UNION CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A couple hundred seniors were among the first New Jersey residents to receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine Friday in Union City . Many of the residents CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge met had been worrying about how to use a computer to book an appointment, or even how to physically get there. So health officials brought the vaccine to them — right in their own apartment building. Since the Johnson & Johnson shot only requires one dose, they are now fully vaccinated. Gov. Phil Murphy met health officials and watched as Anna Maria Flores received her vaccine. She said she feels safer and relieved. She was one of 400 seniors at the Union Plaza apartments getting the single-dose shot Friday morning. The building was chosen because a large majority of the seniors who live there have disabilities, and the single-dose is much more accessible. There have been questions surrounding Johnson & Johnson’s overall efficacy not being as high as Moderna and Pfizer , but health officials say it has its advantages . It’s easier to transport and store, and you don’t have to worry about booking a second shot. Officials say that makes it more effective in the more vulnerable or hard to reach communities. “That’s terrific, because you never know what could happen in six weeks, four weeks or whatever. That’s just terrific,” one woman said. “This vaccine was tested in the teeth of the raging virus, including a significant amount of the trial in South America, Brazil specifically, and South Africa,” Murphy said. “One-hundred percent effective against hospitalizations and death, thank God, 85% effective against severe illness.” The governor stressed the sooner people get shots, the better change of keeping people out of hospitals and preventing variants from spreading.
( CBS Los Angeles )- The final weekend of college basketball’s regular season is here, and CBS has a Los Angeles rivalry battle on tap as the USC Trojans visit the UCLA Bruins in the Pac-12 conference regular season finale on Saturday afternoon. The Trojans dominated the Bruins, 66-48, in the first meeting at the Gallen Center and are looking for a season sweep. College Basketball on CBS analyst Gary Parrish points to how the Bruins handle Trojans star Evan Mobley as the key to whether they’ll be able to avoid the season sweep. “UCLA did a pretty decent job, all things considered, on Evan Mobley in that first game. He only had nine points got six field goal attempts,” Parrish said in an interview with CBS Local’s Ryan Mayer. “Obviously that wasn’t a recipe for success, because they still lost the game by 18. But I do think everything starts with keeping him under control when USC’s on offense, and then on defense making sure he’s not too disruptive. You have to be aware of where he is at all times, the reason that defense is so good starts with him.” The Trojans defense ranks among the nation’s elite, checking in at 15 in Ken Pomeroy’s Adjusted Defensive Efficiency ratings. Not only that, they’re in the top 30 in offensive efficiency. So this is a tough matchup for UCLA, especially considering the loss of senior guard Chris Smith in early January to a torn ACL. “Every conversation about UCLA has to start with the fact that they lost their best player after eight games. The fact that Mick has been able to hold this thing together as well as he has all things considered, is pretty impressive. Losing your best player is hard. If you add him back into this roster, everything is different,” Parrish said. But, the Bruins can certainly make Saturday competitive if they’re just able to find their normal shooting stroke against the Trojans. The first time the two met, UCLA shot just 3-19 from three, a 15.8% clip that’s well below their 36.9% mark for the season. If they’re able to get closer to that season-average clip and do the same type of defensive job they did on Mobley in the first outing, they could certainly pull out the win at home. Regardless of what happens tomorrow, both teams appear to be headed for the NCAA Tournament in just a few weeks. For USC, there’s an opportunity to make a real run in the tournament if, as Parrish says, they can just find their form from a few weeks ago. “There was a time not too long ago when I was looking at USC and talking about them as a legitimate Final Four contender. They’re now projected as more of a seven seed. In terms of what you want to see, just get back to playing the way you were when you won seven straight games,” Parrish said. “We know what’s capable from this team, we don’t have to wonder about how good they can be, we’ve seen them be good. They need to spend this weekend and this week getting back to what they were in January, because what they were in January was, I think, one of the best teams in the country.” “They have a coach who has done it before, not at USC but at Florida Gulf Coast, so he knows what it looks like to march through a bracket to make the second weekend. And they have an undeniable future lottery pick in Evan Mobley who has lived up to all expectations, perhaps exceeded them,” Parrish continued. “You’re talking about a 7-footer who is awesome around the rim, and awesome rim protector but can also step away from the basket and knock down perimeter jumpers. He is exactly what you look for when you are looking for a modern-day big in the NBA.” Tune in Saturday, March 6 as USC and UCLA wrap up their Pac-12 regular seasons with a crosstown battle on CBS tip-off set for 4 p.m. ET.
