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the pandemic. as you just heard, all systems are go for 2021. they need to do it for the community and everyone and the km charities. breaking news tonight. a battle on two fronts parts of texas under water after a hurricane tears across the coast while coronavirus cases there surge. >> it's very challenging add on the component of covid-19 and it becomes more daunting. >> residents rescued from floodehomes then given temperature checks at shelters now this, bars there opening in defiance of state orders. on the rise, florida passes new york in total number of covid cases. and on both u.s. coasts, dozens of lifeguards test positive. final crossing the powerful moment when john lewis was carried across the
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bridge in selma, alabama, the last time. violent outbreaks, protests across the country a gunman opens fire in austin. another fires into the crowd in colorado in seattle, police clash with demonstrators. life and death decisions the big change these teachers are making rather than risk their health in the classroom. the last icon of hollywood's golden age has passed. we remember olivia de havilland, her role in "gone with the wind," and how she changed the business forever. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with kate snow. good evening this season's first hurricane made landfall in south texas last night some places saw up to a foot of rain there more than 100,000 people are currently without power, and it's all made much worse by another crisis towns in the path of that storm are battling a rise in covid cases. president trump today declaring an emergency there, ordering
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federal assistance as we begin what is already a very active hurricane season sam brock has our report >> reporter: in texas, the season's first hurricane, wake as texans cope with the coronavirus crisis >> we noticed the whole walkway was, like, gone. >> rescues by night and rocky road ahead, first responders. getting people to shelters >> your whole intake changes. in the past you file them in a single line and have them come through and process them >> now you have to take a medical evaluation temperature check. >> reporter: across the state, cases and death tolls mounting as houston's mayor announced more covid deaths in july in that city than the previous four months combined. at the same time, some lone star state bars opening in defiance of the governor's orders. >> don't get me wrong, we are ticked off bar owners but that's not what we're trying to show.
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we're trying to show that we can open up safely and operate. >> reporter: another state struggling with widespread transmission. florida now second in the country in total cases leaping past new york with more than 420,000. covid still spreading rapidly as families uncover brand-new fears. >> as parent what is your worst nightmare? >> absolutely. it's devastating my stomach dropped when i heard the news. >> reporter: desmond silva just graduated from nursing school and moved to florida for his dream job on the front lines. after contracting covid in may and the flu, he quarantined and recovered until thursday his mother said -- >> he was perfectly fine after dinner he started complaining he had back pain, neck pain, and the back of his head was kind of like throbbing. once they got him into the emergency room, eight minutes later, that's when the nightmare began. >> reporter: silva now paralyzed from the neck down though stable, his mom says, due
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to covid complications. and in california, the state leading the u.s. in infections, several straight days of record fatalities and the first l.a. county firefighter succumbing to covid. in nearby newport beach 10 firefighters and 11 lifeguards tested positive, officials contributing to community spread, around cross country on the jersey shore, more than 20 lifeguards contracted the virus after attending social gatherings. >> sam is with us. sam, it's not just the hurricane that hit texas, there's actually another hurricane threatening the u.s. >> reporter: that's right, kate. hurricane douglas still category 1, bearing down from the east on the hawaiian islands they are setting up emergency shelters, bu staffing and spacing an issue with covid over my shoulder, the atlantic ocean, there is a disturbance now with a 90% chance, kate, of becoming at least a tropical depression in the next five days so both coasts. kate. >> as we said, an active season already.
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sam, thank you a powerful day of remembrance in alabama. the casket carrying civil rights legend john lewis was taken to the site of his most famous stand more than 50 years ago for the final time, he crossed the edmund pettus bridge blayne alexander was there. >> one final journey through selma, alabama. >> thank you for accompanying john to selma one last time. ♪ lead me on >> reporter: it's only fitting for congressman john lewis that this be part of his home-going. selma, the city he helped thrust into the national conscience. he and so many others beaten to the ground on the edmund pettus bridge as they marched for the right to vote. over the years he came back repeatedly to mark the anniversary of bloody sunday, most recently in march as he battled cancer ♪ i am
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>> reporter: cheyenne was on the bridge with him. she was just 8 years old. >> as i looked down, i could see hundreds of policemen with tear gas masks, hundreds of state troopers on horses, the dogs ♪ and through >> reporter: today for lewis, a hero's farewell from the next generation of leaders here because of him. >> i strongly believe i wouldn't have been elected to office in this day and age so they opened up a door that had been closed. >> reporter: and for hundreds more that never met the congressman but say he touched their lives. so with all of them watching, just as he did 55 years ago, carried in a horse-drawn caisson, john lewis ascended the edmund pettus bridge one final time his family walking behind him in the same place where alabama state troopers nearly ended his life, today they stand in salute his words spoken years ago - >> we're tired of seeing our people locked up in jail over
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and over again and you holler "be patient. how long can we be patient >> for many still echoing today. >> he's left me richly with the importance of having courage, standing up for what's right. >> can't you hear him? never give up. never give in. keep the faith keep your eyes on the prize. for john and our nation, let's make him proud >> and blayne is with us in montgomery where the congressman is lying in state. he'll be honored in two different ways tomorrow in washington, d.c. blayne. >> reporter: that's right, kate. he's going to lie in state at the u.s. capitol tomorrow, and also tomorrow, congressman jim clyburn, a longtime colleague and friend of john lewis said he plans to introduce the john r. lewis voting rights act 2020 on the house floor. kate. >> blayne, thank you nbc news will cover that ceremony in d.c. live tomorrow. at protests across the
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country this weekend, we've seen some of the worst violence yet gunmen open fire in two different states one person was killed. gadi schwartz is tracking it all. >> reporter: in austin, texas, a protest and then gunfire as people run for cover [ gunfire police say a protesters with a rifle was shot and killed by a man in a car driving through the crowd. >> suspect was detained and is cooperating with officers. >> reporter: in the aurora, colorado, this suv driving down an interstate fired at someone in the crowd. another protester was struck as well. over the weekend five people shot at protests across the country while up and down the west coast, thousands showing solidarity with demonstrators in portland their protesters armed with leaf blowers to push back tear gas, and mothers have clashed with the police force accused of being too heavy-handed. >> i'm not here for a game, a
