KRON4 Morning Buzz: MTV VMA’s honor the life of Chadwick Boseman

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – Trending on the KRON4 Morning Buzz – Chadwick Boseman passed away on Friday at the young age of 43.

He inspired so many playing a superhero on and off the screen.

The MTV Video Music Awards dedicated the show to Chadwick Boseman on Sunday night.

Boseman was battling colon cancer for four years and never spoke publicly about it.

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Santa Clara County hair salons among first businesses to reopen indoors

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KRON) – Hair salons are among the first businesses to take advantage of the easing of restrictions in Santa Clara County. 

San Jose’s Oakridge Mall is open again with some restrictions and while there may be some pent up demand for indoor shopping, those happiest about the relaxing of the health order are hair salons and their clients.

It didn’t take long for word to get around that Willow Glen’s Mission Square Barber Shop and Salon was open again.  

For most stylists, working outdoors just wasn’t cutting it.

“I think it’s very good news, we can go back to work and work inside feels better,” Snow said.

Not far away, Yvonne Sotello and her fellow stylists wasted no time welcoming back clients to the Hair Handlers salon, which has been closed for almost six months.

“What business can sustain being off six months, you know, almost a half a year. I don’t know any business that can do that. You go down the street you see many businesses closed,” Sotello said.

“It’s going to take a lot of time to coax our clients back to the salon and let them know that they are going to be ok,” Laura Ferante said.

The scaled back health orders means indoor retail is back, with some restrictions.  

Westfield’s Oakridge and Valley Fair malls and many other indoor retail establishments have reopened at 25-percent of capacity.  

The new system, which replaces the state’s watchlist, considers the counties’ positivity rate and cases per 100,000 residents.  

All indoor businesses must still adhere to social distancing and cleaning protocols.

No problem say those who are in need of a haircut.

“Oh I think it’s great, I grew my hair for over six months so I’m here the very first day they are open,” Mike Fulton said. 

Now under the new orders, counties reserve the right to be more restrictive. AS a result, nail salons must continue to work outdoors.

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San Francisco 49ers focus on what it’ll take to get back to the Super Bowl

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (KRON) – New season, new team, same goal.

The San Francisco 49ers know it’s going to take everything in them if they want to be back on the big stage this season.

The 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan spoke with reporters on Monday, “We do have a different team this year. Different players, different coaches. Even the people that are the same you’re always different the next year. You’re either worse or you’re better and we gotta work pretty dang hard to be better than we were.”

Shanahan adds, “Our guys are focused on how much better can we be? And we got to find that in order to get to that spot. We also know we gotta find that just to get to the playoffs.”

The head coach went on to say that the team is using last year’s Super Bowl run as motivation for the year to come.

With now having the experience under the players belt, the head coach states it makes guys that much more hungry to get back to that same position.

The San Francisco 49ers are scheduled to play their first game against the Arizona Cardinals at home on Sunday, September 13.

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No, the CDC has not reduced the death count related to COVID-19

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did not “backpedal” on the number of deaths caused by COVID-19, reducing the figure from nearly 154,000 to just over 9,000, as social media posts claimed.

The term “Only 6%” trended widely on Twitter over the weekend as supporters of the QAnon conspiracy theory promoted tweets that falsely suggested the CDC had updated its records to show that only 6% of U.S. deaths tied to COVID-19 were legitimate. President Donald Trump was among those who tweeted the information, which was later taken down by Twitter for violating platform rules.

The posts, which received hundreds of thousands of shares online, were based on a regularly updated CDC data table showing underlying conditions for those who died of COVID-19. The conditions included high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity, as well as problems that are caused by COVID-19 itself, such as respiratory failure and pneumonia.

The CDC data table is based on an analysis of death certificates that mention COVID-19 as a cause. For 6% of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned, the CDC notes.

The other 94% list COVID-19 and other conditions together. Among those deaths, there were, on average, 2.6 additional conditions or causes per death, the public health agency said.

As of Aug. 26, the CDC said, there were 161,332 deaths where COVID-19 was listed on the death certificate. Social media users over the weekend posted an older screenshot of the data that showed 153,504 deaths. The posts used the 6% figure to claim the U.S. death toll was much lower — 9,210.

“CDC just backpedaled (quietly) and adjusted the U.S. COVID deaths from 153,504 to 9,210. Admitting that their numbers are so (expletive) that they are off by a whopping 94%,” said a post being shared on Facebook Monday.

