District of Columbia State News http://feed.informer.com/digests/AZYSXDPXTF/feeder District of Columbia State News Respective post owners and feed distributors Sat, 12 Sep 2020 05:18:16 +0000 Feed Informer http://feed.informer.com/ Here's What Coinbase Is and How to Use It to Buy and Sell Cryptocurrencies https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/business/money-report/heres-what-coinbase-is-and-how-to-use-it-to-buy-and-sell-cryptocurrencies/2639926/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:05c734dc-30b3-1f1f-2cda-a9d423b71e0e Wed, 14 Apr 2021 14:08:01 +0000 <ul><li>Coinbase is an app that lets you buy and sell all sorts of cryptocurrencies, like bitcoin, ethereum, litecoin and about 50 others.</li><li>You can also use Coinbase to convert one cryptocurrency to another, or to send and receive cryptocurrency to and from other people.</li><li>Like stock trading apps you may already be familiar with, Coinbase shows you the current price and trends for cryptocurrencies, a look at your portfolio of holdings and news stories about the industry.</li></ul> <p>Coinbase will be the first major crypto business to go public in the U.S. when it begins trading on Wednesday. At a <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2021/04/13/coinbase-reference-price-250-ahead-of-direct-listing.html?__source=OTS%7Cfinance%7Cinline%7Cstory%7C&amp;par=OTS&amp;doc=106868085">reference price of $250 a share ahead of the NASDAQ</a> <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/28/coinbase-plans-to-go-public-through-a-direct-listing.html?__source=OTS%7Cfinance%7Cinline%7Cstory%7C&amp;par=OTS&amp;doc=106868085">direct listing</a>, the company is worth about $65.3 billion on a fully diluted basis.</p> <p>Maybe you&#8217;ve never heard of Coinbase. Or maybe you&#8217;re confused about what it even is. Here&#8217;s a quick explanation:</p> <p>Coinbase is an app that lets you buy and sell all sorts of cryptocurrencies, like bitcoin, ethereum, litecoin and about 50 others. You can also use Coinbase to convert one cryptocurrency to another, or to send and receive cryptocurrency to and from other people. Like stock trading apps you may already be familiar with, Coinbase shows you the current price and trends for cryptocurrencies, a look at your portfolio of holdings and news stories about the industry.</p> <p>Here&#8217;s how to get started and how to buy and sell cryptocurrencies with Coinbase.</p> <h4>How to get started with Coinbase</h4> <figure class="wp-block-image"><img src="https://image.cnbcfm.com/api/v1/image/106868122-1618405993732coinbase-1-PNG?w=1920&amp;h=1080" alt="Coinbase" /><figcaption><cite>Todd Haselton | CNBC</cite><div class="caption" data-react-component="NBCTruncate" data-maxlines="2" data-maxlinesmobile="4" data-readmore="Read more" data-text="Coinbase" data-ellipsis="false" data-component-initialized="true"><span class="truncate__wrap"><span class="truncate__text">Coinbase</span></span></div></figcaption></figure> <p>Coinbase is easy to set up but requires some information, including your legal name, home address, date of birth, last four digits of your social security number and how you plan to use Coinbase. That&#8217;s to comply with federal regulations. Here&#8217;s how to begin.</p> <ul><li>Download the Coinbase app for iPhone or Android.</li><li>Open Coinbase and tap &#8220;Get Started.&#8221;</li><li>Create an account with your email address and tap &#8220;Start.&#8221;</li><li>Verify your email by tapping a link that was sent to your inbox.</li><li>Enter your phone number and verify it by entering a code that was texted to you.</li><li>Enter in your name, date of birth and last four digits of your social security number. Note: you need to be at least 18 years old to use it.</li><li>Enter your address.</li><li>Choose how you will use Coinbase, either for investing, online payments, online purchases or for investing in other exchanges.</li><li>Confirm your source of income.</li><li>Tap &#8220;Let&#8217;s Go.&#8221;</li><li>Now you&#8217;ll start to link your bank account. Search for your bank.</li><li>Log into your bank account using the username and password you normally use for banking.</li><li>Select the bank account you want to link to Coinbase for purchases and tap &#8220;Continue.&#8221;</li></ul> <p>That&#8217;s it. You&#8217;ll be dropped off on the main page of Coinbase now, where you can get started buying cryptocurrencies.</p> <h4>How to buy cryptocurrencies on Coinbase</h4> <figure class="wp-block-image"><img src="https://image.cnbcfm.com/api/v1/image/106868121-1618405993732coinbase-buy-PNG?w=1920&amp;h=1080" alt="How to buy bitcoin with Coinbase" /><figcaption><cite>Todd Haselton | CNBC</cite><div class="caption" data-react-component="NBCTruncate" data-maxlines="2" data-maxlinesmobile="4" data-readmore="Read more" data-text="How to buy bitcoin with Coinbase" data-ellipsis="false" data-component-initialized="true"><span class="truncate__wrap"><span class="truncate__text">How to buy bitcoin with Coinbase</span></span></div></figcaption></figure> <p>Now I&#8217;ll show you how to buy some cryptocurrency. Let&#8217;s buy a fraction of a bitcoin since that&#8217;s the one you&#8217;ve probably heard of most. But this process is the same for all the currencies offered on the Coinbase platform.</p> <ul><li>Tap &#8220;Get started&#8221; on the top of the screen.</li><li>You&#8217;ll see a list of crypto assets you can buy. Select bitcoin at the top.</li><li>Choose how much you want to buy. Reminder: You can buy fractions of cryptocurrency, so you can spend $5 on roughly .0006204 bitcoin (at its $64,635 price) or however much you want. The minimum order is $1.99.</li><li>Tap &#8220;Preview buy.&#8221;</li><li>Review the order: Note Coinbase takes a percentage of the purchase, so if you&#8217;re aiming to buy $5, it&#8217;ll take about a $0.99 cut of the transaction. If you&#8217;re buying $500 worth of bitcoin, it&#8217;ll charge about $7.34.</li><li>Choose &#8220;Buy now.&#8221;</li></ul> <p>That&#8217;s it! You can trade your bitcoin instantly after you buy it, but you&#8217;ll need to wait eight days before you send it to someone.</p> <h4>How to sell cryptocurrencies on Coinbase</h4> <figure class="wp-block-image"><img src="https://image.cnbcfm.com/api/v1/image/106868119-1618405993732coinbase-sell-PNG?w=1920&amp;h=1080" alt="How to sell bitcoin with Coinbase" /><figcaption><cite>Todd Haselton | CNBC</cite><div class="caption" data-react-component="NBCTruncate" data-maxlines="2" data-maxlinesmobile="4" data-readmore="Read more" data-text="How to sell bitcoin with Coinbase" data-ellipsis="false" data-component-initialized="true"><span class="truncate__wrap"><span class="truncate__text">How to sell bitcoin with Coinbase</span></span></div></figcaption></figure> <p>Now let&#8217;s say you&#8217;re ready to sell your crypto assets. Here&#8217;s what you do.</p> <ul><li>Tap the blue circle icon on the main page. It shows two arrows.</li><li>Choose Sell.</li><li>Select the asset you want to sell, in this case, we&#8217;ll pick bitcoin.</li><li>Choose how much you want to sell, or tap the &#8220;Max&#8221; button on the left of the page to sell it all.</li><li>Review the page, again note the Coinbase fee.</li><li>Tap &#8220;Sell now.&#8221;</li></ul> <h4>How to withdraw your money from Coinbase</h4> <figure class="wp-block-image"><img src="https://image.cnbcfm.com/api/v1/image/106868120-1618405993732coinbase-withdraw-PNG?w=1920&amp;h=1080" alt="How to withdraw funds from Coinbase" /><figcaption><cite>Todd Haselton | CNBC</cite><div class="caption" data-react-component="NBCTruncate" data-maxlines="2" data-maxlinesmobile="4" data-readmore="Read more" data-text="How to withdraw funds from Coinbase" data-ellipsis="false" data-component-initialized="true"><span class="truncate__wrap"><span class="truncate__text">How to withdraw funds from Coinbase</span></span></div></figcaption></figure> <p>Maybe you&#8217;re ready to take some profits off the table. You&#8217;ve sold your crypto but now you want to move it back to your bank account.</p> <p>Note that if you&#8217;ve just purchased or sold funds you may still have a withdrawal-based limit. Something I just purchased and sold this morning for the sake of this guide can&#8217;t be sold for 8 days, for example. Once that time has passed, here&#8217;s what you do:</p> <ul><li>From the home page, tap your portfolio balance on the top of the screen.</li><li>Choose the US Dollar option. If you&#8217;ve sold some crypto, this should have a value other than $0.</li><li>Tap &#8220;Withdraw.&#8221;</li><li>Choose &#8220;Preview withdraw.&#8221;</li><li>Select your bank account. The transfer takes 1-3 business days. You can also opt to add a debit card for an instant transfer for a small fee.</li></ul> <p>That&#8217;s it. Now you&#8217;ve learned how to set up Coinbase and use it to buy and sell cryptocurrencies, and even withdraw to your bank when you want to.</p> <iframe src="https://player.cnbc.com/p/gZWlPC/cnbc_global?playertype=synd&amp;autoplay=true&amp;byGuid=7000186248" frameborder="0" class="cnbcplayer" allowfullscreen=""></iframe> Person Found Dead in Washington Channel Near Wharf https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/person-found-dead-in-washington-channel-near-wharf/2639842/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:ccd85fbe-46d3-918c-1323-e21b2ed02e8b Wed, 14 Apr 2021 13:24:38 +0000 <p>One person was found dead in the Washington Channel near the Wharf on Wednesday morning, the D.C. fire department says.&nbsp;</p> <p>The person, who was not immediately identified, was found near the 800 block of Water Street SW.&nbsp;</p> <p>The fire department received a report of a person in the water and launched a rescue operation close to the Capital Yacht Club. When they arrived, they found that the person had died.&nbsp;</p> <p>“Sadly, this is a recovery rather than a rescue,” DC Fire and EMS said on Twitter.&nbsp;</p> <p>Parts of the area were roped off.</p> <p><strong><em>Stay with NBC Washington for more details on this developing story.</em></strong></p> <p><i>This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/person-found-dead-in-washington-channel-near-wharf/2639842/">Click here</a> to open the story in your web browser.</i></p> ‘The Bachelor' Star Colton Underwood Comes Out as Gay https://www.nbcwashington.com/entertainment/entertainment-news/the-bachelor-star-colton-underwood-comes-out-as-gay/2639830/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:14966646-cfbf-7719-ef2a-629f4ef0670f Wed, 14 Apr 2021 12:25:32 +0000 <p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.eonline.com/news/colton_underwood" rel="noopener noreferrer">Colton Underwood</a> is ready to speak his truth.</p> <p>In a new interview with &#8220;Good Morning America&#8217;s&#8221; Robin Roberts, which aired on Wednesday, April 14, the former &#8220;Bachelor&#8221; <a rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" href="https://www.eonline.com/news/1258513/good-morning-america-teases-colton-underwoods-deeply-personal-revelation-to-robin-roberts">shared a &#8220;deeply personal&#8221;</a> bit of information about himself.</p> <p>&#8220;Obviously this year has been a lot for a lot of people and it&#8217;s probably made a lot of people look themselves in the mirror and figure out who they are and what they&#8217;ve been running from or what they&#8217;ve been putting off in their lives,&#8221; he said. &#8220;And for me, I&#8217;ve ran from myself for a long time, I&#8217;ve hated myself for a long time. I&#8217;m gay and I came to terms with that earlier this year and have been processing it.&#8221;</p> <p>Underwood said the &#8220;next step&#8221; was letting people know. &#8220;I&#8217;m still nervous,&#8221; he told Roberts. &#8220;It&#8217;s been a journey for sure.&#8221;</p> <p>He later added, &#8220;I&#8217;m the happiest and healthiest I&#8217;ve ever been in my life.&#8221;</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.eonline.comhttps//www.eonline.com/us/photos/30661/all-the-bombshells-from-colton-underwood-s-book/" rel="noopener noreferrer">All the Bombshells From Colton Underwood&#8217;s Book</a></p> <p>The 29-year-old reality TV star previously <a rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" href="https://www.eonline.com/news/1134424/colton-underwood-reveals-lifelong-struggle-with-his-sexuality">spoke about struggling with his sexual identity</a> in his <a rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" href="https://www.eonline.com/photos/30661/all-the-bombshells-from-colton-underwood-s-book">memoir &#8220;The First Time&#8221;.</a> He wrote about growing up in a traditional household, sharing, &#8220;I didn&#8217;t know who I was&#8230; And I come from an athletic family, so it was always, &#8216;Move on, you&#8217;re good.&#8217; So that threw me off. In high school, when I was struggling with my sexuality, I&#8217;m not going to talk to my parents about it. So I internalized it.&#8221;</p> <p>As Underwood grew older, he abstained from sex with female partners, which caused some speculation about his sexual identity among his peers, especially his teammates.</p> <p>&#8220;It was one of those things where you hear something so often, you start believing it,&#8221; he says. &#8220;I thought, maybe I am gay. The captain of the football team should be having sex and drinking, right? But I wasn&#8217;t.&#8221;</p> <p>The rumors were so abundant Underwood said his parents ended up confronting him about it. He recalled his mother telling him, &#8220;You know, Colt, we&#8217;d still love you and support you if you were gay.&#8221;</p> <p>The speculation continued into Underwood&#8217;s adulthood, even after he dated <a rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" href="https://www.eonline.com/news/1005574/the-bachelor-s-colton-underwood-opens-up-about-first-love-aly-raisman">Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman</a> and appeared on <a rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" href="https://www.eonline.com/news/becca_kufrin">Becca Kufrin</a>&#8216;s season of &#8220;The Bachelorette,&#8221; as well as &#8220;Bachelor in Paradise.&#8221; It was during this time that his virginity became a topic of discussion, but his friends and loved ones were &#8220;proud&#8221; that he was open and honest about it.</p> <p>However, his virginity once again became a source of insecurity for Underwood when he appeared on &#8220;The Bachelor,&#8221; as it produced even more questions about his sexuality. He shared, &#8220;They&#8217;d say, &#8216;he&#8217;s gay, he&#8217;s hiding it.&#8217; No. But I&#8217;ve been there, done that now.&#8221;</p> <p>Following his time as the lead for the ABC show, Underwood continued to date contestant Cassie Randolph, who he <a rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" href="https://www.eonline.com/news/1156569/the-bachelor-s-colton-underwood-and-cassie-randolph-break-up-after-less-than-2-years-together">eventually split from in May 2020</a>.</p> <p>Though the split seemed amicable at first, Randolph <a rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" href="https://www.eonline.com/news/1187870/colton-underwoods-alleged-texts-to-cassie-randolph-revealed-in-restraining-order-filing">filed for a restraining order</a> against Underwood in September, alleging he stalked and harassed her from June to August. Shortly after, Randolph <a rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" href="https://www.eonline.com/news/1204783/bachelor-nations-cassie-randolph-drops-restraining-order-against-ex-colton-underwood">dropped the restraining order</a> against him, and Underwood explained in a statement that they were &#8220;able to reach a private agreement.&#8221;</p> <p>He added, &#8220;I do not believe Cassie did anything wrong in filing for the restraining orders and also believe she acted in good faith.&#8221;</p> DC Statehood Bill Set for Key Committee Vote in US House https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/dc-statehood-bill-set-for-key-committee-vote-in-us-house/2639664/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:6d3f64dd-e7e6-8669-c1a7-6e90ae63ca46 Wed, 14 Apr 2021 10:09:07 +0000 <p>A bill that would make Washington, D.C., the nation’s 51<sup>st</sup> state faces a key committee vote on Wednesday.</p> <p>The U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform will mark up and vote on H.R. 51, a bill that would give the District’s 700,000 residents voting representation in the legislature.</p> <div class="recirc-module"> <h3 class="recirc__heading"></h3> <p class="recirc__subheading"></p> <div class="recirc__post"> <div class="post__wrap"> <div class="post__image-wrapper"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="‘Statehood Now&#039;: DC Leaders Argue for Statehood Before US House" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/politics/first-read-dmv/statehood-now-us-house-to-hear-arguments-for-making-dc-the-51st-state/2615109/"> <img class="post__image" src="https://media.nbcwashington.com/2021/03/dc-statehood-rally.jpeg?quality=85&amp;strip=all" alt="" loading="lazy" /> </a> <span class="format-icon format-icon--video"></span> </div> <div class="post__text"> <div class="post__meta"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="DC statehood" class="post__tag" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/tag/dc-statehood/">DC statehood</a> <span class="post__date post__date--has-category"> Mar 22 </span> </div> <h3 class="post__title"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="‘Statehood Now&#039;: DC Leaders Argue for Statehood Before US House" class="post__title--link" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/politics/first-read-dmv/statehood-now-us-house-to-hear-arguments-for-making-dc-the-51st-state/2615109/"> <span data-ellipsis="true" data-text="‘Statehood Now&#039;: DC Leaders Argue for Statehood Before US House" data-react-component="NBCTruncate" data-maxlines="3" data-maxlinesmobile="2" data-readmore=""> ‘Statehood Now&#039;: DC Leaders Argue for Statehood Before US House </span> </a> </h3> </div> </div> </div> <div class="recirc__post"> <div class="post__wrap"> <div class="post__image-wrapper"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="DC Statehood Bill Reintroduced to US Senate" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/dc-statehood-bill-reintroduced-to-us-senate/2553083/"> <img class="post__image" src="https://media.nbcwashington.com/2021/01/DC-STATEHOOD.jpg?quality=85&amp;strip=all" alt="" loading="lazy" /> </a> <span class="format-icon format-icon--video"></span> </div> <div class="post__text"> <div class="post__meta"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="DC statehood" class="post__tag" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/tag/dc-statehood/">DC statehood</a> <span class="post__date post__date--has-category"> Jan 27 </span> </div> <h3 class="post__title"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="DC Statehood Bill Reintroduced to US Senate" class="post__title--link" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/dc-statehood-bill-reintroduced-to-us-senate/2553083/"> <span data-ellipsis="true" data-text="DC Statehood Bill Reintroduced to US Senate" data-react-component="NBCTruncate" data-maxlines="3" data-maxlinesmobile="2" data-readmore=""> DC Statehood Bill Reintroduced to US Senate </span> </a> </h3> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p>This will prepare the bill to move to the House floor for debate, which could occur next week, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said.</p> <p>D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton has said the bill has more support across the country than ever before.</p> <p>She first introduced a statehood bill 30 years ago and has not stopped fighting to get D.C. residents voting representation in Congress.</p> <p>The movement has gained the support of many Democrat leaders over the past few years, including <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/biden-white-house-backs-dc-statehood-they-deserve-representation/2612755/">President Joe Biden</a>.</p> <p>Last June, the House passed another version of the statehood bill — marking the first time a chamber of Congress has ever voted in favor of statehood.</p> <p>However, the bill went nowhere in the Republican-controlled Senate, and the new measure also faces opposition from the GOP.</p> Watch Live: House Committee to Vote on DC Statehood Bill https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/watch-live-dc-statehood-house-committee-vote/2639664/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:ebc92f63-b317-9bda-58e7-308c37409500 Wed, 14 Apr 2021 10:09:07 +0000 <p><strong><em>Watch the committee markup and vote in the video player above.</em></strong></p> <p>A bill that would make Washington, D.C., the nation’s 51<sup>st</sup> state faces a key committee vote on Wednesday.</p> <p>The U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform will mark up and vote on H.R. 51, a bill that would give the District’s 700,000 residents voting representation in the legislature.</p> <div class="recirc-module"> <h3 class="recirc__heading"></h3> <p class="recirc__subheading"></p> <div class="recirc__post"> <div class="post__wrap"> <div class="post__image-wrapper"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="‘Statehood Now&#039;: DC Leaders Argue for Statehood Before US House" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/politics/first-read-dmv/statehood-now-us-house-to-hear-arguments-for-making-dc-the-51st-state/2615109/"> <img class="post__image" src="https://media.nbcwashington.com/2021/03/dc-statehood-rally.jpeg?quality=85&amp;strip=all" alt="" loading="lazy" /> </a> <span class="format-icon format-icon--video"></span> </div> <div class="post__text"> <div class="post__meta"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="DC statehood" class="post__tag" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/tag/dc-statehood/">DC statehood</a> <span class="post__date post__date--has-category"> Mar 22 </span> </div> <h3 class="post__title"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="‘Statehood Now&#039;: DC Leaders Argue for Statehood Before US House" class="post__title--link" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/politics/first-read-dmv/statehood-now-us-house-to-hear-arguments-for-making-dc-the-51st-state/2615109/"> <span data-ellipsis="true" data-text="‘Statehood Now&#039;: DC Leaders Argue for Statehood Before US House" data-react-component="NBCTruncate" data-maxlines="3" data-maxlinesmobile="2" data-readmore=""> ‘Statehood Now&#039;: DC Leaders Argue for Statehood Before US House </span> </a> </h3> </div> </div> </div> <div class="recirc__post"> <div class="post__wrap"> <div class="post__image-wrapper"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="DC Statehood Bill Reintroduced to US Senate" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/dc-statehood-bill-reintroduced-to-us-senate/2553083/"> <img class="post__image" src="https://media.nbcwashington.com/2021/01/DC-STATEHOOD.jpg?quality=85&amp;strip=all" alt="" loading="lazy" /> </a> <span class="format-icon format-icon--video"></span> </div> <div class="post__text"> <div class="post__meta"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="DC statehood" class="post__tag" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/tag/dc-statehood/">DC statehood</a> <span class="post__date post__date--has-category"> Jan 27 </span> </div> <h3 class="post__title"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="DC Statehood Bill Reintroduced to US Senate" class="post__title--link" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/dc-statehood-bill-reintroduced-to-us-senate/2553083/"> <span data-ellipsis="true" data-text="DC Statehood Bill Reintroduced to US Senate" data-react-component="NBCTruncate" data-maxlines="3" data-maxlinesmobile="2" data-readmore=""> DC Statehood Bill Reintroduced to US Senate </span> </a> </h3> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p>D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton has said the bill has more support across the country than ever before.</p> <p>“With Democrats controlling the House, the Senate and the White House, we have never been closer to statehood,” Norton’s opening statement says.</p> <p>This will prepare the bill to move to the House floor for debate, which could occur next week, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said.</p> <p>H.R. 51 would make 66 square miles of the current District a state called Washington, Douglass Commonwealth. The name comes from abolitionist and author Frederick Douglass, a longtime D.C. resident.</p> <p>The bill would also create a small federal district about 2 square miles large. It would be controlled by the federal government and include the National Mall, major monuments, the White House, the Supreme Court and the U.S. Capitol complex, Norton says.</p> <p>Norton first introduced a statehood bill 30 years ago and has not stopped fighting to get D.C. residents voting representation in Congress.</p> <p>The movement has gained the support of many Democrat leaders over the past few years, including <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/biden-white-house-backs-dc-statehood-they-deserve-representation/2612755/">President Joe Biden</a>.</p> <p>Last June, the House passed another version of the statehood bill — marking the first time a chamber of Congress has ever voted in favor of statehood.</p> <p>However, the bill went nowhere in the Republican-controlled Senate, and the new measure also faces opposition from the GOP.</p> 100 Days: Tokyo Olympics Marked by Footnotes and Asterisks https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/sports/100-days-tokyo-olympics-marked-by-footnotes-and-asterisks/2639618/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:f1964e1f-6470-2745-0bf1-2e90cc48c890 Wed, 14 Apr 2021 08:32:52 +0000 <p>Tokyo pitched itself as &#8220;a safe pair of hands” when it was awarded the Olympics 7 1/2 years ago.</p> <p>“The certainty was a crucial factor,&#8221; Craig Reedie, an IOC vice president at the time, said after the 2013 vote in Buenos Aires.</p> <p>Now, nothing is certain as Tokyo&#8217;s postponed Olympics hit the 100-days-to-go mark on Wednesday. Despite surging cases of <a href="/news/coronavirus" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">COVID-19</a>, myriad scandals and overwhelming public opposition in Japan to holding the Games, organizers and the IOC are pushing on.</p> <p>Tokyo&#8217;s 1964 Olympics celebrated Japan&#8217;s rapid recovery from defeat in World War II. These Olympics will be marked by footnotes and asterisks. The athletes will aim high, of course, but the goals elsewhere will be modest: get through it, avoid becoming a super-spreader event, and stoke some national pride knowing few other countries could have pulled this off.</p> <div data-react-component="VideoPlayer" data-meta="{&quot;amp_status&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;spay_email&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;syndicated_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;should_nationalize&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_first_published_date&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_prevent_modified_update&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_primary_category_id&quot;:190,&quot;nbc_primary_tag_id&quot;:191191,&quot;nbc_social_page_title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_page_title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_seo_description&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_social_description&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_national_headline&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;entities&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_canonical_market&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_canonical_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_hide_from_recirculation&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_hide_from_search&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_syndication_category&quot;:&quot;1:1:190&quot;,&quot;nbc_national_collections&quot;:[],&quot;nopreroll&quot;:false,&quot;video_copyright&quot;:&quot;NBCUniversal Media, LLC&quot;,&quot;sst_source_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_disable_legacy_embeds&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_feed_loader_prevent_updates&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;desktopFlashPid&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_dfxp_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mp4_url&quot;:&quot;http:\/\/nbclim-download.edgesuite.net\/Prod\/NBCU_LM_VMS\/991\/3\/DIT_NAT_OLY_RYAN_CROUSER_20210412_MM__864865.mp4&quot;,&quot;mpx_download_pid&quot;:&quot;2RytKdqPxutp&quot;,&quot;mpx_high_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_high_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_is_livestream&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_m3upid&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_pid&quot;:&quot;H8YgVkB8PsjW&quot;,&quot;mpx_thumbnail_url&quot;:&quot;https:\/\/media.nbcwashington.com\/2021\/04\/DIT-NAT-OLY-RYAN-CROUSER-20210412-MM.mp4.00_00_32_00.Still001.jpg?quality=85&amp;strip=all&amp;resize=850%2C478&quot;,&quot;pid_streaming_web_high&quot;:&quot;H8YgVkB8PsjW&quot;,&quot;pid_streaming_web_medium&quot;:&quot;VMbgc662VKCP&quot;,&quot;subtitle&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;dfxp_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;video_call_letter&quot;:&quot;NBCU LM VMS&quot;,&quot;video_captions&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;video_id&quot;:&quot;1884381251618_304&quot;,&quot;video_length&quot;:&quot;91525&quot;,&quot;video_provider&quot;:&quot;mpx&quot;,&quot;alleypack_schedule_unpublish&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;feed_remote_id&quot;:&quot;mpx_1884381251618&quot;,&quot;feed_thumbnail_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;}" data-livestream="false" data-title="Olympic Shot Put Champion Ryan Crouser Finds His Mental Edge" data-vidcid="1:1:6007589" data-vidurl="https://ots.nbcwpshield.com/news/national-international/olympic-shot-put-champion-ryan-crouser-finds-his-mental-edge/6007589/" data-islead="false" data-catnames="{&quot;189&quot;:&quot;News&quot;,&quot;190&quot;:&quot;U.S. &amp;amp; World&quot;}" data-tagnames="{&quot;8801&quot;:&quot;Olympics&quot;,&quot;312205&quot;:&quot;ryan crouser&quot;,&quot;312206&quot;:&quot;shot put&quot;,&quot;191191&quot;:&quot;Tokyo Olympics&quot;}" data-customdata="{&quot;ContentPartner&quot;:&quot;None&quot;,&quot;Source&quot;:&quot;WEBFM&quot;,&quot;SyndicationAllowed&quot;:&quot;true&quot;,&quot;mSNVideoCategories&quot;:&quot;MSN Video v4 Connector-most watched news&quot;,&quot;mSNVideoContentSupplierID&quot;:&quot;NBC_Local&quot;,&quot;mSNVideoCountry&quot;:&quot;us&quot;,&quot;subtitle&quot;:&quot;nosubtitle&quot;,&quot;uploadedByTeam&quot;:&quot;1&quot;,&quot;youtubeChannel&quot;:&quot;None&quot;}" data-autoplay="false" data-cplay="true"></div> <p>“The government is very conscious of how ‘the world’ views Japan,” Dr. Gill Steel, who teaches political science at Doshisha University in Kyoto, wrote in an email. “Canceling the Olympics would have been seen, at some level, as a public failure on the international stage.”</p> <p>The price will be steep when the Olympics open on July 23.</p> <p>The official cost is $15.4 billion. Olympic spending is tough to track, but several government audits suggest it might be twice that much, and all but $6.7 billion is public money. </p> <p>The Switzerland-based IOC generates 91% of its income from selling broadcast rights and sponsorship. This amounts to at least $5 billion in a four-year cycle, but the revenue flow from networks like American-based NBC has been stalled by the postponement.</p> <div data-react-component="VideoPlayer" data-meta="{&quot;amp_status&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;spay_email&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;syndicated_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;should_nationalize&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_first_published_date&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_prevent_modified_update&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_primary_category_id&quot;:190,&quot;nbc_primary_tag_id&quot;:191191,&quot;nbc_social_page_title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_page_title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_seo_description&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_social_description&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_national_headline&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;entities&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_canonical_market&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_canonical_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_hide_from_recirculation&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_hide_from_search&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_syndication_category&quot;:&quot;1:1:190&quot;,&quot;nbc_national_collections&quot;:[],&quot;nopreroll&quot;:false,&quot;video_copyright&quot;:&quot;NBCUniversal Media, LLC&quot;,&quot;sst_source_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_disable_legacy_embeds&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_feed_loader_prevent_updates&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;desktopFlashPid&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_dfxp_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mp4_url&quot;:&quot;http:\/\/nbclim-download.edgesuite.net\/Prod\/NBCU_LM_VMS\/950\/987\/DIT_NAT_OLY_NIA_ALI_20210412_MM__379661.mp4&quot;,&quot;mpx_download_pid&quot;:&quot;h8eRQn0Qxdt4&quot;,&quot;mpx_high_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_high_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_is_livestream&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_m3upid&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_pid&quot;:&quot;gUzC5XutHGUC&quot;,&quot;mpx_thumbnail_url&quot;:&quot;https:\/\/media.nbcwashington.com\/2021\/04\/DIT-NAT-OLY-NIA-ALI-20210412-MM.mp4.00_00_02_06.Still001.jpg?quality=85&amp;strip=all&amp;resize=850%2C478&quot;,&quot;pid_streaming_web_high&quot;:&quot;ZLAahVTJiz1X&quot;,&quot;pid_streaming_web_medium&quot;:&quot;gUzC5XutHGUC&quot;,&quot;subtitle&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;dfxp_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;video_call_letter&quot;:&quot;NBCU LM VMS&quot;,&quot;video_captions&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;video_id&quot;:&quot;1884339267914_619&quot;,&quot;video_length&quot;:&quot;105072&quot;,&quot;video_provider&quot;:&quot;mpx&quot;,&quot;alleypack_schedule_unpublish&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;feed_remote_id&quot;:&quot;mpx_1884339267914&quot;,&quot;feed_thumbnail_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;}" data-livestream="false" data-title="USA Track and Field Athlete Nia Ali Sprints to Her Next Olympics Hurdle" data-vidcid="1:1:6007263" data-vidurl="https://ots.nbcwpshield.com/news/national-international/usa-track-and-field-athlete-nia-ali-sprints-to-her-next-olympics-hurdle/6007263/" data-islead="false" data-catnames="{&quot;189&quot;:&quot;News&quot;,&quot;190&quot;:&quot;U.S. &amp;amp; World&quot;}" data-tagnames="{&quot;312088&quot;:&quot;nia ali&quot;,&quot;8801&quot;:&quot;Olympics&quot;,&quot;191191&quot;:&quot;Tokyo Olympics&quot;,&quot;312089&quot;:&quot;track and field&quot;}" data-customdata="{&quot;ContentPartner&quot;:&quot;None&quot;,&quot;Source&quot;:&quot;WEBFM&quot;,&quot;SyndicationAllowed&quot;:&quot;true&quot;,&quot;mSNVideoCategories&quot;:&quot;MSN Video v4 Connector-most watched news&quot;,&quot;mSNVideoContentSupplierID&quot;:&quot;NBC_Local&quot;,&quot;mSNVideoCountry&quot;:&quot;us&quot;,&quot;subtitle&quot;:&quot;nosubtitle&quot;,&quot;uploadedByTeam&quot;:&quot;1&quot;,&quot;youtubeChannel&quot;:&quot;None&quot;}" data-autoplay="false" data-cplay="true"></div> <p>What does Tokyo get out of the 17-day sports circus? </p> <p>Fans from abroad are banned, tourism is out, and there&#8217;ll be no room for neighborhood partying. Athletes are being told to arrive late, leave early and maneuver around a moving maze of rules.</p> <p>There are also reputational costs for Japan and the International Olympic Committee: a bribery scandal, botched planning, and repeated misogyny in the Tokyo Olympic leadership. </p> <p>The IOC is betting Tokyo will be a distraction — “the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel”— as the closing ceremony comes just six months before the opening of the boycott-threatened Beijing Winter Olympics.</p> <p>Various polls suggest up to 80% of Japanese want the Olympics canceled or postponed. 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About 9,500 deaths in Japan have been attributed to COVID-19, good by global measures but poor by standards in Asia.</p> <p>And what&#8217;s the impact of 15,400 Olympic and Paralympic athletes from more than 200 countries and territories entering Japan, joined by tens of thousands of officials, judges, media, and broadcasters?</p> <p>“The risks are high in Japan. Japan is dangerous, not a safe place at all,” Sugaya said.</p> <p>The heavily sponsored torch relay with 10,000 runners crisscrossing Japan also presents hazards. Legs scheduled for Osaka this week were pulled from the streets because of surging COVID-19 cases and relocated into a city park — with no fans allowed. 