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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Spring is finally here next week — but Mother Nature may not be done battering the Northeast with rain, snow and wind.Another nor’easter — the fourth storm this month — could slam into the region just as the season is about to change.The storm is moving slowly from the Rockies and could bring severe weather to the central and southern U.S. on Monday.That could mean more snow for the Northern Plains.By Wednesday or Thursday, the I-95 corridor could see the worst of the storm.Two weather models have the storm system barreling north on different tracks.A European forecast said heavy snow is possible more inland from West Virginia to upstate New York, while the American model said the storm will be more coastal — slamming into New Jersey, Long Island and perhaps New York City.If the latter model proves true, Washington, D.C., will be mostly spared.Meanwhile, a mudslide in Malibu, California, Thursday morning closed down a road, potentially for several more days.Storms also brought as much as 16 inches of snow to the Sierra Nevada Mountains over the last 24 hours.Snow and high-wind alerts have been issued in 18 states from California all the way to West Virginia.With two storm systems looming, the first of those on Friday morning is stretching all the way from the Gulf Coast to the Upper Plains, bringing showers and thunderstorms to the south and more heavy snow in the north.By Friday afternoon and evening, showers and severe storms are expected from Missouri to Louisiana. Some of the rainstorms may contain damaging winds, and isolated tornadoes are possible.Up north, snowfall will spread from the Dakotas into Iowa.By Saturday, that storm system will weaken but still bring mixed precipitation from Illinois to West Virginia. The Southeast may see some stronger storms as well.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Myhealthguy/Instagram(LOS ANGELES) — Fueled by blustery winds and parched vegetation, two massive fires burning in California both grew overnight, leaving thousands of exhausted firefighter battling to stretch containment lines around the raging blazes that have killed at least 44 people and destroyed thousands of homes.Adding to the turmoil were two new fires that broke out within five minutes of each other Monday morning near the massive Woolsey Fire burning in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.Chief Mark Lorenzen of the Ventura County Fire Department said the first blaze started at 10 a.m. near the city of Thousand Oaks, quickly spread and was threatening homes. The second fire ignited about five minutes later in the Rocky Peak area near a densely populated area of Semi Valley on the Los Angeles-Ventura County line. It grew to 105 acres and prompted the closure of Highway 118 in both directions for more than an hour, but the forward progress of the fire had been stopped by 2 p.m. PT.Fire crews rapidly raced to both fires, battling them from the ground and air with helicopters. Firefighters were able to control the blazes and stop them from spreading to nearby populated areas, officials said.“It just hits home that we are still in significant fire weather and the existing fire is not our only concern,” Lorenzen said.Meanwhile, the Camp Fire ravaging Nothern California’s Butte County, now the most destructive and deadliest fire in the state’s history, grew by 4,000 acres between Sunday and Monday morning as firefighters struggled to get a handle on the flames spreading into rugged, hard-to-reach terrain in the Sierra foothills.Two prison inmate firefighters were among three injured fighting the Camp Fire, a Cal Fire officials told ABC News.The fire, which is just 30 percent contained, has now burned 117,000 acres and destroyed 7,177 homes and businesses, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, also known as Cal Fire. The fire protection agency has created an interactive website for residents to check on the damage of their home or business.The blaze has killed 42 people, topping the 1933 Griffith Park Fire in Los Angeles, previously the state’s deadliest inferno, by more than 13.The California wildfires, as shown in the map below, have burned more than 200,000 acres across the state.The Woolsey Fire, one of two blazes wreaking havoc in Southern California, grew to 93,662 acres on Monday after it hopscotched through Los Angeles and Ventura counties over the weekend, leveling homes in the celebrity enclaves of Malibu, West Lake Village, and Calabasas.The number of structures destroyed, which includes homes, grew to 435 on Monday, up from 177 on Sunday, according to Cal Fire.The Woolsey Fire, which killed two people in Malibu, was 30 percent contained on Monday, officials said.No rain is forecast before ThanksgivingThe next rain event isn’t expected any time soon, National Weather Service meteorologist Aviva Braun told reporters Monday evening. There is no indication of precipitation in the next week and through Thanksgiving, she added.Dry and near-critical conditions are expected to continue overnight Monday into Tuesday as breezy, northwest winds kick up again. However, the winds won’t be nearly as strong as in the past few nights, so no red flag warnings were issued for Monday night.The winds on Tuesday will be “much lighter,” Braun said.Neil Young loses homeSinger Neil Young, 73, confirmed Sunday that his Malibu home was among those destroyed in the fire.