But such claims misrepresent the data. A death isn’t excluded from the COVID-19 tally just because the person was obese or had diabetes or dementia. Someone with heart problems can still be killed by COVID-19, and the death certificate could mention both as contributing.

Experts say it’s not surprising that so few people who died from COVID-19 had no underlying conditions listed on their death certificates. It is rare for people not to have multiple medical issues at death.

“The underlying cause of death is the condition that began the chain of events that ultimately led to the person’s death,” Dr. Robert Anderson, who oversees the CDC’s death statistics work, said in a statement. “In 92% of all deaths that mention COVID-19, COVID-19 is listed as the underlying cause of death.”

Also, while death certificates are supposed to list any causes or conditions that contributed, past research has shown that the documents aren’t perfect. Doctors might not know – or specify – all the reasons behind a particular death.

More important, the CDC figures show what medical professionals have been saying since the outset of the pandemic — that the virus tends to have a more severe impact on people with underlying conditions.

For example, people died with diabetes not because of it, said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious-diseases expert at Vanderbilt University.

“If it hadn’t been for the COVID virus infection, these people would be living today,” he said. “So yes, although they have contributing underlying chronic health factors, it’s still the COVID virus that killed them.”

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Delta, American join United in dropping most US change fees

DALLAS (AP) — This could be the final boarding call for the $200 ticket-change fee that has enraged so many U.S. airline travelers over the past decade.

Delta Air Lines and American Airlines said Monday that they are dropping the fee on most tickets for domestic flights, copying United Airlines’ move one day earlier.

Southwest Airlines didn’t levy change fees to start with, so Monday’s announcements mean that the four biggest U.S. carriers will have roughly similar policies.

Airlines are being battered by the coronavirus pandemic, as travel restrictions and fear of contracting the virus are keeping travelers at home. Normally in summer, 2 million or more people pass through security checkpoints at U.S. airports each day, but that number hasn’t been above 900,000 since mid-March, the early days of the pandemic.

To woo passengers, airlines have required face masks and stepped up cleaning of planes. A few, including Delta, Southwest and JetBlue, limit seating, although American and United try to sell every seat.

Delta and American said they have permanently eliminated change fees for all domestic flights for premium and most economy fares except the lowest fare, called basic economy. American said it will let all passengers fly standby for earlier same-day flights without charge beginning Oct. 1. United is making that change on Jan. 1.

Both carriers also extended temporary waivers on change fees for domestic and international flights, so ditching the fees permanently won’t make much difference to passengers right away. But by doing so, United, Delta and American are abandoning a fee that has drawn particular scorn from customers, consumer advocates and members of Congress.

Airline shares fell on Monday after United’s decision and the expectation that other big airlines would be forced to ditch their change fees too. Delta and United both ended down 3.6%, American shed 4% and Southwest retreated 3.2%.

Even without change fees, plenty of other fees will survive. Charges for checking a bag were greatly expanded more than a decade ago. Many airlines also charge extra for seat assignments, more legroom, priority boarding and other perks, and they provided a growing source of revenue for airlines until the pandemic hit.

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SFPD arrest man accused of burglary, attempting to sexually assault juvenile

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) – San Francisco police arrested a man accused of burglary and attempting to sexually assault a juvenile in her home.

The incident happened on Thursday, August 27th in the morning. The girl said she discovered an unknown naked man in her living room engaging in sexual gratification.

She says the suspect then tried to trap her in her bedroom, but the victim forced her way out and escaped.

The man has been identified as 33-year-old, Leyacitonu Masaniai. He’s been charged with five felony counts: two of first-degree burglary, false imprisonment, indecent exposure, and battery with intent to commit sexual assault.

This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call the SFPD 24 Hour Tip Line at 1-415-575-4444 or Text a Tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD.

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Warriors: Stephen Curry to kneel during national anthem next season

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) – The 3x NBA Champion, Stephen Curry, is using his platform to bring attention to social justice issues.

Even though the 2x MVP isn’t currently not playing in the playoffs, he still plans on using his voice to make an impact.

Curry told Kelefa Sanneh on CBS’ “Sunday Morning” show, that he believes he’ll be kneeling for the national anthem next season.

Sanneh asks, “Do you think you’re going to kneel for the anthem when you play again?”

Curry responds, “I believe so.”