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Warning: This stream may include images and audio some viewers may find upsetting or disturbing.</em></strong></p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="411" src="https://www.nbcnews.com/news/embedded-video/mmvo109143621659" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>George Floyd died of a sudden heart rhythm problem due to his heart disease while being restrained by police, a retired forensic pathologist testified for the defense Wednesday at former Officer Derek Chauvin&#8217;s murder trial, contradicting several experts who said Floyd succumbed to a lack of oxygen.</p> <p>Dr. David Fowler, a former chief medical examiner for the state of Maryland and now a member of consulting firm, said that the fentanyl and methamphetamine in Floyd&#8217;s system, and possible carbon monoxide poisoning from auto exhaust, were contributing factors. He said Floyd&#8217;s heart disease included high blood pressure and narrowing of the arteries.</p> <p>“All of those combined to cause Mr. Floyd’s death,” he said on the second day of the defense case.</p> <p>Chauvin attorney Derek Nelson is trying to prove that the 19-year Minneapolis police veteran did what he was trained to do and that Floyd died because of his illegal drug use and underlying health problems.</p> <p>Prosecutors say Floyd died because Chauvin’s knee was pressed into Floyd’s neck or neck area for 9 1/2 minutes as the 46-year-old Black man lay pinned to the pavement on his stomach last May with his hands cuffed behind his back.</p> <p>Several top Minneapolis police officials, including the police chief, have testified that Chauvin used excessive force and violated his training. 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After an ambulance had taken Floyd away, Chauvin was heard telling a bystander: “We gotta control this guy ’cause he’s a sizable guy &#8230; and it looks like he’s probably on something.”</p> <p>Earlier Wednesday, Judge Peter Cahill turned down a defense request to acquit Chauvin, rejecting claims that prosecutors failed to prove Chauvin’s actions killed Floyd. Requests for an acquittal are routinely made midway through a trial and are usually denied.</p> <p>The defense began its case on Tuesday with Nelson challenging the heart of the case against Chauvin — whether his actions were reasonable.</p> <p>The question of what is reasonable is important: Police officers are allowed certain latitude to use force. Legal experts say a key issue for the jury will be whether the officer&#8217;s actions were reasonable in those specific circumstances.</p> <p>A use-of-force expert testified Tuesday that Chauvin was justified in keeping Floyd pinned to the pavement, saying Floyd kept on struggling.</p> <div data-react-component="VideoPlayer" data-meta="{&quot;amp_status&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;spay_email&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;syndicated_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;should_nationalize&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_first_published_date&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_prevent_modified_update&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_primary_category_id&quot;:190,&quot;nbc_primary_tag_id&quot;:312765,&quot;nbc_social_page_title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_page_title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_seo_description&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_social_description&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_national_headline&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;entities&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_canonical_market&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_canonical_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_hide_from_recirculation&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_hide_from_search&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_syndication_category&quot;:&quot;1:1:190&quot;,&quot;nbc_national_collections&quot;:[],&quot;nopreroll&quot;:false,&quot;video_copyright&quot;:&quot;NBCUniversal Media, LLC&quot;,&quot;sst_source_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_disable_legacy_embeds&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_feed_loader_prevent_updates&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;desktopFlashPid&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_dfxp_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mp4_url&quot;:&quot;http:\/\/nbclim-download.edgesuite.net\/Prod\/NBCU_LM_VMS\/481\/667\/DIT_NAT_SOT_NEWS_BRODD_CHAUVIN_USE_OF_FORCE_20210413_FH__079673.mp4&quot;,&quot;mpx_download_pid&quot;:&quot;aanlZsCsg6h4&quot;,&quot;mpx_high_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_high_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_is_livestream&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_m3upid&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_pid&quot;:&quot;8s9_vvJO65HP&quot;,&quot;mpx_thumbnail_url&quot;:&quot;https:\/\/media.nbcwashington.com\/2021\/04\/Sequence-01.00_52_01_09.Still033.png?resize=850%2C478&amp;quality=85&amp;strip=all&quot;,&quot;pid_streaming_web_high&quot;:&quot;yqZmOXuokqfp&quot;,&quot;pid_streaming_web_medium&quot;:&quot;8s9_vvJO65HP&quot;,&quot;subtitle&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;dfxp_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;video_call_letter&quot;:&quot;NBCU LM VMS&quot;,&quot;video_captions&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;video_id&quot;:&quot;1884920899844_490&quot;,&quot;video_length&quot;:&quot;47948&quot;,&quot;video_provider&quot;:&quot;mpx&quot;,&quot;alleypack_schedule_unpublish&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;feed_remote_id&quot;:&quot;mpx_1884920899844&quot;,&quot;feed_thumbnail_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;}" data-livestream="false" data-title="Former Officer: Derek Chauvin&#039;s Use of Force Was ‘Justified&#039;" data-vidcid="1:1:6011699" data-vidurl="https://ots.nbcwpshield.com/news/national-international/former-officer-derek-chauvins-use-of-force-was-justified/6011699/" data-islead="false" data-catnames="{&quot;189&quot;:&quot;News&quot;,&quot;12732&quot;:&quot;Local&quot;,&quot;190&quot;:&quot;U.S. &amp;amp; World&quot;}" data-tagnames="{&quot;312766&quot;:&quot;Barry Brodd&quot;,&quot;231113&quot;:&quot;Derek Chauvin&quot;,&quot;312765&quot;:&quot;Derek Chauvin Trial&quot;,&quot;230852&quot;:&quot;George Floyd&quot;,&quot;1988&quot;:&quot;Minneapolis&quot;,&quot;63&quot;:&quot;Minnesota&quot;}" data-customdata="{&quot;ContentPartner&quot;:&quot;None&quot;,&quot;Source&quot;:&quot;WEBFM&quot;,&quot;SyndicationAllowed&quot;:&quot;true&quot;,&quot;mSNVideoCategories&quot;:&quot;MSN Video v4 Connector-most watched news&quot;,&quot;mSNVideoContentSupplierID&quot;:&quot;NBC_Local&quot;,&quot;mSNVideoCountry&quot;:&quot;us&quot;,&quot;subtitle&quot;:&quot;nosubtitle&quot;,&quot;uploadedByTeam&quot;:&quot;1&quot;,&quot;youtubeChannel&quot;:&quot;None&quot;}" data-autoplay="false" data-cplay="true"></div> <p>Barry Brodd, a former Santa Rosa, California, officer, likened the case to a situation in which officers use a Taser on someone fighting with officers, and the suspect falls, hits his head and dies: “That isn’t an incident of deadly force. That’s an incident of an accidental death.”</p> <p>He stoutly defended Chauvin’s actions, saying it&#8217;s &#8220;easy to sit and judge &#8230; an officer’s conduct.</p> <p>“It’s more of a challenge to, again, put yourself in the officer’s shoes to try to make an evaluation through what they’re feeling, what they’re sensing, the fear they have, and then make a determination,” Brodd said.</p> <p>Brodd also testified that bystanders yelling at police to get off Floyd complicated the situation for Chauvin and the others by causing them to wonder whether the crowd was becoming a threat, too.</p> <p>Brodd also appeared to endorse what prosecution witnesses have said is a common misconception: that if someone can talk, he or she can breathe.</p> <p>“I certainly don’t have medical degrees, but I was always trained and feel it’s a reasonable assumption that if somebody’s, ‘I’m choking, I’m choking,’ well, you’re not choking because you can breathe,” he said.</p> <div class="recirc-module"> <h3 class="recirc__heading">Derek Chauvin Trial Coverage</h3> <p class="recirc__subheading"></p> <div class="recirc__post"> <div class="post__wrap"> <div class="post__image-wrapper"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="Chauvin Trial: Defense Witness Says Ex-Cop Was Justified in Pinning Down George Floyd" href="https://ots.nbcwpshield.com/news/national-international/defense-set-to-take-turn-in-ex-cops-trial-in-floyd-death/6008756/"> <img class="post__image" src="https://media.nbcwashington.com/2019/09/NBC@3x-7.png?resize=850%2C478&#038;quality=85&#038;strip=all#038;quality=85&#038;strip=all" alt="" loading="lazy" data-recalc-dims="1" /> </a> <span class="format-icon format-icon--video"></span> </div> <div class="post__text"> <div class="post__meta"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="Derek Chauvin" class="post__tag" href="https://ots.nbcwpshield.com/tag/derek-chauvin/">Derek Chauvin</a> <span class="post__date post__date--has-category"> Apr 13 </span> </div> <h3 class="post__title"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="Chauvin Trial: Defense Witness Says Ex-Cop Was Justified in Pinning Down George Floyd" class="post__title--link" href="https://ots.nbcwpshield.com/news/national-international/defense-set-to-take-turn-in-ex-cops-trial-in-floyd-death/6008756/"> <span data-ellipsis="true" data-text="Chauvin Trial: Defense Witness Says Ex-Cop Was Justified in Pinning Down George Floyd" data-react-component="NBCTruncate" data-maxlines="3" data-maxlinesmobile="2" data-readmore=""> Chauvin Trial: Defense Witness Says Ex-Cop Was Justified in Pinning Down George Floyd </span> </a> </h3> </div> </div> </div> <div class="recirc__post"> <div class="post__wrap"> <div class="post__image-wrapper"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="Chauvin Trial: Expert Says Ex-Cop Did Not Take Actions of ‘Reasonable Officer&#039;" href="https://ots.nbcwpshield.com/news/national-international/prosecution-case-nears-end-in-ex-cops-trial-in-floyd-death/6005258/"> <img class="post__image" src="https://media.nbcwashington.com/2019/09/NBC@3x-7.png?resize=850%2C478&#038;quality=85&#038;strip=all#038;quality=85&#038;strip=all" alt="" loading="lazy" data-recalc-dims="1" /> </a> <span class="format-icon format-icon--video"></span> </div> <div class="post__text"> <div class="post__meta"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="George Floyd" class="post__tag" href="https://ots.nbcwpshield.com/tag/george-floyd/">George Floyd</a> <span class="post__date post__date--has-category"> Apr 12 </span> </div> <h3 class="post__title"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="Chauvin Trial: Expert Says Ex-Cop Did Not Take Actions of ‘Reasonable Officer&#039;" class="post__title--link" href="https://ots.nbcwpshield.com/news/national-international/prosecution-case-nears-end-in-ex-cops-trial-in-floyd-death/6005258/"> <span data-ellipsis="true" data-text="Chauvin Trial: Expert Says Ex-Cop Did Not Take Actions of ‘Reasonable Officer&#039;" data-react-component="NBCTruncate" data-maxlines="3" data-maxlinesmobile="2" data-readmore=""> Chauvin Trial: Expert Says Ex-Cop Did Not Take Actions of ‘Reasonable Officer&#039; </span> </a> </h3> </div> </div> </div> </div> <hr class="wp-block-separator" /> <p><em>Webber reported from Fenton, Michigan. Associated Press video journalist Angie Wang contributed from Atlanta.</em></p> Report: Broad Missteps Left Capitol Police Unprepared Jan. 6 https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/national-international/report-finds-broad-missteps-left-capitol-police-unprepared-jan-6/2639587/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:773bdea4-f913-72d2-b54e-024afa01267c Wed, 14 Apr 2021 06:14:35 +0000 <p>A blistering internal report by the U.S. Capitol Police describes a multitude of missteps that left the force unprepared for the Jan. 6 insurrection — riot shields that shattered upon impact, expired weapons that couldn’t be used, inadequate training and an intelligence division that had few set standards. </p> <p>The watchdog report released internally last month, obtained by The Associated Press ahead of a congressional hearing Thursday, adds to what is already known about broader security and intelligence failures that Congress has been investigating since hundreds of President Donald Trump&#8217;s supporters laid siege to the Capitol.</p> <p>In an extensive and detailed timeline of that day, the report describes conversations between officials as they disagreed on whether National Guard forces were necessary to back up the understaffed Capitol Police force. It quotes an Army official as telling then-Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund that “we don’t like the optics of the National Guard standing in a line at the Capitol&#8221; after the insurrectionists had already broken in. </p> <p>Inspector General Michael A. Bolton found that the department’s deficiencies were — and remain — widespread. Equipment was old and stored badly, leaders had failed to act on previous recommendations to improve intelligence, and there was a broad lack of current policies or procedures for the Civil Disturbance Unit, a division that existed to ensure that legislative functions of Congress were not disrupted by civil unrest or protest activity. That was exactly what happened on Jan. 6 as Trump’s supporters sought to overturn the election in his favor as Congress counted the Electoral College votes. </p> <p>The report comes as the Capitol Police force has plunging morale and has edged closer to crisis as many officers have been working extra shifts and forced overtime to protect the Capitol after the insurrection. Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman received a vote of no confidence from the union in February, reflecting widespread distrust among the rank and file. </p> <p>The entire force is also grieving the deaths of two of their own — Officer Brian Sicknick, who collapsed and died after engaging with protesters on Jan. 6, and Officer William “Billy” Evans, who was killed April 2 when he was hit by a car that rammed into a barricade outside the Senate. Evans laid in honor in the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday.</p> <p>The Capitol Police have so far refused to publicly release the report — marked throughout as “law enforcement sensitive” — despite congressional pressure to do so. House Administration Committee Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., issued a statement in March that she had been briefed on the report, along with another internal document, and that it contained “detailed and disturbing findings and important recommendations.“ Bolton was expected to testify before her panel on Thursday. </p> <p>The report focuses heavily on failure of equipment and training Jan. 6 as Capitol Police were quickly overwhelmed by around 800 of Trump’s supporters who pushed past them, beat them and broke windows and doors to get into the building. It also looks at missed intelligence as the insurrectionists planned the attack openly online, and as various agencies sent warnings that were disseminated incorrectly. </p> <p>Bolton found that in many cases department equipment had expired but was not replaced and some of it was more than 20 years old. Riot shields that shattered upon impact as the officers fended off the violent mob had been improperly stored, Bolton found. Some weapons that could have fired tear gas were so old that officers didn’t feel comfortable using them. Other weapons that could have done more to disperse the crowd were never staged ahead of the rally, and those who were ordered to get back-up supplies to the officers on the front lines could not make it through the aggressive crowd. </p> <p>In other cases, weapons weren&#8217;t used because of “orders from leadership,” the report says. Those weapons — called &#8220;less lethal&#8221; because they are designed to disperse, not kill — could have allowed the police to better push back the rioters as they moved toward the building, according to the report.</p> <p>In terms of the Civil Disturbance Unit, the report said there was a total lack of policy and procedure, and many officers didn’t want to be a part of it. There were not enough guidelines for when to activate the unit, how to issue gear, what tactics to use or lay out the command structure. Some of the policies hadn’t been updated in more than a decade and there was no firm roster of who was even in the division. The unit was at a “decreased level of readiness and preparedness” because there were no standards for equipment, the report said. </p> <p>Bolton also laid out many of the missed intelligence signals — including a report prepared by the Department of Homeland Security in December that forwarded messages posted on forums supportive of Trump that appeared to be planning for Jan. 6. One part of that document included a map of Capitol tunnels that someone had posted. “Take note,&#8221; the message said. </p> <p>The report looks at a missed memo from the FBI in which online activists predicted a “war” on Jan. 6 — Sund told Senate investigators last month he never saw it. Bolton also details the force’s own internal reports, which he said were inconsistent. One Capitol Police report predicted that the protesters could become violent, but Sund testified before the Senate in February that internal assessments had said violence was “improbable.” </p> <p>On intelligence, Bolton said, there was a lack of adequate training and guidance for dissemination within the department. There were no policies or procedures for open source data gathering — such as gathering information from the online Trump forums — and analysts “may not be aware of the proper methods of conducting open source intelligence work.” </p> <p>A timeline attached to the report gives a more detailed look at Capitol Police movements, commands and conversations as the day unfolded and they scrambled to move staff and equipment to multiple fronts where people were breaking in. </p> <p>The timeline sheds new light on conversations in which Sund begged for National Guard support. Sund and others, including the head of the D.C. National Guard, have testified that Pentagon officials were concerned about the optics of sending help. </p> <p>The document gives the clearest proof of that concern yet, quoting Army Staff Secretary Walter Piatt telling Sund and others on a call that “we don&#8217;t like the optics” of the National Guard at the Capitol and he would recommend not sending them. That was at 2:26 p.m., as rioters had already broken through windows and as Sund desperately asked for the help. </p> <p>The Pentagon eventually approved the Guard&#8217;s presence, and Guard members arrived after 5 p.m. While they were waiting, Sund also had a teleconference with Vice President Mike Pence, the timeline shows. Pence was in a secure location in the Capitol because he had overseen the counting of the votes, and some of the rioters were calling for his hanging because he had indicated he would not try to overturn President Joe Biden&#8217;s election win.</p> <p>The AP reported Saturday that Pence also had a conversation that day with acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller in which he directed that he “Clear the Capitol.” </p> <p>___</p> <p>Associated Press writers Lisa Mascaro and Colleen Long contributed to this report.</p> Watchdog Lays Bare Capitol Police's Riot Security Failures https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/national-international/report-finds-broad-missteps-left-capitol-police-unprepared-jan-6/2639587/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:fa27a4f1-ac22-2648-39a8-e8e61c027576 Wed, 14 Apr 2021 06:14:35 +0000 <p>A blistering internal report by the U.S. Capitol Police describes a multitude of missteps that left the force unprepared for the Jan. 6 insurrection — riot shields that shattered upon impact, expired weapons that couldn’t be used, inadequate training and an intelligence division that had few set standards. </p> <p>The watchdog report released internally last month, obtained by The Associated Press before a congressional hearing Thursday, adds to what is already known about broader security and intelligence failures that Congress has been investigating since hundreds of then-President Donald Trump&#8217;s supporters laid siege to the Capitol.</p> <p>In an extensive and detailed timeline of that day, the report describes conversations between officials as they disagreed on whether National Guard forces were necessary to back up the understaffed Capitol Police force. It quotes an Army official as telling then-Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund that “we don’t like the optics of the National Guard standing in a line at the Capitol&#8221; after the insurrectionists had already broken in. </p> <p>Inspector General Michael A. Bolton found that the department’s deficiencies were — and remain — widespread. Equipment was old and stored badly, leaders had failed to act on previous recommendations to improve intelligence, and there was a broad lack of current policies or procedures for the Civil Disturbance Unit, a division that existed to ensure that legislative functions of Congress were not disrupted by civil unrest or protest activity. That was exactly what happened on Jan. 6 as Trump’s supporters sought to overturn the election in his favor as Congress counted the Electoral College votes. </p> <p>The report comes as the Capitol Police force has plunging morale and has edged closer to crisis as many officers have been working extra shifts and forced overtime to protect the Capitol after the insurrection. Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman received a vote of no confidence from the union in February, reflecting widespread distrust among the rank and file. </p> <p>The entire force is also grieving the deaths of two of their own — Officer Brian Sicknick, who collapsed and died after engaging with protesters on Jan. 6, and Officer William “Billy” Evans, who was killed April 2 when he was hit by a car that rammed into a barricade outside the Senate. Evans laid in honor in the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday.</p> <p>The Capitol Police have so far refused to publicly release the report — marked throughout as “law enforcement sensitive” — despite congressional pressure to do so. House Administration Committee Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., issued a statement in March that she had been briefed on the report, along with another internal document, and that it contained “detailed and disturbing findings and important recommendations.“ Bolton was expected to testify before her panel on Thursday. </p> <p>The report focuses heavily on failure of equipment and training Jan. 6 as Capitol Police were quickly overwhelmed by around 800 of Trump’s supporters who pushed past them, beat them and broke windows and doors to get into the building. It also looks at missed intelligence as the insurrectionists planned the attack openly online, and as various agencies sent warnings that were disseminated incorrectly. </p> <p>Bolton found that in many cases department equipment had expired but was not replaced and some of it was more than 20 years old. Riot shields that shattered upon impact as the officers fended off the violent mob had been improperly stored, Bolton found. Some weapons that could have fired tear gas were so old that officers didn’t feel comfortable using them. Other weapons that could have done more to disperse the crowd were never staged ahead of the rally, and those who were ordered to get back-up supplies to the officers on the front lines could not make it through the aggressive crowd. </p> <p>In other cases, weapons weren&#8217;t used because of “orders from leadership,” the report says. Those weapons — called &#8220;less lethal&#8221; because they are designed to disperse, not kill — could have allowed the police to better push back the rioters as they moved toward the building, according to the report.</p> <p>In terms of the Civil Disturbance Unit, the report said there was a total lack of policy and procedure, and many officers didn’t want to be a part of it. There were not enough guidelines for when to activate the unit, how to issue gear, what tactics to use or lay out the command structure. Some of the policies hadn’t been updated in more than a decade and there was no firm roster of who was even in the division. The unit was at a “decreased level of readiness and preparedness” because there were no standards for equipment, the report said. </p> <p>Bolton also laid out many of the missed intelligence signals — including a report prepared by the Department of Homeland Security in December that forwarded messages posted on forums supportive of Trump that appeared to be planning for Jan. 6. One part of that document included a map of Capitol tunnels that someone had posted. “Take note,&#8221; the message said. </p> <p>The report looks at a missed memo from the FBI in which online activists predicted a “war” on Jan. 6 — Sund told Senate investigators last month he never saw it. Bolton also details the force’s own internal reports, which he said were inconsistent. One Capitol Police report predicted that the protesters could become violent, but Sund testified before the Senate in February that internal assessments had said violence was “improbable.” </p> <p>On intelligence, Bolton said, there was a lack of adequate training and guidance for dissemination within the department. There were no policies or procedures for open source data gathering — such as gathering information from the online Trump forums — and analysts “may not be aware of the proper methods of conducting open source intelligence work.” </p> <p>A timeline attached to the report gives a more detailed look at Capitol Police movements, commands and conversations as the day unfolded and they scrambled to move staff and equipment to multiple fronts where people were breaking in. </p> <p>The timeline sheds new light on conversations in which Sund begged for National Guard support. Sund and others, including the head of the D.C. National Guard, have testified that Pentagon officials were concerned about the optics of sending help. </p> <p>The document gives the clearest proof of that concern yet, quoting Army Staff Secretary Walter Piatt telling Sund and others on a call that “we don&#8217;t like the optics” of the National Guard at the Capitol and he would recommend not sending them. That was at 2:26 p.m., as rioters had already broken through windows and as Sund desperately asked for the help. </p> <p>The Pentagon eventually approved the Guard&#8217;s presence, and Guard members arrived after 5 p.m. While they were waiting, Sund also had a teleconference with Vice President Mike Pence, the timeline shows. Pence was in a secure location in the Capitol because he had overseen the counting of the votes, and some of the rioters were calling for his hanging because he had indicated he would not try to overturn President Joe Biden&#8217;s election win.</p> <p>The AP reported Saturday that Pence also had a conversation that day with acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller in which he directed that he “Clear the Capitol.” </p> <p>___</p> <p>Associated Press writers Lisa Mascaro and Colleen Long contributed to this report.</p> Decision Expected on Charges for Cop Who Shot Daunte Wright https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/national-international/decision-expected-on-charges-for-cop-who-shot-daunte-wright/2639578/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:52df0592-75a4-b665-2ff4-367300e141b7 Wed, 14 Apr 2021 05:38:35 +0000 <p>Prosecutors expect to decide Wednesday whether to charge the white former police officer who fatally shot a Black man during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb, sparking nights of protests and raising tensions amid the nearby murder trial of the ex-officer charged with killing George Floyd. </p> <p>Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter and Police Chief Tim Gannon resigned Tuesday, two days after <a href="/news/national-international/minnesota-police-shoot-kill-man-after-traffic-stop-incident/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Potter shot 20-year-old Daunte Wright</a>. Gannon has said he believed Potter mistakenly grabbed her pistol when she was trying to pull out her Taser. </p> <p>Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott said at a news conference that the city had been moving toward firing Potter, a 26-year veteran, when she resigned. Elliott said he hoped her resignation would “bring some calm to the community,” but that he would keep working toward “full accountability under the law.”</p> <p>Washington County Attorney Pete Orput told WCCO-AM that he had received information on the case from state investigators and hoped to have a charging decision on Wednesday. Orput did not respond to a message from The Associated Press. While the shooting happened in Hennepin County, prosecutors referred the case to nearby Washington County — a practice county attorneys in the Minneapolis area adopted last year in handling police deadly force cases. </p> <div data-react-component="VideoPlayer" data-meta="{&quot;amp_status&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;spay_email&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;syndicated_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;should_nationalize&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_first_published_date&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_prevent_modified_update&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_primary_category_id&quot;:190,&quot;nbc_primary_tag_id&quot;:312288,&quot;nbc_social_page_title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_page_title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_seo_description&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_social_description&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_national_headline&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;entities&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_canonical_market&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_canonical_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_hide_from_recirculation&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_hide_from_search&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_syndication_category&quot;:&quot;1:1:190&quot;,&quot;nbc_national_collections&quot;:[],&quot;nopreroll&quot;:false,&quot;video_copyright&quot;:&quot;NBCUniversal Media, LLC&quot;,&quot;sst_source_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_disable_legacy_embeds&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_feed_loader_prevent_updates&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;desktopFlashPid&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_dfxp_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mp4_url&quot;:&quot;http:\/\/nbclim-download.edgesuite.net\/Prod\/NBCU_LM_VMS\/83\/219\/DIT_NAT_TOS_NEWS_PROTESTS_MINNESOTA_20210412_FH__297761.mp4&quot;,&quot;mpx_download_pid&quot;:&quot;GAAQC_hXkdDy&quot;,&quot;mpx_high_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_high_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_is_livestream&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_m3upid&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_pid&quot;:&quot;ixxkVQnjF3Pz&quot;,&quot;mpx_thumbnail_url&quot;:&quot;https:\/\/media.nbcwashington.com\/2021\/04\/Sequence-01.00_52_02_19.Still031.png?resize=850%2C478&amp;quality=85&amp;strip=all&quot;,&quot;pid_streaming_web_high&quot;:&quot;ixxkVQnjF3Pz&quot;,&quot;pid_streaming_web_medium&quot;:&quot;Tz0iKl2vMYC6&quot;,&quot;subtitle&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;dfxp_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;video_call_letter&quot;:&quot;NBCU LM VMS&quot;,&quot;video_captions&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;video_id&quot;:&quot;1884503107833_863&quot;,&quot;video_length&quot;:&quot;48782&quot;,&quot;video_provider&quot;:&quot;mpx&quot;,&quot;alleypack_schedule_unpublish&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;feed_remote_id&quot;:&quot;mpx_1884503107833&quot;,&quot;feed_thumbnail_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;}" data-livestream="false" data-title="Daunte Wright Death Sparks Protests in Minnesota" data-vidcid="1:1:6008433" data-vidurl="https://ots.nbcwpshield.com/news/national-international/daunte-wright-death-sparks-protests-in-minnesota/6008433/" data-islead="false" data-catnames="{&quot;189&quot;:&quot;News&quot;,&quot;12732&quot;:&quot;Local&quot;,&quot;190&quot;:&quot;U.S. &amp;amp; World&quot;}" data-tagnames="{&quot;311684&quot;:&quot;Brooklyn Center&quot;,&quot;312288&quot;:&quot;Daune Wright&quot;,&quot;311666&quot;:&quot;Daunte Wright&quot;,&quot;63&quot;:&quot;Minnesota&quot;,&quot;15585&quot;:&quot;police&quot;}" data-customdata="{&quot;ContentPartner&quot;:&quot;None&quot;,&quot;Source&quot;:&quot;WEBFM&quot;,&quot;SyndicationAllowed&quot;:&quot;true&quot;,&quot;mSNVideoCategories&quot;:&quot;MSN Video v4 Connector-most watched news&quot;,&quot;mSNVideoContentSupplierID&quot;:&quot;NBC_Local&quot;,&quot;mSNVideoCountry&quot;:&quot;us&quot;,&quot;subtitle&quot;:&quot;nosubtitle&quot;,&quot;uploadedByTeam&quot;:&quot;1&quot;,&quot;youtubeChannel&quot;:&quot;None&quot;}" data-autoplay="false" data-cplay="true"></div> <p>“We have to make sure that justice is served, justice is done. Daunte Wright deserves that. His family deserves that,” Elliott said.</p> <p>But police and protesters faced off once again after nightfall Tuesday, with hundreds of protesters gathering again at Brooklyn Center’s heavily guarded police headquarters, now ringed by concrete barriers and a tall metal fence, and where police in riot gear and National Guard soldiers stood watch. </p> <p>About 90 minutes before a 10 p.m. curfew, state police announced over a loudspeaker that the gathering had been declared unlawful and ordered the crowds to disperse. That quickly set off confrontations, with protesters launching fireworks toward the station and throwing objects at police, who launched flashbangs and gas grenades, and then marched in a line to force back the crowd. </p> <p>“You are hereby ordered to disperse,” authorities announced, warning that anyone not leaving would be arrested. The state police said the dispersal order came before the curfew because protesters were trying to take down the fencing and throwing rocks at police. The number of protesters dropped rapidly over the next hour, until only a few remained. Police also ordered all media to leave the scene. </p> <p>Some 60 people were arrested, police said early Wednesday morning.</p> <div data-react-component="VideoPlayer" data-meta="{&quot;amp_status&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;spay_email&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;syndicated_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;should_nationalize&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_first_published_date&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_prevent_modified_update&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_primary_category_id&quot;:190,&quot;nbc_primary_tag_id&quot;:311666,&quot;nbc_social_page_title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_page_title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_seo_description&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_social_description&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_national_headline&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;entities&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_canonical_market&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_canonical_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_hide_from_recirculation&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_hide_from_search&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_syndication_category&quot;:&quot;1:1:190&quot;,&quot;nbc_national_collections&quot;:[],&quot;nopreroll&quot;:false,&quot;video_copyright&quot;:&quot;NBCUniversal Media, LLC&quot;,&quot;sst_source_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_disable_legacy_embeds&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_feed_loader_prevent_updates&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;desktopFlashPid&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_dfxp_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mp4_url&quot;:&quot;http:\/\/nbclim-download.edgesuite.net\/Prod\/NBCU_LM_VMS\/950\/987\/DIT_NAT_SOT_NEWS_WALZ_DOESNT_NEED_TO_BE_20210412_FH__341551.mp4&quot;,&quot;mpx_download_pid&quot;:&quot;J_w2aGmVvHzd&quot;,&quot;mpx_high_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_high_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_is_livestream&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_m3upid&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_pid&quot;:&quot;C_iqx5zv3OWq&quot;,&quot;mpx_thumbnail_url&quot;:&quot;https:\/\/media.nbcwashington.com\/2021\/04\/Sequence-01.00_51_47_23.Still028.png?resize=850%2C478&amp;quality=85&amp;strip=all&quot;,&quot;pid_streaming_web_high&quot;:&quot;nF21NrqaPseE&quot;,&quot;pid_streaming_web_medium&quot;:&quot;C_iqx5zv3OWq&quot;,&quot;subtitle&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;dfxp_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;video_call_letter&quot;:&quot;NBCU LM VMS&quot;,&quot;video_captions&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;video_id&quot;:&quot;1884339267939_121&quot;,&quot;video_length&quot;:&quot;99766&quot;,&quot;video_provider&quot;:&quot;mpx&quot;,&quot;alleypack_schedule_unpublish&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;feed_remote_id&quot;:&quot;mpx_1884339267939&quot;,&quot;feed_thumbnail_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;}" data-livestream="false" data-title="Minnesota Gov.: ‘It Doesn&#039;t Need to Be This Way&#039;" data-vidcid="1:1:6007261" data-vidurl="https://ots.nbcwpshield.com/news/national-international/minnesota-gov-it-doesnt-need-to-be-this-way/6007261/" data-islead="false" data-catnames="{&quot;189&quot;:&quot;News&quot;,&quot;190&quot;:&quot;U.S. &amp;amp; World&quot;}" data-tagnames="{&quot;311666&quot;:&quot;Daunte Wright&quot;,&quot;1988&quot;:&quot;Minneapolis&quot;,&quot;63&quot;:&quot;Minnesota&quot;,&quot;312076&quot;:&quot;Twin Cities&quot;}" data-customdata="{&quot;ContentPartner&quot;:&quot;None&quot;,&quot;Source&quot;:&quot;WEBFM&quot;,&quot;SyndicationAllowed&quot;:&quot;true&quot;,&quot;mSNVideoCategories&quot;:&quot;MSN Video v4 Connector-most watched news&quot;,&quot;mSNVideoContentSupplierID&quot;:&quot;NBC_Local&quot;,&quot;mSNVideoCountry&quot;:&quot;us&quot;,&quot;subtitle&quot;:&quot;nosubtitle&quot;,&quot;uploadedByTeam&quot;:&quot;1&quot;,&quot;youtubeChannel&quot;:&quot;None&quot;}" data-autoplay="false" data-cplay="true"></div> <p>Gannon has said he believed Potter mistakenly grabbed her gun when she was going for her Taser. But protesters and Wright&#8217;s family members say the shooting shows how the justice system is tilted against Blacks, noting Wright was stopped for an expired car registration and ended up dead. </p> <p>Brooklyn Center, a suburb just north of Minneapolis, has seen its racial demographics shift dramatically in recent years. In 2000, more than 70% of the city was white. Today, a majority of residents are Black, Asian or Hispanic.