“We are up against something bigger than we have ever seen. It’s too big for some to see at all,” Young wrote on the Neil Young Archives page on Facebook. “Firefighters have never seen anything like this in their lives. I have heard that said countless times in the past two days, and I have lost my home before to a California fire, now another.”The monstrous fires were threatening to destroy up to 57,000 more homes in Southern California and another 15,500 in Northern California as blustery winds are expected to deal firefighters a menacing challenge throughout the state over the next two days, Cal Fire officials said.Officials remained concerned the death toll could rise as search and rescue crews reach areas previously unreachable because of fire danger. There were more than 100 people missing in the Butte County fire zones, though officials were working to track them down.The Butte County Sheriff’s Office has received 1,513 calls for welfare checks, and authorities had located 231 people safely by Monday night, officials said.The Butte County Sheriff’s Office has activated a call center for the public to provide and receive information about those thought to be missing.The bodies of most of those who perished were found in Paradise, the Sierra foothills community that was almost completely destroyed by the Camp Fire.149,000 evacuatedMore than 149,000 people throughout the Golden State have evacuated as a result of the fires, outgoing California Gov. Jerry Brown told reporters Sunday afternoon.The threats from the Camp Fire and the Woolsey Fire aren’t expected to diminish anytime soon, as gusty weather ramped back up Sunday throughout the state. Red flag warnings signaling extreme fire danger have been issued from California’s border with Oregon to its border with Mexico.Batallion Chief Lucas Spellman said Monday on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that fires were being fueled by an abundance of vegetation that grew during a spike in precipitation last year only to wither during a new dry spell that has hit the state.“So, it’s just a recipe for destruction,” Spellman said.Wind gusts could reach 50 mph across the eastern foothills and western slopes of the northern Sierra Nevada mountain range through today, as well as parts of the Sacramento Valley.Officials are warning evacuees eager to return home to stay away, emphasizing that many of the damaged areas are still not safe.Harrowing escapeNichole Jolly, a nurse at Feather River Hospital in Paradise, said she was nearly killed twice Thursday by the Camp Fire after helping to evacuate critically sick patients.“I called my husband and I just said, ‘I don’t think I’m gonna make it out of this. It’s coming in too fast, I don’t even know where to go,’” Jolly told ABC News.She said she tried to drive out of the harm’s way only to have her car fill up with smoke and get rear-ended by another panicked driver.“I knew I was gonna die if I stayed in my car,” she said, so she jumped out and ran.She said her pants were on fire by the time she was rescued by two firefighters.“Everybody I know lost everything.Paradise resident Brad Weldon told ABC News that his home was one of four still standing on a mile-and-a-half stretch in his neighborhood.Weldon woke up Thursday morning to fire reports in Pulga — about a 30-mile drive east of Paradise — but stayed at his home with his 90-year-old mother, Norma Weldon, who is blind and refused to leave.Once Weldon noticed that the fire was coming toward his home with 60 mph winds, he witnessed a firenado change the course of the blaze.“And a fire tornado, like a big firestorm, started right up there, and it kind of turned the fire away from us,” he said. “I believe that was the angels.”When asked what was left of the town of Paradise, Weldon replied, “Nothing.”“It’s gone,” he said, holding back tears. “Everybody I know lost everything. It’s real sad.”“Our entire five-member council is homeless.”The home of Melissa Schuster, councilwoman for the town of Paradise, was among the 6,453 single-family residences destroyed in Butte County in the Camp Fire, she told ABC News.Schuster was at her home Thursday morning when Paradise Town Manager Lauren Gill called her, telling her that “the fire situation had changed,” and she and her family barely made it out alive.The fire progressed “so rapidly,” Schuster said, adding that she’d never heard of “a fire that has impacted an entire community.”More than 50,000 Butte County residents are currently displaced, Schuster said. The homes of all five of Paradise’s councilmembers were also incinerated in the fire, she said.“Our entire five-member council is homeless,” she said.While firefighters struggled to get a handle on the Woolsey Fire, another blaze burning in the Southern California, the Hill Fire, was 85 percent contained Monday after it consumed 4,531 acres in Ventura County near Thousand Oaks, where a gunman killed 12 people Wednesday night at a country bar before taking his own life.The infamous Santa Ana wind in Southern California began kicking up again on Sunday with gusts of up to 40 mph hitting the fire zones, officials said. The winds are not expected to calm down until Tuesday.Two people were found dead in Malibu from the Woolsey Fire, officials from Cal Fire said.Detectives believe that the victims, found in a vehicle off the Mulholland Highway, were killed after the driver became disoriented while evacuating and the car was overcome by fire, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Cmdr. Scott Gage said in a press conference Sunday afternoon.More than 3,200 firefighters are battling the Woolsey Fire, while another 4,500 are fighting the Camp Fire. Firefighters are also tending to at least another 12 smaller fires burning throughout the state.“We need to make sure that all citizens are diligent to making sure that they do nothing to start a new fire,” Chief Scott Jalbert of Cal Fire said at a news conference Sunday.Burning ice plantLorenzen implored people to leave evacuation zones. He said the fire was burning everything in its path, including ice plant.