Vigil for NYC subway victim Michelle Go

FREMONT, Calif. (KRON) – Community members across the Bay Area came together for a vigil in honor of Fremont native, Michelle Go.

Michelle Alyssa Go, 40, was waiting for a subway train at the Times Square station Saturday morning when a man shoved her from behind, police said.

Former classmates and coworkers gathered for a vigil in San Francisco’s Chinatown Tuesday night. And a similar vigil also took place in New York City’s times square, an area close to where Go lost her life.

San Francisco City Attorney David Chiu spoke at the vigil calling for a stop to the violence and racism against Asian communities.

New York City police later arrested a homeless man who fled from the subway station but later turned himself in.

He was identified as 61-year-old Simon martial and has been charged with second degree murder.

from KRON4 https://www.kron4.com/news/bay-area/vigil-for-nyc-subway-victim-michelle-go/

Grammys rescheduled for spring show, CMT Awards pushed back

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (NEXSTAR) – After postponing the 64th annual Grammy Awards due to concerns surrounding the omicron variant, organizers have announced a new date for the award show. The new day will, however, delay a different award show.

The Grammy Awards, originally scheduled for Jan. 31, will now be held on April 3. The ceremony will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Because of the rescheduled Grammys, the CMT Awards – originally scheduled for April 3 – will be moved to a later day that month, CBS announced. The network will be broadcasting both award shows.

The multitalented Jon Batiste is the leading nominee for this year’s Grammy’s, grabbing 11 nods in a variety of genres including R&B, jazz, American roots music, classical and music video.

Justin Bieber, Doja Cat and H.E.R. are tied for the second-most nominations with eight apiece.

Another awards show, the Golden Globes, was held this year without hosts, presenters, a red-carpet event or an audience. The ceremony was also available to stream or to watch on television following a 2021 report that highlighted a lack of diversity among the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s voting body.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

from KRON4 https://www.kron4.com/health/coronavirus/grammys-rescheduled-for-spring-show-cmt-awards-pushed-back/

New York AG says Trump’s company misled banks, tax officials

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York attorney general’s office late Tuesday told a court that its investigators had uncovered evidence that President Donald Trump’s company used “fraudulent or misleading” asset valuations to get loans and tax benefits.

The court filing said state authorities haven’t yet decided whether to bring a civil lawsuit in connection with the allegations, but that investigators need to question Trump and his two eldest children as part of the probe.

Trump and his lawyers say the investigation is politically motivated.

In the court documents, Attorney General Letitia James’ office gave its most detailed accounting yet of its investigation into allegations that Trump’s company repeatedly misstated the value of assets to get favorable loan terms or slash its tax burden.

The Trump Organization, it said, had overstated the value of land donations made in New York and California on paperwork submitted to the IRS to justify several million dollars in tax deductions.

The company misreported the size of Trump’s Manhattan penthouse, saying it was nearly three times its actual size — a difference in value of about $200 million, James’ office said, citing deposition testimony from Trump’s longtime financial chief Allen Weisselberg, who was charged last year with tax fraud in a parallel criminal investigation.

James’ office detailed its findings in a court motion seeking to force Trump, his daughter Ivanka Trump and his son Donald Trump Jr. to comply with subpoenas seeking their testimony.

Investigators, the court papers said, had “developed significant additional evidence indicating that the Trump Organization used fraudulent or misleading asset valuations to obtain a host of economic benefits, including loans, insurance coverage, and tax deductions.”

Messages seeking comment were left with lawyers for the Trumps.

Trump’s legal team has sought to block the subpoenas, calling them “an unprecedented and unconstitutional maneuver.” They say James is improperly attempting to obtain testimony that could then be used in the parallel criminal investigation, being overseen by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.

Trump sued James in federal court last month, seeking to put an end to her investigation. In the suit, his lawyers claimed the attorney general, a Democrat, had violated the Republican’s constitutional rights in a “thinly-veiled effort to publicly malign Trump and his associates.”

In the past, the Republican ex-president has decried James’ investigation and Bragg’s probe as part of a “witch hunt.”

In a statement late Tuesday, James office said that it hasn’t decided whether the evidence outlined in Tuesday’s court papers merits legal action, but that the investigation should proceed unimpeded.