</p> <p>Elliott said he didn&#8217;t have information on the police department&#8217;s racial diversity at hand but that “we have very few people of color in our department.”</p> <p>After stopping Wright for the expired license plates, police tried to arrest him on an outstanding warrant. The warrant was for his failure to appear in court on charges that he fled from officers and possessed a gun without a permit during an encounter with Minneapolis police in June. </p> <div class="recirc-module"> <h3 class="recirc__heading">Daunte Wright Shooting Coverage</h3> <p class="recirc__subheading"></p> <div class="recirc__post"> <div class="post__wrap"> <div class="post__image-wrapper"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="Minnesota Police Chief and Officer Who Shot Daunte Wright Resign" href="https://ots.nbcwpshield.com/news/national-international/pressure-builds-to-fire-minnesota-officer-who-fatally-shot-daunte-wright/6008808/"> <img class="post__image" src="https://media.nbcwashington.com/2019/09/NBC@3x-7.png?resize=850%2C478&#038;quality=85&#038;strip=all#038;quality=85&#038;strip=all" alt="" loading="lazy" data-recalc-dims="1" /> </a> <span class="format-icon format-icon--video"></span> </div> <div class="post__text"> <div class="post__meta"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="Daunte Wright" class="post__tag" href="https://ots.nbcwpshield.com/tag/daunte-wright/">Daunte Wright</a> <span class="post__date post__date--has-category"> 13 hours ago </span> </div> <h3 class="post__title"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="Minnesota Police Chief and Officer Who Shot Daunte Wright Resign" class="post__title--link" href="https://ots.nbcwpshield.com/news/national-international/pressure-builds-to-fire-minnesota-officer-who-fatally-shot-daunte-wright/6008808/"> <span data-ellipsis="true" data-text="Minnesota Police Chief and Officer Who Shot Daunte Wright Resign" data-react-component="NBCTruncate" data-maxlines="3" data-maxlinesmobile="2" data-readmore=""> Minnesota Police Chief and Officer Who Shot Daunte Wright Resign </span> </a> </h3> </div> </div> </div> <div class="recirc__post"> <div class="post__wrap"> <div class="post__image-wrapper"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="Protesters Defy Curfew, Clash With Police After Bodycam Footage of Daunte Wright Shooting Released" href="https://ots.nbcwpshield.com/news/national-international/daunte-wright-shooting-minnesota-officer-meant-to-draw-taser-not-handgun-police-chief-says/6006685/"> <img class="post__image" src="https://media.nbcwashington.com/2019/09/NBC@3x-7.png?resize=850%2C478&#038;quality=85&#038;strip=all#038;quality=85&#038;strip=all" alt="" loading="lazy" data-recalc-dims="1" /> </a> <span class="format-icon format-icon--video"></span> </div> <div class="post__text"> <div class="post__meta"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="Minnesota" class="post__tag" href="https://ots.nbcwpshield.com/tag/minnesota/">Minnesota</a> <span class="post__date post__date--has-category"> Apr 12 </span> </div> <h3 class="post__title"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="Protesters Defy Curfew, Clash With Police After Bodycam Footage of Daunte Wright Shooting Released" class="post__title--link" href="https://ots.nbcwpshield.com/news/national-international/daunte-wright-shooting-minnesota-officer-meant-to-draw-taser-not-handgun-police-chief-says/6006685/"> <span data-ellipsis="true" data-text="Protesters Defy Curfew, Clash With Police After Bodycam Footage of Daunte Wright Shooting Released" data-react-component="NBCTruncate" data-maxlines="3" data-maxlinesmobile="2" data-readmore=""> Protesters Defy Curfew, Clash With Police After Bodycam Footage of Daunte Wright Shooting Released </span> </a> </h3> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p>Body camera footage released Monday shows Wright struggling with police when Potter shouts, “I’ll Tase you! I’ll Tase you! Taser! Taser! Taser!” She draws her weapon after the man breaks free from police and gets back into the car.</p> <p>After firing a single shot from her handgun, the car speeds away, and Potter says, “Holy (expletive)! I shot him.”</p> <p>Wright died of a gunshot wound to the chest, according to the medical examiner.</p> <p>Protests began within hours.</p> <p>In her one-paragraph letter of resignation, Potter said, “I have loved every minute of being a police officer and serving this community to the best of my ability, but I believe it is in the best interest of the community, the department, and my fellow officers if I resign immediately.&#8221;</p> <div data-react-component="VideoPlayer" data-meta="{&quot;amp_status&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;spay_email&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;syndicated_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;should_nationalize&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_first_published_date&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_prevent_modified_update&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_primary_category_id&quot;:190,&quot;nbc_primary_tag_id&quot;:311666,&quot;nbc_social_page_title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_page_title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_seo_description&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_social_description&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_national_headline&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;entities&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_canonical_market&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_canonical_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_hide_from_recirculation&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_hide_from_search&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_syndication_category&quot;:&quot;1:1:190&quot;,&quot;nbc_national_collections&quot;:[],&quot;nopreroll&quot;:false,&quot;video_copyright&quot;:&quot;NBCUniversal Media, LLC&quot;,&quot;sst_source_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_disable_legacy_embeds&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_feed_loader_prevent_updates&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;desktopFlashPid&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_dfxp_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mp4_url&quot;:&quot;http:\/\/nbclim-download.edgesuite.net\/Prod\/NBCU_LM_VMS\/898\/234\/DIT_NAT_TOS_NEWS_BODYCAM_BROOKLYN_CENTER_MINN_041221_JB__112020.mp4&quot;,&quot;mpx_download_pid&quot;:&quot;gv0iZ1OI_oIn&quot;,&quot;mpx_high_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_high_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_is_livestream&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_m3upid&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_pid&quot;:&quot;yTNr0z_B9T7y&quot;,&quot;mpx_thumbnail_url&quot;:&quot;https:\/\/media.nbcwashington.com\/2021\/04\/DIT-NAT-TOS-NEWS-BODYCAM-BROOKLYN-CENTER-MINN-041221-JB.00_00_33_06.Still002.jpg?quality=85&amp;strip=all&amp;resize=850%2C478&quot;,&quot;pid_streaming_web_high&quot;:&quot;Mzhkl5exNXXO&quot;,&quot;pid_streaming_web_medium&quot;:&quot;_Vsk7WbF_bsY&quot;,&quot;subtitle&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;dfxp_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;video_call_letter&quot;:&quot;NBCU LM VMS&quot;,&quot;video_captions&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;video_id&quot;:&quot;1884283971518_845&quot;,&quot;video_length&quot;:&quot;165065&quot;,&quot;video_provider&quot;:&quot;mpx&quot;,&quot;alleypack_schedule_unpublish&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;feed_remote_id&quot;:&quot;mpx_1884283971518&quot;,&quot;feed_thumbnail_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;}" data-livestream="false" data-title="Police Release Body Camera Footage of Daunte Wright Shooting" data-vidcid="1:1:6006811" data-vidurl="https://ots.nbcwpshield.com/news/national-international/police-release-body-camera-footage-of-daunte-wright-shooting/6006811/" data-islead="false" data-catnames="{&quot;189&quot;:&quot;News&quot;,&quot;190&quot;:&quot;U.S. &amp;amp; World&quot;}" data-tagnames="{&quot;311684&quot;:&quot;Brooklyn Center&quot;,&quot;311666&quot;:&quot;Daunte Wright&quot;,&quot;63&quot;:&quot;Minnesota&quot;,&quot;311954&quot;:&quot;Police Bodycam&quot;,&quot;33113&quot;:&quot;Police shooting&quot;}" data-customdata="{&quot;ContentPartner&quot;:&quot;None&quot;,&quot;Source&quot;:&quot;WEBFM&quot;,&quot;SyndicationAllowed&quot;:&quot;true&quot;,&quot;mSNVideoCategories&quot;:&quot;MSN Video v4 Connector-most watched news&quot;,&quot;mSNVideoContentSupplierID&quot;:&quot;NBC_Local&quot;,&quot;mSNVideoCountry&quot;:&quot;us&quot;,&quot;subtitle&quot;:&quot;nosubtitle&quot;,&quot;uploadedByTeam&quot;:&quot;1&quot;,&quot;youtubeChannel&quot;:&quot;None&quot;}" data-autoplay="false" data-cplay="true"></div> <p>Wright’s father, Aubrey Wright, told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that he rejects the explanation that Potter mistook her gun for her Taser.</p> <p>“I lost my son. He’s never coming back. I can’t accept that. A mistake? That doesn’t even sound right. This officer has been on the force for 26 years. I can’t accept that,” he said.</p> <p>Ben Crump, the Wright family&#8217;s attorney, spoke outside the Minneapolis courthouse where fired police <a href="/news/national-international/defense-set-to-take-turn-in-ex-cops-trial-in-floyd-death/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">officer Derek Chauvin is on trial in Floyd’s death</a>. Crump compared Wright’s death to that of Floyd, who was pinned down by police when they tried to arrest him for allegedly passing a counterfeit $20 at a neighborhood market last May.</p> <p>Daunte Wright “was not a threat to them,” Crump said. “Was it the best decision? No. But young people don’t always make the best decisions. As his mother said, he was scared.”</p> <hr class="wp-block-separator" /> <p><em>Associated Press writers Scott Bauer in Madison, Wisconsin; Stephen Groves in Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and Tim Sullivan in Brooklyn Center contributed to this report.</em></p> Virginia Woman's Death Part of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Investigation https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/coronavirus/virginia-womans-death-part-of-johnson-johnson-vaccine-investigation/2639292/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:b42130ce-d37e-9c02-049b-41c2789411ca Tue, 13 Apr 2021 22:44:36 +0000 <p>The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is looking into the March death of a Virginia woman as part of its investigation into the Johnson &amp; Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, according the Virginia Department of Health.</p> <p>No details of the woman&#8217;s case were provided.</p> <p>In a joint statement Tuesday, the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/national-international/u-s-will-pause-use-of-jj-vaccine-after-rare-complications-reports-say/2638197/" data-type="URL" data-id="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/national-international/u-s-will-pause-use-of-jj-vaccine-after-rare-complications-reports-say/2638197/" target="_blank">said they were investigating unusual clots in six women between the ages of 18 and 48</a>. </p> <p>More than 6.8 million doses of the J&amp;J vaccine have been administered in the U.S., the vast majority with no or mild side effects.</p> <div class="recirc-module"> <h3 class="recirc__heading"></h3> <p class="recirc__subheading"></p> <div class="recirc__post"> <div class="post__wrap"> <div class="post__image-wrapper"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="Don&#039;t ‘Overinterpret&#039; Decision to Pause J&amp;J Covid Vaccine Over Rare Clotting Issue, Dr. Scott Gottlieb Says" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/business/money-report/dont-overinterpret-decision-to-pause-jj-covid-vaccine-over-rare-clotting-issue-dr-scott-gottlieb-says/2638304/"> <img class="post__image" src="https://media.nbcwashington.com/2020/12/105846846-1555007976919img_8994.jpg?quality=85&amp;strip=all" alt="" loading="lazy" /> </a> </div> <div class="post__text"> <div class="post__meta"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="coronavirus" class="post__tag" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/tag/coronavirus/">coronavirus</a> <span class="post__date post__date--has-category"> 10 hours ago </span> </div> <h3 class="post__title"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="Don&#039;t ‘Overinterpret&#039; Decision to Pause J&amp;J Covid Vaccine Over Rare Clotting Issue, Dr. Scott Gottlieb Says" class="post__title--link" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/business/money-report/dont-overinterpret-decision-to-pause-jj-covid-vaccine-over-rare-clotting-issue-dr-scott-gottlieb-says/2638304/"> <span data-ellipsis="true" data-text="Don&#039;t ‘Overinterpret&#039; Decision to Pause J&amp;J Covid Vaccine Over Rare Clotting Issue, Dr. Scott Gottlieb Says" data-react-component="NBCTruncate" data-maxlines="3" data-maxlinesmobile="2" data-readmore=""> Don&#039;t ‘Overinterpret&#039; Decision to Pause J&amp;J Covid Vaccine Over Rare Clotting Issue, Dr. Scott Gottlieb Says </span> </a> </h3> </div> </div> </div> <div class="recirc__post"> <div class="post__wrap"> <div class="post__image-wrapper"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="What to Do Now If You Got the J&amp;J Vaccine" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/coronavirus/what-to-do-now-if-you-got-the-jj-vaccine/2638339/"> <img class="post__image" src="https://media.nbcwashington.com/2021/04/GettyImages-1230992791-1.jpg?quality=85&amp;strip=all" alt="" loading="lazy" /> </a> <span class="format-icon format-icon--video"></span> </div> <div class="post__text"> <div class="post__meta"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="COVID-19 vaccines" class="post__tag" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/tag/covid-19-vaccines/">COVID-19 vaccines</a> <span class="post__date post__date--has-category"> 11 hours ago </span> </div> <h3 class="post__title"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="What to Do Now If You Got the J&amp;J Vaccine" class="post__title--link" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/coronavirus/what-to-do-now-if-you-got-the-jj-vaccine/2638339/"> <span data-ellipsis="true" data-text="What to Do Now If You Got the J&amp;J Vaccine" data-react-component="NBCTruncate" data-maxlines="3" data-maxlinesmobile="2" data-readmore=""> What to Do Now If You Got the J&amp;J Vaccine </span> </a> </h3> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p>Virginia has stopped administering the Johnson &amp; Johnson vaccine until the investigation is complete, state vaccination coordinator Dr. Danny Avula said in a statement. </p> <p>“This pause is reassuring in that it demonstrates that the systems that are in place to monitor vaccine safety are working. We look forward to a thorough review by federal health officials. [In the] Meantime, we will continue Virginia’s vaccine rollout at this time with the other two authorized vaccines, developed by Pfizer and Moderna,” Avula said.&nbsp;</p> <p>Those who have an appointment to receive the Johnson &amp; Johnson vaccine will be contacted to reschedule that appointment, Virginia officials said. </p> <p>The number of Johnson &amp; Johnson doses available in the state already had dropped significantly. Virginia had 124,000 doses last week and about 15,000 this week.</p> Activists Call for Safer Streets as Another Cyclist Dies in DC https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/activists-call-for-safer-streets-as-another-cyclist-dies-in-dc/2639167/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:b645a362-f6dc-34be-166e-abffdb5cc26a Tue, 13 Apr 2021 22:08:24 +0000 <p>There are growing calls to make safety changes to the intersection where a fatal crash happened last week.</p> <p>The latest crash occurred along Massachusetts Avenue in Northwest D.C. where Jim Pagels, a 29-year-old man biking to dinner, was struck and killed by a car Friday night.</p> <p>For bicycle and safety advocates who have pleaded for more help to make streets safer, the latest deadly crash furthers their concern.</p> <p>“I’m sad … and I’m also angry,” said Greg Billing, the executive director of the Washington Area Bicyclists Association. “We built this street that is failing everybody. It’s failing drivers, it’s failing pedestrians and it’s failing people on bikes.”</p> <p>Billing said not just the intersection where the crash occurred but many more around the city need attention before someone else gets hurt.</p> <p>“It could be your neighbor. It could be your kid&#8217;s classmate. It could be your faith leader,” Billing said.</p> <p>He’s calling on city leaders to step up.</p> <p>“Nobody walking, nobody biking and nobody driving should have to die when they are going about their business,” Billing said.</p> <p>One of the points that a lot of people make about the intersection is that these cars are going too fast. They are coming off nearby Southeast/Southwest Freeway.</p> <p>“We’ve got to slow this traffic down or we are going to have another tragic incident,” said Jonathan Adkins, executive director of the Governors Highway Safety Association. “One of the most effective things we can do is a speed camera. […] It changes the behavior. It’s one of the easiest and most effective things we can do.”</p> Activists Call for Safer Streets as Another Cyclist Dies in DC https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/transportation/activists-call-for-safer-streets-as-another-cyclist-dies-in-dc/2639167/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:aab3f295-b6c2-c41a-fe3d-3f87a602efba Tue, 13 Apr 2021 22:08:24 +0000 <p>There are growing calls to make safety changes to the intersection where a fatal crash happened last week.</p> <p>The latest crash occurred along Massachusetts Avenue in Northwest D.C. where Jim Pagels, a 29-year-old man biking to dinner, was struck and killed by a car Friday night.</p> <p>For bicycle and safety advocates who have pleaded for more help to make streets safer, the latest deadly crash furthers their concern.</p> <p>“I’m sad … and I’m also angry,” said Greg Billing, the executive director of the Washington Area Bicyclists Association. “We built this street that is failing everybody. It’s failing drivers, it’s failing pedestrians and it’s failing people on bikes.”</p> <p>Billing said not just the intersection where the crash occurred but many more around the city need attention before someone else gets hurt.</p> <p>“It could be your neighbor. It could be your kid&#8217;s classmate. It could be your faith leader,” Billing said.</p> <p>He’s calling on city leaders to step up.</p> <p>“Nobody walking, nobody biking and nobody driving should have to die when they are going about their business,” Billing said.</p> <p>One of the points that a lot of people make about the intersection is that these cars are going too fast. They are coming off nearby Southeast/Southwest Freeway.</p> <p>“We’ve got to slow this traffic down or we are going to have another tragic incident,” said Jonathan Adkins, executive director of the Governors Highway Safety Association. “One of the most effective things we can do is a speed camera. […] It changes the behavior. It’s one of the easiest and most effective things we can do.”</p> Stand Up Virginia Seeks Recall of Fairfax County Commonwealth's Attorney https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/northern-virginia/stand-up-virginia-seeks-recall-of-fairfax-county-commonwealths-attorney/2639206/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:b6daa104-b074-f769-c32c-003c36451395 Tue, 13 Apr 2021 21:47:53 +0000 <p>A group in Virginia wants to remove the Fairfax County commonwealth’s attorney from office, saying he is putting people in danger.</p> <p>Stand Up Virginia says Commonwealth’s Attorney Steve Descano&#8217;s progressive agenda gets in the way of punishing criminals.</p> <p>A woman who wanted to remain anonymous says the commonwealth has changed prosecutors three times in the case of her daughter, whose father is charged with sexually assaulting her.</p> <p>“Our cases should be prepared for, at a minimum, at the same level the defense is having their cases prepared at,&#8221; she said.</p> <p>She worries the case won’t be prosecuted.</p> <p>Her story is one of a handful alleging Descano is not looking out for victims, including stories of domestic violence cases that Descano doesn&#8217;t assign a prosecutor to and the case is dropped.</p> <p>Stand Up Virginia launched a recall campaign to remove Descano from office.</p> <p>“When we found out about what was happening to victims, that&#8217;s when we decided we can&#8217;t stand back anymore and be silent,&#8221; said Brenda Tillett of Stand Up Virginia.</p> <p>Virginia code allows voters to petition for a recall for several reasons, including:</p> <ul><li>Neglect of duty</li><li>Misuse of office</li><li>Incompetence in the performance</li><li>Conviction of a misdemeanor related to drugs</li><li>A hate crime.</li></ul> <p>Only registered voters in that jurisdiction can sign the petition, which needs the signatures of at least 10% of the number of votes cast in the last election for that office. In this case, that’s more than 29,000.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Descano said his office needs more funding to staff all of these cases.</p> <p>“The thing that keeps me up at night more than anything is the fact that my office doesn&#8217;t have the resources to be involved in every single case,&#8221; he said.</p> <p>&#8220;While I appreciate Mr. Descano wants to make this about money, it&#8217;s about his agenda, and his agenda does not represent the needs or the interests of victims here in the commonwealth or in Fairfax County,&#8221; said Mehagen McRae, an attorney who represents victims of domestic violence and works with Descano&#8217;s prosecutors on behalf of the victims.</p> Kennedy Center Announces Lineup of Broadway Shows Starting This Fall https://www.nbcwashington.com/entertainment/the-scene/kennedy-center-announces-lineup-of-broadway-shows-starting-this-fall/2638828/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:51168f65-11eb-1b22-04f2-095b510767a7 Tue, 13 Apr 2021 20:55:28 +0000 <p>The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts will return for its 2021-2022 theater season, featuring Broadway musicals, plays and special programming for the Center’s 50th anniversary.</p> <p>The season will begin in October 2021 as the Kennedy Center moves toward fully reopening.</p> <p>“The anticipation of being able to see Broadway productions again — and be in the theater together — is palpable,” Jeffrey Finn, vice president and executive producer of theater, said in a statement. “This upcoming season is filled with incredible shows and works from brilliant artists, offering something for everyone.”</p> <p>The new season will begin with performances of “Hadestown,” followed by “Beautiful: The Carol King Musical” and “Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of the Temptations,” which played a sold-out, pre-Broadway show at the Kennedy Center in 2018.</p> <p>2022 will kick off with new performances, including “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Riverdance — The 25th Anniversary Show.”</p> <p>Starting May 1, theaters will be allowed to reopen at 25% capacity, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced on April 5.</p> <p>All employees will undergo regular screening upon entering the building and are required to wear masks in an effort to keep patrons safe. </p> <p>The Kennedy Center previously canceled programs that were scheduled to occur at full-capacity in the summer.</p> <p>Since the Kennedy Center shut down productions due to the pandemic, the plays that were originally planned for the 2019-2020 season were rescheduled for 2022.  </p> <p>“A Monster Calls,” as well as Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” are scheduled for May and June 2022.</p> <p>Later in July 2022, “Hamilton” will be at the Kennedy Center Opera House for a 12-week run.</p> <p><a href="https://www.kennedy-center.org/whats-on/season-announcement/theater/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Click here</a> to see a full list of upcoming shows for the 2021-2022 season.</p> <p>The Kennedy Center will also produce a concert celebrating its 50th anniversary — and the iconic musicals it has produced over the years.</p> <p>“Broadway Center Stage” will return for its fourth season in 2022, with productions that are yet to be announced.</p> <p><i>This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/entertainment/the-scene/kennedy-center-announces-lineup-of-broadway-shows-starting-this-fall/2638828/">Click here</a> to open the story in your web browser.</i></p> Maryland State Trooper Involved in Leonardtown Shooting; 1 Hurt https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/maryland-state-trooper-involved-in-leonardtown-shooting-1-hurt/2638997/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:2ab64678-4f99-c648-0a70-030f48683f85 Tue, 13 Apr 2021 19:41:54 +0000 <p>One person is hurt after a shooting in Leonardtown on Tuesday involving a Maryland state trooper, state police say. </p> <p>One person who was shot was taken to a hospital via helicopter. Information on their condition was not immediately released. The trooper was not hurt, officials said.&nbsp;</p> <p>The shooting occurred near the state police department’s Leonardtown Barrack, located on Leonard Hall Drive. The trooper responded to “a call for an individual who was possibly armed with a gun,” police said.&nbsp;</p> <p>Chopper4 footage shows evidence markers near the driveway of a home in the area.&nbsp;</p> <p>Drivers were told to expect road closures and a heavy police presence.</p> <p>Police are set to provide an update soon.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>Stay with NBC Washington for more details on this developing story. </em></strong></p> 1 Killed in Maryland State Trooper Involved Shooting https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/maryland-state-trooper-involved-in-leonardtown-shooting-1-hurt/2638997/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:3cd63e79-f733-4202-ed35-a6af30482cb6 Tue, 13 Apr 2021 19:41:54 +0000 <p>One person is dead after a shooting in Leonardtown on Tuesday involving a Maryland state trooper, state police say. </p> <p>One person who was shot was taken to a hospital via helicopter. The trooper was not hurt, officials said. </p> <p>The shooting occurred near the state police department’s Leonardtown Barrack, located on Leonard Hall Drive. The trooper responded to “a call for an individual who was possibly armed with a gun,” police said.&nbsp;</p> <p>Chopper4 footage shows evidence markers near the driveway of a home in the area.&nbsp;</p> <p>Drivers were told to expect road closures and a heavy police presence.</p> <p>Police are set to provide an update soon.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>Stay with NBC Washington for more details on this developing story.&nbsp;</em></strong></p> 16-Year-Old Shot and Killed by Trooper: Maryland State Police https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/maryland-state-trooper-involved-in-leonardtown-shooting-1-hurt/2638997/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:d766ae74-2153-082f-0191-9ddddf27f260 Tue, 13 Apr 2021 19:41:54 +0000 <p>A 16-year-old boy was shot and killed by a Maryland State Police trooper after showing weapons in Leonardtown Tuesday afternoon, police said.</p> <p>Authorities received two 911 calls two minutes apart reporting someone acting suspiciously who appeared to have a gun, Maryland State Police Superintendent Jerry Jones said.</p> <p>A trooper confronted a male subject armed with a knife and an airsoft gun that was a close replica of a handgun in a driveway in the 23000 block of Hollywood Road, Jones said.</p> <p>A witness reported seeing the subject in a shooting stance with a gun pointed at the trooper, Jones said. The trooper shot and wounded the subject.</p> <p>Another witness said the subject pulled out a knife and tried to get up, Jones said. The trooper ordered him to drop the knife, then fired again.</p> <p>The subject, 16-year-old Pehton Ham, was taken to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.</p> <p>Ham lived at another home in the 23000 block of Hollywood Road.</p> <p>“Any loss of life is a tragedy, this especially is a tragedy,” Jones said. “We take these very seriously. I certainly empathize with the family of this young man and what they’re feeling right now. I can’t even comprehend how this has got to be, and tragic, and we feel that, the investigators feel that.”</p> <p>The knife and the replica handgun were recovered at the scene.</p> <p>The trooper is on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated. The trooper was not hurt, officials said. </p> <p>The shooting occurred near the state police department’s Leonardtown Barrack, located on Leonard Hall Drive. </p> <p>Chopper4 footage shows evidence markers near the driveway of a home in the area.&nbsp;</p> <p>Drivers were told to expect road closures and a heavy police presence.</p> <p><strong><em>Stay with NBC Washington for more details on this developing story.&nbsp;</em></strong></p> Maryland State Trooper Kills 16-Year-Old Who Had Airsoft Gun: Police https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/maryland-state-trooper-kills-16-year-old-peyton-ham-had-airsoft-gun/2638997/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:1b629c10-8837-581d-70ae-39a7abb43e32 Tue, 13 Apr 2021 19:41:54 +0000 <p>A 16-year-old boy was shot and killed by a Maryland State trooper in Leonardtown on Tuesday after the teen pointed what investigators determined was an airsoft gun that resembled a handgun, authorities say.</p> <p>Peyton Ham, of Leonardtown, was killed, state police said.</p> <p>A trooper shot Ham near a home after state police received two 911 calls starting at about 1:30 p.m. about someone acting suspicious, Secretary of State Police Col. Jerry Jones III said at a news conference. The first caller said he thought the person had a gun, left a telephone number but didn&#8217;t give an address before hanging up, Jones said.</p> <p>A second caller gave a street address for the suspicious person that was a short distance from the Leonardtown barracks, but the caller hung up before identifying themselves, Jones said.</p> <p>Jones said the trooper, who responded alone, encountered Ham, who he said had a gun and a knife. According to Jones, a witness said they saw Ham in the driveway of the home “in a shooting stance&#8221; and pointing a weapon at the trooper.</p> <p>“The trooper fired at the male, wounding him,” Jones said.&nbsp;</p> <p>According to another witness, Ham then pulled out a knife and tried to get up.</p> <p>“The trooper ordered him to drop the knife before he fired again,” Jones said, adding that the trooper reported the shooting and called for emergency personnel while other troopers gave first aid.&nbsp;</p> <p>Ham was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Jones said.</p> <p>An investigation revealed that the weapon Ham wielded was an airsoft gun, which is commonly used to shoot BBs. Jones called it “a close representation of an actual handgun.”</p> <p>A woman who lives across the street from the shooting scene told News4 she heard multiple shots. Chopper4 footage shows 15 yellow evidence markers.&nbsp;</p> <p>Bullet holes were found in a house across the street, and a shot shattered the window of another home.&nbsp;</p> <p>Jones said he couldn’t comment on the shots.</p> <p>Ham was white, as is the trooper who shot him, according to Maryland State Police spokesman Greg Shipley.</p> <p>The trooper, who has been with the state police for two years and seven months, was placed on administrative leave pending the investigation, Jones said. The trooper was not hurt, he added.</p> <p>Maryland State Police troopers don&#8217;t wear body cameras, and Jones said investigators will look for video from the surrounding area. Dashcam video didn&#8217;t capture the incident, he said. </p> <p><strong><em>Stay with NBC Washington for more details on this developing story.</em></strong></p> Mother Suspected of Abducting 2 Daughters: Frederick County Sheriff https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/mother-suspected-of-abducting-2-daughters-frederick-county-sheriff/2638860/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:56922334-35dd-e92b-a7e5-ebe81f55df94 Tue, 13 Apr 2021 18:28:00 +0000 <p>A mother is suspected of abducting her two young daughters from Frederick County, Maryland, and the sheriff’s office is seeking them.&nbsp;</p> <p>Caisha Renee Luna-Sanchez is believed to have illegally taken her 3-year-old and 5-year-old daughters out of state from Brunswick, the sheriff’s office said Tuesday.&nbsp;</p> <p>The 3-year-old is about 3 feet tall and 40 pounds, with blonde hair and blue eyes. The 5-year-old is about 4-foot-4 and 80 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Officials don’t know what they were last wearing.&nbsp;</p> <p>Luna-Sanchez is a white woman who stands 5-foot-4 and has a thin build, brown hair and “blue or hazel eyes.” She is driving a silver 2006 Chrysler van with the Maryland plates 2DA9179.&nbsp;</p> <p>Criminal charges are pending against her.&nbsp;</p> <p>Anyone who sees the girls or their mother, or who has information that could help, is asked to call 301-600-1046 and reference case 21-033261.</p> <p><strong><em>Stay with NBC Washington for more details on this developing story. </em></strong></p> Mother Arrested, Daughters Found After Suspected Abduction in Maryland https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/mother-suspected-of-abducting-2-daughters-frederick-county-sheriff/2638860/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:81813a30-f104-323b-ec92-f63d43f5ff93 Tue, 13 Apr 2021 18:28:00 +0000 <p>A mother is in custody Tuesday after she was suspected of abducting her two young daughters from Frederick County, Maryland. </p> <p>Caisha Renee Luna-Sanchez is believed to have illegally taken her 3-year-old and 5-year-old daughters out of state from Brunswick, the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office said. </p> <p>&#8220;The girls have been safely found and the mother is in custody. Thanks to all those who helped us with this case, including those agencies in West Virginia,&#8221; Public Information Officer Todd Wivell said. </p> <p>It was not immediately known how and where the girls were found. </p> Coronavirus in DC, Maryland, Virginia: What to Know on April 13 https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/coronavirus-in-dc-maryland-virginia-what-to-know-on-april-13/2638614/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:f240229d-2986-5fb3-e39b-c65a0439ec9b Tue, 13 Apr 2021 17:30:15 +0000 <h2 class="wp-block-nbc-section-heading">What the Data Shows</h2> <p>D.C. announced 113 more cases of the virus and the death of one more person. Eleven more people were hospitalized. About 26% of D.C. residents were partially or fully vaccinated. About 15% were fully vaccinated.