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police are trying to track down a man in new surveillance video allegedly connected to the deadly stabbing of a good Samaritan who tried to stop a robbery in Brooklyn . Yong Zheng , 46, was killed on Feb. 26 after he intervened in what turned out to be a robbery of an illegal gambling den in Sunset Park . Zheng, who was returning from dinner with his family, saw the victims of the robbery confront the suspects and believed it may have been another anti-Asian hate crime . Zheng ran over to help and was stabbed four times by the suspected robbers. The three robbery victims were also stabbed, but are expected to be OK. Zheng was the sole provider for his family, working as a bus driver. The community has set up a fundraiser for his two young children. To donate, visit gofund.me/85622e18 . Police arrested 45-year-old William Smith for Zheng’s murder, but sources said at least two other accomplices were on the loose. Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip via their website or on Twitter, @NYPDTips . All calls are kept confidential.
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The lights of Broadway have been dim for a year because of the pandemic, but CBS2’s Dave Carlin caught up with one Broadway legend who is full of hope. Ben Vereen is a Tony award winning star of Broadway, TV and movies. You know from the musicals “Pippin,” “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Fosse,” the TV mini series “Roots” and much more. Carlin brought him to Shubert Alley to talk about Broadway and the pandemic. “Look at this street. All our actors and musicians, crew, stage managers are out of work. We need you right now to help us out,” Vereen says looking around. “There’s something wrong with this. Something is terribly wrong with this. Somethings terribly wrong with the city. Driving down 5th Avenue, 8th Avenue, it’s vacant. But that’s today, it’s just today, it’s just today, remember that. This disease is just today. We’ll be back.” (CBSN New York) Vereen has been vaccinated and encouraged everyone else to do the same. “Let’s get our country back to work. Let’s think about your neighbor, think about your workers who are not worker right now. We need to get America back to work, and so that’s why I did it,” he said. “I prayed over it, I meditated on it, and I said wait a minute, ‘it’s not just me.’ So I went for it.” “Right now, we cannot exist with 100 people in the seats. We’ve got to get people vaccinated, so they can come back and feel comfortable being next to each other,” he added. “We’re trying to keep an industry together here. And we all truly are in this together. So it’s about us working towards a better Broadway season next year. “I want to thank the Actors Fund for being there for us, and we’re there for you, whatever we can do, we’re going to be there for you, because you’ve been there for us and you’re standing. Thank you, thank you.” Vereen said his goal is to be back on Broadway next year, in a big production for a packed house. He says have faith it will happen. Click here for more on how to contribute to the Actor’s Fund.
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – One driver was killed and a second critically injured in a collision in South Los Angeles early Friday morning. March 5, 2021. (CBSLA) The crash occurred in the 200 block of 43rd Street near Broadway at around 12:30 a.m. According to Los Angeles police, a car was traveling north on Broadway when in slammed into a car that was stopped at a traffic light. The impact sent the second car careening into several parked vehicles, police said. The driver of that car, described as a woman in her 40s, died at the scene. She was not identified. The driver that caused the crash was rushed to a hospital with critical injuries. Investigators are unsure if speed or street racing contributed to the crash.
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(CBS LOCAL) – Most of us have been spending more time than ever in front of our screens this past year, whether it’s on phones, computers, or televisions. Friday, March 5th is the National Day of Unplugging, which calls for people to put away devices. The Bartkowski family in San Diego spends much of their life online these days between remote work and virtual learning for 12-year-old McKenna and eight-year-old Aiden. When asked how much time she’s spending in front of screens, McKenna says, “I feel like a lot.” McKenna estimates she’s online eight hours or more a day for school and socializing. That’s why their mom Lisa plans to have the family participate in National Day of Unplugging for the first time. “It’s a first step in training our minds to just slow down and think of things in a different way and take the time that we will be spending on screens to do other things that are important as well,” Lisa says. National Day of Unplugging can last anywhere between one to 24 hours. People can even sign up for cell phone sleeping bags to hide their devices in, which may be a tough challenge after a year online. “We’re able to now see how we feel when it’s in excess,” says Kim Cavallo, a National Day of Unplugging organizer. “I think the thing is to realize is that what I want to do with my time when I’m not working or I’m not in school.” The campaign suggests activities like getting outside or joining their scavenger hunts. McKenna says, “I think it should be something that families should maybe do like maybe once a week or like even more than that. Realize that there’s a lot of other fun things to do.” The Bartkowskis are looking to go kayaking – a day on the water and off the grid.
