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Teen who shared photo of packed hallway at Georgia school says she’s receiving threats

A teen who shared a photo of a crowded hallway at her Georgia high school last week says she has been receiving threats after the image went viral. North Paulding High School sophomore Hannah Watters told CNN she and her family and friends have been receiving screenshots of group chats with threatening language against her. One message said “I know where this girl lives,” she said. Other threats included, “We’re going to jump every girl named Hannah in the tenth grade,” and, “Hannah is going to have a rough day at school on Monday,” Hannah told Boris Sanchez Sunday night on CNN’s “Newsroom.” The teen said she understands why people are upset but said she shared the photo because she felt like it was the right thing to do. “I feel like a lot of teachers have my back because they know how dangerous it is going to school. But I know that a lot of the kids that I go to school with, I’ve already gotten backlash for it, threats and things like that,” Hannah said. “I know I’m doing the right thing and it’s not going…

Shots fired in downtown Chicago as crowds clash with police

Hundreds of people smashed windows, stole from stores and clashed with police early Monday in Chicago’s Magnificent Mile shopping district and other parts of the city’s downtown. At one point, shots were fired at police and officers returned fire, police spokesman Tom Ahern said on Twitter. No officers were injured in the shooting. It wasn’t immediately clear what led to the unrest, which began shortly after midnight, but anti-police graffiti was seen in the area. Hours earlier, dozens of people had faced off with police after officers shot and wounded a person Sunday in the city’s Englewood neighborhood, located about 10 miles (16 kilometers) away. Asked for updates on the situation, Ahern told The Associated Press in an email that police planned to hold a news conference Monday morning. Along the Magnificent Mile, people were seen going in and out of stores carrying shopping bags full of merchandise as well as at a bank, the Chicago Tribune reported, and as the crowd grew vehicles dropped off more people in the area. One officer was seen slumped against a building, several arrests were made and a rock was thrown…

Calif. Public Health Director Sonia Angell Resigns Following Tech Issues With Coronavirus Test Numbers

SACRAMENTO (CBSLA/AP) — California’s public health director resigned Sunday following a glitch in the system which is used to collect coronavirus test results, subsequently causing a major reporting backlog. FILE — California Department of Public Health Director Dr. Sonia Angell speaks as California Gov. Gavin Newsom looks on during a news conference on Feb. 27, 2020 in Sacramento, Calif. (Getty Images) Dr. Sonia Angell said she was departing from her role as director and state public health officer at the California Department of Public Health in a letter to staff released by the California Health and Human Services Agency. Angell did not give a specific reason for her departure. Sandra Shewry, vice president of external engagement for California Health Care Foundation, will fill the role of acting health director, the health and human services department said. Dr. Erica Pan, who was recently appointed state epidemiologist, will be the acting state public health officer. Angell’s announcement comes after California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly revealed last week that a glitch caused up to 300,000 records to be backlogged, though not all of them…

College sports’ ‘Power Five’ leaders consider postponing football season amid COVID-19 concerns, reports say

Leaders from college sports’ “Power Five” conferences discussed postponing the football season and other fall sports over the weekend amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to reports from multiple sports news outlets including ESPN, Sports Illustrated and CBS Sports, who all cited several sources. No decision has been reached yet, and the discussions are expected to continue over the next few days. “It’s an ongoing conversation we’ve been having for weeks,” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby told CBS Sports on Sunday night. “We talk almost every day. I’m not aware decisions have been made.” The discussion took place in the same weekend the US crossed 5 million cases of the virus. At least 5,044,864 people have tested positive and 162,938 have died as of Monday morning, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University. A source within one of the conferences tells CNN that the Power Five conference commissioners have been meeting for months to discuss the fate of fall sports and would continue to do so. The Power Five conferences consist of the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Big 12 Conference, the Big Ten Conference, the Pac-12 Conference, and the Southeastern Conference. CNN has reached out to each of…

Record number of people are giving up their U.S. citizenship, according to new research

A record number of people are giving up their US citizenship, new research published on Sunday found. More than 5,800 Americans gave up their citizenship in the first six months of 2020 compared to the 2,072 Americans who renounced their citizenship in all of 2019, according to Bambridge Accountants, a New York-based firm specializing in US expat tax, UK expats, actors and other creatives in the US and the UK. The firm said it examined public data, published by the US government every three months, of the names of all Americans who give up their citizenship. “These are mainly people who already left the US and just decided they’ve had enough of everything,” Alistair Bambridge, a partner at Bambridge Accountants, told CNN. “What we’ve seen is people are over everything happening with President Donald Trump, how the coronavirus pandemic is being handled, and the political policies in the US at the moment.” While many people who renounced their citizenship complain of being unhappy with today’s current political climate in the US, another reason for their decision is often taxes, according to Bambridge. US citizens living abroad are…