“For more than two years, the Trump Organization has used delay tactics and litigation in an attempt to thwart a legitimate investigation into its financial dealings,” James said. “Thus far in our investigation, we have uncovered significant evidence that suggests Donald J. Trump and the Trump Organization falsely and fraudulently valued multiple assets and misrepresented those values to financial institutions for economic benefit.”

Although James’ civil investigation is separate from the criminal investigation, her office has been involved in both, dispatching several lawyers to work side-by-side with prosecutors from the Manhattan D.A.’s office.

One judge has previously sided with James on other matters relating to the probe, including making another Trump son, Trump Organization executive Eric Trump, testify after his lawyers abruptly canceled a scheduled deposition.

Last year, the Manhattan district attorney brought tax fraud charges against the Trump Organization and Weisselberg, its longtime chief financial officer.

Weisselberg pleaded not guilty to charges alleging he and the company evaded taxes on lucrative fringe benefits paid to executives.

Both investigations are at least partly related to allegations made in news reports and by Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, that Trump had a history of misrepresenting the value of assets.

from KRON4 https://www.kron4.com/news/national/new-york-ag-says-trumps-company-misled-banks-tax-officials/

Tennessee man jumps into frigid water to save woman trapped in car

ROANE COUNTY, Tenn. (WATE) — A Tennessee man is being called a hero after jumping into frigid waters to save a woman’s life.

Roane County was under a winter weather advisory on Sunday when Brody Roberts was driving to meet a friend at the gym. It had just started to snow.

At around 3:30 p.m., just before Roberts pulled up to the scene, a car had run off the road, down a hillside and into a lake, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol. A woman was stuck inside.

“I was about five minutes away at that point and I saw a truck in the middle of the road, and I was like, ‘What’s going on up here?’ Then I looked over into the lake, and there was a car out there,” Roberts said.

Roberts immediately pulled over. One person was already on the phone with 911. He asked them if anyone was in the car, and when the person on the phone said yes, Roberts quickly responded.

“I stripped off my outer layer of clothing and I went for a swim,” he said. “By the time I got to the car, it had just gone completely underwater.”

Roberts added, “I opened the door, and as soon as I opened the door, her hands came out.”

Roberts said the woman in the car still had her seatbelt on. He struggled to unlatch it, then grabbed her and swam to safety.

“Whenever she came up and got her breath of air, I was like, ‘OK, we’re good. Let’s get back to the bank,'” he said.

There, a group of people standing by gave both Roberts and the woman their coats. “It was definitely the coldest I’ve ever been,” he said.

When asked if he would do it again, Roberts said, “Oh yeah, 100%.”

“I was only doing what I would hope somebody would do for me or my family. You know I wasn’t trying to be a hero or anything like that,” he said. “I just knew that somebody needed help.”

The woman he rescued was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The accident is under investigation.

from KRON4 https://www.kron4.com/news/national/tennessee-man-jumps-into-frigid-water-to-save-woman-trapped-in-car/

Dead newborn baby found in duffel bag in snow outside Chicago fire station

CHICAGO (WGN) — A newborn boy was found dead inside a duffel bag outside of a Chicago fire station early Saturday morning, officials said.

The bag was found covered with snow outside a firehouse. Crews cleaning snow off the sidewalk found the bag underneath, according to the fire department.

The temperature was approximately 22 degrees at 5 a.m., the time the baby was found.

Officials asked anyone in the area who may have surveillance footage of a person with a duffel bag early Saturday morning to contact police so they can get those individuals some help.

Later in the day, the Chicago Fire Department tweeted a reminder about Illinois’ Safe Haven Law, which is meant to prevent such things from happening.

“Illinois’ Safe Haven law is a safe way for parents who make the difficult choice to give up a newborn for adoption,” the department wrote. “Handing over a newborn to a Firefighter or Paramedic directly at a firehouse can help facilitate the safest outcome. No questions asked and no judgment given.”

The Illinois Safe Haven law allows parents to bring an unharmed baby up to 30 days old to a staff member at a hospital, fire station, police station or emergency care facility, no questions asked.

“They don’t have to answer any questions. They are promised anonymity (and) the baby is placed in an adoption home,” said Dawn Geras, founder of the Save Abandoned Babies Foundation.

For more information on the services, call 1-888-510-2229 or visit saveabandonedbabies.org.

from KRON4 https://www.kron4.com/news/national/dead-newborn-baby-found-in-duffel-bag-in-snow-outside-chicago-fire-station/

Florida lawmaker wants to remove 3 state holidays honoring Confederacy

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — As celebrations poured in for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, some Floridians were preparing for another birthday later this week.

