Medical school student heeds the call for help

Rose Schutzberg was eight years old when she and her mother discovered Rose’s baby sister, Victoire, dead from SIDS — sudden infant death syndrome.”I remember seeing emergency room doctors trying to resuscitate my sister and being really affected by how hard they were trying to save her life,” she said.Some of the doctors attended her sister’s funeral the next week, too.”That sort of commitment to me and to my family really meant a lot to me. And I think since that time, I’ve always wanted to give back to people and offer them the same support in a time where it feels like your entire world is crashing around you,” she said.That tragedy, and the physicians’ response to it, would change the course of Schutzberg’s life. Now she’s a fourth-year student at UMass Medical School, where she thought she would study to become a primary care physician.But the coronavirus pandemic changed has changed her path.”I saw that there was a really deep need for patients, especially, to get better mental health care. So my mind kind of shifted toward maybe pursuing psychiatry instead of primary care,” she said.She went from maybe to definitely after helping treat a patient who spent three weeks without access to a psychiatric bed due in part to COVID-19’s impact.”It just felt like this really kind of like eureka moment where I was like, OK, you know what, Rose? This is the path that you’re supposed to go on,” she said.Schutzberg is hardly the only medical student affected by the pandemic. Applications to medical schools are up by about 20 percent nationwide, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.UMass Medical School is seeing about the same increase in applicants, according to the school’s chancellor, Dr. Michael Collins. Collins said the students are seeing their importance in a new light.”It’s really a very, very exciting moment to be in medicine,” he said. “Can you ever remember a time like this that has inspired students?” 5 Investigates Karen Anderson asked him.”Sort of around 9/11, when people recognized the importance of a moment of national purpose, if you will, and I actually think we are in a moment of national purpose,” he said. “The fact that science was able to create vaccine discoveries, that hospitals were able to care for people in such large numbers… it’s very special.”For current students like Schutzberg, Friday is match day, when they learn where they will perform their residency.”I realized that there was just so much work that needed to be done and that if I wasn’t going to do it, probably no one else would. So someone has to do it,” she said.

BOSTON — Rose Schutzberg was eight years old when she and her mother discovered Rose’s baby sister, Victoire, dead from SIDS — sudden infant death syndrome.”I remember seeing emergency room doctors trying to resuscitate my sister and being really affected by how hard they were trying to save her life,” she said.

Victims of the spa shootings highlight the vulnerability of working-class Asian women as more Asian Americans get attacked

“This one fact alone highlights the vulnerability, the invisibility, and the isolation of working-class Asian women in our country,” Nguyen said at a Thursday news conference. “When they go missing, or when they die, the loss of their lives will not incite the same kind of rage. And they won’t even be treated with the same humanity,” she said. “And in this case, they’ve been characterized as a problem that needed to be eliminated.”Authorities have not yet confirmed a motive for the shootings at three Atlanta-area spas, which killed eight people — including six Asian women. A suspect is in custody. Atlanta Deputy Police Chief Charles Hampton Jr. said Wednesday the suspect, Robert Aaron Long, frequented the two Atlanta spas and bought the gun used in the shooting the day of the incident.President Joe Biden ordered flags to be flown at half-staff Thursday to honor the victims. Biden also plans to visit Atlanta on Friday to meet with Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, as well as Asian American and Pacific Islander leaders, according to Georgia State Rep. Bee Nguyen. Among the issues they will bring up is the concern that the shootings be “taken seriously” and seriously considered as a hate crime against Asians and not dismissed as the suspect having a “bad day,” Nguyen said.Shootings part of hostility toward Asian AmericansAcross the US, Asian Americans are riddled with fear as unprovoked attacks against them intensify. Anti-Asian hate crimes have more than doubled during the pandemic, according to the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino.The violence has surged amid racist rhetoric during the coronavirus pandemic — some popularized by ex-President Donald Trump. Many Asian Americans have been subjected to vitriol about the “China virus” or the “kung flu” — even those who have never been to