More than 300 donate blood during the Fort Worth weekend event – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Over the weekend, Fort Worth and
residents of the surrounding area extended a Texas-sized hand by donating blood
in this moment of great need.

Billy Bob’s Texas, the world’s largest tonk, hosted a 3-day blood drive. The activity is temporarily closed in the interest of public health as city leaders fight the spread of coronavirus.

According to Carter BloodCare, theirs
the team collected 316 blood units over the weekend.

“Thank you to the community for giving the gift of life at such an important time,” said Carter BloodCare spokeswoman Linda Goelzer.

Mayor Betsy Price allowed to open the doors for the special 3-day blood tour that used a room that allowed the recommended social spacing between donor beds and waiting areas.

“Concerns about COVID-19 and the
the closure of schools, universities and companies led to the cancellation of 4,000
blood drives across the country and a dramatic drop in blood donations, ”
Billy Bob said in a press release.


Coronavirus requires public health emergency in Boston – NBC Boston

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh on Sunday declared a public health emergency due to the coronavirus epidemic and announced radical changes for bars and restaurants in the city in an attempt to protect residents.

The emergency declaration will help the city’s marshal’s resources, Walsh said on Sunday at a press conference in the town hall. The city’s restaurant regulations come after a series of South Boston restaurants and bars decided to close on Sunday after people were seen packing them on Saturday.

Walsh has also strongly urged city residents to keep social distances, the practice of interacting as little as possible with others is less likely to spread the new coronavirus, which has already killed more than 60 people in the United States and thousands abroad .

“Social distancing is not a vague and ambitious strategy. It is backed by science,” said the mayor, adding later, “it will save lives.”

During a press conference on Sunday, Walsh launched an urgent appeal for residents to engage in social distancing during the coronavirus epidemic.

Following his Friday announcement that the Boston Public School buildings would be closed on Tuesday, Walsh said two school campuses will not open on Monday due to possible exposure in their communities: the Eliot and McKinley schools.

He acknowledged the difficulties families will face when school closes and said that among the ways it could help, the city will distribute food through places established in the city’s neighborhoods.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has announced that the city’s public schools will close Tuesday, March 17, for over a month, in an attempt to protect students, their families and staff during the coronavirus epidemic.

The changes for the city’s bars, restaurants and clubs in the future are vast, including:

  • They will have to cut their capacity in half by removing tables and chairs to encourage social distancing.
  • No line can form outside.
  • Closing before 23:00, excluding restaurants offering drive-thru, take out or delivery.
  • Any restaurant that has not been allowed to make food can now do so – “basically we are allowing every single establishment that serves food in the city of Boston to take away,” he said.
  • The beer gardens will not be able to open for the season until the crisis has passed.

Violators will remain closed for 30 days, Walsh said.

He explained that he wants people to still be able to get food during the period of greatest social estrangement and does not want the city workers to suffer too much. He also thanked the 14 or more bars and restaurants that agreed to close after Saturday’s full rooms on Sunday.

On Sunday, Walsh gave advice on how best to achieve social distancing.

People arriving at U.S. airports from overseas on Saturday night reported that waiting times were online for the necessary medical visits during the coronavirus epidemic.


Church of Fort Worth, offices closed for the week as positive presumptive chief pastor test for Coronavirus – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

The Trinity Episcopal Church in Fort Worth closed its building and offices for the week after a member of their church leadership tested the supposed positive for COVID-19.

Robert Pace, 53, remains in hospital in solitary confinement, church leaders confirmed Wednesday. According to Rev. Janet Wagoner with the episcopal diocese of Fort Worth, Pace has been part of the Fort Worth congregation since December.

“His spirit is strong. He is cheerful,
fun loving and deeply spiritual man who takes care of people like you don’t
to believe. People give it back, of course, “Rev. Wagoner told NBC 5.” I think our faith communities are uniquely equipped for
come around people and support people when this kind of thing happens and us
we are honored to have this type of role in our community where we have
networks and support systems. “

Pace is the first alleged positive case in Tarrant County. After initial discussions with public health officials this week, church officials said the rest of the congregation is not at risk.

According to the episcopal diocese of Fort Worth, Pace
participated in the consortium of gifted episcopal parishes (CEEP) in its annual
conference in Louisville, Kentucky, February 19 to February 22.