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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A new COVID-19 mobile vaccine unit will launch Friday in Southeast Los Angeles as part of an effort to vaccinate the hardest-hit areas of L.A. County. The launch was being announced by L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis at a food distribution event in South Gate. Armineh Tavitian, left, escorts a couple to a recovery area after they receive COVID-19 vaccines at site opened by the St. John’s Well Child and Family Center at the East L.A. Civic Center. March 3, 2021. (Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images) “The Southeast L.A. region has seen a record number of COVID-19 cases, but has some of the lowest vaccination rates in L.A. County,” Solis said in a news release. It’s unclear exactly how many doses the mobile unit will be capable of administering on a daily basis. On Thursday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that the state will begin setting aside 40% of all vaccine doses for the state’s most vulnerable communities. “You can’t safely reopen your economy until you get this disease behind us,” Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday. “We can’t honestly do that until we address those communities that are disproportionately vulnerable.” RELATED: Garcetti Announces New COVID-19 Mobile Vaccine Initiative To Target Hard-Hit Communities Of Color In LA This comes as L.A. County reported 2,253 new coronavirus cases Thursday, the highest one-day total since Feb. 20. Also Thursday, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that a new L.A. city-run vaccination site will open next week at the University of Southern California. L.A. County as a whole has been struggling to obtain enough COVID-19 doses to meet demand. On May 1, the county expanded vaccine eligibility to include teachers, food and agriculture workers, first responders and law enforcement personnel. Nearly 10 million doses have now been administered across California.
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A portrait of a dog was stolen from a bar in the Bronx, and it was all caught on camera. It happened around 1 a.m. on Feb. 20 outside Alfie’s Place on East 177th Street. A portrait of a dog was stolen from a bar in the Bronx, and it was all caught on camera. Surveillance video shows two suspects use a ladder to reach the portrait attached to a sign. One man brings it down the ladder, and they walk away. Police are searching for the suspects and the painting. Anyone with information about their whereabouts is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip via their website or on Twitter, @NYPDTips . All calls are kept confidential.
HACKENSACK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Police are looking for the driver involved in a deadly hit-and-run in Hackensack . A pedestrian was struck around 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Standish Avenue and Polifly Road. Police say the driver took off. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Work is underway to turn an industrial pier on the Lower East Side into a public park. City officials and community leaders were on hand Thursday for the groundbreaking of the parkland at Pier 42. It’s located on Montgomery and South streets. The site, a former shipping pier, is approximately eight acres and will feature a playground, recreation deck and sports fields.
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NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A special ceremony at Long Island Jewish Medical Center on Thursday honored health care heroes and those lost to COVID-19 . “It demonstrated extraordinary courage,” Northwell Health CEO Michael Dowling said. The ceremony was held on the one-year anniversary of the first COVID patient being admitted to Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Attendees took a moment to reflect on the lives lost to the virus and those saved. “Thousands of people who came here in dire circumstance… Families worried, but because of the great work of everybody here… they went home,” Dowling said. The resilience of front-line workers is perhaps best on display in a mural painted by two artists from New York City . COVID VACCINE New York State book online here or call 1-833-NYS-4-VAX New York City book online here or call 877-VAX-4NYC Track NYC Vaccinations By Zip Code Nassau County more info here Suffolk County more info here Westchester County more info here New Jersey book online here or call 1-855-568-0545 Connecticut book online here It’s been hanging in the lobby of LIJ for nearly one year. It was just announced as a permanent part of the hospital. “Health care workers sitting in front of it, gathering inspiration, made us so grateful that we could contribute in any way,” artist Angeli China told CBS2’s Kiran Dhillon. Over the past year, Northwell Health says it has treated more than 163,000 COVID patients. Of those, 30,000 were admitted to hospitals. Nurse Mary Ann Brussels, who was one of those patients, spoke at the ceremony. “It was very tough last year,” she said. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Ask CBS2’s Dr. Max Your Vaccine Questions COVID Vaccine FAQ From CDC Vaccination Sites In New York City | Call 877-VAX-4NYC Track NYC Vaccinations By Zip Code Find A New York City Testing Site Near You Check NYC Testing Wait Times Resources: Help With Unemployment, Hunger, Mental Health & More Remote Learning Tools For Students And Parents At Home Complete Coronavirus Coverage Brussels was 34 months pregnant when she and her husband, a nurse, contracted the virus. She was admitted to LIJ with breathing problems and gave birth via cesarean section. Two days later, she was put on a ventillator and spent 12 days in the hospital. “I just prayed that I could make it, my son could could make it, and then I was very thankful because they really took good care of me and my son,” said Brussels, who called it one of the most challenging years of her life. Other health care workers agree. “Anybody that’s been through what we’ve been through will recognize that it changes you. Hopefully, we will all be better because of it,” said Dowling. They have hope for brighter days ahead. CBS2’s Kiran Dhillon contributed to this report.