&nbsp;</p> <div class="recirc-module"> <h3 class="recirc__heading"></h3> <p class="recirc__subheading"></p> <div class="recirc__post"> <div class="post__wrap"> <div class="post__image-wrapper"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="COVID Vaccine Side Effects: Why Do Some Get Them and What Does it Mean?" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/coronavirus/covid-vaccine-side-effects-symptoms-why-do-some-get-them-and-what-does-it-mean/2627406/"> <img class="post__image" src="https://media.nbcwashington.com/2021/04/GettyImages-1231519738.jpg?quality=85&amp;strip=all" alt="" loading="lazy" /> </a> <span class="format-icon format-icon--video"></span> </div> <div class="post__text"> <div class="post__meta"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="covid vaccine" class="post__tag" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/tag/covid-vaccine/">covid vaccine</a> <span class="post__date post__date--has-category"> Apr 1 </span> </div> <h3 class="post__title"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="COVID Vaccine Side Effects: Why Do Some Get Them and What Does it Mean?" class="post__title--link" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/coronavirus/covid-vaccine-side-effects-symptoms-why-do-some-get-them-and-what-does-it-mean/2627406/"> <span data-ellipsis="true" data-text="COVID Vaccine Side Effects: Why Do Some Get Them and What Does it Mean?" data-react-component="NBCTruncate" data-maxlines="3" data-maxlinesmobile="2" data-readmore=""> COVID Vaccine Side Effects: Why Do Some Get Them and What Does it Mean? </span> </a> </h3> </div> </div> </div> <div class="recirc__post"> <div class="post__wrap"> <div class="post__image-wrapper"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="CDC Says Variant From the UK Is Now the Most Common Strain Circulating in the U.S." href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/business/money-report/cdc-says-variant-from-the-u-k-is-now-the-most-common-strain-circulating-in-the-u-s/2632600/"> <img class="post__image" src="https://media.nbcwashington.com/2021/04/106800875-1606140745784-gettyimages-1287158181-sfchroniclevirustravel1.jpeg?quality=85&amp;strip=all" alt="" loading="lazy" /> </a> </div> <div class="post__text"> <div class="post__meta"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="coronavirus" class="post__tag" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/tag/coronavirus/">coronavirus</a> <span class="post__date post__date--has-category"> Apr 7 </span> </div> <h3 class="post__title"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="CDC Says Variant From the UK Is Now the Most Common Strain Circulating in the U.S." class="post__title--link" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/business/money-report/cdc-says-variant-from-the-u-k-is-now-the-most-common-strain-circulating-in-the-u-s/2632600/"> <span data-ellipsis="true" data-text="CDC Says Variant From the UK Is Now the Most Common Strain Circulating in the U.S." data-react-component="NBCTruncate" data-maxlines="3" data-maxlinesmobile="2" data-readmore=""> CDC Says Variant From the UK Is Now the Most Common Strain Circulating in the U.S. </span> </a> </h3> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p>Maryland announced 1,084 more cases of the virus. Fourteen more people died. Ten more people were hospitalized. About 35% of the Maryland population had their first vaccine dose. About 21% had their second dose. About 3% had the single-dose vaccine.</p> <p>Virginia announced 1,217 more cases of the virus and the deaths of 17 more people. Fourteen more people were hospitalized. About 37% of Virginians were vaccinated with at least one dose. Twenty-one percent were fully vaccinated.</p> <iframe id="datawrapper-chart-lERwp" src="https://datawrapper.dwcdn.net/lERwp/1/" frameborder="0" width="600" height="400"></iframe> <iframe id="datawrapper-chart-s4sqZ" src="https://datawrapper.dwcdn.net/s4sqZ/1/" frameborder="0" width="650" height="550"></iframe> <h2 class="wp-block-nbc-section-heading">Local Coronavirus News</h2> <p>The FDA and CDC has recommended the federal government and states <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/national-international/u-s-will-pause-use-of-jj-vaccine-after-rare-complications-reports-say/2638197/?_osource=SocialFlowTwt_DCBrand" target="_blank">immediately pause use</a> of the Johnson &amp; Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.</p> <div data-react-component="VideoPlayer" data-meta="{&quot;amp_status&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;spay_email&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;syndicated_id&quot;:&quot;1:1:6009840&quot;,&quot;should_nationalize&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_first_published_date&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_prevent_modified_update&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_primary_category_id&quot;:207698,&quot;nbc_primary_tag_id&quot;:9563,&quot;nbc_social_page_title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_page_title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_seo_description&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_social_description&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_national_headline&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;entities&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_canonical_market&quot;:&quot;1&quot;,&quot;nbc_canonical_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_hide_from_recirculation&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_hide_from_search&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_syndication_category&quot;:&quot;1:1:207698&quot;,&quot;nbc_national_collections&quot;:[],&quot;nopreroll&quot;:false,&quot;video_copyright&quot;:&quot;NBC Universal, Inc.&quot;,&quot;sst_source_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_disable_legacy_embeds&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_feed_loader_prevent_updates&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;desktopFlashPid&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_dfxp_url&quot;:&quot;https:\/\/media.nbcmiami.com\/assets\/video\/NBCU_LM_VMS\/271\/707\/8554594228.dfxp&quot;,&quot;mp4_url&quot;:&quot;http:\/\/nbclim-download.edgesuite.net\/Prod\/NBCU_LM_VMS\/271\/707\/8554594228-540plownbcstations.mp4&quot;,&quot;mpx_download_pid&quot;:&quot;_pTS8HfVHQsm&quot;,&quot;mpx_high_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_high_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_is_livestream&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_m3upid&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_pid&quot;:&quot;bJuRk0OHIlRL&quot;,&quot;mpx_thumbnail_url&quot;:&quot;https:\/\/media.nbcwashington.com\/2021\/04\/8554594228-1080pnbcstations.jpg?quality=85&amp;strip=all&amp;resize=850%2C478&quot;,&quot;pid_streaming_web_high&quot;:&quot;hv_gFiN3O9hv&quot;,&quot;pid_streaming_web_medium&quot;:&quot;bJuRk0OHIlRL&quot;,&quot;subtitle&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;dfxp_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;video_call_letter&quot;:&quot;NBCU LM VMS&quot;,&quot;video_captions&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;video_id&quot;:&quot;1884700739804_983&quot;,&quot;video_length&quot;:&quot;128696&quot;,&quot;video_provider&quot;:&quot;mpx&quot;,&quot;alleypack_schedule_unpublish&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;feed_remote_id&quot;:&quot;mpx_1884700739804&quot;,&quot;feed_thumbnail_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;}" data-livestream="false" data-title="FDA Explains Reason for Caution With Johnson &amp; Johnson Vaccine" data-vidcid="1:14:2638460" data-vidurl="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/coronavirus/fda-explains-reason-for-caution-with-johnson-johnson-vaccine/2638460/" data-islead="false" data-catnames="{&quot;223863&quot;:&quot;News&quot;,&quot;268884&quot;:&quot;Coronavirus Pandemic&quot;}" data-tagnames="{&quot;15913&quot;:&quot;CDC&quot;,&quot;302112&quot;:&quot;covid-19 vaccine&quot;,&quot;1235&quot;:&quot;FDA&quot;,&quot;9563&quot;:&quot;Johnson &amp;amp; Johnson&quot;}" data-customdata="{}" data-autoplay="false" data-cplay="true"></div> <hr class="wp-block-separator" /> <p><strong>The District </strong>reached an important milestone Monday: Everyone age 16 or older is now eligible for the coronavirus vaccine. This is happening one week earlier than planned, a sign that the rollout in our region is beginning to pick up.</p> <p>You will have to <a href="https://coronavirus.dc.gov/vaccinatedc">pre-register on the District&#8217;s website</a>. When an appointment becomes available, you will receive an invite via email. Officials say they will continue to prioritize senior citizens and residents of zip codes with lower rates of the vaccine.</p> <p>In <strong>Maryland</strong>, anyone age 16 and older is already eligible for the vaccine at mass vaccine sites. <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/coronavirus/maryland-opens-vaccine-preregistration-to-everyone-16/2627316/">Here&#8217;s how to sign up</a>. As of Monday, they are now eligible through all providers.</p> <p><strong>Virginia </strong>will also soon reach that milestone. 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Monumental Sports will also allow 10% capacity for Capitals and Wizards home games.</li><li>D.C.&#8217;s new high-capacity COVID-19 <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/mass-vaccination-site-opens-at-dcs-arena-stage/2635647/">vaccination site is open at Arena Stage</a>.</li><li>The National Independence Day Parade has been canceled for 2021, the National Park Service announced, citing &#8220;logistics and planning limitations.&#8221; </li><li>The <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/people-getting-unemployment-in-va-will-have-to-look-for-work-again/2632514/">Virginia Employment Commission says</a> that jobless workers collecting unemployment compensation will soon have to look for jobs again to receive benefits.</li><li>Some <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/people-getting-unemployment-in-va-will-have-to-look-for-work-again/2632514/">mass vaccination sites in Maryland</a> are offering a limited number of walk-up shots every day, no appointment needed. </li><li>Fairfax County vaccine registration is open for all essential workers in Phase 1c, including media workers, hairstylists, barbers and information technology workers. <a href="https://fairfaxcountyemergency.wpcomstaging.com/">See specific category details here.</a></li><li>A new <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/coronavirus/vaccine-site-at-greenbelt-metro-to-offer-shots-to-anyone-not-just-marylanders/2632407/">mass vaccination site opened last week at the Greenbelt Metro station</a> in Prince George’s County. It offers shots to anyone, not just Maryland residents. <a href="https://onestop.md.gov/preregistration">Go online here</a> to create an account.</li><li>In President Joe Biden&#8217;s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, $5 billion are <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/prince-georges-county/covid-19-relief-includes-5b-for-black-farmers/2630565/">earmarked for Black farmers impacted by decades of discrimination</a> made worse during the pandemic.</li><li>NBC News is making finding information on when, how and where to obtain your coronavirus vaccination easier with its <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.nbcnews.com/specials/plan-your-vaccine/" target="_blank">Plan Your Vaccine website</a>.</li></ul> <p><a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/coronavirus/coronavirus-in-virginia/coronavirus-cases-rising-despite-vaccinations-in-virginias-rappahannock-health-district/2624926/"></a></p> <h2 class="wp-block-nbc-section-heading">Key Charts and Graphs</h2> <p><link href="https://media.nbcnewyork.com/assets/editorial/national/common/css/mm-embeds-head-foot.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"></p> <iframe id="datawrapper-chart-TUVpf" src="https://interactives.ap.org/embeds/TUVpf/14/" width="100%" height="548"></iframe> <p class="mmFoot">The vaccinated population in D.C. may be overestimated in this map because some non-residents who work in D.C. are included in the totals.</p> <hr class="wp-block-separator is-style-default" /> <div class="wp-block-group"><div class="wp-block-group__inner-container"> <h2 class="wp-block-nbc-section-heading">Vaccination Portals by County</h2> <p>As vaccinations in our region ramp up, here&#8217;s a look at local portals residents can use to sign up for vaccination appointments or sign up to receive alerts. </p> <ul><li><strong>Washington, D.C. signups</strong> – <a href="http://vaccinate.dc.gov/">vaccinate.dc.gov</a></li><li><strong>Maryland signups </strong>– <a href="https://www.marylandvax.org/">www.marylandvax.org/</a> and <a href="http://covidvax.maryland.gov/">covidvax.maryland.gov</a></li><li><strong>Virginia pre-registration</strong> – <a href="https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/covid-19-vaccine/">https://vaccinate.virginia.gov/preregister.html</a></li><li>Montgomery County – <a href="http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/covid19/vaccine/">www.montgomerycountymd.gov/covid19/vaccine/</a></li><li>Prince George&#8217;s County – <a href="https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/3730/COVID-19-Vaccination">www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/3730/COVID-19-Vaccination</a></li><li>Howard County – <a href="https://www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/Health/MM-Alerts-and-Recalls/COVID-19-Vaccine">www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/Health/MM-Alerts-and-Recalls/COVID-19-Vaccine</a></li><li>Anne Arundel County – <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://aacounty.org/covidvax" target="_blank">aacounty.org/covidvax</a></li><li>Fairfax County – <a href="https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/novel-coronavirus/vaccine">www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/novel-coronavirus/vaccine</a></li><li>City of Alexandria – <a href="https://www.alexandriava.gov/health/info/default.aspx?id=119270">www.alexandriava.gov/health/info/default.aspx?id=119270</a></li><li>Loudoun County – <a href="https://www.loudoun.gov/covid19vaccine">www.loudoun.gov/covid19vaccine</a></li><li>Prince William County – <a href="https://coronavirus.pwcgov.org/vaccine-information/">coronavirus.pwcgov.org/vaccine-information/</a> &amp; <a href="https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/prince-william/covid-19-vaccination-registration-for-non-hospital-healthcare-workers-in-pwc-manassas-city-and-manassas-park/">VDH</a></li></ul> </div></div> <hr class="wp-block-separator is-style-default" /> <div class="recirc-module"> <h3 class="recirc__heading"></h3> <p class="recirc__subheading"></p> <div class="recirc__post"> <div class="post__wrap"> <div class="post__image-wrapper"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="CDC Director Warns States Against Dropping Mask Mandates Amid Concern About Covid Mutations" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/business/money-report/cdc-director-says-dropping-mask-mandates-is-a-mistake-as-coronavirus-spreads/2574003/"> <img class="post__image" src="https://media.nbcwashington.com/2021/02/106808217-16074624522020-12-08t204842z_581347166_rc28jk92jzgu_rtrmadp_0_usa-biden.jpeg?quality=85&amp;strip=all" alt="" loading="lazy" /> </a> </div> <div class="post__text"> <div class="post__meta"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="coronavirus" class="post__tag" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/tag/coronavirus/">coronavirus</a> <span class="post__date post__date--has-category"> Feb 14 </span> </div> <h3 class="post__title"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="CDC Director Warns States Against Dropping Mask Mandates Amid Concern About Covid Mutations" class="post__title--link" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/business/money-report/cdc-director-says-dropping-mask-mandates-is-a-mistake-as-coronavirus-spreads/2574003/"> <span data-ellipsis="true" data-text="CDC Director Warns States Against Dropping Mask Mandates Amid Concern About Covid Mutations" data-react-component="NBCTruncate" data-maxlines="3" data-maxlinesmobile="2" data-readmore=""> CDC Director Warns States Against Dropping Mask Mandates Amid Concern About Covid Mutations </span> </a> </h3> </div> </div> </div> <div class="recirc__post"> <div class="post__wrap"> <div class="post__image-wrapper"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="A Year After the Pandemic Struck, the U.S. Economy Is Still Struggling But Coming Around Quickly" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/business/money-report/a-year-after-the-pandemic-struck-the-u-s-economy-is-still-struggling-but-coming-around-quickly/2601755/"> <img class="post__image" src="https://media.nbcwashington.com/2021/03/106821553-1615393780661-sale.jpg?quality=85&amp;strip=all" alt="" loading="lazy" /> </a> </div> <div class="post__text"> <div class="post__meta"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="coronavirus" class="post__tag" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/tag/coronavirus/">coronavirus</a> <span class="post__date post__date--has-category"> Mar 10 </span> </div> <h3 class="post__title"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="A Year After the Pandemic Struck, the U.S. Economy Is Still Struggling But Coming Around Quickly" class="post__title--link" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/business/money-report/a-year-after-the-pandemic-struck-the-u- Washington Signs Ex-College Basketball Player as Tight End https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/sports/washingtons-newest-tight-end-lacks-name-value-but-possesses-wild-potential/2638809/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:d21a3956-a6d8-29b2-5333-873c6eb00973 Tue, 13 Apr 2021 16:56:57 +0000 <iframe src="https://www.nbcsports.com/vplayer/p/BxmELC/midatlantic_embed/select/media/Ehy_QlfE6BFI?form=html&amp;autoPlay=true&amp;ssid=rsn_washington_embed_off_domain_otswas" width="624" height="351" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe> <p><em><a href="https://www.nbcsports.com/washington/football-team/washingtons-newest-tight-end-lacks-name-value-possesses-wild-potential?cid=Yahoo&amp;partner=ya4nbcs">WFT&#8217;s newest TE lacks name value but possesses wild potential</a> originally appeared on <a href="https://www.nbcsports.com/washington?cid=MSN">NBC Sports Washington</a></em></p> <p>The Washington Football Team has a new tight end, and while Sammis Reyes&#8217; name was likely unknown to just about everyone who follows the franchise as recently as a few hours ago, he has tools that give him a solid shot at becoming a productive and popular player.</p> <p>On Tuesday, <a href="https://twitter.com/WashingtonNFL/status/1381990706873565191">the organization announced</a> it signed the 6-foot-7 prospect who played basketball at Tulane for two seasons before pivoting to pursue a career in football. The 25-year-old grew up in Chile before moving to the United States as a teenager.</p> <p>Already intrigued, right? Well, there&#8217;s more to learn, and&nbsp;like, about Reyes.</p> <p>The converted hooper was originally slated to try and break into the league via its International Player Pathway Program, but on March 31, he impressed Washington enough during the University of Florida&#8217;s Pro Day that the club opted to snare him before he continued on in the IPPP.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://www.nbcsports.com/washington/WashingtonFootballTalk"><strong>Download and subscribe to the Washington Football Talk podcast</strong></a></p> <p><iframe height="230px" src="https://art19.com/shows/washington-football/episodes/fb8f35ee-0062-405f-b60c-d5cfb4fea6d0/embed" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>Reyes looked relatively comfortable in Florida running routes and catching passes, very comfortable changing direction in some agility drills and supremely comfortable bench pressing a bunch of weight a bunch of times.</p> <p>Here&#8217;s a tweet that further illustrates the sheer explosion and physical gifts Reyes will use in his attempt to make Washington&#8217;s roster. </p> <p>After the success Washington, and specifically tight ends coach Pete Hoener, had in developing Logan Thomas in 2020, bringing in someone with Reyes&#8217; raw skills makes total sense.</p> <p>Reyes clearly has plenty of hurdles in front of him that he&#8217;ll have to clear in order to actually suit up on a Sunday, but Hoener — who has tutored Greg Olsen, Vernon Davis and Delanie Walker in addition to Thomas — is precisely the kind of guy who could get the most out of Reyes. And if it doesn&#8217;t work out, Washington won&#8217;t be burned much, if at all.</p> <p>For whatever reason, tight end is a spot where&nbsp;many, many guys can thrive even if they didn&#8217;t thrive elsewhere or they&nbsp;didn&#8217;t play football at all before lining up there.</p> <p>In Reyes, Washington now has the next great project at the position, and tracking whether they can somehow reap great results from that project will be an underrated fun part of training camp and the preseason.</p> <p><i>This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/sports/washingtons-newest-tight-end-lacks-name-value-but-possesses-wild-potential/2638809/">Click here</a> to open the story in your web browser.</i></p> Minnesota Police Chief and Officer Who Shot Daunte Wright Resign https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/national-international/pressure-builds-to-fire-minnesota-officer-who-fatally-shot-daunte-wright/2638733/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:237ef981-aa11-da4d-2e72-189f31491adf Tue, 13 Apr 2021 16:56:50 +0000 <p>The white Minnesota police officer who <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="/news/national-international/minnesota-police-shoot-kill-man-after-traffic-stop-incident/" target="_blank">fatally shot a 20-year-old Black man during an altercation after a traffic stop</a> in a Minneapolis suburb has resigned. The city&#8217;s police chief also resigned Tuesday.</p> <p>Officer Kim Potter and Police Chief Tim Gannon both resigned two days after the death of Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center. Potter, a 26-year veteran, had been on administrative leave following Sunday’s shooting.</p> <p>Gannon has said he believed Potter mistakenly grabbed her gun when she was going for her Taser. She can be heard on her body camera video shouting “Taser! Taser!”</p> <p>“Whenever, through the line of duty, someone kills another human being, there must be accountability,” Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott<a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.today.com/video/mayor-on-daunte-wright-shooting-we-ve-seen-this-far-too-many-times-110108229611" data-type="URL" data-id="https://www.today.com/video/mayor-on-daunte-wright-shooting-we-ve-seen-this-far-too-many-times-110108229611" target="_blank"> told the “TODAY” show earlier Tuesday.</a></p> <p>Activists and some residents say Wright was racially profiled<a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="/news/national-international/daunte-wright-shooting-minnesota-officer-meant-to-draw-taser-not-handgun-police-chief-says/" target="_blank">, and his death has sparked two days of clashes between police and protesters.</a> The shooting happened as the Minneapolis area was already on edge over <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="/news/national-international/defense-set-to-take-turn-in-ex-cops-trial-in-floyd-death/" target="_blank">the trial of the first of four police officers in George Floyd’s death.</a></p> <div data-react-component="VideoPlayer" data-meta="{&quot;amp_status&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;spay_email&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;syndicated_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;should_nationalize&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_first_published_date&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_prevent_modified_update&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_primary_category_id&quot;:190,&quot;nbc_primary_tag_id&quot;:311666,&quot;nbc_social_page_title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_page_title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_seo_description&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_social_description&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_national_headline&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;entities&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_canonical_market&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_canonical_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_hide_from_recirculation&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_hide_from_search&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_syndication_category&quot;:&quot;1:1:190&quot;,&quot;nbc_national_collections&quot;:[],&quot;nopreroll&quot;:false,&quot;video_copyright&quot;:&quot;NBCUniversal Media, LLC&quot;,&quot;sst_source_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_disable_legacy_embeds&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_feed_loader_prevent_updates&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;desktopFlashPid&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_dfxp_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mp4_url&quot;:&quot;http:\/\/nbclim-download.edgesuite.net\/Prod\/NBCU_LM_VMS\/898\/234\/DIT_NAT_TOS_NEWS_BODYCAM_BROOKLYN_CENTER_MINN_041221_JB__112020.mp4&quot;,&quot;mpx_download_pid&quot;:&quot;gv0iZ1OI_oIn&quot;,&quot;mpx_high_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_high_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_is_livestream&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_m3upid&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_pid&quot;:&quot;yTNr0z_B9T7y&quot;,&quot;mpx_thumbnail_url&quot;:&quot;https:\/\/media.nbcwashington.com\/2021\/04\/DIT-NAT-TOS-NEWS-BODYCAM-BROOKLYN-CENTER-MINN-041221-JB.00_00_33_06.Still002.jpg?quality=85&amp;strip=all&amp;resize=850%2C478&quot;,&quot;pid_streaming_web_high&quot;:&quot;Mzhkl5exNXXO&quot;,&quot;pid_streaming_web_medium&quot;:&quot;_Vsk7WbF_bsY&quot;,&quot;subtitle&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;dfxp_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;video_call_letter&quot;:&quot;NBCU LM VMS&quot;,&quot;video_captions&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;video_id&quot;:&quot;1884283971518_816&quot;,&quot;video_length&quot;:&quot;165065&quot;,&quot;video_provider&quot;:&quot;mpx&quot;,&quot;alleypack_schedule_unpublish&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;feed_remote_id&quot;:&quot;mpx_1884283971518&quot;,&quot;feed_thumbnail_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;}" data-livestream="false" data-title="Police Release Body Camera Footage of Daunte Wright Shooting" data-vidcid="1:1:6006811" data-vidurl="https://ots.nbcwpshield.com/news/national-international/police-release-body-camera-footage-of-daunte-wright-shooting/6006811/" data-islead="false" data-catnames="{&quot;189&quot;:&quot;News&quot;,&quot;190&quot;:&quot;U.S. &amp;amp; World&quot;}" data-tagnames="{&quot;311684&quot;:&quot;Brooklyn Center&quot;,&quot;311666&quot;:&quot;Daunte Wright&quot;,&quot;63&quot;:&quot;Minnesota&quot;,&quot;311954&quot;:&quot;Police Bodycam&quot;,&quot;33113&quot;:&quot;Police shooting&quot;}" data-customdata="{&quot;ContentPartner&quot;:&quot;None&quot;,&quot;Source&quot;:&quot;WEBFM&quot;,&quot;SyndicationAllowed&quot;:&quot;true&quot;,&quot;mSNVideoCategories&quot;:&quot;MSN Video v4 Connector-most watched news&quot;,&quot;mSNVideoContentSupplierID&quot;:&quot;NBC_Local&quot;,&quot;mSNVideoCountry&quot;:&quot;us&quot;,&quot;subtitle&quot;:&quot;nosubtitle&quot;,&quot;uploadedByTeam&quot;:&quot;1&quot;,&quot;youtubeChannel&quot;:&quot;None&quot;}" data-autoplay="false" data-cplay="true"></div> <p>Body camera footage Gannon released less than 24 hours after the shooting shows three officers around a stopped car, which authorities said was pulled over because it had expired registration tags. When one officer attempts to handcuff Wright, a second officer tells him he’s being arrested on a warrant. That’s when the struggle begins. </p> <p>Potter can be heard saying: “I’ll Tase you! I’ll Tase you! Taser! Taser! Taser!” She draws her weapon after the man breaks free from police outside his car and gets back behind the wheel. After firing a single shot from her handgun, the car speeds away and the officer is heard saying, “Holy (expletive)! I shot him.” </p> <p>The car traveled several blocks before hitting another vehicle.</p> <p>Wright died of a gunshot wound to the chest, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office said in a statement. </p> <p>Court records show Wright was being sought after failing to appear in court on charges that he fled from officers and possessed a gun without a permit during an encounter with Minneapolis police in June. </p> <p>Demonstrators began to gather shortly after the shooting, with some jumping atop police cars. </p> <p>On Monday, <a href="/news/national-international/daunte-wright-shooting-minnesota-officer-meant-to-draw-taser-not-handgun-police-chief-says/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">hundreds of protesters gathered hours after a dusk-to-dawn curfew was announced by the governor.</a> When protesters wouldn&#8217;t disperse, police began firing gas canisters and flash-bang grenades, sending clouds wafting over the crowd and chasing some protesters away. A long line of police in riot gear, rhythmically pushing their clubs in front of them, began slowly forcing back the remaining crowds.</p> <p>Forty people were arrested, Minnesota State Patrol Col. Matt Langer said at a news conference early Tuesday. In Minneapolis, 13 arrests were made, including for burglaries and curfew violations, police said.</p> <p>Brooklyn Center is a modest suburb just north of Minneapolis that has seen its demographics shift dramatically in recent years. In 2000, more than 70% of the city was white. Today, a majority of residents are Black, Asian or Latino. </p> <p>Elliott, the mayor, immigrated from Liberia as a child. On Monday night, he was joined by Keith Ellison, the state’s first Black attorney general, in addressing protesters not far from police headquarters — telling the demonstrators to use their voices but remain safe. </p> <p>“We are going to get to the bottom of this, we are going to make sure that there’s justice, that there’s officers held accountable,” Elliott can be heard telling protesters on video posted by a reporter for NBC affiliate KARE.</p> <p>Wright&#8217;s death prompted protests in other U.S. cities, including in Portland, Oregon, where police said a demonstration turned into a riot Monday night, with some in the crowd throwing rocks and other projectiles at officers.</p> <p>___</p> <p><em>Associated Press writers Scott Bauer in Madison, Wisconsin, Stephen Groves in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Tim Sullivan in Minneapolis contributed to this report.</em></p> Biden to Announce Withdrawal of US Troops From Afghanistan by 9/11 https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/politics/biden-to-announce-withdrawal-of-us-troops-from-afghanistan-by-9-11/2638680/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:d4713e5f-95ce-d6b2-39c5-a5c4780a0390 Tue, 13 Apr 2021 16:28:22 +0000 <p>President Joe Biden has decided to leave American troops in Afghanistan beyond the May 1 deadline negotiated with the Taliban by the Trump administration, and has set the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks as the new goal, NBC News and The Associated Press have confirmed. </p> <p>Biden has been hinting for weeks that he was going to let the deadline lapse, and as the days went by it became clear that an orderly withdrawal of the remaining 2,500 troops was difficult and unlikely. A U.S. official provided details on Biden&#8217;s decision on condition of anonymity, speaking ahead of the announcement.</p> <p>The decision was first reported by The Washington Post.</p> US to Withdraw All Troops From Afghanistan By Sept. 11 https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/politics/biden-to-announce-withdrawal-of-us-troops-from-afghanistan-by-9-11/2638680/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:5d904f42-81d0-4c01-33c5-54f264ee98e3 Tue, 13 Apr 2021 16:28:22 +0000 <p>President Joe Biden will withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America that were coordinated from that country, U.S. officials said Tuesday.</p> <p>The decision defies a May 1 deadline for full withdrawal under a peace agreement the Trump administration reached with the Taliban last year. But Biden has been hinting for weeks that he was going to let the deadline lapse, and as the days went by it became clear that an orderly withdrawal of the remaining 2,500 troops would be difficult and was unlikely. A senior administration official said the drawdown would begin May 1.</p> <p>Biden&#8217;s choice of the 9/11 date underscores the reason that American troops were in Afghanistan to begin with — to prevent extremist groups like al-Qaida from establishing a foothold again that could be used to launch attacks against the U.S.</p> <p>The president decided that the deadline for withdrawal of U.S. forces had to be absolute, rather than provisional on conditions inside Afghanistan as the deadline neared, the senior administration official said. “We’re committing today to going to zero” U.S. forces by Sept. 11, and possibly well before, the official said, adding that Biden concluded that a conditioned withdrawal would be “a recipe for staying in Afghanistan forever.”</p> <p>U.S. officials provided details on Biden’s decision on condition of anonymity, speaking ahead of the announcement. It was first reported by The Washington Post.</p> <p>According to the administration official, the only U.S. forces remaining in Afghanistan will be those deemed necessary to protect diplomats in the country. An exact number had yet to be decided.</p> <p>The extended timeline will allow a safe and orderly withdrawal of American troops in coordination with NATO allies, the administration official added.</p> <p>Biden&#8217;s decision risks retaliation by the Taliban on U.S. and Afghan forces, possibly escalating the 20-year war. And it will reignite political division over America’s involvement in what many have called the endless war.</p> <p>An intelligence community report issued Tuesday about global challenges for the next year said prospects for a peace deal in Afghanistan are “low” and warned that “the Taliban is likely to make gains on the battlefield. If the coalition withdraws support, the report says, the Afghan government will struggle to control the Taliban.</p> <p>In a February 2020 agreement with the administration of President Donald Trump, the Taliban agreed to halt attacks and hold peace talks with the Afghan government, in exchange for a U.S. commitment to a complete withdrawal by May 2021.</p> <p>Over the past year, U.S. military commanders and defense officials have said that attacks on U.S. troops have largely paused, but they say the Taliban have increased attacks on the Afghans. Commanders have argued that the Taliban have failed to meet the conditions of the peace agreement by continuing attacks on the Afghans and failing to totally cut ties with al-Qaida and other extremist groups.</p> <p>When Biden entered the White House in January, he was keenly aware of the looming deadline and had time to meet it if he had chosen to do so. He began a review of the February 2020 agreement shortly after taking office, and has been consulting at length with his defense and military advisers as well as allies.</p> <p>In recent weeks, it became increasingly clear that he was leaning toward defying the deadline.</p> <p>“It’s going to be hard to meet the May 1 deadline,” Biden said in late March. “Just in terms of tactical reasons, it’s hard to get those troops out.” Tellingly, he added, “And if we leave, we’re going to do so in a safe and orderly way.”</p> <p><em>Associated Press writer Eric Tucker contributed to this report.</em></p> US to Withdraw All Troops From Afghanistan by Sept. 11 https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/politics/biden-to-announce-withdrawal-of-us-troops-from-afghanistan-by-9-11/2638680/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:66c595ad-88e3-1842-a106-dba74dff185e Tue, 13 Apr 2021 16:28:22 +0000 <p>President Joe Biden will withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America that were coordinated from that country, U.S. officials said Tuesday.</p> <p>The decision defies a May 1 deadline for full withdrawal under a peace agreement the Trump administration reached with the Taliban last year. But Biden has been hinting for weeks that he was going to let the deadline lapse, and as the days went by it became clear that an orderly withdrawal of the remaining 2,500 troops would be difficult and was unlikely. A senior administration official said the drawdown would begin May 1.</p> <p>Biden&#8217;s choice of the 9/11 date underscores the reason that American troops were in Afghanistan to begin with — to prevent extremist groups like al-Qaida from establishing a foothold again that could be used to launch attacks against the U.S.