In a letter posted on the church’s website, Pace said he started feeling bad around Ash on Wednesday night.

“The beginning of Lent for me was one for the record books. I
I “involuntarily” fasted for days and days, and I certainly did
I said intercessory prayers. All this because I had a virus
that some time has come around the evening of Ash Wednesday. With high fever, a
horrible, painful cough and a little nausea, this was humiliating. But I am
finally getting better, ”said the letter.

Katie Sherrod, communications director for the episcopal diocese of Fort Worth, said she was informed by the public
Health officials that Pace’s presence at Ash Wednesday church services
the premises were not a concern, because it was then asymptomatic.

Pace tested negative for the flu twice a day after Ash Wednesday. The next time he was in church premises, on Wednesday, March 4, for a Lenten program.

“That particular night program, that is when he was here –
this is what Tarrant County public health focuses on, ”Church said
communications director Sarah Martinez. “Basically they just want to achieve
to the people who were at that event and what I was told is that they simply are
reach out and ask people to monitor their health. “

At NBC 5 all the hard surfaces in the Pace offices are told and the commonly touched surfaces were swept away after the March 4 event – along with the music stand, microphone, chair and piano bench. His exposure to anyone within a meter of him was also very limited, say church leaders.

Martinez told NBC 5 that no public health official was entrusted with the decision to cancel Sunday services this week. It was a decision by church leaders over an abundance of caution, he said.

Crews are already cleaning the church and offices day and night on alternate days. There is also a hand sanitizer available, along with many areas for hand washing.

“The public health people of Tarrant County were fantastic – they phoned me for a very long and detailed conversation, which put many worries at ease,” he said, referring to a Tuesday night conversation. “[They] they told me, there is no reason for any kind of deep cleaning, sanitizing of the church premises “.

The church
it was a polling place on Super Tuesday, particularly in its Parish Hall. On the
on election day, Pace had not been in the church building or office for
five days. Election officials provided tables, chairs and election materials
– not the church.

Next door
the church building is a nursery school, which is on vacation this week. Diocese
officials say that none of the children had any exposure to Pace.

Rev. Wagoner
says Pace’s wife, Rev. Dr. Jill Walters, tested negative for COVID-19, but
will remain in self-quarantine at home for 14 days. He encouraged people
who may know individuals currently isolated or self-quarantined to reach
via SMS or phone call, if possible, so they didn’t feel alone.

“This is a time when we really need the community and the information
and speaking of information, we really have to make sure we share it well
information including material from the public health department and the CDC “,
Wagoner said.

The Lenten program scheduled for Wednesday evening has been canceled.

To read the full version of the episcopal diocese of Fort Worth and the Trinity episcopal church of Fort Worth, click here.


Here are Connecticut schools closed or affected – NBC Connecticut

Some school districts and universities in Connecticut are changing their schedule of classes or activities due to worries about coronavirus. The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference is canceling all remaining games of the CIAC winter tournaments due to worries about the coronavirus.

Schools with impact on classes or activities

Region 14 School district

The Region 14 school district, which includes Bethlehem and Woodbury, is closing for the rest of the week after a student came in contact with someone who tested positive for the COVID-19 test, school officials announced Tuesday.

Officials said students and their family showed no signs of illness and self-monitored in their home for 14 days, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

The district decided to close all school buildings from 11 to 15 March to clean and disinfect in depth. There will be no activity during closing.

The closure will be treated in the same way as the snow days and the days will be made up at the end of the school year.

Region 14 is also postponing or canceling large events, including middle school and high school game tests, and canceling all field trips until further notice. Sports have also been canceled.

Wilcoxson elementary school in Stratford

The city of Stratford is closing a school for the rest of the week after a person connected to the school may have come into contact with the coronavirus.

Wilcoxson Elementary School will be closed until Friday, according to the mayor’s office.

The person did not confirm that he had coronavirus and the school was shut down due to an abundance of cautions to allow time for a thorough cleaning of the building, officials said. It is not clear what type of contact the individual had with the COVID-19 virus.

University of New Haven / UNH

The university suspends in-person lessons leading to spring break, as well as in-person lessons on March 23 and 24.