Asia. Asian American communities are on edge after Tuesday’s deadly shootings.”I feel like that just took it to a whole other extreme,” said Hanna Kim, a teacher from Novi, Michigan.Nguyen said as a public official, whenever anyone disagrees with her opinion or policies, the first thing they do is criticize the country her parents came from and, second, her gender. “I have experienced a lot of targeted misogyny, targeted xenophobia, messages of going back to your own country, even though I was born here, raised here, I’ve lived in Georgia almost my entire life. It is very real,” Nguyen said. Actress Lucy Liu told CNN’s Erin Burnett on Thursday that she believes race relations will get worse before they can get better. “I think culturally, we are not a people that speak out and talk about being victims and I think that’s something that we learn” from previous generations, Liu said.Bottoms told CNN that nowadays “there seems to be permission now to be hateful.” She’s spent the past days reaching out to members of the Asian community in Atlanta “to make sure we have all of the information we need to make sure that our communities are protected,” adding the dialogue will continue.”There seems to be a permission that I’ve not seen, at least in my lifetime,” Bottoms said. “It does predate Donald Trump, but he certainly has given permission and done his part to elevate the hatred.” Kim, a 24-year-old Korean American, said she often feels like she has a target on her back. Last year, she said a parent wanted to remove one of her students from her second-grade class because Kim was Asian.”Are people going to say things to me?” Kim said she often asks herself. “Are people going to avoid me because they think that for some reason I’m going to be the one that’s spreading the virus?”Yet despite outrage over the shootings, attacks against Asian Americans continue. An Asian man and woman were assaulted Wednesday by the same suspect in separate attacks, San Francisco police said. Investigators are trying to determine whether bias was a motivating factor in the attack.”While we’re relieved the suspect was quickly apprehended, we’re certainly not at peace as this attack still points to an escalating threat many in the Asian American community feel today,” said Margaret Huang, president and CEO of Southern Poverty Law Center.What we know about the victimsDelaina Ashley Yaun, 33, of Acworth; Paul Andre Michels, 54, of Atlanta; Xiaojie Tan, 49, of Kennesaw; and Daoyou Feng, 44, were all fatally shot at Youngs Asian Massage in Cherokee County.Elcias R. Hernandez-Ortiz, 30, of Acworth, was also shot at the spa but survived. Three more victims were found dead at Gold Massage Spa in Atlanta, and another victim was found dead across the street at the Aroma Therapy Spa. The names of those four victims have not yet been released by authorities.Three of the victims were 52, 75 and 64 years of age, according to birth years listed in an Atlanta police incident report. “We need to make sure we have a true verification of their identities and that we make the proper next of kin notification,” Hampton said Wednesday. What we know about the suspectLong, 21, faces eight counts of murder and one count of aggravated assault.Long was on his way to Florida, possibly to take the lives of more victims, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said, citing investigators. The suspect told police he believed he had a sex addiction and that he saw the spas as “a temptation … that he wanted to eliminate,” Cherokee County sheriff’s Capt. Jay Baker said.But Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant said it is still too early to know a motive. It’s not clear whether any of the three businesses offered sexual services in addition to massages. But authorities have given no indication the three businesses were operating illegally.Capt. Jay Baker on Tuesday said Long “was pretty much fed up and had been kind of at the end of his rope. Yesterday was a really bad day for him, and this is what he did.” Baker is no longer the spokesperson for the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office’s case investigating the spa shooting, the Sheriff’s Office confirmed to CNN. CNN has reached out to Baker for comment.Sheriff Frank Reynolds said in a statement Thursday he has known and worked with Baker for many years and his comments “were not intended disrespect any of the victims, the gravity of this tragedy or express empathy or sympathy for the suspect.”How the attacks unfoldedShortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday, deputies were called to Youngs Asian Massage between the Georgia cities of Woodstock and Acworth after reports of a shooting, Cherokee County sheriff’s officials said.That shooting left four people — two Asian and two White — dead and one person injured, Baker said. About an hour later and 30 miles away, Atlanta police responded to the Gold Massage Spa on