Wednesday, Jan. 19, is Robert E. Lee’s birthday, the general who commanded the Confederate Army. Lee’s birthday is one of three legal holidays in Florida celebrating the Confederacy, along with Jefferson Davis’ birthday and Confederate Memorial Day.

Minority Leader and State Sen. Lauren Book, D-Broward County, has filed a bill for the third time in five years to remove the holidays from state law.

“With all of the hate and divisiveness we see today, it’s more important than ever to condemn racism,” Book said in February of 2021 about her bill.

Book’s previous bills failed in committee, and opposition has been vocal.

Republican State Sen. Dennis Baxley, of Ocala, said his great, great, great grandfather fought for the Confederacy.

“I always have a bit of pain in my heart when I realize people don’t want to respect each other’s history,” Baxley said. “The good, the bad, and the ugly.”

Supporters of the bill point out that history is ugly and racist.

Robert E. Lee once called slavery “a moral and political evil,” but he also owned slaves and said, “Negroes have neither the intelligence nor the qualifications which are necessary to make them safe depositories of political power.”

Jefferson Davis was also a slaveowner and claimed it was “a form of civil government for those who, by their nature, are not fit to govern themselves.”

The Confederate Constitution made a point of protecting the right to own slaves, explicitly allowing it in several places, including Article IV, Section 2(1), which states, “The citizens of each State shall be entitled to all the privileges and immunities of citizens in the several States; and shall have the right of transit and sojourn in any State of this Confederacy, with their slaves and other property; and the right of property in said slaves shall not be thereby impaired.”

State Rep. Fentrice Driskell, D-Hillsborough, said it’s particularly egregious that Florida has days that recognize the Confederacy when Juneteenth, a day commemorating the end of slavery in America, is not a state holiday.

“So to alleviate three Confederate holidays above Juneteenth feels like a denigration of the contribution of Black Americans,” Driskell said in 2020.

In addition to Book’s bill, several lawmakers have introduced bills to make Juneteenth a state holiday.

In June, President Joe Biden signed into law a bill to make Juneteenth, or June 19, the 12th federal holiday.

from KRON4 https://www.kron4.com/news/national/florida-lawmaker-wants-to-remove-3-state-holidays-honoring-confederacy/

12 guinea pigs survive fire and days in freezing temperatures

SUPERIOR, Colo. (KDVR) — A Colorado homeowner, who wishes to remain anonymous after a tough time following the Marshall Fire, is thankful all of her guinea pigs survived.

“I was just ill that I left them behind,” the homeowner said.

She has 10 guinea pigs of her own and happened to be taking care of two others for a friend the day of the fire.

She said she was just about to leave for the grocery store when she saw smoke. Moments later, someone from Boulder County Sheriff’s Office banged on her door and told her to evacuate right away.

“I felt so sick inside for days. There was nothing I could do. I’m the worst pet parent ever,” the homeowner said.

She was able to grab one of the guinea pigs and flee. She drove straight to Fort Collins, Colorado, to the home of her friend Natalie Riggs, who also runs Cavies and Canines Animal Rescue. The homeowner had adopted a few of her guinea pigs from the rescue.

“I was just kind of known as the crazy guinea pig lady,” Riggs said.

It wasn’t until Saturday afternoon that the homeowner learned from her neighbor that her home survived by just feet. The fire burned right up to her back fence. She said that right away she headed back to Superior, as she didn’t know the status of her animals, especially with heavy snow and cold temperatures and no electricity.

She said once she got to her neighborhood, it was blocked off and she wasn’t allowed in.

“’I said, ‘Please, oh please, I need to care for the animals who haven’t had food or water for several days,’” the homeowner said.

But due to safety concerns, she was turned away. She let Riggs know, and Riggs started making calls to Boulder Animal Control, other rescues and emergency services.

“We were talking what would be worse for them if they burn to death or freeze to death? Just very morbid conversations,” Riggs said.

She even had a veterinarian on standby and with a few strings pulled, a foster through her rescue was able to get into the Superior home.

“By some miracle, they were all alive,” Riggs said.

The “piggies,” as Riggs calls them, were transferred to her home, where they will stay until the homeowner can get back into her house permanently.