</p> <p>The president decided that the deadline for withdrawal of U.S. forces had to be absolute, rather than provisional on conditions inside Afghanistan as the deadline neared, the senior administration official said. “We’re committing today to going to zero” U.S. forces by Sept. 11, and possibly well before, the official said, adding that Biden concluded that a conditioned withdrawal would be “a recipe for staying in Afghanistan forever.”</p> <p>U.S. officials provided details on Biden’s decision on condition of anonymity, speaking ahead of the announcement. It was first reported by The Washington Post.</p> <p>According to the administration official, the only U.S. forces remaining in Afghanistan will be those deemed necessary to protect diplomats in the country. An exact number had yet to be decided.</p> <p>The extended timeline will allow a safe and orderly withdrawal of American troops in coordination with NATO allies, the administration official added.</p> <p>Biden&#8217;s decision risks retaliation by the Taliban on U.S. and Afghan forces, possibly escalating the 20-year war. And it will reignite political division over America’s involvement in what many have called the endless war.</p> <p>An intelligence community report issued Tuesday about global challenges for the next year said prospects for a peace deal in Afghanistan are “low” and warned that “the Taliban is likely to make gains on the battlefield. If the coalition withdraws support, the report says, the Afghan government will struggle to control the Taliban.</p> <p>In a February 2020 agreement with the administration of President Donald Trump, the Taliban agreed to halt attacks and hold peace talks with the Afghan government, in exchange for a U.S. commitment to a complete withdrawal by May 2021.</p> <p>Over the past year, U.S. military commanders and defense officials have said that attacks on U.S. troops have largely paused, but they say the Taliban have increased attacks on the Afghans. Commanders have argued that the Taliban have failed to meet the conditions of the peace agreement by continuing attacks on the Afghans and failing to totally cut ties with al-Qaida and other extremist groups.</p> <p>When Biden entered the White House in January, he was keenly aware of the looming deadline and had time to meet it if he had chosen to do so. He began a review of the February 2020 agreement shortly after taking office, and has been consulting at length with his defense and military advisers as well as allies.</p> <p>In recent weeks, it became increasingly clear that he was leaning toward defying the deadline.</p> <p>“It’s going to be hard to meet the May 1 deadline,” Biden said in late March. “Just in terms of tactical reasons, it’s hard to get those troops out.” Tellingly, he added, “And if we leave, we’re going to do so in a safe and orderly way.”</p> <p><em>Associated Press writer Eric Tucker contributed to this report.</em></p> Maryland Pauses Use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/coronavirus/maryland-pauses-use-of-johnson-johnson-covid-19-vaccine/2638410/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:63edb775-87df-841c-69b0-37f2607236e1 Tue, 13 Apr 2021 14:17:22 +0000 <p>Maryland has directed COVID-19 vaccine providers to pause the use of the Johnson &amp; Johnson shot, per guidance from federal officials.</p> <p>The Maryland Department of Health told all vaccine providers to temporarily stop using the single-dose shot until further federal guidance is issued, according to a press release.</p> <p>The Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday recommend pausing use of the Johnson &amp; Johnson vaccine “out of an abundance of caution” after six reports of blood clots.</p> <p>The Hagerstown mass vaccination site will switch to the Pfizer vaccine and honor all appointments scheduled for Tuesday, GoVAX Maryland said.</p> <p>Officials did not immediately provide details about other appointments.</p> <p><strong><em>Stay with NBC Washington for more on this developing story</em></strong></p> <p><i>This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/coronavirus/maryland-pauses-use-of-johnson-johnson-covid-19-vaccine/2638410/">Click here</a> to open the story in your web browser.</i></p> Virginia Pauses All Use of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/coronavirus/virginia-pauses-all-use-of-johnson-johnson-vaccine/2638352/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:02d2c55c-2433-60a1-d642-4c434e5ce342 Tue, 13 Apr 2021 13:32:29 +0000 <p>Virginia will temporarily pause all use of the Johnson &amp; Johnson COVID-19 vaccine as U.S. health officials investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots, officials said Tuesday.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you have an appointment to receive the Johnson &amp; Johnson vaccine, you will be contacted to reschedule that appointment, Virginia officials said.&nbsp;</p> <p>In a joint statement Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/national-international/u-s-will-pause-use-of-jj-vaccine-after-rare-complications-reports-say/2638197/" data-type="URL" data-id="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/national-international/u-s-will-pause-use-of-jj-vaccine-after-rare-complications-reports-say/2638197/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">said they were investigating unusual clots in six women between the ages of 18 and 48</a>. </p> <p>More than 6.8 million doses of the J&amp;J vaccine have been administered in the U.S., the vast majority with no or mild side effects.</p> <p>Virginia will stop administering the Johnson &amp; Johnson vaccine until the investigation is complete, state vaccination coordinator Dr. Danny Avula said in a statement.&nbsp;</p> <div class="recirc-module"> <h3 class="recirc__heading"></h3> <p class="recirc__subheading"></p> <div class="recirc__post"> <div class="post__wrap"> <div class="post__image-wrapper"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="Don&#039;t ‘Overinterpret&#039; 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We look forward to a thorough review by federal health officials. [In the] Meantime, we will continue Virginia’s vaccine rollout at this time with the other two authorized vaccines, developed by Pfizer and Moderna,” Avula said. </p> <p>The number of Johnson &amp; Johnson doses available in the state already had dropped significantly. Virginia had 124,000 doses last week and about 15,000 this week.</p> <p><strong><em>Stay with NBC Washington for more details on this developing story. </em></strong></p> <p><i>This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/coronavirus/virginia-pauses-all-use-of-johnson-johnson-vaccine/2638352/">Click here</a> to open the story in your web browser.</i></p> DC Cancels Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Appointments After FDA, CDC Recommendation https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/coronavirus/dc-cancels-johnson-johnson-vaccine-appointments-after-fda-cdc-recommendation/2638345/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:05806728-c6ed-6458-cecd-d0df5f075b77 Tue, 13 Apr 2021 13:28:40 +0000 <p>Washington, D.C., will cancel appointments for Johnson &amp; Johnson COVID-19 vaccinations this week after federal health officials recommended pausing use of the single-dose shot, officials say.</p> <p>The Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday recommend pausing use of the Johnson &amp; Johnson vaccine “out of an abundance of caution” after six reports of blood clots.</p> <div class="recirc-module"> <h3 class="recirc__heading"></h3> <p class="recirc__subheading"></p> <div class="recirc__post"> <div class="post__wrap"> <div class="post__image-wrapper"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="U.S. to Pause Use of J&amp;J Vaccine, Advisory Committee Scheduled to Review" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/national-international/u-s-to-pause-use-of-jj-vaccine-advisory-committee-scheduled-to-review/2638308/"> <img class="post__image" src="https://media.nbcwashington.com/2021/04/106867401-1618315315934-gettyimages-1232272873-grubbs_pharmacy387_041221.jpeg?quality=85&amp;strip=all" alt="" loading="lazy" /> </a> <span class="format-icon format-icon--video"></span> </div> <div class="post__text"> <div class="post__meta"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="Johnson &amp; Johnson" class="post__tag" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/tag/johnson-johnson/">Johnson &amp; Johnson</a> <span class="post__date post__date--has-category"> 44 mins ago </span> </div> <h3 class="post__title"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="U.S. to Pause Use of J&amp;J Vaccine, Advisory Committee Scheduled to Review" class="post__title--link" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/national-international/u-s-to-pause-use-of-jj-vaccine-advisory-committee-scheduled-to-review/2638308/"> <span data-ellipsis="true" data-text="U.S. to Pause Use of J&amp;J Vaccine, Advisory Committee Scheduled to Review" data-react-component="NBCTruncate" data-maxlines="3" data-maxlinesmobile="2" data-readmore=""> U.S. to Pause Use of J&amp;J Vaccine, Advisory Committee Scheduled to Review </span> </a> </h3> </div> </div> </div> <div class="recirc__post"> <div class="post__wrap"> <div class="post__image-wrapper"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="What to Do Now If You Got the J&amp;J Vaccine" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/coronavirus/what-to-do-now-if-you-got-the-jj-vaccine/2638339/"> <img class="post__image" src="https://media.nbcwashington.com/2021/04/GettyImages-1230992791-1.jpg?quality=85&amp;strip=all" alt="" loading="lazy" /> </a> <span class="format-icon format-icon--video"></span> </div> <div class="post__text"> <div class="post__meta"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="COVID-19 vaccines" class="post__tag" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/tag/covid-19-vaccines/">COVID-19 vaccines</a> <span class="post__date post__date--has-category"> 2 hours ago </span> </div> <h3 class="post__title"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="What to Do Now If You Got the J&amp;J Vaccine" class="post__title--link" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/coronavirus/what-to-do-now-if-you-got-the-jj-vaccine/2638339/"> <span data-ellipsis="true" data-text="What to Do Now If You Got the J&amp;J Vaccine" data-react-component="NBCTruncate" data-maxlines="3" data-maxlinesmobile="2" data-readmore=""> What to Do Now If You Got the J&amp;J Vaccine </span> </a> </h3> </div> </div> </div> <div class="recirc__post"> <div class="post__wrap"> <div class="post__image-wrapper"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="‘A Devastating Blow&#039; — Doctor Says Pausing J&amp;J Covid Vaccine Will Have Far-Reaching Effects" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/business/money-report/jj-covid-vaccine-pause-will/2638234/"> <img class="post__image" src="https://media.nbcwashington.com/2021/04/106846849-16145458432021-02-28t142841z_1680211134_rc2q1m9c57qs_rtrmadp_0_health-coronavirus-usa-fauci.jpeg?quality=85&amp;strip=all" alt="" loading="lazy" /> </a> </div> <div class="post__text"> <div class="post__meta"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="coronavirus" class="post__tag" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/tag/coronavirus/">coronavirus</a> <span class="post__date post__date--has-category"> 2 hours ago </span> </div> <h3 class="post__title"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="‘A Devastating Blow&#039; — Doctor Says Pausing J&amp;J Covid Vaccine Will Have Far-Reaching Effects" class="post__title--link" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/business/money-report/jj-covid-vaccine-pause-will/2638234/"> <span data-ellipsis="true" data-text="‘A Devastating Blow&#039; — Doctor Says Pausing J&amp;J Covid Vaccine Will Have Far-Reaching Effects" data-react-component="NBCTruncate" data-maxlines="3" data-maxlinesmobile="2" data-readmore=""> ‘A Devastating Blow&#039; — Doctor Says Pausing J&amp;J Covid Vaccine Will Have Far-Reaching Effects </span> </a> </h3> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p>More than 6.8 million doses of the J&amp;J vaccine have been administered in the U.S., the vast majority with no or mild side effects. But <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/national-international/u-s-will-pause-use-of-jj-vaccine-after-rare-complications-reports-say/2638197/">six women between the ages of 18 and 48 reported a rare and unusual type of blood clot</a>.</p> <p>DC Health says all appointments for the Johnson &amp; Johnson vaccine have been canceled from April 13-17.</p> <p>“DC Health has informed all of our vaccine providers to temporarily discontinue the use of Johnson &amp; Johnson until the CDC and FDA can meet to discuss further,” the agency said.</p> <p>About 1,200 individuals are expected to receive a message about the cancellations.</p> <p>They will get a follow-up invitation Wednesday evening to book a new appointment for later this week or next week, DC Health says.</p> <p>Officials are recommending that people who were already given the J&amp;J vaccine who are experiencing severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after receiving the shot contact their health care provider.</p> What to Do Now If You Got the J&J Vaccine https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/coronavirus/what-to-do-now-if-you-got-the-jj-vaccine/2638339/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:5b04b9f5-4d7b-137e-a72b-02973befcfd4 Tue, 13 Apr 2021 11:48:39 +0000 <p>The CDC and FDA have <a href="/news/coronavirus/u-s-will-pause-use-of-jj-vaccine-after-rare-complications-reports-say/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">recommended a pause</a> in the use of the Johnson &amp; Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots that occurred in six women in the days after vaccination. </p> <p>More than 6.8 million people have received the J&amp;J vaccine in the United States, the vast majority with no or mild side effects. Of these millions, six have experienced the clot, <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s0413-JJ-vaccine.html">the agencies said</a>, adding that &#8220;these events appear to be extremely rare.&#8221;</p> <p>Still, U.S. federal distribution channels, including mass vaccination sites, will pause the use of the J&amp;J shot &#8220;out of an abundance of caution,&#8221; and states and other providers are expected to follow. </p> <p>Here&#8217;s what the FDA and CDC say you should do:</p> <h2 class="wp-block-nbc-section-heading">J&amp;J Vaccine &#8211; for Consumers</h2> <ul><li>People who have received the J&amp;J vaccine who are experiencing severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care provider.</li><li>If you received the J&amp;J shot and have not developed any of the side effects associated with signs of blood clots within three weeks after vaccination, <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="/news/coronavirus/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-covid-vaccines-how-effective-are-the-big-3-and-how-do-they-compare/" target="_blank">the risk of an adverse reaction is unlikely</a>. Health officials urge patients to continue monitoring for symptoms. </li></ul> <h2 class="wp-block-nbc-section-heading">J&amp;J Vaccine &#8211; for Doctors</h2> <ul><li>Health care providers are asked to report adverse events to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System at <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/vaers.hhs.gov/reportevent.html__;!!PIZeeW5wscynRQ!9Pfk6NeIqWXxpPKEG7MaJ6ieIiV18yHcCX1pXxVJVoMqfao3vniMkU6TxlXgq7M$">https://vaers.hhs.gov/reportevent.html</a></li><li>The FDA and CDC offer this additional warning because of the “unique treatment” required for this type of clot: &#8220;Treatment of this specific type of blood clot is different from the treatment that might typically be administered. Usually, an anticoagulant drug called heparin is used to treat blood clots. In this setting, administration of heparin may be dangerous, and alternative treatments need to be given.&#8221;</li></ul> <h2 class="wp-block-nbc-section-heading">What&#8217;s Causing This Clotting?</h2> <p>It is not yet known why rare blood clots are occurring in some patients who receive the J&amp;J vaccine. The six people who experienced clots were all women between the ages of 18 and 48, with symptoms developing six to 13 days after they received the shot, the FDA and CDC said. They had what&#8217;s called a cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, or CVST, as well as low levels of blood platelets. <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/13/us/politics/johnson-johnson-vaccine-blood-clots-fda-cdc.html" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">The New York Times reports</a> one of the women died and a second woman is hospitalized in critical condition.</p> <p>Until now concern about the unusual blood clots has centered on the vaccine from AstraZeneca, which has not yet received authorization in the U.S. Last week, <a href="/news/business/money-report/eu-medicines-regulator-finds-possible-link-between-astrazeneca-covid-vaccine-and-blood-clots/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">European regulators said they found a possible link</a> between the shots and a very rare type of blood clot that occurs together with low blood platelets, one that seems to occur more in younger people.</p> <p>The J&amp;J and AstraZeneca vaccines are made with the same technology. Unlike the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which train the body to recognize the spike protein that coats the outer surface of the coronavirus, the J&amp;J and AstraZeneca vaccines use a cold virus, called an adenovirus, to carry the spike gene into the body. J&amp;J uses a human adenovirus to create its vaccine while AstraZeneca uses a chimpanzee version.</p> <p> </p> ‘A Devastating Blow' — Doctor Says Pausing J&J Covid Vaccine Will Have Far Reaching Effects https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/business/money-report/jj-covid-vaccine-pause-will/2638234/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:d1ce108c-ca64-630c-79c2-419132f8d8de Tue, 13 Apr 2021 11:45:46 +0000 <ul><li>The supply of the two-shot vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna won&#8217;t be able to quickly make up the demand created by the J&amp;J pause, Dr. Kavita Patel told CNBC.</li> <li>&#8220;This is a devastating blow to this J&amp;J vaccine effort in the United States,&#8221; said Patel, a primary care physician in Washington, D.C.</li> <li>The FDA&#8217;s recommendation, issued earlier Tuesday, came after six people in the U.S. developed rare and severe blood clotting issues after they received the J&amp;J vaccine.</li></ul> <iframe src="https://player.cnbc.com/p/gZWlPC/cnbc_global?playertype=synd&amp;autoplay=true&amp;byGuid=7000186035" class="cnbcplayer" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <p>Dr. Kavita Patel told CNBC on Tuesday she believes the Food and Drug Administration&#8217;s recommendation that <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2021/04/13/us-regulators-reportedly-call-for-pause-in-use-of-johnson-johnson-vaccine-due-to-clotting-issues.html?__source=OTS%7Cfinance%7Cinline%7Cstory%7C&amp;par=OTS&amp;doc=106867379">states pause the use</a> of <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/quotes?symbol=JNJ&amp;__source=OTS%7Cfinance%7Cinline%7Cstory%7C&amp;par=OTS&amp;doc=106867379">Johnson &amp; Johnson</a>&#8216;s single-shot Covid vaccine is likely to have lasting impacts on the nation&#8217;s efforts to combat the pandemic.</p> <p>&#8220;This is a devastating blow to this J&amp;J vaccine effort in the United States,&#8221; Patel, a primary care physician in Washington, D.C., said in an interview on <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/squawk-box-us/?__source=OTS%7Cfinance%7Cinline%7Cstory%7C&amp;par=OTS&amp;doc=106867379">&#8220;Squawk Box.&#8221;</a> She also worked on health-care initiatives in the Obama administration while serving as director of policy for the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement.</p> <p>Patel said the supply of the two-shot vaccines from <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/quotes?symbol=PFE&amp;__source=OTS%7Cfinance%7Cinline%7Cstory%7C&amp;par=OTS&amp;doc=106867379">Pfizer</a> and <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/quotes?symbol=MRNA&amp;__source=OTS%7Cfinance%7Cinline%7Cstory%7C&amp;par=OTS&amp;doc=106867379">Moderna</a> won&#8217;t be able to quickly make up the demand created by the J&amp;J pause. This will delay U.S. vaccination efforts, she added.</p> <p>The FDA&#8217;s recommendation, issued earlier Tuesday, came after six people in the U.S. developed rare and severe blood clotting issues after they received the J&amp;J vaccine.</p> <p>In a tweet, the U.S. regulator said it&#8217;s action was being taken &#8220;out of an abundance of caution.&#8221;</p> <p>All six cases occurred in women between the ages of 18 and 48, with symptoms developing six to 13 days after they received the shot.</p> <p>As of now, J&amp;J said there&#8217;s &#8220;no clear causal relationship&#8221; between these rare events and the vaccine. The U.S. drug giant also said it&#8217;s working with regulators.</p> <p>While she expects Moderna and Pfizer will be able to &#8220;pick up some of that slack&#8221; eventually, Patel stressed &#8220;it will take time&#8221; for those other vaccine makers to have additional doses available in the U.S.</p> <p>One particular challenge with halting the administration of J&amp;J&#8217;s vaccine is that it requires just a single shot, Patel said, whereas Moderna and Pfizer&#8217;s mRNA vaccines require two doses for full immunity protection.</p> <p>&#8220;In the next one to three weeks, we just can&#8217;t substitute it,&#8221; said Patel, an NBC News medical contributor and nonresident fellow at the Brookings Institution. &#8220;This will delay our vaccination efforts.&#8221; </p> <p>To compensate, the U.S. may want to consider pushing back the administration of second doses for recipients of Moderna and Pfizer&#8217;s vaccines, Patel suggested.</p> <p>White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci has <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2021/04/05/covid-vaccine-fauci-says-two-shots-of-pfizer-or-moderna-are-better-than-one-.html?__source=OTS%7Cfinance%7Cinline%7Cstory%7C&amp;par=OTS&amp;doc=106867379">opposed calls</a> to do so at earlier points in the pandemic.</p> <p>Moderna&#8217;s second dose is supposed to be given <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/second-shot.html">four weeks after the first</a>, while it&#8217;s three weeks apart for Pfizer.</p> <p>&#8220;You&#8217;re going to hear a renewal for calls to delay that second shot so we can get as many first shots into the arms. It&#8217;s not an unreasonable thing to do, to consider now,&#8221; said Patel.</p> <p>&#8220;If we push out the second doses of Moderna or Pfizer one or two weeks, this could actually still help us pick up some of that slack in a faster pace,&#8221; she added.</p> <p><i>This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/business/money-report/jj-covid-vaccine-pause-will/2638234/">Click here</a> to open the story in your web browser.</i></p> ‘A Devastating Blow' — Doctor Says Pausing J&J Covid Vaccine Will Have Far-Reaching Effects https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/business/money-report/jj-covid-vaccine-pause-will/2638234/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:f7b14716-5158-5c5b-ee51-c7a9b2ab1709 Tue, 13 Apr 2021 11:45:46 +0000 <ul><li>The supply of the two-shot vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna won&#8217;t be able to quickly make up the demand created by the J&amp;J pause, Dr. Kavita Patel told CNBC.</li> <li>&#8220;This is a devastating blow to this J&amp;J vaccine effort in the United States,&#8221; said Patel, a primary care physician in Washington.</li> <li>The FDA&#8217;s recommendation, issued earlier Tuesday, came after six J&amp;J vaccine recipients in the U.S. developed rare and severe blood-clotting issues.</li></ul> <iframe src="https://player.cnbc.com/p/gZWlPC/cnbc_global?playertype=synd&amp;autoplay=true&amp;byGuid=7000186035" allowfullscreen class="cnbcplayer" frameborder="0"></iframe> <p>Dr. Kavita Patel told CNBC on Tuesday she believes the Food and Drug Administration&#8217;s recommendation that <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2021/04/13/us-regulators-reportedly-call-for-pause-in-use-of-johnson-johnson-vaccine-due-to-clotting-issues.html?__source=OTS%7Cfinance%7Cinline%7Cstory%7C&amp;par=OTS&amp;doc=106867379">states pause the use</a> of <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/quotes?symbol=JNJ&amp;__source=OTS%7Cfinance%7Cinline%7Cstory%7C&amp;par=OTS&amp;doc=106867379">Johnson &amp; Johnson</a>&#8216;s single-shot Covid vaccine is likely to have lasting impacts on the nation&#8217;s efforts to combat the pandemic.</p> <p>&#8220;This is a devastating blow to this J&amp;J vaccine effort in the United States,&#8221; said Patel, a primary care physician in Washington who worked on health-care initiatives in the Obama administration while serving as director of policy for the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement.</p> <p>In an interview on <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/squawk-box-us/?__source=OTS%7Cfinance%7Cinline%7Cstory%7C&amp;par=OTS&amp;doc=106867379">&#8220;Squawk Box,&#8221;</a> Patel said the supply of the two-shot vaccines from <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/quotes?symbol=PFE&amp;__source=OTS%7Cfinance%7Cinline%7Cstory%7C&amp;par=OTS&amp;doc=106867379">Pfizer</a> and <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/quotes?symbol=MRNA&amp;__source=OTS%7Cfinance%7Cinline%7Cstory%7C&amp;par=OTS&amp;doc=106867379">Moderna</a> won&#8217;t be able to quickly make up the demand created by the J&amp;J pause. This will delay U.S. vaccination efforts, she added.</p> <p>The FDA&#8217;s recommendation, issued earlier Tuesday, came after six J&amp;J vaccine recipients in the U.S. developed rare and severe blood-clotting issues.</p> <p>In a tweet, the U.S. regulator said it&#8217;s action was being taken &#8220;out of an abundance of caution.&#8221;</p> <p>All six cases occurred in women ages 18 to 48, with symptoms developing six to 13 days after they received the shot.</p> <p>As of now, J&amp;J said there&#8217;s &#8220;no clear causal relationship&#8221; between these rare events and the vaccine. The U.S. drug giant also said it&#8217;s working with regulators.</p> <p>Patel said the halt — even if it proves temporary — could <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2021/04/12/white-house-using-nascar-country-music-tv-to-reach-vaccine-hesitant-americans.html?__source=OTS%7Cfinance%7Cinline%7Cstory%7C&amp;par=OTS&amp;doc=106867379">complicate initiatives</a> to combat vaccine hesitancy in the U.S. </p> <p>&#8220;To anybody who is hesitant, I would tell you: Think about the fact we are still dealing with deaths, hospitalizations and the effects of even mild cases of Covid,&#8221; Patel said. &#8220;Vaccines have been shown to be effective in all those situations. Preventing death is a much better option.&#8221;</p> <p>While she expects Moderna and Pfizer will be able to &#8220;pick up some of that slack&#8221; eventually, Patel stressed &#8220;it will take time&#8221; for those other vaccine makers to have additional doses available in the U.S.</p> <p>One particular challenge with halting the administration of J&amp;J&#8217;s vaccine is that it requires just a single shot, Patel said, whereas Moderna and Pfizer&#8217;s mRNA vaccines require two doses for full immunity protection.</p> <p>&#8220;In the next one to three weeks, we just can&#8217;t substitute it,&#8221; said Patel, an NBC News medical contributor and nonresident fellow at the Brookings Institution. &#8220;This will delay our vaccination efforts.&#8221; </p> <p>To compensate, the U.S. may want to consider pushing back the administration of second doses for recipients of Moderna and Pfizer&#8217;s vaccines, Patel suggested.</p> <p>White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci has <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2021/04/05/covid-vaccine-fauci-says-two-shots-of-pfizer-or-moderna-are-better-than-one-.html?__source=OTS%7Cfinance%7Cinline%7Cstory%7C&amp;par=OTS&amp;doc=106867379">opposed calls</a> to do so at earlier points in the pandemic.</p> <p>Moderna&#8217;s second dose is supposed to be given <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/second-shot.html">four weeks after the first</a>, while the recommendation for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is three weeks apart.</p> <p>&#8220;You&#8217;re going to hear a renewal for calls to delay that second shot so we can get as many first shots into the arms. It&#8217;s not an unreasonable thing to do, to consider now,&#8221; said Patel.</p> <p>&#8220;If we push out the second doses of Moderna or Pfizer one or two weeks, this could actually still help us pick up some of that slack in a faster pace,&#8221; she added.</p> <p><i>This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/business/money-report/jj-covid-vaccine-pause-will/2638234/">Click here</a> to open the story in your web browser.</i></p> U.S. Will Pause Use of J&J Vaccine After Rare Complications https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/national-international/u-s-will-pause-use-of-jj-vaccine-after-rare-complications-reports-say/2638197/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:d11f8499-d574-f2a3-cdbe-ffadacb28ea3 Tue, 13 Apr 2021 11:07:06 +0000 <div class="what-to-know"><div class="what-to-know__wrapper"><h3 class="what-to-know__heading">What to Know</h3><ul class="what-to-know__list"><li class="what-to-know__item">The FDA and CDC will recommend the federal government and states immediately pause use of the J&amp;J COVID-19 vaccine</li><li class="what-to-know__item">At least six women between the ages of 18 and 48 have had rare blood clotting complications after getting the shot; one died</li><li class="what-to-know__item">The FDA will convene an advisory committee Wednesday to decide what to do next</li></ul></div></div> <p>The U.S. government will immediately stop using the Johnson &amp; Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at federal vaccination sites while experts review multiple adverse reactions to the shot.</p> <p>Six women between the ages of 18 and 48 developed a rare blood clotting disorder and one died, the New York Times <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/13/us/politics/johnson-johnson-vaccine-blood-clots-fda-cdc.html" target="_blank">reported</a>. The decision will only affect federally run sites, but states are expected to follow suit.</p> <p>&#8220;Today FDA and <a href="https://twitter.com/CDCgov">@CDCgov</a> issued a statement regarding the Johnson &amp; Johnson <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/COVID19?src=hashtag_click">#COVID19</a> vaccine. We are recommending a pause in the use of this vaccine out of an abundance of caution,&#8221; the FDA tweeted.</p> <p>An advisory committee is scheduled to meet Wednesday to review the reactions and consider how to proceed. </p> <p>The FDA also warned doctors that the particular reaction observed so far is treated differently than other types of blood clots, and that they should prepare accordingly.</p> <p>The decision follows a move by multiple European countries to limit the use of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine because of concerns about blood clotting reactions to that drug as well. </p> <p><em>This is a developing story. </em></p> <p><i>This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/national-international/u-s-will-pause-use-of-jj-vaccine-after-rare-complications-reports-say/2638197/">Click here</a> to open the story in your web browser.</i></p> US Will Pause Use of J&J Vaccine After Rare Complications https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/national-international/u-s-will-pause-use-of-jj-vaccine-after-rare-complications-reports-say/2638197/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:6e4fb09b-5264-61b5-ac27-f2b1b03302f3 Tue, 13 Apr 2021 11:07:06 +0000 <div class="what-to-know"><div class="what-to-know__wrapper"><h3 class="what-to-know__heading">What to Know</h3><ul class="what-to-know__list"><li class="what-to-know__item">The FDA and CDC will recommend the federal government and states immediately pause use of the J&amp;J COVID-19 vaccine</li><li class="what-to-know__item">Health officials said they are investigating clots in six women that occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination</li><li class="what-to-know__item">The FDA will convene an advisory committee Wednesday to decide what to do next</li></ul></div></div> <p>The U.S. is recommending a “pause” in administration of the single-dose Johnson &amp; Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots.</p> <p>In a joint statement Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration said they were investigating unusual clots in six women that occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination. The clots occurred in veins that drain blood from the brain and occurred together with low platelets. All six cases were in women between the ages of 18 and 48.</p> <p>The reports appear similar to a rare, unusual type of clotting disorder that European authorities say is possibly linked to another COVID-19 vaccine not yet cleared in the U.S., from AstraZeneca.</p> <p>More than 6.8 million doses of the J&amp;J vaccine have been administered in the U.S., the vast majority with no or mild side effects.</p> <p>U.S. federal distribution channels, including mass vaccination sites, will pause the use of the J&amp;J shot, and states and other providers are expected to follow. The other two authorized vaccines, from Moderna and Pfizer, make up the vast share of COVID-19 shots administered in the U.S. and are not affected by the pause.</p> <p>An advisory committee is scheduled to meet Wednesday to review the reactions and consider how to proceed. </p> <p>Officials are recommending that people who were given the J&amp;J vaccine who are experiencing severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after receiving the shot contact their health care provider.</p> <p>Officials say they also want to educate vaccine providers and health professionals about the “unique treatment” required for this type of clot.</p> <p><em>This is a developing story. </em></p> <p><i>This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/national-international/u-s-will-pause-use-of-jj-vaccine-after-rare-complications-reports-say/2638197/">Click here</a> to open the story in your web browser.</i></p> US Recommends Pausing Use of J&J Vaccine After Rare Complications https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/national-international/u-s-will-pause-use-of-jj-vaccine-after-rare-complications-reports-say/2638197/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:7aa015a1-801d-5243-4037-1882cce2b2b1 Tue, 13 Apr 2021 11:07:06 +0000 <div class="what-to-know"><div class="what-to-know__wrapper"><h3 class="what-to-know__heading">What to Know</h3><ul class="what-to-know__list"><li class="what-to-know__item">The FDA and CDC has recommended the federal government and states immediately pause use of the J&amp;J COVID-19 vaccine</li><li class="what-to-know__item">Health officials said they are investigating clots in six women that occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination</li><li class="what-to-know__item">The FDA will convene an advisory committee Wednesday to decide what to do next</li></ul></div></div> <p>The U.S. is recommending a “pause” in administration of the single-dose Johnson &amp; Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots.</p> <p>In a joint statement Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration said they were investigating unusual clots in six women that occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination. The clots occurred in veins that drain blood from the brain and occurred together with low platelets. All six cases were in women between the ages of 18 and 48.</p> <p>The reports appear similar to a rare, unusual type of clotting disorder that European authorities say is possibly linked to another COVID-19 vaccine not yet cleared in the U.S., from AstraZeneca.</p> <p>More than 6.8 million doses of the J&amp;J vaccine have been administered in the U.S., the vast majority with no or mild side effects.</p> <p>U.S. federal distribution channels, including mass vaccination sites, will pause the use of the J&amp;J shot, and states and other providers are expected to follow. The other two authorized vaccines, from Moderna and Pfizer, make up the vast share of COVID-19 shots administered in the U.S. and are not affected by the pause.</p> <p>A federal advisory committee is scheduled to meet Wednesday to review the reactions and consider how to proceed, and officials said they expect more information in a few days. </p> <p>Officials are recommending that people who were given the J&amp;J vaccine who are experiencing severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after receiving the shot contact their health care provider.