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the meeting of the minds in the bay area about a troubling trend. the news at 6:00 starts right now. good evening and thanks for being with us. >> i'm zblaj i'm jessica aguirre. it is san francisco's marquee event, dreamforce kicking off with star power today. metallica playing virtually from l.a. today the annual salesforce returned after a pandemic hiatus. but like most things, it looks different this go-around. 1,000 people in attendance and some of the covid restrictions are some of the strictest so far. >> dreamforce with 140,000 people, this time. the protocols are so tight, that even the man who came up with this trail head concept in 2016 wasn't able to get in.
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even in their opening presentation, salesforce making sure the message is clear around the globe that strict covid rules are in place for the roughly 1,000 people attending dreamforce in person. each attendee had to go through multiple security which he works, so vaccination cards and undergo daily covid testing, four tests in all. >> there is a huge change that is going on. >> reporter: in his keynote address, mark benioff telling everyone this conference shows a pathway for collaborating successfully and safely moving forward. >> so it's all going to happen here physically and it's all going to happen digitally as well. this is part of the new world that we're in. >> reporter: attendees told us testing and paperwork are necessary and acceptable, especially with the delta variant threatening even the vaccinated population. >> i think it's good for everyone as well because we want to keep secure our entire ohana.
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>> the good thing, i feel secure because all the people here, everyone covid tested four times. >> reporter: rules so strict, even the man who zriend the trail head concept used in the outdoor conference couldn't get in. >> it's amazing. i mean, we have -- even my boss can't even get in. >> reporter: tim morris said he completely understands the need for safety with the virus still spreading and he was elated dreamforce 2021 is still on, albeit with a much smaller crowd. the conference runs through thursday afternoon at the moscone center. in san francisco, thom jensen, nbc bay area. san jose state university is in trouble with the federal investigators. the university is paying more than $1 million for the way it mishandled sexual abuse allegations made by female athletes. in 2009, more than a dozen female swimmers told their coach that the athletic trainer inappropriately touched them during physical therapy. san jose state's original
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internal investigation quickly cleared that trainer of any wrongdoing. the u.s. department of justice then got involved and today released a blistering report that says now the school will overhaul its title ix office and how it responds to future sexual harassment complaints. the $1.6 million settlement breaks down to $125,000 per victim that came forward in the scandal. the trainer resigned last year after being allowed to stay on campus at san jose state for a decade following the allegations. overwhelming and already stressed health care system, that is fear from health care leaders tonight as people prepare to get a covid booster shot, flu shots, and a new round of kids qualifying for vaccines. that concern comes after the fda advisory recommended booster shots for people 65 and older or people at high risk of infection. fda also likely to approve emergency use of the vaccine for children as young as 5 years old by the end of the next month.
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>> in reality, this is all the perfect storm because at the same time we also have the height of flu season, which is usually the time that we're the busiest in the health care world. >> another challenge is just finding enough health care workers to actually administer the vaccines. after the pandemic, a wave of health care workers quit or retired, citing they were just burned out by the whole thing. california hospitals are trying to hire traveling nurses to fill spots, but many of them are already in demand in other states. as a new wave of afghan refugees begin settling in the bay area, local school districts are quickly scrambling and making plans for integrating the refugee children into classrooms. sharon katsuda shows us how the fremont unified school district is handling this challenge. >> reporter: the fremont community will see their children getting much more than the basics in their new classrooms. >> when we saw the turmoil taking place in afghanistan, our staff immediately gathered
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resources and started to put together a network of support for families that might be coming to us. >> reporter: the superintendent says the refugees can expect resources such as translators readily available from the district's diverse staff. for the new students, the superintendent says language acquisition will be the top priority, and this can come in different structures depending on the student's developmental level. >> they would be in the same classroom as the other students. they may receive additional support in english, but it would be the same curriculum and classroom. we would work to find materials that can be translated into their home language. >> reporter: fars how current students will adapt to the new students from afghanistan, that's a lesson taught at school and at home. >> do not judge them by their cover basically. as long as they're good people and they're getting along well with them, good for them. >> the message i would send to our community is to welcome
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people with open arms, with grace, and with empathy. >> reporter: in fremont, sharon katsuda, nbc bay area news. tonight amid a surge in violence, a debate continues in oakland over whether to add two more police academies to try to beef up the short-staffed police department. opd's chief says 46 officers have left the force recently. and that puts his force at its lowest staffing level in nearly a decade. it comes as the city suffered its one-hundredth homicide of the year. to date the city council heard from dozen of people with often conflicting opinions about whether they should do that. >> i'm calling like many callers to push back against a new police academy. we do not need it. >> oakland has the lowest officer per violent crime
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staffing in america. >> it would be interesting to see people from the community join oakland police. the bay area is in a state of emergency when it comes to hate and hate crimes. that's the message today from attorney general rob bonta. he met with oakland mayor schaaf shaff and other leaders looking for better ways to prevent hate crimes across the state, we're seeing so many here in the bay area. his office recorded a 31% increase in hate crimes just last year. today these leaders discussed providing violence prevention strategies, services for different cultures, and victim-centered solutions. >> we have suffered, and we have suffered mightily. we have seen the pain. many of us have personally felt the pain. for many of us, hate crimes and hate violence the personal. >> he said there's no cure-all, but there are ways to make progress. while we've all heard about
