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$1.8 million. it did include a piece of a game-worn jersey by james. >> a lot of money. "nightly news" is next. we'll see you here at 6:00. .
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>> in los angeles, where the case total tops 150,000, the mayor is edging towards another shutdown >> how much worse does it have to get in los angeles before you feel compelled to issue another stay-at-home order >> sure, well, i think we're on the brink of that. >> new york city, once beyond the brink, now entering phase four of reopening monday
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hoping not to slide back after scenes like these. a street party in astoria, queens, that looked like a playbook of what not to do in a global pandemic. hundreds gathered in close quarters, partying with no masks. a fresh reminder americans should not be letting their guard down during this crisis. >> you talked about kids there's new information about older children and the spread of the virus. what do we know? >> a new study out of south korea that looked at 65,000 people, so a huge study, found that 10 to 19-year-olds are just as likely if not more likely to transmit the virus as adults a scary thought with schools opening next month kate >> absolutely. sam, thank you more violence last night in parts of portland, oregon. protesters lit a police union building on fire and the mayor says federal agents who have been deployed there, many without identification, are not helping the situation. erin mclaughlin is there for us again tonight. >> tonight in portland, oregon,
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a city stunned but exhausted, bracing for the possibility of more violence. overnight, protesters and local police the office of the portland police association set on fire unmarked federal agents with no insignia other than police sprayed tear gas and beat back protesters president trump addressed the protests on sunday >> if we didn't take a stand in portland, we arrested many leaders, if we didn't take that stand, you would have a problem -- they're going to lose portland >> this is portland's mayor arguing video showing federal agents pulling a protester into an unmarked van has made the situation worse. ted wheeler is also the city's police commissioner. >> the situation was de-escalating. federal troops came in last saturday and blew the whole thing up when they started attacking nonviolent demonstrators. >> department of homeland
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security memo leaked to "the new york times" warns the agents need training. the memo reads, moving forward, if this type of response is going to be the norm, specialized training and standardized equipment should be deployed to responding agencies. the dhs has no immediate comment. they said they sent agents to protect federal property for six weeks, the city has endured nightly violence, protested triggered by the death of george floyd and concentrated around a small area of law enforcement buildings. one protester said they'll be back tonight >> we can't turn a blind eye forever. our families matter and we need to protect them, but we essentially all are family our community is our family. and we have to take care of each other. >> erin, oregon is suing the federal government is that lawsuit still moving forward? >> kate, it is oregon's attorney general is seeking a temporary restraining order to stop what she argues are unlawful arrests by federal
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agents she could be in federal court as soon as tomorrow kate >> erin mclaughlin with us in polar the first time since his death on friday, the family of congressman john lewis is speaking out henry grant lewis told a story about what it was like to run errands with his big brother >> could have took ten minutes max. it would take us three and a half hours, because he would shake every hand, take pictures with everybody that wanted to take pictures. and that's the kind of person my brother was. >> the family still making arrangements for a memorial. baseball is back, sort of. today, teams are playing exhibition games in empty stadiums ahead of opener. cathy park on what major leaguers and others are doing to keep pro sports safe >> baseball is back after a long time-out the first exhibition games were played with no fans in the stands
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instead, cardboard cutouts fill the seats at citifield when the mets and yankees faced off the sound of silence replaced with crowd noise a major milestone for a league trying to restart a shortened 60-game season yankees manager aaron boone said they're adjusting despite the covid curveball. >> it was dress rehearsal for a lot of guys. these few days are important for not only us as players but everyone that, you know, is attached to the organization >> opening day for the toronto blue jays is set for friday in florida. canada said no to home games due to risk of spreading the virus compared to the u.s., our northern neighbor has managed to keep covid under control the nation's immigration minister said we have concluded the cross-border travel required for mlb regular season play would not adequately protect canadians' health and safety mlb required coronavirus testing every other day for players and staff. anyone testing positive will be
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placed in a covid-19 disabled list and will need to clear strict protocol before returning, including two negative tests 24 hours apart. the nfl is still debating ground rules with its players union, as athletes get ready to report to training camp next week. some of them are sharing their concerns on social media, using the hashtag #wewanttoplay. j.j. whault with the houston texans tweeting, we still don't know if there will be daily testing. russell wilson adding, there's still no clear plan on player health and family safety pro sports in a sea of uncertainty to give fans something to cheer about we're joined now from yankees stadium. will fans be allowed in before the season is over >> well, kate, it certainly is a possibility. some teams are working with health officials and the mlb to allow a limited amount of fans into home games. kate >> that would be good news for
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many fans. thank you. still ahead tonight, how one doctor is trying to make sure kids keep getting vaccinated despite coronavirus fears.
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oo bause of
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coronavirus fears. our dr. john torres has the story. >> rebecca is a mother of three living in boston her kids fall under the age of four. >> i only have two hands so sometimes it's tough. >> since the covid-19 outbreak,
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rebecca has been reluctant to take her children for their wellness exams and vaccinations. >> my concern was bringing them into an environment where there may be people that are covid positive. >> rebecca is not alone. the national foundation for infectious diseases reports the overall number of well child office visits is down by 50% since the pandemic started the world health organization sounded the alarm this week saying the avoidable suffering and death caused by children missing out on routine immunizations could be far greater than covid-19 itself that warning and decline in visits is why doctors and nurses at boston medical center started coming to see patients like rebecca's children in a mobile vaccination unit. >> when they pulled up, the pediatrician was there, >> early in the pandemic, there was a lot of fear in the community.