</p> <div data-react-component="VideoPlayer" data-meta="{&quot;amp_status&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;spay_email&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;syndicated_id&quot;:&quot;1:1:6009555&quot;,&quot;should_nationalize&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_first_published_date&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_prevent_modified_update&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_primary_category_id&quot;:190,&quot;nbc_primary_tag_id&quot;:6942,&quot;nbc_social_page_title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_page_title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_seo_description&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_social_description&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_national_headline&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;entities&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_canonical_market&quot;:&quot;1&quot;,&quot;nbc_canonical_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_hide_from_recirculation&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_hide_from_search&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_syndication_category&quot;:&quot;1:1:190&quot;,&quot;nbc_national_collections&quot;:[],&quot;nopreroll&quot;:false,&quot;video_copyright&quot;:&quot;NBCUniversal Media, LLC&quot;,&quot;sst_source_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_disable_legacy_embeds&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_feed_loader_prevent_updates&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;desktopFlashPid&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_dfxp_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mp4_url&quot;:&quot;http:\/\/nbclim-download.edgesuite.net\/Prod\/NBCU_LM_VMS\/249\/235\/dit_nat_tos_news_jj_vaccine_pause_20210413_mk1__957575.mp4&quot;,&quot;mpx_download_pid&quot;:&quot;8GYRhyYJibVl&quot;,&quot;mpx_high_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_high_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_is_livestream&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_m3upid&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_pid&quot;:&quot;tqdY9zBhfePo&quot;,&quot;mpx_thumbnail_url&quot;:&quot;https:\/\/media.nbcwashington.com\/2021\/04\/106867401-1618315315934-gettyimages-1232272873-grubbs_pharmacy387_041221.jpeg?quality=85&amp;strip=all&amp;resize=850%2C478&quot;,&quot;pid_streaming_web_high&quot;:&quot;gqIOFKq9_cDh&quot;,&quot;pid_streaming_web_medium&quot;:&quot;w3pk1WeVsgKy&quot;,&quot;subtitle&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;dfxp_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;video_call_letter&quot;:&quot;NBCU LM VMS&quot;,&quot;video_captions&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;video_id&quot;:&quot;1884677187657_451&quot;,&quot;video_length&quot;:&quot;27494&quot;,&quot;video_provider&quot;:&quot;mpx&quot;,&quot;alleypack_schedule_unpublish&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;feed_remote_id&quot;:&quot;mpx_1884677187657&quot;,&quot;feed_thumbnail_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;}" data-livestream="false" data-title="U.S. to Pause Use of J&amp;J Vaccine, Advisory Committee Scheduled to Review" data-vidcid="1:2:2995664" data-vidurl="https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/u-s-to-pause-use-of-jj-vaccine-advisory-committee-scheduled-to-review/2995664/" data-islead="false" data-catnames="{&quot;64&quot;:&quot;News&quot;,&quot;680747&quot;:&quot;Coronavirus Pandemic&quot;,&quot;65&quot;:&quot;Local&quot;,&quot;68&quot;:&quot;U.S. &amp;amp; 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Johnson Vaccine" data-vidcid="1:2:2995940" data-vidurl="https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/coronavirus/what-to-do-if-you-received-johnson-johnson-vaccine/2995940/" data-islead="false" data-catnames="{&quot;64&quot;:&quot;News&quot;,&quot;680747&quot;:&quot;Coronavirus Pandemic&quot;}" data-tagnames="{&quot;11304&quot;:&quot;CDC&quot;,&quot;688082&quot;:&quot;coronavirus vaccine&quot;,&quot;709602&quot;:&quot;covid-19 vaccine&quot;,&quot;2932&quot;:&quot;FDA&quot;,&quot;6942&quot;:&quot;Johnson &amp;amp; Johnson&quot;,&quot;681896&quot;:&quot;vaccine&quot;}" data-customdata="{}" data-autoplay="false" data-cplay="true"></div> <p><i>This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/national-international/u-s-will-pause-use-of-jj-vaccine-after-rare-complications-reports-say/2638197/">Click here</a> to open the story in your web browser.</i></p> Congress to Honor 2nd Capitol Police Officer Slain This Year https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/national-international/us-capitol-police-officer-william-billy-evans-lie-in-honor-rotunda/2638038/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:64bf768e-831a-4b8d-5e3e-ad979603a7f2 Tue, 13 Apr 2021 09:57:55 +0000 <div class="what-to-know"><div class="what-to-know__wrapper"><h3 class="what-to-know__heading">What to Know</h3><ul class="what-to-know__list"><li class="what-to-know__item">U.S. Capitol Police Officer William “Billy” Evans was killed April 2 when a car hit two officers at a barricade on the Capitol grounds.</li><li class="what-to-know__item">Evans will lie in honor in the Capitol&#8217;s rotunda Tuesday.</li><li class="what-to-know__item">Livestream the remembrance ceremony about 11 a.m. on this page.</li></ul></div></div> <p>Slain U.S. Capitol Police Officer William “Billy” Evans will lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday during the second such memorial ceremony this year for a force that has edged close to crisis in the wake of the Jan. 6 insurrection.</p> <p>President Joe Biden and congressional leaders will attend a midday ceremony for Evans, 41, who was killed April 2 when a vehicle rammed into him and another officer at a barricade just 100 yards from the Senate side of the Capitol. The driver, Noah Green, 25, came out of the car with a knife and was shot to death by police. Investigators believe Green had been delusional and increasingly having suicidal thoughts. </p> <div class="recirc-module"> <h3 class="recirc__heading"></h3> <p class="recirc__subheading"></p> <div class="recirc__post"> <div class="post__wrap"> <div class="post__image-wrapper"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="‘Best Father, Son, Brother and Friend&#039;: Officer Billy Evans&#039; Family Issues Statement" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/best-father-son-brother-and-friend-officer-billy-evans-family-issues-statement/2631498/"> <img class="post__image" src="https://media.nbcwashington.com/2021/04/billy-evans.jpeg?quality=85&amp;strip=all" alt="" loading="lazy" /> </a> </div> <div class="post__text"> <div class="post__meta"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="capitol attack" class="post__tag" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/tag/capitol-attack/">capitol attack</a> <span class="post__date post__date--has-category"> Apr 6 </span> </div> <h3 class="post__title"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="‘Best Father, Son, Brother and Friend&#039;: Officer Billy Evans&#039; Family Issues Statement" class="post__title--link" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/best-father-son-brother-and-friend-officer-billy-evans-family-issues-statement/2631498/"> <span data-ellipsis="true" data-text="‘Best Father, Son, Brother and Friend&#039;: Officer Billy Evans&#039; Family Issues Statement" data-react-component="NBCTruncate" data-maxlines="3" data-maxlinesmobile="2" data-readmore=""> ‘Best Father, Son, Brother and Friend&#039;: Officer Billy Evans&#039; Family Issues Statement </span> </a> </h3> </div> </div> </div> <div class="recirc__post"> <div class="post__wrap"> <div class="post__image-wrapper"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="Officer Killed in US Capitol Attack Died From Multiple Head Injuries" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/officer-killed-in-us-capitol-attack-died-from-multiple-head-injuries/2634547/"> <img class="post__image" src="https://media.nbcwashington.com/2021/04/04022021-William-Billy-Evans-NATL.jpg?quality=85&amp;strip=all" alt="" loading="lazy" /> </a> <span class="format-icon format-icon--video"></span> </div> <div class="post__text"> <div class="post__meta"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="US Capitol Attack" class="post__tag" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/tag/us-capitol-attack/">US Capitol Attack</a> <span class="post__date post__date--has-category"> Apr 8 </span> </div> <h3 class="post__title"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="Officer Killed in US Capitol Attack Died From Multiple Head Injuries" class="post__title--link" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/officer-killed-in-us-capitol-attack-died-from-multiple-head-injuries/2634547/"> <span data-ellipsis="true" data-text="Officer Killed in US Capitol Attack Died From Multiple Head Injuries" data-react-component="NBCTruncate" data-maxlines="3" data-maxlinesmobile="2" data-readmore=""> Officer Killed in US Capitol Attack Died From Multiple Head Injuries </span> </a> </h3> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p>Evans’ death came just three months after a violent mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters blew past security barricades and attacked the Capitol, injuring dozens of Capitol Police officers. Officer Brian Sicknick died after engaging with the rioters, though officials do not yet know exactly what caused his death. Two men have been arrested and charged with assaulting him with bear spray. </p> <p>Sicknick and Evans are two of only six Capitol Police officers who have been killed in the line of duty in the force’s nearly 200-year history, according to the department. Another officer, Howard Liebengood, died by suicide in the days after Jan. 6. </p> <p>The three deaths in as many months have taken an unbearable toll on the force, which has been overworked and understaffed as leaders try to figure out how to move forward after the mistakes of Jan. 6. The Capitol Police were massively unprepared for the hundreds of violent Trump supporters who pushed past them that day, injuring them as they broke into the building. In the weeks and months since, top leaders have resigned and many have considered leaving the department. Officials have brought in trauma therapists, and lawmakers are considering what more they can do. </p> <div data-react-component="VideoPlayer" data-meta="{&quot;amp_status&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;spay_email&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;syndicated_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;should_nationalize&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_first_published_date&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_prevent_modified_update&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_primary_category_id&quot;:569,&quot;nbc_primary_tag_id&quot;:318769,&quot;nbc_social_page_title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_page_title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_seo_description&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_social_description&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_national_headline&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;entities&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_canonical_market&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_canonical_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_hide_from_recirculation&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_hide_from_search&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_syndication_category&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_national_collections&quot;:[],&quot;nopreroll&quot;:false,&quot;video_copyright&quot;:&quot;NBC Universal, Inc.&quot;,&quot;sst_source_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_disable_legacy_embeds&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_feed_loader_prevent_updates&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;desktopFlashPid&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_dfxp_url&quot;:&quot;https:\/\/media.nbcmiami.com\/assets\/video\/NBCU_LM_VMS_-_WRC\/556\/595\/WRC_1000000009290005.dfxp&quot;,&quot;mp4_url&quot;:&quot;http:\/\/nbclim-download.edgesuite.net\/Prod\/NBCU_LM_VMS_-_WRC\/556\/595\/WRC_1000000009290005__578759.mp4&quot;,&quot;mpx_download_pid&quot;:&quot;gXSkvItp4Ww3&quot;,&quot;mpx_high_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_high_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_is_livestream&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_m3upid&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_pid&quot;:&quot;qfJ_ficV9xSO&quot;,&quot;mpx_thumbnail_url&quot;:&quot;https:\/\/media.nbcwashington.com\/2021\/04\/mac.jpg?quality=85&amp;strip=all&amp;resize=850%2C478&quot;,&quot;pid_streaming_web_high&quot;:&quot;kw5PgUImq1x0&quot;,&quot;pid_streaming_web_medium&quot;:&quot;qfJ_ficV9xSO&quot;,&quot;subtitle&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;dfxp_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;video_call_letter&quot;:&quot;WRC&quot;,&quot;video_captions&quot;:&quot;&gt;&gt;&gt; I&#039;M SHAWN YANCY WORKING FROM HOME. D.C. POLICE NOW SAY IT WAS A THIRD OFFICER WHO OPENED FIRE AND KILLED THE MAN WHO ATTACKED CAPITOL POLICE AT THAT SECURITY BARRIER ON FRIDAY. NEWS4&#039;S SCOTT MACFARLANE WAS THE FIRST TO REPORT THE NEW FINDINGS OF THE INVESTIGATION FROM THAT TRAGEDY ON FRIDAY. HE JOINS US NOW WITH THE LATEST. &gt;&gt; D.C. POLICE SAY 25-YEAR-OLD NOAH GREEN INTENTIONALLY RAMMED HIS CAR INTO THE TWO CAPITOL POLICE OFFICERS BEFORE STRIKING THE BARRIER. GREEN THEN CHARGED AT A THIRD OFFICER WITH A KNIFE. THEY SAY THE THIRD OFFICER IS THE ONE WHO OPENED FIRE AND SHOT GREEN DEAD. POLICE RELEASED THIS IMAGE OF THE KNIFE LATE TODAY. &gt;&gt;&gt; MEANWHILE, MULTIPLE MEMBERS OF A U.S. HOUSE PANEL TELL NEWS4 CONGRESS WILL HAVE TO WORK UP A EMERGENCY BILL TOTALING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS NOT JUST FOR ADDED EQUIPMENT OR POLICE BUT NEAR THE HOMETOWN OFFICES OF MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AS WELL. CAPITOL POLICE HAVE TO HIRE HUNDREDS MORE OFFICERS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, THAT THE RANKS ARE DEPLETED BY RETIREMENT AND RESIGNATIONS. &gt;&gt; REALLY IMPORTANT WE DRIVE THE DOLLARS TO SUPPORT CAPITOL POLICE. WE HAVE 200 JOBS THAT ARE NOT FILLED RIGHT NOW. TO GET THOSE JOBS FILLED, WE NEED TO FOLLOW THE EXPERT ADVICE AND SEE HOW MANY MORE JOBS THEY NEED AND FULLY FUND IT. &gt;&gt; HERE&#039;S THE COMPLICATION. MEMBERS OF CONGRESS DON&#039;T FEEL FULLY INFORMED ABOUT WHAT&#039;S NEEDED. THEY&#039;VE ANSWERED FEW QUESTIONS PUBLICLY ABOUT FRIDAY&#039;S TRAGEDY. 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Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, who heads a spending committee that oversees the Capitol Police and has been investigating the response to the insurrection. “The loss of Officer Evans is yet another stark reminder of what our brothers and sisters in uniform risk every day to protect us. The honor of lying in state under the Capitol dome is befitting of this American hero.” </p> <p>Lawmakers, family and members of the police force will be invited to pay their respects to Evans after the ceremony with Biden and congressional leaders. He will be only the sixth person to lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda, a designation for those who are not elected officials, judges or military leaders. </p> <p>Evans, who had two young children, was an 18-year veteran of the force. He was remembered by colleagues and friends as a man with a sense of humor who loved baseball and golf. </p> <p>Members of his family said in a statement through the police earlier this month that most important in his life were his two children, Logan and Abigail.</p> <p>“His most cherished moments were those spent with them — building with Lego, having lightsaber duels, playing board games, doing arts and crafts, and recently finishing the Harry Potter series,” the family said. “He was always so eager to show how proud he was of everything they did.” </p> <div data-react-component="VideoPlayer" data-meta="{&quot;amp_status&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;spay_email&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;syndicated_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;should_nationalize&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_first_published_date&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_prevent_modified_update&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_primary_category_id&quot;:569,&quot;nbc_primary_tag_id&quot;:316399,&quot;nbc_social_page_title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_page_title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_seo_description&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_social_description&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_national_headline&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;entities&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_canonical_market&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_canonical_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_hide_from_recirculation&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_hide_from_search&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_syndication_category&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_national_collections&quot;:[],&quot;nopreroll&quot;:false,&quot;video_copyright&quot;:&quot;NBC Universal, Inc.&quot;,&quot;sst_source_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_disable_legacy_embeds&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_feed_loader_prevent_updates&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;desktopFlashPid&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_dfxp_url&quot;:&quot;https:\/\/media.nbcmiami.com\/assets\/video\/NBCU_LM_VMS_-_WRC\/120\/59\/8365423534.dfxp&quot;,&quot;mp4_url&quot;:&quot;http:\/\/nbclim-download.edgesuite.net\/Prod\/NBCU_LM_VMS_-_WRC\/120\/59\/8365423534-1080pnbcnews6m.mp4&quot;,&quot;mpx_download_pid&quot;:&quot;mmHyrjoEsIae&quot;,&quot;mpx_high_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_high_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_is_livestream&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_m3upid&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_pid&quot;:&quot;W3Z8jy4e_w4O&quot;,&quot;mpx_thumbnail_url&quot;:&quot;https:\/\/media.nbcwashington.com\/2021\/04\/8365423534-1080pnbcstations.jpg?quality=85&amp;strip=all&amp;resize=850%2C478&quot;,&quot;pid_streaming_web_high&quot;:&quot;V0WfNkEKo72h&quot;,&quot;pid_streaming_web_medium&quot;:&quot;W3Z8jy4e_w4O&quot;,&quot;subtitle&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;dfxp_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;video_call_letter&quot;:&quot;WRC&quot;,&quot;video_captions&quot;:&quot;THANK YOU FOR JOINING US TONIGHT. I\u2019M ERIKA GONZALEZ. THE AP SAYS THE MAN WHO RAMMED HIS CAR INTO THE TWO CAPITOL POLICE OFFICERS HAD BEEN SUFFERING FROM DELUSIONS, PARANOIA AND SUICIDAL THOUGHTS. INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE THE DEADLY ATTACK WAS AN ISOLATED INCIDENT FROM A DISTURBED YOUNG MAN. WIIAM EVANS WAS KILLED. WIIAM EVANS WAS KILLED. TONIGHT, SOME GOOD NEWS. KENNY SHAVER, THE OTHER OFFICER LEAVING THE HOSPITAL. IT IS A POSITIVE DEVELOPMENT, BUT THE CAPITOL POLICE UNION SAYS HIS INJURIES ARE ANOTHER KPACH EXAMPLE OF THE GROWING DANGER FACING THE FORCE. DARCY SPENCER HAS NEW DETAILS TONIGHT. &gt;&gt; Reporter: AN URGENT APPEAL FROM THE UNION THAT REPRESENTS THE POLICE OFFICERS WHO SECURE THE CAPITOL. U.S. CAPITOL POLICE OFFICERS WANT CONGRESS TO RAMP UP SECURITY RIGHT AWAY, SAYING THEY\u2019RE APPROACHING A CRISIS IN MORALE AND FORCE NUMBERS. THIS COMES A DAY AFTER ANTTACK AT THE CAPITOL COMPLEX THAT CLAIMED THE LIFE OF OFFICER CLAIMED THE LIFE OF OFFICER BILLY EVANS, THE SECOND CAPITOL POLICE OFFICER TO DIE IN THE LINE OF DUTY JUST THIS YEAR. THE UNION CHAIRMAN SAID, THE THE UNION CHAIRMAN SAID, THE USCP HAS AN AUTHORIZED FORCE OF 272 OFFICERS. WE ARE STRUGGLING TO MEET EXISTING MISSION REQUIREMENTS EVEN WITH THE OFFICERS WORKING MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF FORCED OVERTIME. ON SATURDAY MORNING MORE JERSEY ON SATURDAY MORNING MORE JERSEY BARRIERS WERE ADDED TO THE AREA WHERE . BLACK BUNTING WAS DRAPED ACROSS THE ENTRANCE OF THE CAPITOL POLICE HEADQUARTERS AND FLAGS WERE LOWERED TO HALF STAFF IN HONOR OF EVANS, AN 18-YEAR VETERAN OF THE FORCE. VETERAN OF THE FORCE. &gt;&gt; HE WAS SO PROUD TO BE ON THAT FORCE AND TO SERVE AND PROTECT OUR LAWMAKERS AND OUR COUNTRY. HE HAD AN INFECTIOUS LAUGH AND SMILE. HE JUST ENJOYED LIFE. HE WAS A TERRIFIC GUY. &gt;&gt; Reporter: SOME PLACED FLOWERS AT THE SITE OF THE DEADLY ATTACK JUST FEET AWAY FROM THE CAPITOL BUILDING WHERE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS SERVE. &gt;&gt; SAD. I FEEL FOR THE CAPITOL HILL POLICE. THESE GUYS HAVE REALLY BEEN THROUGH A LOT. THROUGH A LOT. PERSEVERING, I MEAN, IT\u2019S CHANGED THE WAY WE LIVE AROUND HERE. &gt;&gt; Reporter: THE UNION HEAD SAID 80 CAPITOL POLICE OFFICERS WERE SERIOUSLY INJURED DURING THE JANUARY 6th INSURRECTION AND SOME MAY NEVER RETURN TO DUTY. THEY\u2019RE SUPPORTING THE HIRING OF MORE OFFICERS AND RETRAINING THOSE ALREADY ON THE FORCE. THOSE ALREADY ON THE FORCE. 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Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said on the Senate floor Monday evening that Evans was a “familiar and friendly face” at that barricade where he died, a gate that is frequently used by senators and staff. Durbin said the three deaths this year are an “incredible hardship” for the department and Congress owes them a debt that can never be repaid. </p> <p>“Every day it is incumbent on those of us who work in this building to remember this officer, and to thank him, and the men and women of the U.S. Capitol Police who have given so much to keep us safe,” Durbin said. </p> <p>Rep. Jennifer Wexton, D-Va., who represented Liebengood and has gotten to know his family since his suicide, has worked to find more mental health resources for the Capitol Police as they have worked extra shifts and dealt with the trauma of losing their colleagues. She said the current pace for the force is unsustainable.</p> <p>“We’ve lost officers to this level of stress and as we approach the second laying in honor of a Capitol police officer this year, I fear an exodus is approaching if we don’t prioritize the mental and physical health of our Capitol police officers,” Wexton said.</p> Watch Live: Congress to Honor Capitol Police Officer Billy Evans https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/national-international/us-capitol-police-officer-william-billy-evans-lie-in-honor-rotunda/2638038/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:9cdc2abe-35c5-f943-e12e-c726771d6443 Tue, 13 Apr 2021 09:57:55 +0000 <div class="what-to-know"><div class="what-to-know__wrapper"><h3 class="what-to-know__heading">What to Know</h3><ul class="what-to-know__list"><li class="what-to-know__item">U.S. Capitol Police Officer William “Billy” Evans was killed April 2 when a car hit two officers at a barricade on Capitol grounds.</li><li class="what-to-know__item">Evans will lie in honor in the Capitol&#8217;s rotunda on Tuesday.</li><li class="what-to-know__item">Livestream the remembrance ceremony at about 11 a.m. on this page.</li></ul></div></div> <p>Slain U.S. Capitol Police Officer William “Billy” Evans will lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday during the second such memorial ceremony this year for a force that has edged close to crisis in the wake of the Jan. 6 insurrection.</p> <p>President Joe Biden and congressional leaders will attend a midday ceremony for Evans, 41, who was killed April 2 when a vehicle rammed into him and another officer at a barricade just 100 yards from the Senate side of the Capitol. The driver, Noah Green, 25, came out of the car with a knife and was shot to death by police. Investigators believe Green had been delusional and increasingly having suicidal thoughts. </p> <div class="recirc-module"> <h3 class="recirc__heading"></h3> <p class="recirc__subheading"></p> <div class="recirc__post"> <div class="post__wrap"> <div class="post__image-wrapper"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="‘Best Father, Son, Brother and Friend&#039;: Officer Billy Evans&#039; Family Issues Statement" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/best-father-son-brother-and-friend-officer-billy-evans-family-issues-statement/2631498/"> <img class="post__image" src="https://media.nbcwashington.com/2021/04/billy-evans.jpeg?quality=85&amp;strip=all" alt="" loading="lazy" /> </a> </div> <div class="post__text"> <div class="post__meta"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="capitol attack" class="post__tag" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/tag/capitol-attack/">capitol attack</a> <span class="post__date post__date--has-category"> Apr 6 </span> </div> <h3 class="post__title"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="‘Best Father, Son, Brother and Friend&#039;: Officer Billy Evans&#039; Family Issues Statement" class="post__title--link" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/best-father-son-brother-and-friend-officer-billy-evans-family-issues-statement/2631498/"> <span data-ellipsis="true" data-text="‘Best Father, Son, Brother and Friend&#039;: Officer Billy Evans&#039; Family Issues Statement" data-react-component="NBCTruncate" data-maxlines="3" data-maxlinesmobile="2" data-readmore=""> ‘Best Father, Son, Brother and Friend&#039;: Officer Billy Evans&#039; Family Issues Statement </span> </a> </h3> </div> </div> </div> <div class="recirc__post"> <div class="post__wrap"> <div class="post__image-wrapper"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="Officer Killed in US Capitol Attack Died From Multiple Head Injuries" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/officer-killed-in-us-capitol-attack-died-from-multiple-head-injuries/2634547/"> <img class="post__image" src="https://media.nbcwashington.com/2021/04/04022021-William-Billy-Evans-NATL.jpg?quality=85&amp;strip=all" alt="" loading="lazy" /> </a> <span class="format-icon format-icon--video"></span> </div> <div class="post__text"> <div class="post__meta"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="US Capitol Attack" class="post__tag" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/tag/us-capitol-attack/">US Capitol Attack</a> <span class="post__date post__date--has-category"> Apr 8 </span> </div> <h3 class="post__title"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="Officer Killed in US Capitol Attack Died From Multiple Head Injuries" class="post__title--link" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/officer-killed-in-us-capitol-attack-died-from-multiple-head-injuries/2634547/"> <span data-ellipsis="true" data-text="Officer Killed in US Capitol Attack Died From Multiple Head Injuries" data-react-component="NBCTruncate" data-maxlines="3" data-maxlinesmobile="2" data-readmore=""> Officer Killed in US Capitol Attack Died From Multiple Head Injuries </span> </a> </h3> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p>Lawmakers, family and members of the police force will be invited to pay their respects to Evans after the ceremony with Biden and congressional leaders. He will be the sixth person to lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda, a designation for those who are not elected officials, judges or military leaders. </p> <p>Evans, who had two young children, was an 18-year veteran of the force. He was remembered by colleagues and friends as a man with a sense of humor who loved baseball and golf. </p> <p>Members of his family said in a statement through the police earlier this month that most important in his life were his two children, Logan and Abigail.</p> <p>“His most cherished moments were those spent with them — building with Lego, having lightsaber duels, playing board games, doing arts and crafts, and recently finishing the Harry Potter series,” the family said. “He was always so eager to show how proud he was of everything they did.” </p> <p>Evans’ death came just three months after a violent mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters blew past security barricades and attacked the Capitol, injuring dozens of Capitol Police officers. Officer Brian Sicknick died after engaging with the rioters, though officials do not yet know exactly what caused his death. Two men have been arrested and charged with assaulting him with bear spray. </p> <p>Sicknick and Evans are two of six Capitol Police officers who have been killed in the line of duty in the force’s nearly 200-year history, according to the department. Another officer, Howard Liebengood, died by suicide in the days after Jan. 6. </p> <p>The three deaths in as many months have taken an unbearable toll on the force, which has been overworked and understaffed as leaders try to figure out how to move forward after the mistakes of Jan. 6. Capitol Police were massively unprepared for the hundreds of violent Trump supporters who pushed past them that day, injuring them as they broke into the building. In the weeks and months since, top leaders have resigned and many have considered leaving the department. Officials have brought in trauma therapists, and lawmakers are considering what more they can do. </p> <div data-react-component="VideoPlayer" data-meta="{&quot;amp_status&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;spay_email&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;syndicated_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;should_nationalize&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_first_published_date&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_prevent_modified_update&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_primary_category_id&quot;:569,&quot;nbc_primary_tag_id&quot;:318769,&quot;nbc_social_page_title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_page_title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_seo_description&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_social_description&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_national_headline&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;entities&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_canonical_market&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_canonical_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_hide_from_recirculation&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_hide_from_search&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_syndication_category&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_national_collections&quot;:[],&quot;nopreroll&quot;:false,&quot;video_copyright&quot;:&quot;NBC Universal, Inc.&quot;,&quot;sst_source_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_disable_legacy_embeds&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_feed_loader_prevent_updates&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;desktopFlashPid&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_dfxp_url&quot;:&quot;https:\/\/media.nbcmiami.com\/assets\/video\/NBCU_LM_VMS_-_WRC\/556\/595\/WRC_1000000009290005.dfxp&quot;,&quot;mp4_url&quot;:&quot;http:\/\/nbclim-download.edgesuite.net\/Prod\/NBCU_LM_VMS_-_WRC\/556\/595\/WRC_1000000009290005__578759.mp4&quot;,&quot;mpx_download_pid&quot;:&quot;gXSkvItp4Ww3&quot;,&quot;mpx_high_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_high_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_is_livestream&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_m3upid&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_pid&quot;:&quot;qfJ_ficV9xSO&quot;,&quot;mpx_thumbnail_url&quot;:&quot;https:\/\/media.nbcwashington.com\/2021\/04\/mac.jpg?quality=85&amp;strip=all&amp;resize=850%2C478&quot;,&quot;pid_streaming_web_high&quot;:&quot;kw5PgUImq1x0&quot;,&quot;pid_streaming_web_medium&quot;:&quot;qfJ_ficV9xSO&quot;,&quot;subtitle&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;dfxp_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;video_call_letter&quot;:&quot;WRC&quot;,&quot;video_captions&quot;:&quot;&gt;&gt;&gt; I&#039;M SHAWN YANCY WORKING FROM HOME. D.C. POLICE NOW SAY IT WAS A THIRD OFFICER WHO OPENED FIRE AND KILLED THE MAN WHO ATTACKED CAPITOL POLICE AT THAT SECURITY BARRIER ON FRIDAY. NEWS4&#039;S SCOTT MACFARLANE WAS THE FIRST TO REPORT THE NEW FINDINGS OF THE INVESTIGATION FROM THAT TRAGEDY ON FRIDAY. HE JOINS US NOW WITH THE LATEST. &gt;&gt; D.C. POLICE SAY 25-YEAR-OLD NOAH GREEN INTENTIONALLY RAMMED HIS CAR INTO THE TWO CAPITOL POLICE OFFICERS BEFORE STRIKING THE BARRIER. GREEN THEN CHARGED AT A THIRD OFFICER WITH A KNIFE. THEY SAY THE THIRD OFFICER IS THE ONE WHO OPENED FIRE AND SHOT GREEN DEAD. POLICE RELEASED THIS IMAGE OF THE KNIFE LATE TODAY. &gt;&gt;&gt; MEANWHILE, MULTIPLE MEMBERS OF A U.S. HOUSE PANEL TELL NEWS4 CONGRESS WILL HAVE TO WORK UP A EMERGENCY BILL TOTALING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS NOT JUST FOR ADDED EQUIPMENT OR POLICE BUT NEAR THE HOMETOWN OFFICES OF MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AS WELL. CAPITOL POLICE HAVE TO HIRE HUNDREDS MORE OFFICERS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, THAT THE RANKS ARE DEPLETED BY RETIREMENT AND RESIGNATIONS. &gt;&gt; REALLY IMPORTANT WE DRIVE THE DOLLARS TO SUPPORT CAPITOL POLICE. WE HAVE 200 JOBS THAT ARE NOT FILLED RIGHT NOW. TO GET THOSE JOBS FILLED, WE NEED TO FOLLOW THE EXPERT ADVICE AND SEE HOW MANY MORE JOBS THEY NEED AND FULLY FUND IT. &gt;&gt; HERE&#039;S THE COMPLICATION. MEMBERS OF CONGRESS DON&#039;T FEEL FULLY INFORMED ABOUT WHAT&#039;S NEEDED. THEY&#039;VE ANSWERED FEW QUESTIONS PUBLICLY ABOUT FRIDAY&#039;S TRAGEDY. 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Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, who heads a spending committee that oversees the Capitol Police and has been investigating the response to the insurrection. “The loss of Officer Evans is yet another stark reminder of what our brothers and sisters in uniform risk every day to protect us. The honor of lying in state under the Capitol dome is befitting of this American hero.” </p> <div data-react-component="VideoPlayer" data-meta="{&quot;amp_status&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;spay_email&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;syndicated_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;should_nationalize&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_first_published_date&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_prevent_modified_update&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_primary_category_id&quot;:569,&quot;nbc_primary_tag_id&quot;:316399,&quot;nbc_social_page_title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_page_title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_seo_description&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_social_description&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_national_headline&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;entities&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_canonical_market&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_canonical_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_hide_from_recirculation&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_hide_from_search&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_syndication_category&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_national_collections&quot;:[],&quot;nopreroll&quot;:false,&quot;video_copyright&quot;:&quot;NBC Universal, Inc.&quot;,&quot;sst_source_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_disable_legacy_embeds&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_feed_loader_prevent_updates&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;desktopFlashPid&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_dfxp_url&quot;:&quot;https:\/\/media.nbcmiami.com\/assets\/video\/NBCU_LM_VMS_-_WRC\/120\/59\/8365423534.dfxp&quot;,&quot;mp4_url&quot;:&quot;http:\/\/nbclim-download.edgesuite.net\/Prod\/NBCU_LM_VMS_-_WRC\/120\/59\/8365423534-1080pnbcnews6m.mp4&quot;,&quot;mpx_download_pid&quot;:&quot;mmHyrjoEsIae&quot;,&quot;mpx_high_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_high_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_is_livestream&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_m3upid&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_pid&quot;:&quot;W3Z8jy4e_w4O&quot;,&quot;mpx_thumbnail_url&quot;:&quot;https:\/\/media.nbcwashington.com\/2021\/04\/8365423534-1080pnbcstations.jpg?quality=85&amp;strip=all&amp;resize=850%2C478&quot;,&quot;pid_streaming_web_high&quot;:&quot;V0WfNkEKo72h&quot;,&quot;pid_streaming_web_medium&quot;:&quot;W3Z8jy4e_w4O&quot;,&quot;subtitle&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;dfxp_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;video_call_letter&quot;:&quot;WRC&quot;,&quot;video_captions&quot;:&quot;THANK YOU FOR JOINING US TONIGHT. I\u2019M ERIKA GONZALEZ. THE AP SAYS THE MAN WHO RAMMED HIS CAR INTO THE TWO CAPITOL POLICE OFFICERS HAD BEEN SUFFERING FROM DELUSIONS, PARANOIA AND SUICIDAL THOUGHTS. INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE THE DEADLY ATTACK WAS AN ISOLATED INCIDENT FROM A DISTURBED YOUNG MAN. WIIAM EVANS WAS KILLED. WIIAM EVANS WAS KILLED. TONIGHT, SOME GOOD NEWS. KENNY SHAVER, THE OTHER OFFICER LEAVING THE HOSPITAL. IT IS A POSITIVE DEVELOPMENT, BUT THE CAPITOL POLICE UNION SAYS HIS INJURIES ARE ANOTHER KPACH EXAMPLE OF THE GROWING DANGER FACING THE FORCE. DARCY SPENCER HAS NEW DETAILS TONIGHT. &gt;&gt; Reporter: AN URGENT APPEAL FROM THE UNION THAT REPRESENTS THE POLICE OFFICERS WHO SECURE THE CAPITOL. U.S. CAPITOL POLICE OFFICERS WANT CONGRESS TO RAMP UP SECURITY RIGHT AWAY, SAYING THEY\u2019RE APPROACHING A CRISIS IN MORALE AND FORCE NUMBERS. THIS COMES A DAY AFTER ANTTACK AT THE CAPITOL COMPLEX THAT CLAIMED THE LIFE OF OFFICER CLAIMED THE LIFE OF OFFICER BILLY EVANS, THE SECOND CAPITOL POLICE OFFICER TO DIE IN THE LINE OF DUTY JUST THIS YEAR. THE UNION CHAIRMAN SAID, THE THE UNION CHAIRMAN SAID, THE USCP HAS AN AUTHORIZED FORCE OF 272 OFFICERS. WE ARE STRUGGLING TO MEET EXISTING MISSION REQUIREMENTS EVEN WITH THE OFFICERS WORKING MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF FORCED OVERTIME. ON SATURDAY MORNING MORE JERSEY ON SATURDAY MORNING MORE JERSEY BARRIERS WERE ADDED TO THE AREA WHERE . BLACK BUNTING WAS DRAPED ACROSS THE ENTRANCE OF THE CAPITOL POLICE HEADQUARTERS AND FLAGS WERE LOWERED TO HALF STAFF IN HONOR OF EVANS, AN 18-YEAR VETERAN OF THE FORCE. VETERAN OF THE FORCE. &gt;&gt; HE WAS SO PROUD TO BE ON THAT FORCE AND TO SERVE AND PROTECT OUR LAWMAKERS AND OUR COUNTRY. HE HAD AN INFECTIOUS LAUGH AND SMILE. HE JUST ENJOYED LIFE. HE WAS A TERRIFIC GUY. &gt;&gt; Reporter: SOME PLACED FLOWERS AT THE SITE OF THE DEADLY ATTACK JUST FEET AWAY FROM THE CAPITOL BUILDING WHERE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS SERVE. &gt;&gt; SAD. I FEEL FOR THE CAPITOL HILL POLICE. THESE GUYS HAVE REALLY BEEN THROUGH A LOT. THROUGH A LOT. PERSEVERING, I MEAN, IT\u2019S CHANGED THE WAY WE LIVE AROUND HERE. &gt;&gt; Reporter: THE UNION HEAD SAID 80 CAPITOL POLICE OFFICERS WERE SERIOUSLY INJURED DURING THE JANUARY 6th INSURRECTION AND SOME MAY NEVER RETURN TO DUTY. THEY\u2019RE SUPPORTING THE HIRING OF MORE OFFICERS AND RETRAINING THOSE ALREADY ON THE FORCE. THOSE ALREADY ON THE FORCE. 