IRVINE (CBSLA) – There are at least 65 active cases of coronavirus among students and staff at Concordia University in Irvine in a new outbreak, the school reported over the weekend. At least 49 students and 16 employees have been diagnosed with the coronavirus over the past several days, according to the latest numbers from the university Monday. All the infected students have been isolated in school housing. “Contact tracing, quarantine, and subsequent testing of close contacts is ongoing,” Concordia said in a news release. In total, the school community has recorded 80 coronavirus cases since the pandemic began. Some Concordia classes had been meeting in-person. However, beginning Monday, Concordia transitioned all its classes back to online instruction after Orange County was moved back into the purple tier of California’s coronavirus recovery roadmap. All sports practices are canceled until at least the spring of 2021. Orange County Monday reported 1,422 new coronavirus cases . O.C. has now recorded a total of 71,116 coronavirus cases and 1,554 deaths from the disease. As of Monday, 428 people are hospitalized with the disease in O.C.
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Current and former elected leaders and luminaries are reacting to news of the passing of former New York City Mayor David N. Dinkins . Dinkins died Monday at the age of 93. He was New York City’s first – and to date only – Black mayor. More : David Dinkins, New York City’s Only Black Mayor, Dead At 93 “Chirlane and I are mourning a truly great man. David Dinkins simply set this city on a better path,” Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted. “He was my friend, and his steadfast commitment to fight for that ‘gorgeous mosaic’ inspires me every single day. We’ll keep up his fight.” Chirlane and I are mourning a truly great man. David Dinkins simply set this city on a better path. He was my mentor, he was my friend, and his steadfast commitment to fight for that “gorgeous mosaic” inspires me every single day. We’ll keep up his fight. pic.twitter.com/gL0yY8Ae9s — Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) November 24, 2020 “I extend my deepest condolences to the family of Mayor David Dinkins, and to the many New Yorkers who loved and supported him,” wrote former Mayor Rudy Giuliani , who defeated Dinkins and succeeded him in office. “He gave a great deal of his life in service to our great city. That service is respected and honored by all.” FLASHBACK : Manhattan Municipal Building Renamed For Former NYC Mayor David Dinkins I extend my deepest condolences to the family of Mayor David Dinkins, and to the many New Yorkers who loved and supported him. He gave a great deal of his life in service to our great City. That service is respected and honored by all. — Rudy W. Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) November 24, 2020 Former Mayor Mike Bloomberg wrote Dinkins, by winning in 1989, “helped New York City turn an important corner in racial equality.” “He entered City Hall at a difficult time in New York’s history, and he helped set the city on a course for success — and a reduction in crime that no one at the time imagined possible,” Bloomberg wrote. He entered City Hall at a difficult time in New York’s history, and he helped set the city on a course for success – and a reduction in crime – that no one at the time imagined possible. — Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) November 24, 2020 “He was always generous to me during my time in office, for which I was grateful — and I took every opportunity to remind people that mayors after him stood on his shoulders and built on his legacy,” Bloomberg added. “Today, while others may remember his distinguished and courtly demeanor, I will always remember a man, a Marine, a mayor and a friend who was deeply proud of his service to his city and country — and rightly so.” Today, while others may remember his distinguished and courtly demeanor, I will always remember a man, a Marine, a mayor and a friend who was deeply proud of his service to his city and country – and rightly so. — Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) November 24, 2020 New York Attorney General Letitia James mourned Dinkins as “an inspiration,” saying his example “shines brighter than the most powerful lighthouse imaginable.” Here’s her full statement: The example Mayor David Dinkins set for all of us shines brighter than the most powerful lighthouse imaginable. For decades, Mayor Dinkins lead with compassion and an unparalleled commitment to our communities. His deliberative and graceful demeanor belied his burning passion for challenging the inequalities that plague our society. Personally, Mayor Dinkins’ example was an inspiration to me from my first run for city council to my campaigns for public advocate and attorney general. I was honored to have him hold the bible at my inaugurations because I, and others, stand on his shoulders. The voice that gave birth to the ‘gorgeous mosaic’ is now at rest. New York will mourn Mayor Dinkins and continue to be moved by his towering legacy. State Senator Brian Benjamin remembered Dinkins as a “true gentleman.” “[Mayor David Dinkins] would always tell me: ‘When you go out there young man know that you are also representing Harlem and Black America so always be thoughtful, honest and respectful towards everybody whether you like them or not,’” Benjamin wrote. “Rest in Power Sir. True gentleman.” #MayorDavidDinkins would always tell me: “When you go out there young man know that you are also representing Harlem and Black America so always be thoughtful, honest and respectful towards everybody whether you like them or not.” Rest in Power Sir. True gentleman. pic.twitter.com/fhanBgfJKA — Senator Brian Benjamin (@NYSenBenjamin) November 24, 2020 Check back soon for more on this developing story. MORE FROM CBS NEW YORK Cash Rules: New York City Businesses To Face $1,000 Fine For Failing To Accept Dollars, Coins As Payment COVID In NYC: Staten Island Getting Emergency Coronavirus Treatment Facility As More Restrictions Loom Swingers Party With More Than 80 People In Attendance Busted In Queens