The MVP is referring to those players who are choosing to kneel during the NBA playoffs in the Orlando bubble. Players can be seen during the anthem locking arms and kneeling while bringing attention to racial injustice.

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Curry applauds the NBA players for taking a stance on the issue and doing it in unity.

This isn’t the first time the Golden State Warriors star has used his platform to speak out.

Earlier this month Curry spoke when hearing Los Angeles Lakers’ head coach Doc Rivers make an emotional tribute after hearing the news of Jacob Blake.

Rivers was moved to tears as he describes the fear instilled in Black Americans everyday lives.

Curry responds, “Sometimes we don’t know what to say every time this hurt happens. We need change!”

In recent years Curry has also been vocal about his political beliefs, with most recently making an appearance at the Democratic National Convention along side his wife, Ayesha Curry, endorsing presidential candidate Joe Biden.

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Free meal distribution for students in West Contra Costa County to continue through 2020

WEST CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, Calif. (KRON) – Students in the West Contra Costa Unified School District will now be able to pick up free meals through the end of the year.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks will be available for students.

15 schools in the district are resuming their summer meal program due to the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on Monday.

From March to August, the district was allowed to provide more than 3-million meals to students 18-years or younger.

Proof of student enrollment will not be necessary as it was required at the beginning of the school year on August 17.

Meals will be available to pick up on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at:

High Schools

  • De Anza
  • El Cerrito
  • Kennedy
  • Pinole Valley
  • Richmond

Middle Schools

  • Dejean
  • Helms
  • Hercules
  • Pinole

Elementary Schools

  • Nystrom
  • Riverside

K-8 Schools

  • Montalvin Manor
  • Peres
  • Verde

Monday, Wednesday and Friday meals will be passed out with the meals on Tuesday and Thursday.

“This is great news for WCCUSD families in this time of uncertainty and crisis, and ensures that children will not be without food during the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting school building closures,” Superintendent Matthew Duffy said. “We know this is an important resource for families and it eases the uncertainty about student meals through at least the end of the calendar year.”

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A Zoom Thanksgiving? Summer could give way to a bleaker fall

(AP) – As the Summer of COVID draws to a close, many experts fear an even bleaker fall and suggest that American families should start planning for Thanksgiving by Zoom.

Because of the many uncertainties, public health scientists say it’s easier to forecast the weather on Thanksgiving Day than to predict how the U.S. coronavirus crisis will play out this autumn. But school reopenings, holiday travel and more indoor activity because of colder weather could all separately increase transmission of the virus and combine in ways that could multiply the threat, they say.

Here’s one way it could go: As more schools open for in-person instruction and more college students return to campuses, small clusters of cases could widen into outbreaks in late September. Public fatigue over mask rules and other restrictions could stymie efforts to slow these infections.

A few weeks later, widening outbreaks could start to strain hospitals. If a bad flu season peaks in October, as happened in 2009, the pressure on the health care system could result in higher daily death tolls from the coronavirus. Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has said that scenario is his biggest fear.

One certainty is that the virus will still be around, said Jarad Niemi, a disease-modeling expert at Iowa State University.

“We will not have a vaccine yet and we will not have enough infected individuals for herd immunity to be helpful,” Niemi said.

Fall may feel like a roller coaster of stop-and-start restrictions, as communities react to climbing hospital cases, said University of Texas disease modeler Lauren Ancel Meyers. Everyone should get a flu shot, she said, because if flu spreads widely, hospitals will begin to buckle and “that will compound the threat of COVID.”

“The decisions we make today will fundamentally impact the safety and feasibility of what we can do next month and by Thanksgiving,” Meyers said.

The virus is blamed for over 180,000 deaths and 6 million confirmed infections in the U.S. Worldwide, the death toll is put at almost 850,000, with over 25 million cases.

The U.S. is recording on average about 900 deaths a day from COVID-19, and newly confirmed infections per day are running at about 42,000, down from their peak in mid-July, when cases were topping out at over 70,000.

Around the country, a chicken processing plant in California will close this week for deep cleaning after nearly 400 workers got sick, including eight who died. And college campuses have been hit by outbreaks involving hundreds of students, blamed in some cases on too much partying. Schools including the University of North Carolina, Michigan State and Notre Dame have moved instruction online because of clusters on their campuses.

Several vaccines are in advanced testing, and researchers hope to have results later this year. But even if a vaccine is declared safe and effective by year’s end, as some expect, there won’t be enough for everyone who wants it right away.