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joke, it's real. >> reporter: oregon's u.s. attorney said those officers won't back down until the violence stops the portland mayor teargassed himself by federal authorities insist the agents are only escalating tensions. the president now promising to send more federal agents to other cities in seattle at least 45 arrests the local police once again declare a riot in an area protesters previously occupied for weeks. agitators setting fire to the new youth detention facility. across the nation marches that seem to begin peacefully overshadowed by escalating violence in oakland a fire set inside the alameda courthouse in los angeles, windows of a federal building smashed anger over a movement sparked by police brutality continuing to escalate into seething civil unrest gadi schwartz, nbc news, los angeles. today marks 100 days until the presidential election. that may feel like a lot of time or a little, depending on your
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perspective, but it promises to be a final stretch like never before andrea mitchell now on the five key things that could determine the race. >> reporter: on this day in 2016, democrats were normanating hillary clinton and tim kaine. the next day donald trump invited russia to hack clinton's e-mails. >> russia, if you're listening -- >> reporter: it was a wild race, but this campaign sun like any other. the pandemic means crowd-free campaigning, no big convention after those empty seats in tulsa, no more of the huge rallies president trump was counting on. joe biden, who loves campaigning, staying close to home in 2016 the candidates made nearly 400 campaign stops in the final 100 days now most events are virtual. the driving issue for many voters, the coronavirus. biden's lead has only grown as the president is widely faulted for his handling of the pandemic. >> is there a way we can do
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something like that by injection inside or almost a cleaning? >> reporter: biden seizing on the issue. >> mr. president, please listen to your public health experts. >> reporter: the economy, always the president's best issue, now questionable, with 30 million americans collecting unemployment. mr. trump also making law and order a campaign pillar, deploying federal authorities into portland using black lives matter and race as a wedge issue. >> when people proudly have their confederate flag, they aren't talking about racism. they love their flag it's part of the south. it represents the south. >> it's basically an appeal to racism. it's an appeal to those who are worried, who are freaked out by the increasing diversity of this country. >> reporter: while the president has the advantage of incumbency, joe biden has barack obama. >> something that i've always
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admired about you, joe, is -- your willingness to listen and learn. >> reporter: in echoes of 2016, u.s. intelligence officials are now warning russia, china and iran are already trying to hack the campaigns and influence social media causing democrats to sound alarms that the president is not doing enough to safeguard the election kate. >> andrea, thank you one of the last surviving actors from hollywood's golden age has died. olivia de havilland was best known for her role in "gone with the wind." it was the stand she took off screen that changed the industry forever. here is kathy park. >> reporter: in hollywood's golden era, olivia de havilland was one of the brightest stars, best remembered for her role as melanie wilkes in "gone with the wind." >> oh, scarlett, you have too much life. i've always admired you so. i wish i could be more like you. >> reporter: she would go on to win two oscars for her performance in "to each his own"
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>> he's been shot down in france. >> reporter: and "the heiress. >> he came back with the same lie, the same silly phrase. >> reporter: she also made her mark behind the scenes in a landmark lawsuit she took down the studios that penalized actors for rejecting roles the victory became known as de havilland law. life in the spotlight wasn't always flattering. the stormy relationship with her sister and fellow actress joan fontaine turned into a very public feud, but it's moving moments like this that her iconic film -- >> oh, scarlett, you have too much life. >> reporter: that won over. >> it's about survival and those are themes familiar to everyone. >> reporter: the veteran actress died peacefully in her sleep de havilland was 104 years old kathy park, nbc news
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still ahead tonight, the dramatic decisions these teachers are making. why they say it's a matter of life and death
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we're back now with the tough decisions every parent and school employee has to make in the coming weeks whether it's safe to go back to the classroom. some teachers have already made up their minds and are now leaving the profession they love kerry sanders has more on their difficult decision. [ chanting ] >> reporter: across the country,
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some parents may demand schools reopen, but some teachers have decided going back to the classroom is a risk they are not willing to take. >> for me it's a matter of life and death. >> reporter: miami elementary school teach petrinja dozier-washington has underlying medical conditions including asthma. coronavirus just forced an abrupt end to her career. >> how difficult has this decision been? >> i've been teaching for 38 years, and the decision to just not return at all was very difficult for me, because i've been committed to teaching since i decided to go into the profession. >> reporter: a recent poll found one in five teachers say they are unlikely to go back to the classroom fearing they will get sick. nine out of ten are worried about enforcing social distancing. >> kids are kids kids are going to do what kids do they are messy by nature they are social by nature. keeping them 6 feet
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>> reporter: second grade teacher christina curfman also forced to retire. 28 years in a hamilton, virginia, classroom but no more because of her autoimmune disorder. >> as much as i love my job and love the people that i work with, and my students, to me, it wasn't worth the risk at all. >> reporter: a risk that the american federation of teachers estimates will cost $2.3 million per school for masks, hand sanitizers, equipment and staff to disinfect. the fear, education, already underfunded in this country, will not meet the challenge. >> they are not remotely prepared. >> reporter: heidi resigned her job as a science teacher in richmond, indiana, after being told she could not teach from a safe distance over the internet. >> how can these people figure out how to run a school during a pandemic safely with no additional funding they've been handed an impossible task, and they are failing at it. >> reporter: schools across
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america tried to figure out where it all goes from here and which teachers will even show up kerry sanders, nbc news, miami. >> so many of us talking about that we're back in a moment with record temperatures in the great lakes, and fears about how that could change the whole region.
