HCSO Investigating McKinleyville Missing Person

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a missing person report of a missing 48-year-old Sean Lance Hawkins, aka “Hawkeye,” of McKinleyville who was last seen on Dec. 4 in Eureka. Hawkin’s family reported him missing on Monday. According to the release, his vehicle was found unoccupied in a wooded area near Clam Beach Road and Dows Prairie Road in McKinleyville. Hawkins is described as a white male adult, about 6 feet tall and 185 pounds, with short brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a brown sweater, blue jeans, a black hat and tennis shoes. If anyone has seen Hawkins or knows of his whereabouts call HCSO at 445-7251.…

US experts debate: Who should be next in line for vaccine?

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. COVID-19 vaccination campaign has begun, and the few available doses are mostly going into the arms of health-care workers and nursing home residents. But what about in January, February and March, when more shots are expected to become available? Who should get those doses? A federal panel of vaccination experts takes up that question at an emergency meeting this weekend. No matter what the committee decides, there will be differences from state to state. The panelists are leaning toward putting “essential workers” first because bus drivers, grocery store clerks and similar employees can’t work from home. They are the people getting infected most often, and where concerns about racial inequities in risk are most apparent. But other experts say people age 65 and older should be next, along with people with certain medical conditions. Those are the people who are dying at the highest rates, they say. The group is scheduled to vote on the proposal Sunday, one day after it discusses a vaccine made by Moderna. “I think we know this isn’t going to be perfect. We don’t…

Olympic gold medal swimmer Carrie Bates discusses COVID-19’s impact on youth sports

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – COVID-19 and remote schooling can be challenging enough. But the postponement or cancellation of many school sports has made this year even more stressful for student-athletes. Three-time Olympic gold medal swimmer Carrie Bates with the Betty Ford Center in San Diego joined Good Morning San Diego to discuss how the removal of athletics can contribute to mental health issues.   Categories: Coronavirus, Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News

Mike Hess Brewing holds Joy Jar Toy Drive

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Mike Hess Brewing is holding its second annual Joy Jar Drive with the Jessie Rees Foundation, Team NEGU (Never Ever Give Up) in December. They are an organization that sends Joy Jars to kids undergoing Pediatric Cancer treatments which are plastic jars filled with goodies to bring good cheer to the kids. Hess said his daughter Keely was a recipient of these Jars, which get sent out about once every month or two to the kids and even their siblings. It gives the kids something to look forward to as they explore the assortment of goodies that NEGU stuffs into the jars. It is named after Jessie Rees who died of a brain tumor in 2012, but not before she realized that kids in the hospital have little to be joyful about. So, she started Joy Jars. Mike Hess Brewing it going to be doing the collection at all four three brewery locations in San Diego (North Park, Ocean Beach and Imperial Beach) until the 21st of December. Last year they collected two very large boxes of small toys. The toys…

Labor union Teamsters hosts toy, food giveaway for port truck drivers

With the holiday season in full swing and an alarming surge in coronavirus cases in Los Angeles County, an area labor union teamed up with local charitable organizations to distribute food and toys to truck drivers struggling to support their families during the pandemic. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, representing the drivers who deliver loads to and from the Los Angeles and Long Beach seaports, organized a toy and food giveaway from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday to support the essential workers. Union representatives say that drivers have been working through their holiday shifts, sometimes without proper protective equipment and workplace safety measures. Union members say that happens because trucking companies often classify their truck as independent contractors, which can deny truckers of fairer wages and benefits. “This is the biggest economic engine in the country, the Los Angeles harbor,” said Ron Herrera, director of the Teamsters’ port division. “14,000 port truck drivers here and hundreds of thousands of warehouses — it’s time the general public understands how essential they really are. 40% of the imports that come into the U.S. come in through this harbor. The warehouse portion of this…

Pentagon authorizes nearly 50 top civilian, military leaders to get COVID-19 vaccine to prove shots are safe

The Pentagon has authorized nearly 50 top civilian and military leaders to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in the coming weeks to prove the shots are safe and effective. In a memo to senior leaders, Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist laid out specific vaccine allowances for the heads of the military services and combatant commands around the world. “It is critical that leaders play an active role in promoting the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccination to ensure maximum voluntary participation in the vaccination effort,” said Norquist in the memo obtained Friday by The Associated Press. The memo signed Thursday said department leaders may receive what he called “show of confidence” vaccines as a “strategic messaging tool” between now and Jan. 15. Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller got his vaccine on Monday, the day it was first rolled out. Frontline healthcare workers at military installations have started getting vaccines. Other senior leaders who will get the vaccine are Norquist, Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as well as his vice chairman, Gen. John Hyten, and Senior Enlisted Advisor Ramón Colón-López.