Several companies are developing rapid, at-home tests, which conceivably could be used by families before a Thanksgiving gathering, but none has yet won approval.

More than 90 million adults are over 65 or have health problems, putting them in higher danger of severe consequences if they get sick with the coronavirus. Many of them and their families are starting to decide whether to book holiday flights.

Cassie Docking, 44, an urgent care nurse in Seattle, is telling her parents — both cancer survivors — that Thanksgiving will be by FaceTime only.

“We all want to get to 2021,” she said, “and if that’s what it takes, that’s what we’ll do.”

Caitlin Joyce’s family is forging ahead with a holiday feast. They plan to set up plywood tables on sawhorses in a large garage so they can sit 6 feet apart.

“We’ll be in our coats and our sweaters,” said Joyce, 30, of Edmonds, Washington, who plans to travel to her grandparents’ home in Virginia. “It will be almost like camping.”

One widely cited disease model projects 2,086 U.S. deaths per day by Thanksgiving, more than double compared with today.

“In our family we will not have our extended family get-together. We will stick to the nuclear family,” said Dr. Christopher Murray of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, one of the few models making a prediction for November.

Uncertainty is huge in Murray’s model: Daily deaths could be as low as 1,500 by Thanksgiving or as high as 3,100. In a more optimistic scenario, daily deaths could range from 510 to 1,200 if nearly everyone wears masks. A more pessimistic scenario? From 2,700 to 6,500 daily deaths if social distancing rules continue to be lifted and are not reimposed.

With all the uncertainty, most disease modelers aren’t looking that far ahead — at least officially.

Jeffrey Shaman, a public health expert at Columbia University, thinks the virus will spread more easily as the weather forces people indoors: “But what level of a bump? That’s hard to say.”

At Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, computer scientist Roni Rosenfeld’s team uses machine learning to project COVID-19 deaths. The team’s computer algorithm learns from patterns it finds in state and county data to improve its forecasts.

A five-time winner of a CDC competition for predicting flu season activity, Rosenfeld thinks his model’s COVID-19 projections aren’t very useful beyond four weeks because of the wild card of human behavior, including that of government officials.

“What happens very much depends on us,” he said. “People, myself included, don’t always behave rationally.” Presented with the same facts, “the same person might behave differently depending on how sick and tired they are of the situation.”

Like other disease modelers, Rosenfeld said the virus will still be with us at Thanksgiving, readily spreading at family gatherings. While his plans may yet change, he said he is going to travel with his wife to visit their adult children. They will wear masks and keep a safe distance during the visit.

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Porn star Ron Jeremy faces 20 additional counts of sex assault, including against 15-year-old

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) – Adult film star Ron Jeremy has been charged with 20 more counts of sexual assault involving 13 females — the youngest being 15 years old — over a 16-year period, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Monday.

Prosecutors initially charged Ronald Jeremy Hyatt earlier this summer with forcibly raping three women and sexually assaulting another in separate incidents in West Hollywood.

Within days, prosecutors were investigating an additional 25 complaints against the porn star, the Los Angeles Times reported.

On Monday, the criminal complaint was amended and 20 new counts were filed against Hyatt. The DA’s office listed the charges as follows: “six counts of sexual battery by restraint, five counts of forcible rape, three counts of forcible oral copulation, two count of forcible penetration by a foreign object and one count each of sodomy, assault with intent to commit rape, penetration by a foreign object on an unconscious or sleeping victim and lewd conduct with a 15-year-old girl.”

The new charges are on top of the previous ones he faced, which included three counts each of forcible rape and forcible penetration by a foreign object, and one count each of forcible oral copulation and sexual battery.

The incidents date back to 2004, with the alleged victims’ ages ranging from 15 to 54, according to the DA’s office.

The teen girl alleges that Hyatt sexually assaulted her at party in Santa Clarita in June 2004 prosecutors said.

In the most recent incident, which occurred New Year’s Day 2020, he’s accused of sexually assaulting a 21-year-old woman outside a Hollywood business.

Six of the alleged sexual assaults occurred at a West Hollywood bar Hyatt frequented, and an additional one allegedly took place in the parking lot. Hyatt is expected to appear in court for his arraignment sometime on Monday.

He faces a possible maximum sentence of at least 250 years to life in state prison if convicted on all charges, according to prosecutors.

The cases are being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department, the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department and the District Attorney’s Office’s Bureau of Investigation.

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