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we knew this was going to cause dramatic reductions in our rates of vaccination so we decided to bring vaccines to the families. >> since april the hospital has been able to vaccinate 600 children in the boston area. dr. costello wants to ensure children don't getting exposed to other preventable illnesses like measles or bumps because their paints don't want to go to a doctor's office. cdc and american academy of pediatrics are urging doctors to maintain vaccinations schedules especially for the youngest children. >> we vaccinate early in life because that's when kids are most at risk of these potentially devastating illnesses. >> what would you tell parents about getting flu shots for kids especially as they are heading back to school. >> this year particularly worried about the intersection of influenza and coronavirus nobody knows what the impact is if you contract both of those viruses at the same time. >> doctors using unconventional
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ways to ensure children and their communities stay healthy and safe dr. john torres, nbc news. >> so important. still ahead, record heat hitting parts of will we see re? and the story of a trail blazer black female doctor paving the way for others in the field.
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for millions of americans today was sweltering heat advisories have been issued for cities from the midwest to the mid-atlantic and new england because of the high humidity, it felt like it was over 100 degrees there. it's likely to remain hot for much of the coming week. now to our ongoing series inequality in america. this past week the nation's first black female doctor finally got some long overdue recognition.
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while she was celebrated, the hard truth is that black women still make up a disproportionately small percentage of physicians >> we decided to take action and do something to acknowledge this medical pioneer who died 125 years ago. >> on thursday her grave finally received a proper headstone. dr. rebecca lee crumpler was the first black female physician in the u.s. >> i was told people come looking for her but she doesn't have a grave stone. >> there aren't images of dr. crumpler, but she wrote this book, graduated from the new england medical college in 1864 at what is now boston university >> people need to know her story. >> the doctor, ob-gyn in atlanta helped fund an exhibit at byu, the alma mater they both share when the civil war ended, dr. crumpler moved to virginia to treat recently freed slaves
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>> for her to do that, i think it's a remarkable story. she overcame all that, she survived and thrived >> she was a pioneer. >> absolutely. >> more than 100 years later, only 5% of active physicians identify as black or african-american and women make up around 2% last year around 4,000 black females enrolled in medical school compared to 22,000 white females. >> it's predominantly white male institution. i think it's really positive we are all here breaking into this institution. >> these women are med students at b.u. now. >> i didn't see myself as a physician, so i didn't know if i could do it. >> do you think a lot of black americans get that message, this isn't something for you? >> definitely. >> they also see the impact of
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decades of distrust of doctors in their community >> if there's an institution you don't trust, why would you want to be a part of it. >> the more they can see someone who looks like them and trust, it will also break down some of the health disparities >> bringing more diversity to the field also creates role models. >> black women are out there we are surgeons, delivering babies i'm happy with what we've done but we've got a lot more to do. >> dr. crumpler was just the first of many. >> i think that we are standing on their shoulders and can make something new of what they have already brought to us. so the other little girls that come after us will hopefully build on what we are going to do in the future. >> dr. mcleod told me she wants to see a statue of dr. crumpler in the state of virginia when we come back, the covid pandemic kept kids out of the library, the library came to them
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there's good news out of virginia when the pandemic shut down libraries there, folks got creative, really creative. here is nbc's kevin tibbles. >> look, up in the sky, it's a bird, it's a plane, it's a book? yes, here in montgomery county, virginia, the middle school library is beating the pandemic by delivering books to kids with a drone. 10-year-old camden robertson couldn't believe his eyes. >> i was like bouncing off the walls crazy excited. >> making sure kids get their summer reading is the brainchild of middle school librarian kelly paseck, and it's free. >> i see lots and lots of smiles of happy kids with their books it's certainly exciting to get a package from the drone
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then when you open the package and you've got the book you've been waiting to read or you've asked for and it comes right to your house, that's really an exciting time. >> the school board partnered with the parent company of google to deliver the books, which arrived by airmail, literally. camden received john grisham's "theodore boone, kid lawyer. to participate they can join online some 600 in the virginia area are available. camden's mom got him and his brother involved. >> she was like, hey, you want to get a book delivered by a drone. i was like, yeah. >> he's just happy he's got bragging rights on his street. >> i have been telling my friends, i'm the first person in the world. >> wing is the name of the drone service, theey're also doing itd and australia. and hey, if they can deliver
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books, maybe they can deliver other things too what are you goingto do when they start delivering your homework by drone? >> oh! i don't know >> maybe you'll be hiding under your bed that day. >> kevin tibbles, nbc news, chicago. >> that is nbc nightly news for this sunday. a quick note, before everything shut down, i sat down with world renowned chef marcus samuelson at his restaurant in harlem to have special drinks and hear his inspiring story. you can find that at i'm kate snow, for all of us here at nbc news, stay safe, have a great night for the sweaty faces,
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and the hidden smiles. the foggy glasses,
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and the muffled laughs. a simple piece of fabric makes a big statement: i care. wear a mask. let's all do our part to slow the spread. right now at 6:00, rolling back the reopening. tonight businesses in the city are bracing for yet another closure. the news at 6:00 starts right now. good evening. >> the countdown to another shutdown is on as san francisco remains on the governor's watch list. somen. eight out of nine bay area counties are on the watch list which means they have to close certain high-risk businesses. last night we told you how san mateo is the only one to stay off that list but that could change in a couple days. >> we get reac


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