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Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said on the Senate floor Monday evening that Evans was a “familiar and friendly face” at that barricade where he died, a gate that is frequently used by senators and staff. Durbin said the three deaths this year are an “incredible hardship” for the department and Congress owes them a debt that can never be repaid. </p> <p>“Every day it is incumbent on those of us who work in this building to remember this officer, and to thank him, and the men and women of the U.S. Capitol Police who have given so much to keep us safe,” Durbin said. </p> <p>Rep. Jennifer Wexton, D-Va., who represented Liebengood and has gotten to know his family since his suicide, has worked to find more mental health resources for the Capitol Police as they have worked extra shifts and dealt with the trauma of losing their colleagues. She said the current pace for the force is unsustainable.</p> <p>“We’ve lost officers to this level of stress and as we approach the second laying in honor of a Capitol police officer this year, I fear an exodus is approaching if we don’t prioritize the mental and physical health of our Capitol police officers,” Wexton said.</p> Biden, Lawmakers at Tribute to Slain Capitol Police Officer https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/national-international/us-capitol-police-officer-william-billy-evans-lie-in-honor-rotunda/2638038/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:e336d878-f2be-e32c-cc63-f7e23f38f8a4 Tue, 13 Apr 2021 09:57:55 +0000 <p>The casket of slain U.S. Capitol Police Officer William “Billy” Evans arrived at the Capitol on Tuesday as President Joe Biden and congressional leaders prepared to pay their respects to an officer struck by a car and killed while he manned a barricade near the Senate side of the building.</p> <p>Evans&#8217; casket was placed in the Capitol Rotunda for the second such memorial ceremony this year for a force that has edged close to crisis in the wake of the Jan. 6 insurrection.</p> <p>Members of the National Guard lined the street and saluted as the hearse carrying Evans’ flag-draped casket entered the Capitol complex. His former colleagues gathered on the Capitol’s East Plaza Front while church bells rang in the distance. His family, including his two children, gathered to watch as his casket was carried up the Capitol steps.</p> <p>Evans, 41, and another officer were struck on April 2 by a car driven by Noah Green, 25, who came out of the car with a knife and was shot to death by police. Investigators believe Green had been delusional and increasingly having suicidal thoughts. </p> <p>Evans’ death came just three months after a violent mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters blew past security barricades and attacked the Capitol, injuring dozens of Capitol Police officers. Officer Brian Sicknick died after engaging with the rioters, though officials do not yet know exactly what caused his death. Two men have been arrested and charged with assaulting him with bear spray. </p> <p>Sicknick and Evans are two of only six Capitol Police officers who have been killed in the line of duty in the force’s nearly 200-year history, according to the department. Another officer, Howard Liebengood, died by suicide in the days after Jan. 6. </p> <p>The three deaths in as many months have taken an unbearable toll on the force, which has been overworked and understaffed as leaders try to figure out how to move forward after the mistakes of Jan. 6. The Capitol Police were massively unprepared for the hundreds of violent Trump supporters who pushed past them that day, injuring them as they broke into the building. In the weeks and months since, top leaders have resigned and many have considered leaving the department. Officials have brought in trauma therapists, and lawmakers are considering what more they can do. </p> <p>“This is a group of men and women who’ve been through an overwhelming amount of trauma over the last few months,” said Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, who heads a spending committee that oversees the Capitol Police and has been investigating the response to the insurrection. “The loss of Officer Evans is yet another stark reminder of what our brothers and sisters in uniform risk every day to protect us. The honor of lying in state under the Capitol dome is befitting of this American hero.” </p> <p>Lawmakers, family and members of the police force will be invited to pay their respects to Evans after the ceremony with Biden and congressional leaders. He will be only the sixth person to lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda, a designation for those who are not elected officials, judges or military leaders. </p> <p>Evans, who had two young children, was an 18-year veteran of the force. He was remembered by colleagues and friends as a man with a sense of humor who loved baseball and golf. </p> <p>Members of his family said in a statement through the police earlier this month that most important in his life were his two children, Logan and Abigail.</p> <p>“His most cherished moments were those spent with them — building with Lego, having lightsaber duels, playing board games, doing arts and crafts, and recently finishing the Harry Potter series,” the family said. “He was always so eager to show how proud he was of everything they did.” </p> <p>The family said Evans was proud of his job and his friendship with colleagues near the “North Barricade” of the Capitol complex was one of the best parts of it.</p> <p>“We hold them in our hearts, as we know they acutely share our grief,” they said. </p> <p>Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said on the Senate floor Monday evening that Evans was a “familiar and friendly face” at that barricade where he died, a gate that is frequently used by senators and staff. Durbin said the three deaths this year are an “incredible hardship” for the department and Congress owes them a debt that can never be repaid. </p> <p>“Every day it is incumbent on those of us who work in this building to remember this officer, and to thank him, and the men and women of the U.S. Capitol Police who have given so much to keep us safe,” Durbin said. </p> <p>Rep. Jennifer Wexton, D-Va., who represented Liebengood and has gotten to know his family since his suicide, has worked to find more mental health resources for the Capitol Police as they have worked extra shifts and dealt with the trauma of losing their colleagues. She said the current pace for the force is unsustainable.</p> <p>“We’ve lost officers to this level of stress and as we approach the second laying in honor of a Capitol police officer this year, I fear an exodus is approaching if we don’t prioritize the mental and physical health of our Capitol police officers,” Wexton said.</p> ‘American Hero': Slain Capitol Police Officer Lies in Honor in Rotunda https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/national-international/us-capitol-police-officer-william-billy-evans-lie-in-honor-rotunda/2638038/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:1a2a312c-9458-6409-219e-ee17f58138d1 Tue, 13 Apr 2021 09:57:55 +0000 <div class="what-to-know"><div class="what-to-know__wrapper"><h3 class="what-to-know__heading">What to Know</h3><ul class="what-to-know__list"><li class="what-to-know__item">U.S. Capitol Police Officer William “Billy” Evans was killed April 2 when a car hit two officers at a barricade on Capitol grounds.</li><li class="what-to-know__item">Evans is lying in honor in the Capitol&#8217;s rotunda on Tuesday.</li></ul></div></div> <p>The casket of slain U.S. Capitol Police Officer William “Billy” Evans arrived at the Capitol on Tuesday as President Joe Biden and congressional leaders prepared to pay their respects to an officer struck by a car and killed while he manned a barricade near the Senate side of the building.</p> <p>Evans’ casket was placed in the Capitol Rotunda for the second such memorial ceremony this year for a force that has edged close to crisis in the wake of the Jan. 6 insurrection.</p> <p>Members of the National Guard lined the street and saluted as the hearse carrying Evans’ flag-draped casket entered the Capitol complex. His former colleagues gathered on the Capitol’s East Plaza Front while church bells rang in the distance. His family, including his two children, gathered to watch as his casket was carried up the Capitol steps.</p> <p>Evans, 41, and another officer were struck on April 2 by a car driven by Noah Green, 25, who came out of the car with a knife and was shot to death by police. Investigators believe Green had been delusional and increasingly having suicidal thoughts.</p> <div class="recirc-module"> <h3 class="recirc__heading"></h3> <p class="recirc__subheading"></p> <div class="recirc__post"> <div class="post__wrap"> <div class="post__image-wrapper"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="‘Best Father, Son, Brother and Friend&#039;: Officer Billy Evans&#039; Family Issues Statement" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/best-father-son-brother-and-friend-officer-billy-evans-family-issues-statement/2631498/"> <img class="post__image" src="https://media.nbcwashington.com/2021/04/billy-evans.jpeg?quality=85&amp;strip=all" alt="" loading="lazy" /> </a> </div> <div class="post__text"> <div class="post__meta"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="capitol attack" class="post__tag" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/tag/capitol-attack/">capitol attack</a> <span class="post__date post__date--has-category"> Apr 6 </span> </div> <h3 class="post__title"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="‘Best Father, Son, Brother and Friend&#039;: Officer Billy Evans&#039; Family Issues Statement" class="post__title--link" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/best-father-son-brother-and-friend-officer-billy-evans-family-issues-statement/2631498/"> <span data-ellipsis="true" data-text="‘Best Father, Son, Brother and Friend&#039;: Officer Billy Evans&#039; Family Issues Statement" data-react-component="NBCTruncate" data-maxlines="3" data-maxlinesmobile="2" data-readmore=""> ‘Best Father, Son, Brother and Friend&#039;: Officer Billy Evans&#039; Family Issues Statement </span> </a> </h3> </div> </div> </div> <div class="recirc__post"> <div class="post__wrap"> <div class="post__image-wrapper"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="Officer Killed in US Capitol Attack Died From Multiple Head Injuries" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/officer-killed-in-us-capitol-attack-died-from-multiple-head-injuries/2634547/"> <img class="post__image" src="https://media.nbcwashington.com/2021/04/04022021-William-Billy-Evans-NATL.jpg?quality=85&amp;strip=all" alt="" loading="lazy" /> </a> <span class="format-icon format-icon--video"></span> </div> <div class="post__text"> <div class="post__meta"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="US Capitol Attack" class="post__tag" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/tag/us-capitol-attack/">US Capitol Attack</a> <span class="post__date post__date--has-category"> Apr 8 </span> </div> <h3 class="post__title"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="Officer Killed in US Capitol Attack Died From Multiple Head Injuries" class="post__title--link" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/officer-killed-in-us-capitol-attack-died-from-multiple-head-injuries/2634547/"> <span data-ellipsis="true" data-text="Officer Killed in US Capitol Attack Died From Multiple Head Injuries" data-react-component="NBCTruncate" data-maxlines="3" data-maxlinesmobile="2" data-readmore=""> Officer Killed in US Capitol Attack Died From Multiple Head Injuries </span> </a> </h3> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p>Evans’ death came just three months after a violent mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters blew past security barricades and attacked the Capitol, injuring dozens of Capitol Police officers. Officer Brian Sicknick died after engaging with the rioters, though officials do not yet know exactly what caused his death. Two men have been arrested and charged with assaulting him with bear spray.</p> <p>Sicknick and Evans are two of only six Capitol Police officers who have been killed in the line of duty in the force’s nearly 200-year history, according to the department. Another officer, Howard Liebengood, died by suicide in the days after Jan. 6.</p> <p>The three deaths in as many months have taken an unbearable toll on the force, which has been overworked and understaffed as leaders try to figure out how to move forward after the mistakes of Jan. 6. The Capitol Police were massively unprepared for the hundreds of violent Trump supporters who pushed past them that day, injuring them as they broke into the building. In the weeks and months since, top leaders have resigned and many have considered leaving the department. Officials have brought in trauma therapists, and lawmakers are considering what more they can do.</p> <div data-react-component="VideoPlayer" data-meta="{&quot;amp_status&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;spay_email&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;syndicated_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;should_nationalize&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_first_published_date&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_prevent_modified_update&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_primary_category_id&quot;:569,&quot;nbc_primary_tag_id&quot;:318769,&quot;nbc_social_page_title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_page_title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_seo_description&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_social_description&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_national_headline&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;entities&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_canonical_market&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_canonical_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_hide_from_recirculation&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_hide_from_search&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_syndication_category&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_national_collections&quot;:[],&quot;nopreroll&quot;:false,&quot;video_copyright&quot;:&quot;NBC Universal, Inc.&quot;,&quot;sst_source_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_disable_legacy_embeds&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_feed_loader_prevent_updates&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;desktopFlashPid&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_dfxp_url&quot;:&quot;https:\/\/media.nbcmiami.com\/assets\/video\/NBCU_LM_VMS_-_WRC\/556\/595\/WRC_1000000009290005.dfxp&quot;,&quot;mp4_url&quot;:&quot;http:\/\/nbclim-download.edgesuite.net\/Prod\/NBCU_LM_VMS_-_WRC\/556\/595\/WRC_1000000009290005__578759.mp4&quot;,&quot;mpx_download_pid&quot;:&quot;gXSkvItp4Ww3&quot;,&quot;mpx_high_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_high_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_is_livestream&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_m3upid&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_pid&quot;:&quot;qfJ_ficV9xSO&quot;,&quot;mpx_thumbnail_url&quot;:&quot;https:\/\/media.nbcwashington.com\/2021\/04\/mac.jpg?quality=85&amp;strip=all&amp;resize=850%2C478&quot;,&quot;pid_streaming_web_high&quot;:&quot;kw5PgUImq1x0&quot;,&quot;pid_streaming_web_medium&quot;:&quot;qfJ_ficV9xSO&quot;,&quot;subtitle&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;dfxp_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;video_call_letter&quot;:&quot;WRC&quot;,&quot;video_captions&quot;:&quot;&gt;&gt;&gt; I&#039;M SHAWN YANCY WORKING FROM HOME. D.C. POLICE NOW SAY IT WAS A THIRD OFFICER WHO OPENED FIRE AND KILLED THE MAN WHO ATTACKED CAPITOL POLICE AT THAT SECURITY BARRIER ON FRIDAY. NEWS4&#039;S SCOTT MACFARLANE WAS THE FIRST TO REPORT THE NEW FINDINGS OF THE INVESTIGATION FROM THAT TRAGEDY ON FRIDAY. HE JOINS US NOW WITH THE LATEST. &gt;&gt; D.C. POLICE SAY 25-YEAR-OLD NOAH GREEN INTENTIONALLY RAMMED HIS CAR INTO THE TWO CAPITOL POLICE OFFICERS BEFORE STRIKING THE BARRIER. GREEN THEN CHARGED AT A THIRD OFFICER WITH A KNIFE. THEY SAY THE THIRD OFFICER IS THE ONE WHO OPENED FIRE AND SHOT GREEN DEAD. POLICE RELEASED THIS IMAGE OF THE KNIFE LATE TODAY. &gt;&gt;&gt; MEANWHILE, MULTIPLE MEMBERS OF A U.S. HOUSE PANEL TELL NEWS4 CONGRESS WILL HAVE TO WORK UP A EMERGENCY BILL TOTALING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS NOT JUST FOR ADDED EQUIPMENT OR POLICE BUT NEAR THE HOMETOWN OFFICES OF MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AS WELL. CAPITOL POLICE HAVE TO HIRE HUNDREDS MORE OFFICERS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, THAT THE RANKS ARE DEPLETED BY RETIREMENT AND RESIGNATIONS. &gt;&gt; REALLY IMPORTANT WE DRIVE THE DOLLARS TO SUPPORT CAPITOL POLICE. WE HAVE 200 JOBS THAT ARE NOT FILLED RIGHT NOW. TO GET THOSE JOBS FILLED, WE NEED TO FOLLOW THE EXPERT ADVICE AND SEE HOW MANY MORE JOBS THEY NEED AND FULLY FUND IT. &gt;&gt; HERE&#039;S THE COMPLICATION. MEMBERS OF CONGRESS DON&#039;T FEEL FULLY INFORMED ABOUT WHAT&#039;S NEEDED. THEY&#039;VE ANSWERED FEW QUESTIONS PUBLICLY ABOUT FRIDAY&#039;S TRAGEDY. 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Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, who heads a spending committee that oversees the Capitol Police and has been investigating the response to the insurrection. “The loss of Officer Evans is yet another stark reminder of what our brothers and sisters in uniform risk every day to protect us. The honor of lying in state under the Capitol dome is befitting of this American hero.”</p> <p>Lawmakers, family and members of the police force will be invited to pay their respects to Evans after the ceremony with Biden and congressional leaders. He will be only the sixth person to lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda, a designation for those who are not elected officials, judges or military leaders.</p> <p>Evans was an 18-year veteran of the force. He was remembered by colleagues and friends as a man with a sense of humor who loved baseball and golf.</p> <p>Members of his family said in a statement through the police earlier this month that most important in his life were his two children, Logan and Abigail.</p> <p>“His most cherished moments were those spent with them — building with Lego, having lightsaber duels, playing board games, doing arts and crafts, and recently finishing the Harry Potter series,” the family said. “He was always so eager to show how proud he was of everything they did.”</p> <p>The family said Evans was proud of his job and his friendship with colleagues near the “North Barricade” of the Capitol complex was one of the best parts of it.</p> <p>“We hold them in our hearts, as we know they acutely share our grief,” they said.</p> <div data-react-component="VideoPlayer" data-meta="{&quot;amp_status&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;spay_email&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;syndicated_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;should_nationalize&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_first_published_date&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_prevent_modified_update&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_primary_category_id&quot;:569,&quot;nbc_primary_tag_id&quot;:316399,&quot;nbc_social_page_title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_page_title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_seo_description&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_social_description&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_national_headline&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;entities&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_canonical_market&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_canonical_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_hide_from_recirculation&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_hide_from_search&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_syndication_category&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_national_collections&quot;:[],&quot;nopreroll&quot;:false,&quot;video_copyright&quot;:&quot;NBC Universal, Inc.&quot;,&quot;sst_source_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_disable_legacy_embeds&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_feed_loader_prevent_updates&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;desktopFlashPid&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_dfxp_url&quot;:&quot;https:\/\/media.nbcmiami.com\/assets\/video\/NBCU_LM_VMS_-_WRC\/120\/59\/8365423534.dfxp&quot;,&quot;mp4_url&quot;:&quot;http:\/\/nbclim-download.edgesuite.net\/Prod\/NBCU_LM_VMS_-_WRC\/120\/59\/8365423534-1080pnbcnews6m.mp4&quot;,&quot;mpx_download_pid&quot;:&quot;mmHyrjoEsIae&quot;,&quot;mpx_high_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_high_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_is_livestream&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_m3upid&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_pid&quot;:&quot;W3Z8jy4e_w4O&quot;,&quot;mpx_thumbnail_url&quot;:&quot;https:\/\/media.nbcwashington.com\/2021\/04\/8365423534-1080pnbcstations.jpg?quality=85&amp;strip=all&amp;resize=850%2C478&quot;,&quot;pid_streaming_web_high&quot;:&quot;V0WfNkEKo72h&quot;,&quot;pid_streaming_web_medium&quot;:&quot;W3Z8jy4e_w4O&quot;,&quot;subtitle&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;dfxp_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;video_call_letter&quot;:&quot;WRC&quot;,&quot;video_captions&quot;:&quot;THANK YOU FOR JOINING US TONIGHT. I\u2019M ERIKA GONZALEZ. THE AP SAYS THE MAN WHO RAMMED HIS CAR INTO THE TWO CAPITOL POLICE OFFICERS HAD BEEN SUFFERING FROM DELUSIONS, PARANOIA AND SUICIDAL THOUGHTS. INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE THE DEADLY ATTACK WAS AN ISOLATED INCIDENT FROM A DISTURBED YOUNG MAN. WIIAM EVANS WAS KILLED. WIIAM EVANS WAS KILLED. TONIGHT, SOME GOOD NEWS. KENNY SHAVER, THE OTHER OFFICER LEAVING THE HOSPITAL. IT IS A POSITIVE DEVELOPMENT, BUT THE CAPITOL POLICE UNION SAYS HIS INJURIES ARE ANOTHER KPACH EXAMPLE OF THE GROWING DANGER FACING THE FORCE. DARCY SPENCER HAS NEW DETAILS TONIGHT. &gt;&gt; Reporter: AN URGENT APPEAL FROM THE UNION THAT REPRESENTS THE POLICE OFFICERS WHO SECURE THE CAPITOL. U.S. CAPITOL POLICE OFFICERS WANT CONGRESS TO RAMP UP SECURITY RIGHT AWAY, SAYING THEY\u2019RE APPROACHING A CRISIS IN MORALE AND FORCE NUMBERS. THIS COMES A DAY AFTER ANTTACK AT THE CAPITOL COMPLEX THAT CLAIMED THE LIFE OF OFFICER CLAIMED THE LIFE OF OFFICER BILLY EVANS, THE SECOND CAPITOL POLICE OFFICER TO DIE IN THE LINE OF DUTY JUST THIS YEAR. THE UNION CHAIRMAN SAID, THE THE UNION CHAIRMAN SAID, THE USCP HAS AN AUTHORIZED FORCE OF 272 OFFICERS. WE ARE STRUGGLING TO MEET EXISTING MISSION REQUIREMENTS EVEN WITH THE OFFICERS WORKING MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF FORCED OVERTIME. ON SATURDAY MORNING MORE JERSEY ON SATURDAY MORNING MORE JERSEY BARRIERS WERE ADDED TO THE AREA WHERE . BLACK BUNTING WAS DRAPED ACROSS THE ENTRANCE OF THE CAPITOL POLICE HEADQUARTERS AND FLAGS WERE LOWERED TO HALF STAFF IN HONOR OF EVANS, AN 18-YEAR VETERAN OF THE FORCE. VETERAN OF THE FORCE. &gt;&gt; HE WAS SO PROUD TO BE ON THAT FORCE AND TO SERVE AND PROTECT OUR LAWMAKERS AND OUR COUNTRY. HE HAD AN INFECTIOUS LAUGH AND SMILE. HE JUST ENJOYED LIFE. HE WAS A TERRIFIC GUY. &gt;&gt; Reporter: SOME PLACED FLOWERS AT THE SITE OF THE DEADLY ATTACK JUST FEET AWAY FROM THE CAPITOL BUILDING WHERE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS SERVE. &gt;&gt; SAD. I FEEL FOR THE CAPITOL HILL POLICE. THESE GUYS HAVE REALLY BEEN THROUGH A LOT. THROUGH A LOT. PERSEVERING, I MEAN, IT\u2019S CHANGED THE WAY WE LIVE AROUND HERE. &gt;&gt; Reporter: THE UNION HEAD SAID 80 CAPITOL POLICE OFFICERS WERE SERIOUSLY INJURED DURING THE JANUARY 6th INSURRECTION AND SOME MAY NEVER RETURN TO DUTY. THEY\u2019RE SUPPORTING THE HIRING OF MORE OFFICERS AND RETRAINING THOSE ALREADY ON THE FORCE. THOSE ALREADY ON THE FORCE. 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Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said on the Senate floor Monday evening that Evans was a “familiar and friendly face” at that barricade where he died, a gate that is frequently used by senators and staff. Durbin said the three deaths this year are an “incredible hardship” for the department and Congress owes them a debt that can never be repaid.</p> <p>“Every day it is incumbent on those of us who work in this building to remember this officer, and to thank him, and the men and women of the U.S. Capitol Police who have given so much to keep us safe,” Durbin said.</p> <p>Rep. Jennifer Wexton, D-Va., who represented Liebengood and has gotten to know his family since his suicide, has worked to find more mental health resources for the Capitol Police as they have worked extra shifts and dealt with the trauma of losing their colleagues. She said the current pace for the force is unsustainable.</p> <p>“We’ve lost officers to this level of stress and as we approach the second laying in honor of a Capitol police officer this year, I fear an exodus is approaching if we don’t prioritize the mental and physical health of our Capitol police officers,” Wexton said.</p> Biden, Lawmakers Pay Tribute to Slain Capitol Police Officer https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/national-international/us-capitol-police-officer-william-billy-evans-lie-in-honor-rotunda/2638038/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:eb93c115-a5e8-cc93-f0bb-2d6455778591 Tue, 13 Apr 2021 09:57:55 +0000 <p>Slain U.S. Capitol Police Officer William “Billy&#8221; Evans was lauded for his dedication to country, love for his job and for a mischievous sense of humor as President Joe Biden and congressional leaders honored him during a memorial service Tuesday.</p> <p>Evans is lying in honor in the United States Capitol Rotunda in a special tribute to the fallen officer. He was killed earlier this month in an attack near the Senate side of the Capitol building, where he and another officer were manning a barricade. </p> <p>Biden, looking intently upon Evans&#8217; family as he spoke, said he didn&#8217;t know Evans personally but he came to know people just like him growing up and that they were incapable of saying no when they were needed.</p> <p>“He was defined by his dignity, his decency, his loyalty and his courage,&#8221; Biden said.</p> <p>Biden, who noted that he has buried two of his children, said his prayer for the family was that one day the memory of Evans would bring a smile before it brings a tear to their eye.</p> <p>“I promise you it’s going to come. It just takes a while. It takes a while, but when it comes, you’ll know because he’s still with you. He’s still in your heart,&#8221; Biden said.</p> <p>Evans, 41, and another officer were struck on April 2 by a car driven by Noah Green, 25, who came out of the car with a knife and was shot to death by police. Investigators believe Green had been delusional and increasingly having suicidal thoughts. </p> <p>Evans&#8217; casket was placed in the Capitol Rotunda for the second such memorial ceremony this year for a force that has edged close to crisis in the wake of the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol.</p> <p>Members of the National Guard lined the street and saluted as the hearse carrying Evans’ flag-draped casket entered the Capitol complex. His former colleagues gathered on the Capitol’s East Plaza Front while church bells rang in the distance. His family, including his two children, gathered to watch as his casket was carried up the Capitol steps.</p> <p>Evans’ death came just three months after a violent mob of former President Donald Trump’s supporters blew past security barricades and attacked the Capitol, injuring dozens of Capitol Police officers. Officer Brian Sicknick died after engaging with the rioters, though officials do not yet know exactly what caused his death. Two men have been arrested and charged with assaulting him with bear spray. </p> <p>Sicknick and Evans are two of only six Capitol Police officers who have been killed in the line of duty in the force’s nearly 200-year history, according to the department. Another officer, Howard Liebengood, died by suicide in the days after Jan. 6. </p> <p>The three deaths in as many months have taken an unbearable toll on the force, which has been overworked and understaffed as leaders try to figure out how to move forward after the mistakes of Jan. 6. The Capitol Police were massively unprepared for the hundreds of violent Trump supporters who pushed past them that day, injuring them as they broke into the building. In the weeks and months since, top leaders have resigned and many have considered leaving the department. Officials have brought in trauma therapists, and lawmakers are considering what more they can do. </p> <p>“This is a group of men and women who’ve been through an overwhelming amount of trauma over the last few months,” said Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, who heads a spending committee that oversees the Capitol Police and has been investigating the response to the insurrection. “The loss of Officer Evans is yet another stark reminder of what our brothers and sisters in uniform risk every day to protect us. The honor of lying in state under the Capitol dome is befitting of this American hero.” </p> <p>Lawmakers, family and members of the police force will be invited to pay their respects to Evans after the ceremony with Biden and congressional leaders. He will be only the sixth person to lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda, a designation for those who are not elected officials, judges or military leaders. </p> <p>Evans, who had two young children, was an 18-year veteran of the force. He was remembered by colleagues and friends as a man with a sense of humor who loved baseball and golf. </p> <p>Members of his family said in a statement through the police earlier this month that most important in his life were his two children, Logan and Abigail.</p> <p>“His most cherished moments were those spent with them — building with Lego, having lightsaber duels, playing board games, doing arts and crafts, and recently finishing the Harry Potter series,” the family said. “He was always so eager to show how proud he was of everything they did.” </p> <p>The family said Evans was proud of his job and his friendship with colleagues near the “North Barricade” of the Capitol complex was one of the best parts of it.</p> <p>“We hold them in our hearts, as we know they acutely share our grief,” they said. </p> <p>Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said on the Senate floor Monday evening that Evans was a “familiar and friendly face” at that barricade where he died, a gate that is frequently used by senators and staff. Durbin said the three deaths this year are an “incredible hardship” for the department and Congress owes them a debt that can never be repaid. </p> <p>“Every day it is incumbent on those of us who work in this building to remember this officer, and to thank him, and the men and women of the U.S. Capitol Police who have given so much to keep us safe,” Durbin said. </p> <p>Rep. Jennifer Wexton, D-Va., who represented Liebengood and has gotten to know his family since his suicide, has worked to find more mental health resources for the Capitol Police as they have worked extra shifts and dealt with the trauma of losing their colleagues. She said the current pace for the force is unsustainable.</p> <p>“We’ve lost officers to this level of stress and as we approach the second laying in honor of a Capitol police officer this year, I fear an exodus is approaching if we don’t prioritize the mental and physical health of our Capitol police officers,” Wexton said.</p> Biden Eulogizes Slain Officer as Capitol Police Mourn Again https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/national-international/us-capitol-police-officer-william-billy-evans-lie-in-honor-rotunda/2638038/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:3778abcd-3753-592d-b475-be98defec943 Tue, 13 Apr 2021 09:57:55 +0000 <p>President Joe Biden said Tuesday that “never has there been more strain” on the U.S. Capitol Police as he honored Officer William “Billy” Evans, the second officer on the force to die in the line of duty this year.</p> <p>Evans, who laid in honor in the Capitol Rotunda, was killed earlier this month when a driver struck him and another officer at a barricade outside the Senate. His death compounded the anguish of a police force already mourning the loss of Officer Brian Sicknick, who died after his encounter with rioters during the Jan. 6 insurrection. Another officer, Howard Liebengood, died by suicide in the days after the Capitol attack.</p> <p>The deaths have taken a toll on the force, which has been overworked and understaffed as leaders try to figure out how to move forward from the mistakes of Jan. 6. The Capitol Police were massively unprepared as supporters of former President Donald Trump violently pushed past them and broke into the building that day. In the weeks and months since, top leaders have resigned, and many have considered leaving the department. Officials have brought in trauma therapists, and lawmakers are considering what more they can do.</p> <p>Sicknick and Evans are two of only six Capitol Police officers who have been killed in the line of duty in the force’s nearly 200-year history, according to the department. Evans had been on the force for 18 years. </p> <p>Biden, speaking at the service in the Rotunda attended by congressional leaders and Evans’ fellow officers, said he had never seen as much “strain and responsibility” put on the department in the nearly 50 years since he first came to Capitol Hill as a senator. And yet, he said, “you watch them do their duty with pure courage and not complain.” </p> <p>Evans, 41, was remembered for his dedication to country, love for his job and his mischievous sense of humor. His children, 7-year-old Abigail and 9-year-old Logan, sat with their mother and grandmother at the service and clutched small replicas of the Capitol. At one point, Abigail dropped hers, and Biden stood to retrieve it. Near the end of the ceremony, the girl tried to wipe away her mother’s tears as a U.S. Army chorus sang “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” </p> <p>Logan wore a police cap and hugged a stuffed animal as Biden and congressional leaders eulogized his father and said prayers for his family. He continued to clutch it as the family paid respects in front of the casket and walked out of the ceremony.</p> <p>Biden, who also met with the family privately, said Evans was “defined by his dignity, his decency, his loyalty and his courage,” and he spoke of his own experience losing two children.</p> <p>“Losing a son, daughter, brother, sister, mom, dad — it’s like losing a piece of your soul,” Biden said. </p> <p>In eulogizing Evans, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke directly to the officers. Schumer told them that there is “no shame in grief and sorrow and shock” and that members of Congress grieved with them. </p> <p>“To Billy’s friends on the Capitol Police force, these past few months have been devastating,” Schumer said. “Just as the scars of Jan. 6 had begun to heal, another wound had opened.” </p> <p>Investigators believe that the driver who killed Evans had been delusional and increasingly having suicidal thoughts. Noah Green, 25, emerged from the car with a knife and was shot to death by another police officer.