The athletic events from 9 to 24 March have been canceled.

The halls of the residence are closed from 17:00 on 10 March.

“While there are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on our campus, these decisions were made after learning that people on our campus may have been exposed to a confirmed case of the virus after attending an out of state conference. “statement on the university’s website said.

The university has a special website created here.

University of the Sacred Heart

As of March 10, Sacred Heart University has suspended classes in person and is now switching to online instruction starting March 11.

The residences and dining rooms will remain open and students are invited to stay on campus.

International university-sponsored travel and non-essential business travel have been canceled.

The school has created a special website here.

Schools open but with travel restrictions

University of Connecticut / UConn

All UConn campuses work in normal operations. Academic and work schedules have not changed.

UConn has suspended university-sponsored travel to high-risk countries, including China, Italy, Iran, South Korea and Japan. The university asks anyone in the university community who has returned from a trip abroad in the past 14 days or who plans to travel outside the United States in the next three months to fill out a form.

“UConn has also suspended all national and international university-sponsored travel outside the state by faculty and staff until further notice,” according to the university’s website.

UConn has created a special website for the latest information on the coronavirus.

Central Connecticut State University / CCSU

Classes take place as scheduled on campus.

The school canceled all university-sponsored travel outside the state, including lectures and recruitment visits.

Students, faculty and staff are discouraged from personal travel outside the state, especially during the spring break. The school asks people traveling to check with the school before returning to campus. The CCSU requires members of the university community to complete a form prior to travel.

“There are currently no restrictions on employees or students returning to Connecticut from national or international travel (except for those areas designated by the CDC as Level 2 or Level 3), but be aware that they may change at any time”, according to the university website.

For more information, CCSU has created a special website for coronavirus information.

Yale university

Classes and catering activities continue as planned.

The university asked people to record all national and international trips and following the directions CDC and Yale Health.

Find the university’s special website here.


Authority – NBC Los Angeles

A man who claims to have killed more than 90 women across the country confessed to strangling two women in Indiana on the same night in October 1980, authorities said Friday.

Samuel Little, 79, confessed to killing Valeria Boyd, 18, and Mary Ann Porter, 31, both of Fort Wayne, the Allen County Sheriff’s Department said.

Investigators interviewed Little at the Wise County Confinement Facility in Decatur, Texas, after the FBI had advised the department of what it had said to a Texas Ranger in 2018.

Little said he collected both women in the same Fort Wayne area at different times on the same night in late October 1980. Little said he strangled both women while in his vehicle, then disposed of their bodies in areas. separate Allen rural county, said the department.

Boyd and Porter were dispersed by family members in late October 1980. Boyd’s body was found on November 4, 1980, in a field. Porter’s body was found on December 13, 1980, on a road.

Little is imprisoned in California, serving a life sentence.

Both investigations have been forwarded to Allen County Procuratorate.


Furious lawyers attempting to “lift hell” as MCC Lockdown enters Day 8 – NBC New York

What to know

  • Numerous pre-trial detainees moved from the Metropolitan Correctional Center to Otisville as the blockade of the MCC facility reaches its eighth day – all while continuing the search for an alleged contraband gun
  • Federal Defender Bureau chief David Patton says defense attorneys have not yet been able to meet most clients before the trial for the eight days the MCC was blocked
  • Investigators are focusing on the fact that a corrections officer at the MCC helped smuggle a gun to a prisoner, according to sources already reported in News 4

Numerous pre-trial detainees moved from the Metropolitan Correctional Center to Otisville as the MCC blockade reaches its eighth day – all while continuing the search for an alleged contraband gun.

The head of the Federal Defenders Office in Manhattan said many MCC detainees had been transferred to Otisville, including some that are scheduled to go to court Thursday and Friday.

David Patton, head of the Federal Defenders Office, said defense lawyers had not yet been able to meet most clients before the trial for the eight days the MCC was blocked.

“Let’s get in to see our clients,” Patton said Thursday, adding that defense attorneys are trying to “lift hell” with the MCC and through the courts to gain access to their clients.

Investigators are focusing on whether a corrections officer at the MCC helped smuggle a gun into a detainee, sources previously told News 4.