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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — One day after releasing plans to nix in-person dining for three weeks, Los Angeles County reported another record-high daily number of cases. On Monday, 6,124 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed — by far the highest single-day total since the beginning of the pandemic. Public health director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said that 1,500 of those cases were the result of a testing backlog from Sunday. But, even without those cases, the cases from Monday are still high enough to trigger yet another, stricter health order. According to thresholds the county released last week, a renewed Safer-At-Home order would be implemented if the county’s five-day average of new cases topped 4,500, or if hospitalizations topped 2,000. The order would last for at least three weeks. The details of the new “targeted” Safer at Home order are not clear. Health officials are expected to have a conversation with the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday about what the order will look like. However, health officials said last week that the order would generally allow only essential and emergency workers and those securing essential services to leave their homes. “I know for sure we’re not going back to all of the restrictions that were in place in the original Safer At Home order (issued at the beginning of the pandemic),” Ferrer said. “For one thing, we’ve learned a lot more. We have much more capacity on testing now, which allows us to do a better job quickly identifying people who are positive. And to everyone’s credit, this is a county that when we had a surge before was able to, in fact, get back to slowing the spread. “It did require us making some decisions about closing some sectors, but O think again this will be a conversation with the board,” she said. “And, you know, (I) appreciate that we have five supervisors… We’ve been working together since March and appreciate that this is something that will require deliberation and conversation so that we actually can mark a path forward.” After reaching a 4,000 five-day daily average of cases on Sunday, the county released a health order requiring in-person dining to shut down at restaurants, wineries and breweries as of 10 p.m. Wednesday. Although the Board of Supervisors signed off on these thresholds before they were released, Supervisor Kathryn Barger said on Monday that she plans to formally oppose the elimination of in-person dining. “These proposed measures by the Department of Public Health will further devastate local businesses and employees who have been asked to shoulder an unfair burden this year,” Barger said in a statement. Barger said that only 10-15% of positive COVID-19 cases are related to dining with someone who tested positive. Closing outdoor dining could also create the unintended consequence of prompting more private gatherings, she said. “Businesses have made incredible sacrifices to align with safety protocols to remain open in order to pay their bills and feed their families,” Barger said. “Increased case counts are not coming from businesses reopening, but from large gatherings where people aren’t wearing masks. We aren’t helpless in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and can protect ourselves and our neighbors by maintaining physical distancing and wearing face coverings.” Board member Janice Hahn also expressed concern about the ban on in-person dining. “While I know our case counts are growing rapidly, I would have rather discussed this measure openly during our Board of Supervisors meeting so that the public could understand the rationale behind it,” Hahn tweeted. “Some of these restaurants are barely hanging on. I hope this isn’t the last nail in their coffins. I wish we could have figured out a way to put in more restrictions rather than completely shutting down dining.” The new cases announced on Monday increased the county’s cumulative cases total to 370,636. The county also confirmed eight more deaths, raising the death toll to 7,446. Hospitalizations rose to 1,473 from 1,401 on Sunday. Hospitalizations have more than doubled since the beginning of October. Ferrer also noted that the surge in cases is not just the result of increased testing. She said the county’s rising rate of positive tests shows that the virus is spreading more rapidly. The county’s seven-day average daily positivity rate among those tested for the virus was 3.9% on Nov. 1, but it rose to 5.1% by Nov. 8 and stood at 7.1%. as of Saturday. (© Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The NYPD is now offering a reward in the case of a 1-year-old boy shot and killed by a stray bullet in Brooklyn. Davell Gardner Jr. was with his family at a park in Bedford-Stuyvesant when shots rang out back in July. MORE: NYPD Release Pictures Of Suspects In Stray Bullet Killing Of 1-Year-Old Davell Gardner, Jr. The little boy, still sitting in his stroller, was hit, along with three other men, who survived. Police are offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case. Link: Tracking Shootings In NYC Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip via their website or on Twitter, @NYPDTips . All calls are kept confidential.
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