Piedmont Road in Atlanta. Police said they found three people dead..m-infographic_1615988065435{background:url(// no-repeat 0 0 transparent;margin-bottom:30px;width:100%;-moz-background-size:cover;-o-background-size:cover;-webkit-background-size:cover;background-size:cover;font-size:0;}.m-infographic_1615988065435:before{content:””;display:block;padding-top:216.64%;}@media (min-width:640px) {.m-infographic_1615988065435 {background-image:url(//;}.m-infographic_1615988065435:before{padding-top:83.02%;}}@media (min-width:1120px) {.m-infographic_1615988065435 {background-image:url(//;}.m-infographic_1615988065435:before{padding-top:83.02%;}}While there, police received another call of shots fired across the street at the Aroma Therapy Spa, where they found one person dead, Bryant said.The names of those four victims have not yet been released by authorities.Investigators found surveillance video of a suspect near the Cherokee County scene and published images on social media.Long’s family saw the images, contacted authorities and helped identify him, Cherokee County Sheriff Frank Reynolds said Wednesday.”(The family members) are very distraught, and they were very helpful in this apprehension,” Reynolds said.’It would be appropriate’ if the suspect was charged with a hate crime, mayor saysLong has claimed responsibility for the shootings at the spas, the Cherokee County sheriff’s office said.He is facing four counts of murder and a charge of aggravated assault, according to the county sheriff’s office. He also has been charged with more four counts of murder, Atlanta Police Department said.A law enforcement source told CNN that Long was recently kicked out of the house by his family due to his sexual addiction, which, the source said, included frequently spending hours watching pornography online.Bottoms, the Atlanta mayor, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Thursday she thinks the shootings were a hate crime. “It looked like a hate crime to me,” she said. “This was targeted at Asian spas. Six of the women who were killed were Asian so it’s difficult to see it as anything but that.””Sex” is a hate crime category under Georgia’s new law. If Long was targeting women out of hatred for them or scapegoating them for his own problems, it could potentially be a hate crime. The shootings don’t have to be racially motivated to constitute a hate crime in Georgia.Cherokee County District Attorney Shannon Wallace released a statement Thursday saying “we are acutely aware of the feelings of terror being experienced in the Asian-American community.” “We hear your concerns and want it to be known that these victims will receive the very best efforts of this office,” Wallace said. “We anticipate beginning to meet with the impacted families in the near future, and earn their trust, as we continue to develop our case against the defendant.”Correction: An earlier version of this story misspelled Xiaojie Tan’s last name based on information provided by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.CNN’s Amanda Watts, Stephen Collinson, Audrey Ash, Casey Tolan, Nicquel Ellis, Nicole Chavez, Artemis Moshtaghian, Raja Razek, Jamiel Lynch and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

Cuomo leans on Black Democrats and old friends as he fights for his political future

He marked his relationships with each leader in his speech, reminded New Yorkers of the state’s lengthy fight with the coronavirus and even sang “Happy Birthday” to NAACP New York State Conference President Hazel Dukes, a woman he referred to as his second mother. All of this happened before Cuomo got the coronavirus vaccine with a big smile and thumbs up.The subtext of the Harlem visit on Wednesday was not lost on many in Albany. As Cuomo faces a flurry of investigations for allegations of sexual harassment and unwanted touching, as well as his mishandling of reporting nursing home deaths during the coronavirus crisis, the governor is turning his attention to Black civil and elected leaders, many of whom have known his family for decades. And those same leaders are repaying that attention by not only standing by Cuomo, but loudly backing the “due process” and time that the governor is now asking for.Those calls for due process stand in stark contrast with the barrage of statements from a majority of Democrats in New York’s congressional delegation, including from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, which demanded Cuomo step down from office.Notably, two of the few Democrats in New York’s congressional delegation who have waited to call on Cuomo to resign are Reps. Gregory Meeks and Hakeem Jeffries, two of the highest ranking Black politicians in the state.”He’s had a relationship with a lot of my predecessors and community members that has not changed,” said Alicia Hyndman, the assistant majority leader in the state Assembly who represents parts of Queens. “I don’t believe