Defense attorneys representing MCC detainees who were questioned by the authorities earlier said that the focus is on this theory and subsequent investigations have left them unable to see their clients.

On Thursday, the MCC released a statement stating that lawyers could start meeting clients again on Friday, floor by floor. The prosecutor’s visit could be resumed next week.

The BOP says their officials met with the New York southern district chief judge, federal defenders, US marshals, and the U.S. attorney’s office to explain the ongoing issues.

The BOP and MCC claim that inmates regularly receive hot meals, have access to medical care and are now taking a rotating shower – a statement Patton said was inaccurate. He claims that many customers have been closed 24 hours a day in the past eight days.

In the meantime, the BOP said that more time is needed to complete an in-depth investigation. However, Patton said that the time taken is the result of “sheer incompetence and total lack of concern for constitutional rights and human conditions” for the defendants.

“It’s worse than the solitary confinement and the BOP doesn’t give a damn,” Patton said in an email to News 4.

That hunt for the alleged weapon forced extensive research into the facility, both in the common areas and in individual cells, and prompted federal officials to bring teams out of town to assist in the search. Meanwhile, as the probe continues, the detainees said they have been denied access to telephones, computers and showers and are getting cold sandwiches pushed through the food ports.

The BOP said that visits from detainees’ families and friends may resume later next week, or perhaps sooner.


MCC enters block day 7, unclear when operations will return to normal – NBC New York

What to know

  • The Metropolitan Correctional Center has entered its seventh day of lockout – with no certain date in sight as to when the facility will return to normal operations, according to memos obtained from News 4
  • A detainee bulletin dated Tuesday said that “the SIS department is investigating and once we have collected the necessary information, the decision will be taken to bring the facility back to normal operations.”
  • Investigators are focusing on whether an MCC corrections officer helped smuggle a gun into a detainee, sources said earlier.

The blockade at the Metropolitan Correctional Center has entered its seventh day – with no certain date in sight as to when the facility will return to its normal operations, according to memos obtained from News 4.

A memo addressed to detainees on Tuesday says that “the SIS department is investigating and once we have gathered the necessary information the decision will be taken to bring the facility back to normal operations.”

The memo also states that “as long as the detainees continue to behave respectfully, we will attempt to return to normal as soon as possible without compromising security if the institution”.

“The decision to return the facility to normal operations has not yet been reviewed; however, the visit remains canceled,” says the memo in part. “I understand that this decision has adversely affected your detention period, however, please be aware that this decision was made to maintain the safety of staff and detainees.”

In a reminder dated February 27, also addressed to detainees, the MCC informs that “the institution has been placed in a locked state, as a result, all detainees will remain protected in their assigned cells until further notice”.

The MCC did not immediately respond to News 4 calls looking for comments.

A decision on returning the facility to normal operations has not yet been reviewed; however, the visit remains canceled.

Metropolitan Correctional Center memo for inmates

Investigators are focusing on the possibility that an MCC corrections officer helped smuggle a gun into a detainee, according to sources previously reported in News 4.

Defense attorneys representing MCC detainees who were questioned by the authorities earlier said that attention is focused on that theory and subsequent investigations have left them unable to see their clients.

These detainees – now potential witnesses in the investigation – tell their lawyers that the authorities are trying to confirm the theory and, if true, to find the weapon.

That gun hunt forced extensive research into the facility, both in the common areas and individual cells, and prompted federal officials to bring teams out of town to aid the search. Meanwhile, detainees say they are being denied access to telephones, computers and showers and are bringing cold sandwiches through the food doors.

The facility, the Prison Office and the United States Prosecutor’s Office have declined to comment on the suggestion that an officer may be involved. Calls to the union of officers were not returned.

The chief federal public defender in Manhattan, while not directly commenting on the theory of weapons, described the blockade as “inhuman” and “unconstitutional”.

“It’s totally unacceptable and part of a long history of mismanagement at the MCC,” said David Patton, executive director of the Federal Defenders of New York. “One of the biggest problems is the complete lack of transparency and explanation of what’s going on.”

The MCC has been under investigation since the accused child sex offender Jeffrey Epstein committed suicide in his cell. Two BOP agents were subsequently arrested for alleged falsification of documents they had checked on Epstein when prosecutors said the guards were sleeping and shopping on their computers. They pleaded not guilty to the charges.