Amazon Delivery Van Stolen in South Los Angeles; Recovered Empty

Share this article:An Amazon delivery van driver apparently left the keys in the ignition Sunday while dropping off a package in south Los Angeles and someone stole the van. The theft was reported about 1:30 p.m. around 85th Street and Vermont Avenue, said Sgt. Rick Rodgers of the Los Angeles Police Department’s 77th Street Station. The van was found empty about an hour later at 59th Street and Normandie Avenue, Rodgers said. About 40 packages for delivery were inside the van when it was taken. There were no injuries and no suspect information was available. Amazon Delivery Van Stolen in South Los Angeles; Recovered Empty was last modified: August 9th, 2020 by Contributing Editor

Girl, 7, Mother, 24, Missing in Koreatown Now Found

Share this article:A 7-year-old girl who went missing with her 24-year-old mother in Koreatown has been found safe in Bakersfield Sunday. “She was taken to Bakersfield by her mother and they were located earlier this evening,” Los Angeles police Officer D. Orris told City News Service. Ruby Alvarado and her mother, Xyla Aguirre, who was making a family visit, both went missing Saturday about 9 a.m. in the 3100 block of West Sixth Street, the LAPD reported. Further details were not immediately available. Girl, 7, Mother, 24, Missing in Koreatown Now Found was last modified: August 9th, 2020 by Contributing Editor

Metro bus fatally hits 26-year-old man in East L.A.; CHP says crash not a hit-and-run

An L.A. Metro bus struck and killed a 26-year-old man in East Los Angeles, authorities said Sunday. The bus continued driving after hitting the man near City Terrace Drive and Pomeroy Avenue, where California Highway Patrol officers later found his body in the roadway, according to CHP. Officers responded to the scene at 12:41 a.m. Sunday after receiving reports of a hit-and-run crash involving a Metro bus, officials said. However, investigators later determined the collision was not a hit-and-run, according to CHP. Following the deadly crash, the bus was stopped by a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department unit near Garvey Avenue and Chico Avenue in the South El Monte area, according to CHP. Authorities had been on the lookout for the vehicle based off a description given by witnesses. “Upon inspection of the bus, it was determined to be a match to the suspect vehicle,” CHP officials said in a statement. “However, upon further investigation, it was determined a hit and run collision did not occur.” CHP officials did not state why the crash was determined to not be a hit-and-run or any other details…

L.A. County health officials report another 1,789 coronavirus cases, many among younger people

Los Angeles County public health officials on Sunday reported 1,789 new cases of the coronavirus and 10 related deaths but said the numbers still did not include a pending backlog of lab reports that could cause a spike in new cases. Young residents continue to account for an outsize share of the new cases, officials said. Of the infections recorded Sunday, 35% were among residents 30 to 49, and 69% were among residents under 50, the Department of Public Health said in a news release. Hospitalizations continued to trend downward, with a total of 1,514 confirmed coronavirus patients as of Saturday, compared with 2,017 patients two weeks before. “As we begin to see the curve flattening again, I want to urge everyone to remain cautious and attentive to the reality of COVID-19; it is not going away any time soon,” Barbara Ferrer, the county health director, said in a statement. “If we return to life as we knew it before the pandemic hit, we will see cases, hospitalizations and deaths increase once again.” Read the full story at LATimes.com.

Community Mourns Death Of Beloved Griffith Park Carousel Co-Owner Julio Gosdinski

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Julio Gosdinski was a common and friendly face at the Griffith Park carousel and now a community is in mourning over his sudden death. The 49-year-old has worked at the Merry Go ‘Round since he was a teenager and was the focus of a documentary about the carousel’s decades-old history. Loved ones say Gosdinski “filled the room with energy” and his big, infectious smile. Gosdinski, a child of immigrations who didn’t know his father, inherited half of the carousel’s ownership from Warren Deasy, a man who later became a father figure to him. Some stories of Gosdinksi’s good deeds involved him paying for someone’s first year of college, sharing lunch with the people around him to make sure they ate, and went around town picking up and dropping off kids so that their parents could work. The cause of Gosdinksi’s death is unclear at this moment but the family, who says he died while sleeping, is expected to get the results soon of the coroner’s investigation.

31-Year-Old Released From Hospital After Nearly 4 Months Of Battling Coronavirus

LOMA LINDA (CBSLA) — For the first time since April, 31-year-old Francisco Garcia is finally leaving the hospital after his long battle with coronavirus. “I’m just happy to go home and be with my family,” Garcia said. His older sister was the first person to hold him as he walked out of Loma Linda University Medical Center on Sunday. Francisco Garcia, 31, is greeted with applause from a health team at Loma Linda University Medical Center on August 9, 2020, following his months-long coronavirus battle. (Courtesy: CBS) Next was his mother, who he hasn’t gotten to hug in more than 85 days. Even at Garcia’s young age and no history of health issues, Garcia experienced some of the worst of coronavirus. “A lot of things were going through my mind like am I going to survive this or what,” Garcia said. The East L.A. resident tested positive for coronavirus in April, just a month after stay-at-home guidelines started in Los Angeles County and around much of the country. “The only thing I remember is I couldn’t even breath as much and my sister saw me…

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