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the fight for social justice recently, it's been so much in the headlines, but it's been ca. in the south bay a group of women during what was called the chicana movement are still fighting today. during this hispanic heritage month, damian trujillo sat down with two pioneers who helped blaze that trail. >> reporter: they carry on with that sweet, gentle demeanor, old friends reuniting to talk about the old days. >> every time i look at my black, beautiful hair. >> reporter: that gentleness is genuine, but inside, rachel silva is one of the most fiercest women you'll meet. >> we got arrested over the hellyer park issue. >> reporter: the chicano amusement, a fight for social
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justice in the '60s and '70s began over police arresting hispanics in lara za park. >> you patrolled the police? >> we patrolled the police. >> reporter: they marched to city hall in protest day in and day out. the fight for justice and equality drove them to protest at school board meetings or at grocery stores, anywhere they felt social injustice with us taking place. >> it was a sacrifice that i was -- i sacrificed my family. two of my friends died on me. i only had three friends. i have neglected them a lot because you have to be ready to go out 24 hours. we need you here, we have to go. >> reporter: but this fight for justice also faced another hurdle, they were fighting an
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internal battle. >> the chicanas experienced sexism within the chicano organizations in san jose. even though they were equally committed to the movement, they experienced degradation. >> reporter: so they did what they had always done, found a way to overcome, forming their own group, the mujeres of azlan. they advocated for better streets and sidewalks, equal treatment in schools, for district elections and better health care, all while fighting to end oppression and brutality in the community. >> so that we could let the community know, especially the male latinos know that we wanted a voice at the table. >> reporter: for these iconic civil rights leaders, the chicano movement may have ended, but the fight has not. >> 60 years later and is there still social injustice
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happening? >> very, very much. >> reporter: so they still sit on community boards, continuing the mission they pioneered so many decades ago to ensure justice for all. damian trujillo, nbc bay area news. up next, pricey uber rides. when is it going to stop? we'll hear from uber's ceo. i'm scott budman. how testimony from the elizabeth holmes went from finance to something personal today. i'm jeff ranieri. it was a hot day, 96 in concord. 84 in san francisco. not good enough for records, but it is going to cool down tomorrow. we'll talk about that and i'll continue our climb coverage in about eight minutes. another case for a booster shot. what johnson & johnson says about an extra dose of its vaccine. also, the extraordinary effort to save an extraordinary
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in on today's testimony. scott? >> reporter: good evening, jessica. it was testimony that moved away from finance and technology and pivoted towards the theranos machines themselves and the mistakes they made in the past. as you mentioned, we heard from both a patient and a nurse on the stand today. the nurse practitioner and her patient brittany gold. while pregnant in 2014, she took a blood test practice theranos machine and as the room got quiet, testified the machine told her she had miscarried other child. she ultimately delivered a healthy baby. audra zachman complained to theranos about the test result but admits she did not speak to elizabeth holmes herself and this is important because the prosecution has to prove that holmes knew about the inaccurate results coming from her machines while pitching investors on how
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well those machines worked. >> but what the key issue is, what did she know? when did she know it? and probably most importantly, did she have the intent to defraud. >> let me ask you, what did the defense ask the woman who was on the stand talking about that test? i mean, how do they chip away at what she said? >> jessica, they were able to chip away a little bit at the nurse practitioner who said she stopped administering theranos tests and even recommending them to her patients, but the defense did get her to admit the hospital she worked at did remain in a relationship with theranos and did give theranos tests to their patients. as you might imagine, the against didn't cross-examine the patient herself. >> there's nowhere to go when you're doing something like that. what happens next? where do we go from here? >> you know, we're likely to
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hear from somewhere around ten more patients who will talk about how they got results that were wrong from theranos machines, and the prosecution still has to prove that elizabeth holmes knew what was going on. we're likely to hear about text messages that she sent either to employees or to her boyfriend at the time, sunny balwani and if it proves if holmes was aware of what was going on. have you been in an uber lately? it's pricey. but these rides could be getting cheaper by the end of this year. that's according to the company's ceo. wait times have been trending higher because of a lack of drivers. all year long, uber has been trying to win those drivers back with new benefits and incentives. today the ceo tells cnbc he expects more drivers to return to work in the next few months, which in theory will lead to lower prices. for a lot of people today, not just hot, but also smokey
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and smoggy. we are in a spare the air alert audrey by the bay area air quality management district. we caught up with people this morning getting in their exercise before the air quality got worse. >> just get out earlier with the dog, you know, before it gets too hot. >> don't go outside very much. i probably won't cycling. >> still get your steps in. tomorrow is expected to be better, but our chief meteorologist jeff ranieri has the answer. what do you think for tomorrow? >> definitely better. good to moderate air quality, you guys. and we're also going to see the heat go away. better, right? that's a double win right there. as fall officially arrives tomorrow, i want to continue our climate coverage at nbc bay area and on the networks of nbc. take a look at the future temperatures and how we can all make a difference. now, right now also into the future you'll hear a lot about keeping our warming to two degrees celsius and/or below.