“While true, it’s not an excuse to close the whole place. They just need to put their records together,” said Patton on the contraband theory. “If it were a private company, they would be bankrupt by now. It’s as if the Three minions over there.”

Currently the MCC houses the famous lawyer Michael Avenatti, accused of stealing from client Stormy Daniels and convicted separately for shaking Nike. Lawrence Ray, the one-time informant against former NYPD commissioner Bernard Kerik, who is now accused of sexually abusing college-age girls, is currently at MCC. Ray denied the accusations.

Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was also hosted at the MCC before his conviction.

The BOP claims that around 700 inmates are housed in the MCC.

The director of the MCC has been moved as the investigation continues. In the meantime, the FBI broke into Epstein’s private villa in the Caribbean and President Trump had some curious words about the investigation. Reports Jonathan Dienst of New York NBC 4


UC Berkeley receives a $ 252 million donation to the Data Center – NBC Bay Area

The University of California, Berkeley, has received a $ 252 million donation – its largest gift ever – to begin construction on a new building for students and faculties studying computer science and data science.

The gift, made anonymously, will allow the university to begin building the Data Hub on the north side of the campus, as reported by San Francisco Chronicle.

An additional $ 300 million in donations will be needed to complete the building, which will house the IT, Data Science and Society Division, which teaches an increasing number of students in a variety of majors. More than 6000 of the university’s 31,000 undergraduate students take data science courses every year.

The Data Hub will house classrooms and offices and could also include robotics and artificial intelligence laboratories, research centers, public collection areas and a large auditorium.

The donation comes when the university starts an ambitious effort to raise $ 6 billion by the end of 2023. University officials say it is one of the largest fundraising efforts of any public university and is needed to maintain the highest academic level and campus programs such as state support are reduced to 14% of its budget.


Prohibition of motorized scooter comes into force for catwalks – NBC 7 San Diego

The San Diego City Council approved the ban on motorized scooters on the city sidewalks in January. This ban came into effect on Saturday.

Signals rose in La Jolla in February warning bathers that motorized scooters and other devices were prohibited. The signs have yet to go up to Mission Beach, but NBC 7 has identified two officers conducting a speed investigation Saturday morning.

“It’s so easy to hit someone. We have always been concerned that someone’s dog or baby would come out in front of us, “said Mark Anderson, a San Diego resident who was happy that the ban would go into effect.

Today marks the first day of the ban on scooters on Mission Beach boardwalk. Still no sightings of scooters!

Published by Gaby Rodriguez Saturday 29 February 2020

There will be a grace period of 30 days before the police start
issuing citations, according to the San Diego police department.

“We will have an essential 30-day grace period where we come from
out and educate. We will make application stops. However, they will
generates a written warning about actual traffic citations, “SDPD traffic
said Agent Anthony Obregon.

After the grace period, the quotes will cost offenders $ 250, Obregon said.

In July 2019, new
dockless rules for bikes and scooters have been implemented
in the city,
including speed limits and areas prohibited by geofencing.

At the start of the new year, Lime Scooter extracted its devices from San Diego and 11 other markets.


New South Park restaurant to donate profits to help children – NBC 7 San Diego

There is a new one
restaurant in San Diego that aims to do more than just serve great food, but
to help even needy children.

The founder of the famous restaurants Buona Forchetta is opening a new restaurant in South Park called Matteo. The owner Matteo Cattaneo has opened his latest restaurant with the mission of donating all his profits to charitable causes in order to help schools and students in underprivileged areas.

Got the
idea to open Matteo after making a previous donation to the artistic program of
McKinley primary school.

“I remember this parent who came and said ‘thank you
for what you are doing for my children. ‘This is what got me started thinking
what can I do, and how can I do it, and I know how to make restaurants ”, Cattaneo
She said.

Since then, Cattaneo has donated nearly $ 19,000 to McKinley to purchase audio equipment for his theatrical arts program.

“We are all in this together,” he said. “We all
I hope for a better future. If you want a better future, we have to start from

Right now,
Matteo serves breakfast and lunch, but Cattaneo hopes to expand the menu to
include dinner services in summer. The restaurant recently held a soft opening,
but the official inauguration is scheduled for March 7.