this meteor shower is. you also answered randy's question about what time, so at about 10:00. what is your prediction? do you think we will be able to see anything? the skies are clear. >> i am not an expert on meteor showers.
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in this situation, very few people are experts. we rarely have it, that falls apart in front of our eyes. we are all going to find out together whether it happens tonight or not. if it does not, do not be sad. this process of trying things and looking to see if nature confirms our theories, that is the essence of science. you could be participating in it tonight i looking up. anchor: before we go, can you talk about the excitement at somebody who comes from this realm that you are in, to know that it might have been? >> this is exciting for astronomers because it represents the initial population with which the solar system began. the building blocks that got incorporated into the planets and the sun.
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these are leftover fragments of the early solar system. seeing pieces of them burn up in the atmosphere reminds us of how ancient we are. anchor: i do not want to remind myself of being ancient. it is such a pleasure. good luck to everybody tonight. >> thanks for having me. anchor: we will be right back. the nba finals are set. our golden state warriors will meet the boston celtics and abc 7 is the exclusive home of the finals. we will have programming throughout the series. game one is thursday night with tip-off at 6:00 p.
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