The homeowner is staying in a hotel in Fort Collins. Right now, her home has soot from the smoke in her home’s vent system and insulation. She doesn’t expect to get back in for at least another month, if not longer.

If you’d like to make a donation or are looking to adopt, you can find more information here.

from KRON4 https://www.kron4.com/news/national/12-guinea-pigs-survive-fire-and-days-in-freezing-temperatures/

2 dead, 1 injured after traffic collision in San Jose

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KRON) – Units are at the scene of a fatal traffic collision involving a vehicle and three pedestrians, according to San Jose police.

This incident was reported around 8:30 p.m. at Almaden Expy and Foxworthy Ave in San Jose.

Two people died at local hospitals, and a third is suffering from non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver remained on scene and was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries.

Police are asking the public to avoid the area while they investigate further.

“This is the 6th fatal collision and the 6th and 7th victims of 2022. This is also the 4th and 5th pedestrian fatality of 2022,” according to police.

from KRON4 https://www.kron4.com/news/bay-area/2-dead-after-traffic-collision-reported-in-san-jose/

Former Vogue chief André Leon Talley dead at 73

(KRON) – André Leon Talley, the former Vogue chief, has died at the age of 73.

Designer Diane von Furstenberg confirmed the news in a post on Instagram.

“Good bye darling André ❤️🙏… no one saw the world in a more elegant and glamorous way than you did ❤️🙏… no one was more soulful and grander than you were ❤️🙏…the world will be less joyful now ❤️🙏 I have loved you and laughed with you for 45 years…. I will miss your loud screams and your loyal friendship…I love you soooo much ❤️🙏,” Furstenberg wrote.

The fashion journalist reportedly died at a hospital in White Plains, New York on Tuesday, according to TMZ.

from KRON4 https://www.kron4.com/news/national/former-vogue-chief-andre-leon-talley-dead-at-73/

San Francisco launches linkage center as part of Tenderloin emergency plan

(BCN) – As part of San Francisco Mayor London Breed’s plan to address what she says is a state of emergency in the city’s Tenderloin neighborhood, city officials on Tuesday opened up a first-of-its-kind Linkage Center.

The center, located at 1172 Market St., is equipped to serve up to 100 people at a time who are suffering from drug use and mental health issues, connecting with long-term and short-term services like health care and housing.

The center is part of the mayor’s Tenderloin Emergency Intervention plan, introduced by Breed to address public drug use, overdose deaths, and crime in the neighborhood. The plan was approved by the city’s Board of Supervisors late last month.

“Our work in the Tenderloin requires all of our city departments and community partners working together to address the major challenges we know exist,” Breed said in a statement. “This is hard work, and I appreciate everyone joining in partnership to make a difference for the people of the Tenderloin.”

Because of staff shortages, for now the center will operate between seven days a week between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., with limited staff.

However, the center will ramp up to serve 100 people and stay open 24-hours daily in the near future.

In addition to connecting people with services, the center will also help people living on the streets with access to basic things like food, water, bathrooms, showers, and laundry, city officials said.

“A drop-in center where people can get off the streets and immediately linked to services, placements and care, without delay or bureaucracy is something we desperately need,” Supervisor Matt Haney said. Haney, whose district includes the Tenderloin and South of Market neighborhoods, has been a strong advocate of helping people living on the streets gain access to basic necessities, like bathrooms and other services.

“The city is facing a deadly, devastating drug epidemic, and we must do everything we can to save lives and provide relief and healing to a part of the city that has been so heavily impacted,” he said.

The center is being overseen by both the San Francisco Department of Public Health and the San Francisco Department of Emergency management, with collaboration from other city departments as well as several community organizations.
“Trying to move forward on the road to recovery is difficult and is even more challenging without support,” SFDEM Executive Director Mary Ellen Carroll said. “San Francisco’s emergency declaration made it possible to open this life-saving resource so quickly, but it was the tireless work and commitment of community partners and city staff that made it a reality.”
The emergency plan is part of a broader effort by Breed to prioritize public safety in the city’s downtown area.
Because part of the effort also includes an increased police presence, the plan has been met with criticism from community groups, homeless advocates, and some city officials.

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from KRON4 https://www.kron4.com/news/bay-area/san-francisco-launches-linkage-center-as-part-of-tenderloin-emergency-plan/

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