he’s placating or playing to an audience. I know, sometimes when people are troubled and go to areas of support and maybe that’s what he thinks he’s doing.”With that in mind, the event at Mount Neboh Baptist Church became a dual-purpose affair, one where Cuomo looked to urge Black New Yorkers to get vaccinated — while he also received the backing of many notable Black leaders.Appearing alongside Cuomo was Urban League President Marc Morial. The two have known each other for decades; their work together dates back to when Cuomo was the secretary of Housing and Urban Development under then-President Bill Clinton and Morial was mayor of New Orleans.Former Rep. Charles Rangel also appeared with Cuomo on Wednesday. The former congressman, who was one of the longest serving members of the House when he retired in 2016, described Cuomo’s decision to come to Harlem at this moment as one where “you go to your family and you go to your friends because you know they are going to be with you.””If he is leaning (on Black leaders) now,” Rangel told CNN after the event, “then he has been leaning for a long damn time.”Rangel used his speech at the church to laud Cuomo and tout the need for due process in all investigations, a not-so-subtle nod to the cloud swirling above the governor. Speaking of state Assemblywoman Inez Dickens’ decision to vocally stand by Cuomo until the investigations into his actions are complete, Rangel said, “She didn’t just speak for an assembly person, she spoke for our community.””(She said) back off, until you’ve got some facts,” Rangel recalled.Dickens, who represents Harlem in the state assembly, told CNN after the event that her decision to give Cuomo the time he is asking for was a reflection of what her largely Black constituents wanted.”Due process is very important to the Black community and the reason is it important is for years we have been subjected to accusations and we have then found out after years in jail that they were innocent,” Dickens said. She added that while she didn’t want to “undermine the seriousness” of allegations against Cuomo, she noted that her office “has not received one call from my constituents to complain” about the allegations against Cuomo.Cuomo’s activities on Wednesday represent the public strategy the governor is employing — highlighting his work on the coronavirus, leaning on longtime supporters and declining to answer questions on the allegations against him, as he did multiple times on Wednesday. The goal is to remind New Yorkers of all the work the governor did during the coronavirus fight — when the Democrat was at his most popular.Privately, however, the governor is mounting a fervent fight.The New York Times reported this week that shortly after Lindsey Boylan, the first woman to accuse Cuomo of sexual harassment, tweeted her allegations in December, people close to the governor began to circulate an open letter that attacked the former Cuomo aide and delved into her personnel file. The letter was never released, and Cuomo’s office gave a no comment to the paper — and did not respond to CNN’s request for comment — but the strategy represents how Cuomo is looking to subvert the allegations against in in private.That fight has done little to uplift the mood in Cuomo’s office, however. A source familiar with Cuomo’s office described the mood inside the executive chamber as “completely demoralized.” “The feeling there is it’s just a matter of time before the clock runs out,” the source said, meaning that Cuomo could be forced out of office; or that he may not be able to run for a fourth term.Cuomo has also stopped answering questions on the allegations.During a press briefing on Wednesday, Cuomo was asked multiple times about specific allegations and each time he demurred, arguing that he cannot answer the questions because of the two ongoing probes.On Thursday, the governor held a briefing, flanked by former stars of the New York Mets and Yankees to announce that a plan to re-open outdoor entertainment venues to fans. A smiling Cuomo laughed about a possible Subway Series featuring the Mets and Yankees and did not address the controversies. He also did not take any questions from the media. As Cuomo left the stage on Thursday, it was clear his strategy for combatting the allegations was to change the conversation.Back in Harlem, after Cuomo finished singing to Dukes and presented her with a cake, the civil rights leader took the microphone and held up a photo of herself with Cuomo’s father, Mario.”I come today to thank my son,” she said, holding up the photo. “I want to thank my son for his leadership. Somebody called me and said, ‘I didn’t know you have a White son,’ and I said, ‘He ain’t White.'”To laughs, she added: “I always like when you call me your second mom.””You wonder why I am the way I am,” Cuomo said after Dukes’ speech. “You see how I was raised.”CNN’s Mark Morales contributed to this report.