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we're back with the heat wave baking the midwest this weekend. and the great lakes are no longer such a brate place to cool off. water temperatures in the great lakes have reached record highs and it's causing some real problems here's kevin tibbles. >> reporter: the largest body of freshwater on the planet, and this year the great lakes, all 94,000 square miles of them, are warmer. >> the water is warm and very
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nice. >> reporter: 6 to 11 degrees warmer to be exact a balmy 71 on lake michigan today. >> it's actually quite warm. i might actually get in today. >> reporter: in lakes erie and ontario, water temperatures are spiking like never before. the others, michigan, huron, and even mighty superior are much warmer much earlier in the summer season. >> we usually put this at the surface to measure temperature. >> reporter: andrea vanderwood is a doctor of oceanography who monitors this precious source of freshwater year-round. >> we had less ice cover this past winter. that still meant sun was getting into the top surface of the lake and warming the lake. >> is this climate change? >> we don't know lake michigan here, we've had a record for temperature over 30 years. somewhat of a snapshot of a climate change. >> reporter: commercial fishing is a billion dollar industry here, and this is prime salmon season.
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dana bonny has changed the way i fishes. >> down deeper or get out away from shoreline. >> reporter: other changes, too. record-high water levels are causing serious erosion problems. from the air, vanderwood uses a highly sensitive camera to monitor water safety for millions in the region. but, she says, this summer's warm temps should not be cause for alarm. >> right now i think the concern is minimal. >> reporter: instead, folks should jump in and enjoy it. the temperatures are so high in the great lakes this year, you can really say come on in, kids, the water is warm. in a summer of covid and quarantine -- how warm is the water? >> all: warm >> reporter: a warm place to escape to and cut loose with the whole family kevin tibbles, nbc news, grand haven, michigan. when we come back, a hospital, a painter, and the healing power of art
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finally there's good news tonight about the power of an act of kindness from a total stranger an artist in los angeles wanted to show his appreciation to health care workers in new york, so he created the perfect gift a special delivery from thousands of miles away. 1,800 patings. one for every single person who worked at interfaith medical center. persona austin was the chief medical officer. >> i was there when the truck arrived. it just reminds me of how others that weren't there with you are thinking of you. it really meant a lot. >> reporter: he watched as
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health care workers battled covid-19. >> i also felt really powerless and frustrated. >> reporter: so he began to paint. >> i can't paint one for everyone everywhere but i can paint for everyone at one hospital. >> reporter: wanting to honor frontline health care workers especially those working in underserved communities he found interfaith a nonprofit community hospital and calmed his projects strangers to no one. simple paintings, each one a single flower. >> if you love somebody, you give them a flower. >> reporter: for a month he painted not with a brush but with a syringe. at the hospital, nurses and doctors, janitors and administrators all received their own work of art. sheila arthur smith, an account representative has worked at interfaith for 35 years. she contracted coronavirus and spent eight days in the hospital back in march. >> they told me i had to fight. >> reporter: her sister patricia passed away from covid-19 in april.
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>> i was devastated. >> reporter: for her, gettis' painting is a symbol of her survival. >> not a big portrait but it represents a big part of what we're going through. >> reporter: and though they never met, interfaith staff feel deeply connected to gittes. >> absolutely not one person i come across that don't love the painting. >> reporter: that love passed on from california to new york, with each unique flower. >> i just hope that everybody is reminded that they are important, and that there are literally millions of people that love them. >> they are so important that is "nbc nightly news" on this sunday lester holt will be back with you tomorrow. i'm kate snow. from all of us here at nbc news, stay safe and have a good night. awesome internet.
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