FBI offering $10K reward for information on missing Irvine mom, teen who may have been kidnapped

The FBI and local police are investigating the 2019 disappearance of an Irvine teenager and mother, whose husband says he was “rendered unconscious by an unknown substance” and woke up to find them gone, officials said Friday. The Irvine Police Department said the case is being investigated as a possible kidnapping and the FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for information. Amber Aiaz, 35, and her daughter, Melissa Fu, 13, were last seen around 6 p.m. Nov. 22, 2019 at their apartment in the area of Michelson and University drives in Irvine. According to Aiaz’ husband, two people knocked on the door that day. “When he opened the door, he saw a male and female of Chinese descent standing at the door and he was immediately rendered unconscious by an unknown substance,” he told police. He woke up to find that his wife and her daughter were missing, police said he told them. “The male and female were not known to him and it is possible they were seen by others in the complex,” Irvine police said. The two strangers were described as being in…

U.S. awaits decision on 2nd vaccine as COVID-19 outbreak worsens

The U.S. stood on the verge of adding a second COVID-19 vaccine to its arsenal Friday as the outbreak descended deeper into its most lethal phase yet, with the nation regularly recording over 3,000 deaths per day. The Food and Drug Administration was evaluating a shot developed by Moderna Inc. and the National Institutes of Health and was expected to give it the green light soon, clearing the way for its use to begin as early as Monday. That would give the U.S. a critical new weapon against the coronavirus in addition to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine now being dispensed to millions of health care workers and nursing home patients as part of the biggest vaccination drive in U.S. history. The go-ahead from the FDA would mark the world’s first authorization of Moderna’s shots. Large but unfinished studies show that both vaccines appear safe and strongly protective, though Moderna’s is easier to handle, since it does not need to be kept at ultra-frozen temperatures like the Pfizer-BioNTech shot. Both require two doses for full protection. A second vaccine represents a ray of hope amid despair as…

With Trump silent, hack reprisal may fall to Biden

By Eric Tucker, Frank Bajak and Matthew Lee | Associated Press WASHINGTON — All fingers are pointing to Russia as the source of the worst-ever hack of U.S. government agencies. But President Donald Trump, long wary of blaming Moscow for cyberattacks, has been silent. The lack of any statement seeking to hold Russia responsible casts doubt on the likelihood of a swift response and suggests any retaliation — whether through sanctions, criminal charges or cyber actions — will be left in the hands of President-elect Joe Biden’s administration. “I would imagine that the incoming administration wants a menu of what the options are and then is going to choose,” said Sarah Mendelson, a Carnegie Mellon University public policy professor and former U.S. ambassador to the U.N.’s Economic and Social Council. “Is there a graduated assault? Is there an all-out assault? How much out of the gate do you want to do?” To be sure, it’s not uncommon for administrations to refrain from leveling public accusations of blame for hacks until they’ve accumulated enough evidence. Here, U.S. officials say they only recently became aware of devastating…

Pence, other congressional leaders, get COVID-19 vaccines

By Zeke Miller and Jill Colvin | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence became the highest ranking U.S. official to receive the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Friday in a live-television event aimed at reassuring Americans the shot is safe. He celebrated the milestone as “a medical miracle” that could eventually contain the raging pandemic. Conspicuously missing from the victory lap: President Donald Trump, who has remained largely out of sight five days into the largest vaccination campaign in the nation’s history. Pence, meanwhile, has taken an increasingly visible role in highlighting the safety and efficacy of the shots, including touring a vaccine production facility this week. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also received COVID-19 vaccinations Friday. And President-elect Joe Biden and his wife will be getting the vaccine Monday, while Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband are set to receive it the week after next. “I didn’t feel a thing. Well done,” Pence told the technicians from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center who administered his Pfizer-BioNTech shot early Friday morning. Pence didn’t flinch…

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