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that's important because if we go over 2 degrees celsius, there's data that shows we could see a lot of problems we're already seeing get a lot worse. but again, with substantial cuts in emissions, new research shows even by the year 2100, we could see it jump to 4 degrees celsius of warming without cuts. we're beginning to see impacts of our change in climate, but again, these things would get worse. we're talking about increased temperatures, also extreme precipitation, sea level rise, wildfires, and continued drought. more of those impacts across the central and east. but as we all know, it's not just a problem here in california or the united states, it's a global issue. so it's not only going to take the united states, but everyone, especially the top world polluters coming together to make things better.
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so that includes china, of course the united states, india, russia, japan and germany, all those top world polluters. we can all do simple stuff. we hear about this a lot, but just think about it. we all make small little changes and it could add up to something big. buy local food, recycle, solar panels, door pool, work from home, electric cars, even some l.e.d. light bulbs. we have more on nbcbayarea.com. as fall arrives officially tomorrow, we do have cooler changes with a system off to the north that's going to push the smoke toward the east. overall it will be a lot better for us here. low 60s with mostly sunny skies to begin. so a nice start. for the afternoon, not as hot, no more upper 90s. 89 in concord. 83 in san jose. 67 in oakland. 70s in downtown san francisco. 60s right there in half moon bay. on the seven-day forecast in san francisco, we get back to the
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cooler 60s this upcoming weekend. for the inland valleys, we go down tomorrow. back up to 94 thursday. and then we get into that nice, sweet weather saturday, sunday, monday, and tuesday when the 80s return. barbecue weather looking like this weekend. i've been practicing on the barbecue. i learned how to make barbecue chicken a few weeks ago. i had never done it. >> you're progressing. >> yes. >> you get it shellacked with the sauce for 40 minutes and you keep doing it. >> what time are we coming over? >> anytime. >> i'm afraid to turn the barbecue on. jeff, you can come over. >> you got it. up next, we know this is the reality of living here. our sky-high housing market. but wait till you hear the new numbers on an average down payment in the bay area.
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can you see my wall of smiles? when i first started using genesys technology i was kind of embarrased at all the love and attention i got from my customers. people are so moved by how much i understand about them. they start including me in their lives. that's helen and her friends. i arranged a wellness retreat for them. look at those ladies. such wisdom. mmm. but it's really genesys that helps me understand people and what they truly need. i'm just glad i can help.
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. just in case you didn't know, you got to start saving now. it's harder to get that down
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payment to buy a house around here. the online site lending tree looked at the highest average down payment for a house and san jose tops the list. not surprisingly, $115,000, number two on the national list, san francisco at over $100,000 for a down payment. san diego rounding out the top three. the fugees are getting back together celebrating the 25th anniversary of their landmark album, "the score" selling 22 million copies worldwide. the tour kicks off tomorrow in new york. they are scheduled to perform at the oakland arena november 7th. >> ooh, good show. up next, something new to admire before you take flight. the new artwork grazing the walls at sjc.
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about h season is getting more destructive and what we can do about it. our senior investigator is back with us along with two respected experts with different ideas and opinions about what we can do to protect our homes. that discussion and more coming up on our 7:00 p.m. newscast. >> next on "nightly news," a look inside the race to safe the world's largest tree. the amazing history of the generally sherman near fresno and why it has so much meaning. lester holt join us right now. tonight, the promising news from johnson & johnson on covid booster shots. the company announcing a second shot of its vaccine dramatically boosted immune response it comes ahead of an fda decision expected this week on boosters
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for pfizer's vaccine but confusion mounting who is eligible for boosters and when? breaking news, the autopsy results in confirming remains found in wyoming are of the missing woman, gabby petito her death ruled a homicide as authorities return to a wildlife refuge, the search for her fiance who vanished a week ago. also president biden hosting uk prime minister boris johnson at the white house late today, hour after his address to the united nations his message of unity at a time of rising tension with allies, what he said in defense of the chaotic u.s. withdrawal from afghanistan. the president also vowing to get the crisis at the border under control as outrage grows over these images, border agents on horseback confronting migrants word tonight tens of thousands more may be on the way the faa calling for a crackdown on unruly passengers, what it is giving the airlines a week to do. and a race against time

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