</p> <p>As the hearse carrying Evans’ flag-draped casket entered the Capitol complex before the ceremony, members of the National Guard lined the street and saluted. His former colleagues gathered on the East Front of the Capitol while church bells rang in the distance. His family, including his two children, watched as his casket was carried ceremoniously up the Capitol steps.</p> <p>The family said in a statement through the police earlier this month that most important in Evans&#8217; life were Logan and Abigail. </p> <p>“His most cherished moments were those spent with them — building with Lego, having lightsaber duels, playing board games, doing arts and crafts, and recently finishing the Harry Potter series,” the family said. “He was always so eager to show how proud he was of everything they did.” </p> <p>The family said that Evans was proud of his work and that his friendship with colleagues near the north barricade of the Capitol complex was one of the best parts of it. </p> <p>“We hold them in our hearts, as we know they acutely share our grief,” they said. </p> <p>Those other officers — including Ken Shaver, who was injured alongside Evans and was wearing a walking boot on his foot — sat together at the service. They were among the first to pay their respects as the ceremony ended. </p> <p>Evans laid in honor throughout the day on Tuesday as lawmakers, law enforcement officers and others — including Vice President Kamala Harris — filed by and paid their respects. He is only the sixth person to lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda. It is a designation given to those who are not elected officials, judges or military leaders.</p> <p>Lawmakers from both parties who are investigating the Jan. 6 attack say that the Capitol Police are nearing crisis and more must be done to help them.</p> <p>“This is a group of men and women who’ve been through an overwhelming amount of trauma over the last few months,” said Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, who heads a spending committee that oversees the Capitol Police. “The loss of Officer Evans is yet another stark reminder of what our brothers and sisters in uniform risk every day to protect us. The honor of lying in state under the Capitol dome is befitting of this American hero.” </p> Bitcoin Hits New All-Time High Above $63,000 Ahead of Coinbase Debut https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/business/money-report/bitcoin-hits-new-all-time-high-above-62000-ahead-of-coinbase-debut/2638122/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:92a1ca43-b0ee-238b-9002-0bfd933f3562 Tue, 13 Apr 2021 08:49:51 +0000 <ul><li>The price of bitcoin climbed 5% in the last 24 hours to hit $63,171, according to data from Coin Metrics.</li> <li>Coinbase is set to go public Wednesday in a direct listing that could value the cryptocurrency exchange at as much as $100 billion.</li> <li>Crypto investors are hailing the Coinbase debut as a major milestone for the industry after years of skepticism from Wall Street and regulators.</li></ul> <p><a href="https://www.cnbc.com/bitcoin/?__source=OTS%7Cfinance%7Cinline%7Cstory%7C&amp;par=OTS&amp;doc=106867312">Bitcoin</a> surged to a fresh record high of more than $63,000 on Tuesday, as investors awaited the highly-anticipated stock market debut of cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase.</p> <p>The price of <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/quotes?symbol=BTC.CM=&amp;__source=OTS%7Cfinance%7Cinline%7Cstory%7C&amp;par=OTS&amp;doc=106867312">bitcoin</a> climbed 5% in the last 24 hours to hit $63,171, according to data from Coin Metrics, before easing slightly to around $62,653. <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/quotes?symbol=ETH.CM=&amp;__source=OTS%7Cfinance%7Cinline%7Cstory%7C&amp;par=OTS&amp;doc=106867312">Ether</a>, the second-most valuable digital coin after bitcoin, also set a fresh record, climbing to $2,222.</p> <p>Coinbase is <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2021/04/01/coinbase-direct-listing-set-for-april-14-after-sec-approval.html?__source=OTS%7Cfinance%7Cinline%7Cstory%7C&amp;par=OTS&amp;doc=106867312">set to go public</a> on Wednesday through a direct listing that could value the company at as much as $100 billion — more than major trading venue operators like <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/quotes?symbol=ICE&amp;__source=OTS%7Cfinance%7Cinline%7Cstory%7C&amp;par=OTS&amp;doc=106867312">Intercontinental Exchange</a>, owner of the New York Stock Exchange. Crypto investors are hailing the company&#8217;s stock market debut as a major milestone for the industry after years of skepticism from Wall Street and regulators.</p> <p>&#8220;This is really good and really important for the industry,&#8221; Marcus Swanepoel, CEO and co-founder of London-based cryptocurrency platform Luno, told CNBC. &#8220;It&#8217;s going to increase the trust and transparency in our industry.&#8221;</p> <p>&#8220;There&#8217;s still a bit of distrust in the industry and I think having a company of that size be public is going to help a lot of people realize that this is not just an asset class to take seriously but also a business to take seriously.&#8221;</p> <p>Coinbase, founded in 2012, is the largest cryptocurrency exchange in the United States. It&#8217;s seen surging revenues this year thanks to a climb in the value of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. The company <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2021/04/06/coinbase-reports-estimated-q1-revenue-of-1point8-billion-up-nine-fold.html?__source=OTS%7Cfinance%7Cinline%7Cstory%7C&amp;par=OTS&amp;doc=106867312">reported estimated revenues of $1.8 billion in the first quarter</a> of 2021, a nine-fold increase from the same period a year earlier, while profits grew to between $730 million and $800 million.</p> <p>Bitcoin has more than doubled in price since the start of this year, as mainstream investors jumped into cryptocurrencies. Tesla recently <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2021/02/08/tesla-buys-1point5-billion-in-bitcoin.html?__source=OTS%7Cfinance%7Cinline%7Cstory%7C&amp;par=OTS&amp;doc=106867312">made a $1.5 billion bet on bitcoin</a> and now <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2021/03/24/elon-musk-says-people-can-now-buy-a-tesla-with-bitcoin.html?__source=OTS%7Cfinance%7Cinline%7Cstory%7C&amp;par=OTS&amp;doc=106867312">accepts the digital currency as a method of payment</a> for its cars. Meanwhile, Wall Street giants like <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/quotes?symbol=GS&amp;__source=OTS%7Cfinance%7Cinline%7Cstory%7C&amp;par=OTS&amp;doc=106867312">Goldman Sachs</a> and <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/quotes?symbol=MS&amp;__source=OTS%7Cfinance%7Cinline%7Cstory%7C&amp;par=OTS&amp;doc=106867312">Morgan Stanley</a> are <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2021/03/31/bitcoin-goldman-is-close-to-offering-bitcoin-to-its-richest-clients.html?__source=OTS%7Cfinance%7Cinline%7Cstory%7C&amp;par=OTS&amp;doc=106867312">looking to offer their wealthy clients some exposure to bitcoin</a>.</p> <p>Bitcoin bulls view the cryptocurrency as a <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2021/02/23/microstrategy-ceo-michael-saylor-sees-bitcoin-100-trillion-market-value-one-day.html?__source=OTS%7Cfinance%7Cinline%7Cstory%7C&amp;par=OTS&amp;doc=106867312">store of value</a> akin to gold that can be used to diversify investment portfolios in times of economic crisis. But <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2019/05/02/joseph-stiglitz-we-should-shutdown-the-cryptocurrencies.html?__source=OTS%7Cfinance%7Cinline%7Cstory%7C&amp;par=OTS&amp;doc=106867312">skeptical economists like Joseph Stiglitz</a> and <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2019/05/08/nouriel-roubini-and-michael-novogratz-battle-over-bitcoin-and-crypto.html?__source=OTS%7Cfinance%7Cinline%7Cstory%7C&amp;par=OTS&amp;doc=106867312">Nouriel Roubini are unconvinced</a>, viewing bitcoin as extremely volatile and a vehicle for illegal transactions.</p> Two Dead, 3-Month-Old Found After Shooting, Fire at Southeast DC Apartment https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/two-dead-3-month-old-found-after-shooting-fire-at-southeast-dc-apartment/2637978/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:deeb7ca0-240a-0e6d-37a0-7a5a295f6552 Tue, 13 Apr 2021 02:14:35 +0000 <p>Two women are dead after a fire and a shooting took place in a Southeast D.C. apartment Monday, and a baby was also found by first responders at the scene. </p> <p>D.C. firefighters were first called to the 2300 block of Good Hope Court in the Skyland neighborhood around 7:30 p.m. for reports of a fire, the Metropolitan Police Department said in a news conference. </p> <p>Once on scene, firefighters outside of an apartment found a woman who had been shot and called police, D.C. Police said. </p> <p>Inside an apartment, firefighters found two more shooting victims and a 3-month-old baby. They also put out a small fire there that had been contained by sprinklers.</p> <p>&#8220;It appears that the suspect started the fire,&#8221; Executive Assistant Chief of Police Ashan Benedict said. </p> <p>Authorities said two of the three women shot have died. The third is being treated at an area hospital. The baby was not shot, but was taken to a hospital to be evaluated. </p> <p>Police said they were looking for a suspect but did not provide a description. They said the incident is domestic in nature, but would not provide additional details. </p> <p>It is also unclear how the victims are related to each other or the 3-month-old. </p> <p><i>This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/two-dead-3-month-old-found-after-shooting-fire-at-southeast-dc-apartment/2637978/">Click here</a> to open the story in your web browser.</i></p> Mayor Says $350M Available to Help DC Residents Struggling With Rent https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/mayor-says-350m-available-to-help-dc-residents-struggling-with-rent/2637871/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:38fc637a-63a2-5d97-ddbb-b9155bd45296 Mon, 12 Apr 2021 23:20:43 +0000 <p>With so many people out of work for more than a year due to the pandemic, many have fallen behind in their rent or utility payments. Monday, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that $350 million in federal funds were available to help D.C. residents.&nbsp;</p> <p>The program is called STAY (Stronger Together by Assisting You) DC.</p> <p>“This program is aimed at helping people stay in their housing, who have been impacted by Covid,” Bowser said. “We know that many residents, through no fault of their own, have lost significant amounts of income over the last year.”</p> <p>Residents can log on to <a href="https://stay.dc.gov/">https://stay.dc.gov/</a> to find out what financial support they qualify for and how to apply.&nbsp;</p> <p>“The money will be used to help residents facing housing instability due the pandemic up to 12 months in back due rent and three months of forward rent and utilities,” Bowser said.&nbsp;</p> <p>Applicants can call the STAY DC call center at 833-4-STAYDC for support throughout their application process, Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.&nbsp;</p> <p>The mayor also said she expects D.C. Public Schools to be back to teaching in person, full time next fall, but did add that there would be some type of virtual learning option.&nbsp;</p> <p>“We expect that some families will need that&#8230; and we know that the system needs to have an option in case a cohort or school have to be quarantined, or in the very unlikely instance that we see a rebound of the virus,” Bowser said. </p> <p><i>This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/mayor-says-350m-available-to-help-dc-residents-struggling-with-rent/2637871/">Click here</a> to open the story in your web browser.</i></p> Personal Property Taxes Could Go Up as Used Car Values Increase https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/northern-virginia/personal-property-taxes-could-go-up-as-used-car-values-increase/2637856/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:8f270eb7-78eb-b4d5-6006-5d8a8c116563 Mon, 12 Apr 2021 23:03:51 +0000 <p>Tax officials are warning Virginians they might owe more money in personal property taxes this year because their used cars might have increased in value during the pandemic.</p> <p>&#8220;Their bills could be higher because some used vehicle values were higher than last year, which is really unusual,&#8221; Loudoun County Commissioner of Revenue Bob Wertz said.</p> <p>Wertz said the county did not increase the tax rate, but the higher value of vehicles could increase the amount owed.</p> <p>Loudoun County&#8217;s personal property taxes are due May 5 — earlier than other counties — but it will eventually impact all Virginians.</p> <p>“This isn&#8217;t something that&#8217;s going to be unique to Loudoun County,” Wertz said. “Vehicles across the state are valued based on NADA (National Automobile Dealers Association) used car guides, so other localities will see similar treatment.&#8221;</p> <p>The pandemic slammed the breaks on new vehicle production. Car rental companies were slowed, too, so instead of adding new vehicles into their fleet, they held onto their used vehicles.</p> <p>Supply of used cars declined, demand went up, and value increased.</p> <p>For example, a 2021 Toyota Camry increased in value by more than $1,000. A 2019 Dodge Ram jumped by more than $3,600. And a 2015 Honda CR-V increased by more than $500.</p> <p>Consumer Reports says now is the time to consider selling a used car.</p> <p>“If you have a car that you are not using, this is probably one of the best times to get rid of it, because it&#8217;s going to be worth more than ever,&#8221; said Keith Barry of CR.</p> <p>Loudoun County estimates people with increased car values can expect to pay an average of $25 more this year.</p> <p>To appeal the assessment of a vehicle&#8217;s value, Loudoun County asks residents to file that appeal <a href="https://www.loudoun.gov/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">online at the county&#8217;s website</a>.</p> Video Shows Police Taking Man Who Jumped From I-295 Overpass Into Custody Before He Died https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/video-shows-police-taking-man-who-jumped-from-i-295-overpass-into-custody-before-he-died/2637843/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:4723e828-03f1-3a70-8f87-60a4043bcba2 Mon, 12 Apr 2021 22:55:10 +0000 <p>Cellphone video recorded by a bystander April 6 shows police taking a 35-year-old man into custody after he jumped off the Interstate 295 overpass onto Malcolm X Avenue.</p> <p>Anthony Louis is seen on the ground, bleeding as officers issue commands. An officer appears to have a stun gun in his right hand.</p> <p>Alexandria police say a U.S. Park Police officer used a stun gun to subdue Louis. He later died.</p> <p>Though hard to watch, the video provides more details to Louis’ family</p> <p>“My brother is alive,” Louis’ sister Margaret Middleton observed. “He’s conscious, he’s moving, he’s hurt because you can see the blood on the ground coming from his head, but he’s moving.”</p> <p>Louis’ sister says officers should have done more to help her injured brother.</p> <p>“The first thing they should have done was care about his well-being,” Middleton said. “He’s a human being; he is not an animal … Instead of dragging and being aggressive with him, make sure he was alright.”</p> <p>The video captures only a portion of Louis’ encounter with police.</p> <p>The incident began in the 800 block of North Patrick Street in Alexandria.</p> <p>Police were responding to gunfire when officers spotted Louis and three other men driving away from the scene.</p> <p>Louis’ family says he was at a cookout nearby and left when he heard the gunshots.</p> <p>“He didn’t know what was going on, so he fled,” said Louis’ mother, Margie Toney.</p> <p>Police pursued Louis’ vehicle into D.C., where it crashed on I-295. Police say he jumped the jersey barrier and landed on Malcolm X Avenue.</p> <p>The video ends before a D.C. Fire and EMS ambulance arrived to take Louis to the hospital.</p> <p>Police said he was conscious and breathing when it arrived, but he lost consciousness on the way to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.</p> <p>The family says they’re grateful someone stopped to record anything at all.</p> <p>“That was just a beginning for us to get justice for us to see what happened to him,” Middleton said. “Justice and answers, that’s what we are looking for.”</p> <p>Louis’ family said they’ve seen at least one other video taken by a bystander showing the much larger police response on Malcolm X Avenue before Louis is put into the ambulance. A cause of death has not yet been released.</p> <p>Multiple Alexandria and U.S. Park Police officers are on administrative leave during the investigation.</p> Schools Face Shortage of Mental Health Professionals as Students Slowly Return https://www.nbcwashington.com/investigations/schools-face-shortage-of-mental-health-professionals-as-students-slowly-return/2637788/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:ae6675df-56c5-7642-4398-08b458ed5d82 Mon, 12 Apr 2021 22:39:24 +0000 <p>As students return to school buildings after a year of unprecedented stress, public schools across our region are operating with fewer counselors and psychologists than recommended by national experts, according to an investigation by the News4 I-Team.    </p> <p>Some districts face what’s been described as “critical shortages” of school psychologists, in particular, as some kids return to the classroom with pandemic-induced stress and anxiety.</p> <p>Though the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) recommends a ratio of 250 students per counselor, an I-Team review of school staffing reports in three of the largest school districts in Maryland, several Northern Virginia school divisions and D.C. Public Schools found none meets that recommendation.   </p> <p>A similar organization for school psychologists advises school districts employ at least one psychologist for every 500 students, but the I-Team found most local school districts also fail to meet that standard.</p> <p>“We&#8217;ve made a lot of progress in people understanding the need for schools to really be engaged in this work, and now we&#8217;re facing a situation in which we just don&#8217;t have the workforce to cover those needs,” said Kathleen Minke, the executive director of the National Association of School Psychologists.&nbsp;</p> <p>Though her organization recommends the 1-to-500 ratio, the national average is closer to 1-to-1,300, she said. </p> <p>Minke said schools, facing budget complications due to the pandemic, are finding challenges in hiring psychologists due to costs, lack of prospective candidates and an insufficient number of training programs. But she’s hopeful that, as distance education becomes more of a mainstay, more prospective school psychologists will have access to the necessary education.&nbsp;</p> <p>“Obviously, we&#8217;ve done [virtual learning] out of necessity in the last year and a half, but it&#8217;s becoming more effective for how we can train practitioners,” she said.&nbsp;</p> <p>A report from the school counselor association indicates the problem isn’t just local; few states come close to the organization’s standard. Data from the U.S. Department of Education for the 2018-2019 school year, provided to the I-Team from the ASCA, found a national average of 430 students per counselor. What’s more, the ASCA found only one in five high school students across the country is enrolled in a school with the recommended number of school counselors.</p> <p>But school counselors and psychologists have rarely been as vital, as students process a profoundly stressful year of virtual learning.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Lowrey Redmond, whose two daughters attend a D.C. elementary school, had a blunt assessment of the toll the past year has taken on her children: “It&#8217;s been the most challenging year for them, and they&#8217;re not OK, and their mental health is not OK.”</p> <p>Redmond said she saw changes in her youngest daughter, now 8, almost instantly after schools shut down in-person learning. She described a sudden increase in angry, physical outbursts and at-times alarming rhetoric. Her older daughter, now in fifth grade, withdrew and had what Redmond described as depression.</p> <p>Redmond said she sought help from the school counselor, who paired her youngest daughter with other students for a virtual “lunch buddy” program. But she said it wasn’t enough to help her daughter process her new stress and anxiety. She eventually turned to a private therapist — a resource she knows isn’t an option for many families.</p> <p>“There should be more [mental health] professionals helping the teachers with the kids,” said Redmond, acknowledging the school was grappling with an unprecedented situation amid the pandemic.&nbsp;</p> <p>PhiXavier Holmes, a counselor at William Wirt Middle School in Prince George’s County, said she’s already seeing signs of stress and even trauma in some of the kids returning to the classroom. She said counselors are needed more than ever as some students may be more comfortable talking about their stress in person.&nbsp;</p> <p>“With them coming back into the building, they’re ready to engage (with counselors),” Holmes said. “They’re ready to talk.”</p> <p>The stresses and tension suffered by all communities during the COVID-19 crisis will continue to impact kids as the school buildings reopen, experts said. </p> <p>“Whatever we see in the community — job loss, increased alcohol use — impacts our kids,” said Loudoun County Public Schools psychologist Shoko Brown.</p> <p>Brown, like other school mental health professionals regionwide, provided virtual meetings and services to families during the school closures. But Brown, who serves three Loudoun County elementary schools, said school psychologists and counselors are often spread thin, “particularly right now.”</p> <p>The shortage of some school mental health professionals predates the pandemic, but has also been exacerbated by it.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>In a statement to the I-Team, a Fairfax County Public Schools spokesperson said, “Even prior to the pandemic, school psychologists have remained a critical shortage area both within FCPS and across the commonwealth.”</p> <p>A Maryland State Department of Education report found a “critical shortage” of school psychologists in recent years, and several local school districts said they continue to face stubborn problems in staffing those positions.</p> <p>At least two Virginia school districts — Fairfax and Spotsylvania County Public Schools — said bonus and incentive pay have been offered to recruit mental health staffers.       </p> <p>Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland and D.C. Public Schools said future budgets will attempt to include funding to increase staffing. In the meantime, school districts, including DCPS, said they supplement their mental health staff with outside resources.</p> <p>A spokesperson from DCPS said that, when including the 120 outside clinicians on its schools’ mental health teams, the District has more than 600 trained mental health professionals in its system and meets recommended staffing guidelines.</p> <p>“DCPS is working closely with schools to determine the optimal mental health support and services to all our students and school communities, particularly at this most significant time,” the spokesperson added in a statement.</p> <p>The spokesperson added school-based psychologists and social workers are able to help families “who need assistance for any reason,” even if that includes connecting with a community-based mental health partner. It also has a <a href="https://dcps.dc.gov/service/school-mental-health" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">website </a>where students, staffers or parents can seek help or refer others. </p> <p>In the meantime, Redmond said her youngest daughter has “dramatically” improved since returning to the classroom a few days a week and credited her teacher for helping students with their stress.</p> <p>And her fifth grader, who admits she has some anxiety about returning to the classroom, had this advice for how teachers and parents can help: “For kids at school, it would help them to have people ask them if they&#8217;re OK rather than them having to reach out and tell people.”</p> <p><em>Reported by Scott MacFarlane, produced by Katie Leslie, and shot and edited by Jeff Piper.</em></p> <div class="wp-block-nbc-localized-block"> <blockquote class="featured-text"> <em><a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/newsletters/?_osource=rm_npd_nbc_dc_hs_mn">Get the latest news on COVID-19 delivered to you. Click here to sign up for our coronavirus newsletter.</a></em></blockquote> </div> Coronavirus in DC, Maryland, Virginia: What to Know on April 12 https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/coronavirus-in-dc-maryland-virginia-what-to-know-on-april-12/2637050/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:a9fd1239-e141-a1b9-3b68-d664155cf024 Mon, 12 Apr 2021 18:28:50 +0000 <h2 class="wp-block-nbc-section-heading">What the Data Shows</h2> <p>COVID-19 vaccine eligibility expands in D.C. and Maryland on Monday. Here’s where we stand in fighting the virus around the area. </p> <p>D.C. announced 73 more cases of the virus and the deaths of three more people. More people were hospitalized. About 26% of D.C. residents were partially or fully vaccinated. About 15% were fully vaccinated. </p> <div class="recirc-module"> <h3 class="recirc__heading"></h3> <p class="recirc__subheading"></p> <div class="recirc__post"> <div class="post__wrap"> <div class="post__image-wrapper"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="COVID Vaccine Side Effects: Why Do Some Get Them and What Does it Mean?" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/coronavirus/covid-vaccine-side-effects-symptoms-why-do-some-get-them-and-what-does-it-mean/2627406/"> <img class="post__image" src="https://media.nbcwashington.com/2021/04/GettyImages-1231519738.jpg?quality=85&amp;strip=all" alt="" loading="lazy" /> </a> <span class="format-icon format-icon--video"></span> </div> <div class="post__text"> <div class="post__meta"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="covid vaccine" class="post__tag" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/tag/covid-vaccine/">covid vaccine</a> <span class="post__date post__date--has-category"> Apr 1 </span> </div> <h3 class="post__title"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="COVID Vaccine Side Effects: Why Do Some Get Them and What Does it Mean?" class="post__title--link" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/coronavirus/covid-vaccine-side-effects-symptoms-why-do-some-get-them-and-what-does-it-mean/2627406/"> <span data-ellipsis="true" data-text="COVID Vaccine Side Effects: Why Do Some Get Them and What Does it Mean?" data-react-component="NBCTruncate" data-maxlines="3" data-maxlinesmobile="2" data-readmore=""> COVID Vaccine Side Effects: Why Do Some Get Them and What Does it Mean? </span> </a> </h3> </div> </div> </div> <div class="recirc__post"> <div class="post__wrap"> <div class="post__image-wrapper"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="CDC Says Variant From the UK Is Now the Most Common Strain Circulating in the U.S." href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/business/money-report/cdc-says-variant-from-the-u-k-is-now-the-most-common-strain-circulating-in-the-u-s/2632600/"> <img class="post__image" src="https://media.nbcwashington.com/2021/04/106800875-1606140745784-gettyimages-1287158181-sfchroniclevirustravel1.jpeg?quality=85&amp;strip=all" alt="" loading="lazy" /> </a> </div> <div class="post__text"> <div class="post__meta"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="coronavirus" class="post__tag" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/tag/coronavirus/">coronavirus</a> <span class="post__date post__date--has-category"> Apr 7 </span> </div> <h3 class="post__title"> <a data-lpos="inline-recirc-module" data-lid="CDC Says Variant From the UK Is Now the Most Common Strain Circulating in the U.S." class="post__title--link" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/business/money-report/cdc-says-variant-from-the-u-k-is-now-the-most-common-strain-circulating-in-the-u-s/2632600/"> <span data-ellipsis="true" data-text="CDC Says Variant From the UK Is Now the Most Common Strain Circulating in the U.S." data-react-component="NBCTruncate" data-maxlines="3" data-maxlinesmobile="2" data-readmore=""> CDC Says Variant From the UK Is Now the Most Common Strain Circulating in the U.S. </span> </a> </h3> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p>Maryland announced 985 more cases of the virus. Fifteen more people died. Fewer people were hospitalized. About 34% of the Maryland population had their first vaccine dose. About 20% had their second dose. About 3% had the single-dose vaccine.</p> <p>Virginia announced 996 more cases of the virus and the deaths of 14 more people. Fewer people were hospitalized. About 37% of Virginians were vaccinated with at least one dose. Twenty-one percent were fully vaccinated.</p> <iframe id="datawrapper-chart-lERwp" src="https://datawrapper.dwcdn.net/lERwp/1/" frameborder="0" width="600" height="400"></iframe> <iframe id="datawrapper-chart-s4sqZ" src="https://datawrapper.dwcdn.net/s4sqZ/1/" frameborder="0" width="650" height="550"></iframe> <h2 class="wp-block-nbc-section-heading">Local Coronavirus News</h2> <p><strong>The District </strong>reached an important milestone Monday: Everyone age 16 or older is now eligible for the coronavirus vaccine. This is happening one week earlier than planned, a sign that the rollout in our region is beginning to pick up.</p> <p>You will have to <a href="https://coronavirus.dc.gov/vaccinatedc">pre-register on the District&#8217;s website</a>. When an appointment becomes available, you will receive an invite via email. Officials say they will continue to prioritize senior citizens and residents of zip codes with lower rates of the vaccine.</p> <p>In <strong>Maryland</strong>, anyone age 16 and older is already eligible for the vaccine at mass vaccine sites. <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/coronavirus/maryland-opens-vaccine-preregistration-to-everyone-16/2627316/">Here&#8217;s how to sign up</a>. As of Monday, they are now eligible through all providers.</p> <p><strong>Virginia </strong>will also soon reach that milestone. 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The state will only get 14,800 this week, down from 124,000 last week.</li><li>The Washington Nationals and DC United are allowed to increase capacity at home games from 10% to 25%. Monumental Sports will also allow 10% capacity for Capitals and Wizards home games.</li><li>D.C.&#8217;s new high-capacity COVID-19 <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/mass-vaccination-site-opens-at-dcs-arena-stage/2635647/">vaccination site is open at Arena Stage</a>.</li><li>The National Independence Day Parade has been canceled for 2021, the National Park Service announced, citing &#8220;logistics and planning limitations.&#8221; </li><li>The <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/people-getting-unemployment-in-va-will-have-to-look-for-work-again/2632514/">Virginia Employment Commission says</a> that jobless workers collecting unemployment compensation will soon have to look for jobs again to receive benefits.</li><li>Some <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/people-getting-unemployment-in-va-will-have-to-look-for-work-again/2632514/">mass vaccination sites in Maryland</a> are offering a limited number of walk-up shots every day, no appointment needed. </li><li>Fairfax County vaccine registration is open for all essential workers in Phase 1c, including media workers, hairstylists, barbers and information technology workers. <a href="https://fairfaxcountyemergency.wpcomstaging.com/">See specific category details here.</a></li><li>A new <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/coronavirus/vaccine-site-at-greenbelt-metro-to-offer-shots-to-anyone-not-just-marylanders/2632407/">mass vaccination site opened last week at the Greenbelt Metro station</a> in Prince George’s County. It offers shots to anyone, not just Maryland residents. <a href="https://onestop.md.gov/preregistration">Go online here</a> to create an account.</li><li>In President Joe Biden&#8217;s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, $5 billion are <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/prince-georges-county/covid-19-relief-includes-5b-for-black-farmers/2630565/">earmarked for Black farmers impacted by decades of discrimination</a> made worse during the pandemic.</li><li>NBC News is making finding information on when, how and where to obtain your coronavirus vaccination easier with its <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.nbcnews.com/specials/plan-your-vaccine/" target="_blank">Plan Your Vaccine website</a>.</li></ul> <p><a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/coronavirus/coronavirus-in-virginia/coronavirus-cases-rising-despite-vaccinations-in-virginias-rappahannock-health-district/2624926/"></a></p> <h2 class="wp-block-nbc-section-heading">Key Charts and Graphs</h2> <p><link href="https://media.nbcnewyork.com/assets/editorial/national/common/css/mm-embeds-head-foot.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"></p> <iframe id="datawrapper-chart-TUVpf" src="https://interactives.ap.org/embeds/TUVpf/14/" width="100%" height="548"></iframe> <p class="mmFoot">The vaccinated population in D.C. may be overestimated in this map because some non-residents who work in D.C. are included in the totals.</p> <hr class="wp-block-separator is-style-default" /> <div class="wp-block-group"><div class="wp-block-group__inner-container"> <h2 class="wp-block-nbc-section-heading">Vaccination Portals by County</h2> <p>As vaccinations in our region ramp up, here&#8217;s a look at local portals residents can use to sign up for vaccination appointments or sign up to receive alerts. </p> <ul><li><strong>Washington, D.C. signups</strong> – <a href="http://vaccinate.dc.gov/">vaccinate.dc.gov</a></li><li><strong>Maryland signups </strong>– <a href="https://www.marylandvax.org/">www.marylandvax.org/</a> and <a href="http://covidvax.maryland.gov/">covidvax.maryland.gov</a></li><li><strong>Virginia pre-registration</strong> – <a href="https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/covid-19-vaccine/">https://vaccinate.virginia.gov/preregister.html</a></li><li>Montgomery County – <a href="http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/covid19/vaccine/">www.montgomerycountymd.gov/covid19/vaccine/</a></li><li>Prince George&#8217;s County – <a href="https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/3730/COVID-19-Vaccination">www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/3730/COVID-19-Vaccination</a></li><li>Howard County – <a href="https://www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/Health/MM-Alerts-and-Recalls/COVID-19-Vaccine">www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/Health/MM-Alerts-and-Recalls/COVID-19-Vaccine</a></li><li>Anne Arundel County – <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://aacounty.org/covidvax" target="_blank">aacounty.org/covidvax</a></li><li>Fairfax County – <a href="https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/novel-coronavirus/vaccine">www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/novel-coronavirus/vaccine</a></li><li>City of Alexandria – <a href="https://www.alexandriava.gov/health/info/default.aspx?id=119270">www.alexandriava.gov/health/info/default.aspx?id=119270</a></li><li>Loudoun County – <a href="https://www.loudoun.gov/covid19vaccine">www.loudoun.gov/covid19vaccine</a></li><li>Prince William County – <a href="https://coronavirus.pwcgov.org/vaccine-information/">coronavirus.pwcgov.org/vaccine-information/</a> &amp; 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About 54 million Americans say they aren&#8217;t using regular income sources, such as their paychecks, side hustle earnings or rental income, to help cover their expenses on a weekly basis. </p> <p>Instead, <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/www.cbpp.org/blog/hardship-rates-dropped-in-march-but-many-still-borrow-to-get-by__;!!PIZeeW5wscynRQ!_rfutjz5JAHlTpdL3zLU3-2Bp9q0mRD-KTTNRg0qmDnituFwZ6lIXs2Qp-MQWRaShUSw%24">millions have turned to borrowing</a>, the CBPP finds. </p> <p>About 50 million Americans reported using credit cards or loans to cover their expenses. About 20 million say they borrowed money from family or friends. Although those two groups overlap, it adds up to about 34 million adults total who say they used some type of borrowing to get by financially last month, <a href="https://www.cbpp.org/blog/hardship-rates-dropped-in-march-but-many-still-borrow-to-get-by">the CBPP finds.</a> </p> <p>Those who are borrowing in order to stay financially afloat more often than not have children and are renters. 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