California fire coverage: Eleven dead and hundreds of thousands of acres scorched across the state

In early July, firefighters were battling two large blazes in Northern California and forecasters were warning of record heat and gusty winds that could stir up more trouble. Then the Holiday fire hit Santa Barbara County, destroying homes and forcing evacuations. In the middle of the month, the Ferguson fire west of Yosemite National Park doubled in size in one night, forcing crews to scramble to set up defenses. Then came the Cranston fire south of Idyllwild and the deadly Carr fire in Redding. By the end of July, wildfires across the state had killed eight people and scorched 200,000 acres.

As August began, the Mendocino Complex fire north of San Francisco exploded to 290,000 acres, making it the largest fire on record in California. Prolonged drought and extreme heat have made California ripe for dangerous fire conditions in recent months and years. Of the five largest wildfires in state history, four have occurred since 2012.

http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-california-fires-blog-htmlstory.html

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A year after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico still struggles to regain what hasn’t been lost for good — while fearing the next big one

The rain falling into Bianca Cruz Pichardo’s home in Puerto Rico’s capital forms a small stream from her living room to the kitchen, past a cabinet elevated by cinder blocks.

The living room is dark, save for some light coming from the kitchen and a bedroom. The 25-year-old cannot bring herself to install light bulbs in the ceiling’s sockets because she fears being electrocuted.

For a year, her landlord in San Juan has told her he will repair damage caused when Hurricane Maria ripped through the island last September, she said, but still nothing. The worst of the rain is kept out by a blue tarp that serves as a

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-puerto-rico-recovery-20180920-htmlstory.html#

After The Rains, Casualties Mount Amid Florence’s Still-Rising Floodwaters

In Horry County, S.C., two women being taken for mental health care died on Tuesday night when the sheriff’s office van they were being transported in met floodwaters. The deputies transporting the two women reportedly drove around barriers and then were surprised by the flood. Authorities told media outlets that the deputies couldn’t get the rear doors open, and the two patients drowned inside the van. The deputies climbed on top of the van and were rescued; they have been placed on administrative leave.

https://www.npr.org/2018/09/19/649633917/after-the-rains-casualties-mount-amid-florences-still-rising-floodwaters

Ford Classmate Cristina King: Kavanaugh Incident Happened

A classmate of Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser Christine Blasey Ford said her allegations were known by many people at their high school, and that he should “own up to it.”

“I graduated from Holton Arms, and knew both Brett Kavanaugh and Mark Judge. Christine Blasey Ford was a year or so behind me, I remember her, I signed this letter [supporting ford],” Cristina Kingsaid in a now-deleted tweet. “The incident was spoken about for days afterwords in school. Kavanaugh should stop lying, own up to it and apologize.”

In a Facebook post, which she also removed, King further elaborated on what she claims to have known about Kavanaugh’s alleged attempts to drunkenly sexually assault Ford at a party in 1982.

“I did not know her personally but I remember her. This incident did happen,” she wrote. “Many of us heard a buzz about it indirectly with few specific details. However Christine’s vivid recollection should be more than enough for us to truly, deeply know that the accusation is true.”

https://www.mediaite.com/online/ford-classmate-claims-kavanaugh-incident-happened-then-deletes-facebook-post/

Brett Kavanaugh case shows little has changed for Judiciary Committee

In 1991, after the Senate Judiciary Committee faltered in its initial handling of Anita Hill’s sexual harassment complaint against Clarence Thomas, it reopened the confirmation hearings. The result was a spectacle of senators’ charges and cross-charges as they seemed locked in their partisan views without regard for the facts.

“Anita Hill will be sucked right into the very thing she wanted to avoid most,” Sen. Alan Simpson, a Wyoming Republican who supported Thomas, warned when Hill’s complaint first became public. “She will be injured and destroyed and belittled and hounded and harassed, real harassment, different than the sexual kind. Just plain old Washington variety harassment, which is pretty unique in itself.”

https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/20/politics/brett-kavanaugh-sexual-assault-accusation-clarence-thomas/index.html

9/11 heroes honored with wind chime memorial – CBS News

Americans this Tuesday will mark the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that struck the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. That’s where Chip Reid takes us to visit a new monument, and hear its voices in the wind:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/911-tower-of-voices-wind-chimes-flight-93-memorial-shanksville-pennsylvania/

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/911-tower-of-voices-wind-chimes-flight-93-memorial-shanksville-pennsylvania/

Beyoncé Is What Happens When You Give Black People A Space To Do What We Do: See One Another

When Beyoncé moves, mountains follow.

Her impact has never been subtle. Even when Beyoncé covered the 2015 September issue of Vogue and declined to give an interview, her silence spoke volumes. She speaks to us when she’s good and damn ready.

So when news broke that she’d be covering this year’s September issue of Vogue, many rejoiced, expecting her to snub another request for an interview. But not only did she speak; she did us one better. Beyoncé took control of her narrative through the entirety of the package, allowing herself to be vulnerable enough to share her experiences with birthing complications, body image issues, generational tolls and more.

She was able to do so, in part, because of the people working to bring this piece of journalism to life who looked like her. She approved Tyler Mitchell to lead the shoot, making him the first black photographer to capture a Vogue cover in its 126-year history. Her words, as told to black journalist Clover Hope, humanize our beloved icon but somehow remind us just how godly she is at the same time.

And it was clear as day that she did it all for us. Beyoncé took one of the top (and whitest) magazines in the world and placed a welcome mat down for people it ignores. She used her reign to shine a light on and celebrate blackness and black womanhood. She drew the curtains back to welcome the ancestors and left the front door open for generations to come.

TL;DR: She did that.

And what makes this even sweeter is that Bey is among a class of black women rightfully ruling September 2018 covers. From Essence and Ebony to Elle and The Hollywood Reporter, these covers remind us of the space that we deserve to take up.

On this edition of “Run That Back,” Julia Craven and Taryn Finley discuss Beyoncé’s history-making Vogue cover story, the ties from the past that bind us to our futures and the beauty of Bey finishing her own braid.

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Glioblastoma: Brain cancer that killed John McCain’s vexes doctors

Dr. Joseph Zabramski, a neurosurgeon at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, talks about Sen. John McCain’s cancer.

PHOENIX — It emerges from tissue cells in the brain itself, spreading like an interlocking network of tiny fingers with such speed that pinpointing treatment is chasing a moving target.

It stimulates the abnormal growth of blood vessels around itself to assure it is well fed. And even if the main body of cancerous tissue is removed and the patient is treated with radiation or chemotherapy, a few hard-to-reach cells multiply, divide and grow stronger.

Then the whole process starts again.

This is glioblastoma, the most aggressive of all tumors originating in the brain.

And though researchers have moved forward during the past decade in understanding this deadly brain tumor, the type Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. died from, remains incredibly difficult to halt.

Understanding improves, but progress slow

There has been little progress in developing new U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved drugs since McCain’s former Senate colleague, Ted Kennedy, succumbed to the same type of brain cancer in 2009. And it remains deadly: Half of patients with glioblastoma die within 15 months.

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