“Ice plant is not supposed to burn,” Lorenzen said Sunday. “So my message to the community today is maybe 10 to 20 years ago you stayed in your homes when there was a fire and you were able to protect them. Things are not the way they were 10 years ago. The rate of spread is exponentially more than what it used to be.”The governor-elect of California, Gavin Newsom, has issued an emergency proclamation for Butte County due to the Camp Fire.On Sunday, Gov. Brown requested that President Donald Trump issue a Major Disaster Declaration to bolster the ongoing emergency response and aid residents in their recovery from devastating fires throughout the state.“We have the best firefighters and first responders in the country working in some of the most difficult conditions imaginable,” Brown said in a statement Sunday. “We’re putting everything we’ve got into the fight against these fires and this request ensures communities on the front lines get additional federal aid. To those who have lost friends and family members, homes and businesses, know that the entire state is with you. As Californians, we are strong and resilient, and together we will recover.”Late on Friday, Trump declared a state of emergency for California, freeing up federal resources to supplement local response efforts. The declaration allows the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate disaster relief efforts to help alleviate the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, provide support for emergency measures and free up federal resources.But on Saturday morning, Trump threatened to pull federal funding for California wildfires if the state didn’t “remedy” its poor “forest management.”“Our focus is on the Californians impacted by these fires and the first responders and firefighters working around the clock to save lives and property — not on the president’s inane and uninformed tweets,” Brown’s press secretary, Evan Westrup, told ABC News on Sunday.Brian Rice, president of California Professional Firefighters, called Trump’s threat to slash funds for battling California wildfires “ill-informed, ill-timed, demeaning to those who are suffering as well as the men and women on the front lines.”Rice said Trump’s assertion that California’s forest management policies are to blame for the catastrophic wildfires is “dangerously wrong.”“Wildfires are sparked and spread not only in forested areas but in populated areas and open fields fueled by parched vegetation, high winds, low humidity and geography,” Rice said.On Tuesday, Trump approved an emergency request for a major disaster declaration in Butte, Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. 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WLS-TV(CHICAGO) — An off-duty police officer lost control of his vehicle while allegedly driving drunk and plowed into a restaurant in Chicago early Sunday, killing a woman who was dining inside.The off-duty officer was driving on 87th Street on Chicago’s South Side when he swerved to avoid another car, jumped a curb and drove through the front of Tony’s Philly Steak restaurant, police said.A 34-year-old woman who was eating inside the restaurant with a friend was trapped under the vehicle. She was taken to Christ Medical Center and later pronounced dead, according to police.Friends identified the woman as Marquita Reed, a nurse and mother of two, according to Chicago ABC station WLS-TV.The officer, whose name has not been released, had a blood alcohol level 0.083 and was charged with driving under the influence, police said. The legal limit in Illinois is 0.08.He has not yet been charged with any other offenses.“We’ll keep investigating and when the time comes, he will be held responsible for his actions,” Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson said when asked about the incident at an unrelated press conference Sunday.The suspect suffered a neck injury in the accident. He is 24 years old and has worked for the Chicago police for three years.Reed’s friend suffered a broken leg in the crash, according to WLS.“Before the crash happened there were a lot of customers in the store, but at the time of the crash there were three people in the store,” restaurant owner Tawfik Damra told WLS.The police officer was driving his personal car at the time.The other vehicle that swerved in front of the off-duty officer did not stop and has not been found, police said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Written by Tags: Donovan Mitchell/FIBA World Cup/Giannis Antetokounmpo/Greece/Team USA September 7, 2019 /Sports News – Local Americans top Antetokounmpo, Greece at World Cup 69-53; Mitchell scores 10 on his birthday FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSHENZHEN, China (AP) — Kemba Walker scored 15 points, Donovan Mitchell scored 10 on his 23rd birthday and the U.S. contained NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, defeating Greece 69-53 in a second-round game at the World Cup on Saturday.Harrison Barnes and Derrick White each scored nine for the U.S. (4-0), which can clinch a quarterfinal berth Monday in multiple ways. It needs either a win over Brazil or a Greece win over the Czech Republic or through a three-way tiebreaker, if necessary.Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee Bucks star and reigning NBA MVP, scored 15 points for Greece (2-2).The U.S. national team has won 57 consecutive games in international tournaments with NBA players, starting with the 2006 world championships bronze-medal game and continuing through every FIBA Americas, world championships, World Cup and Olympic event since.The streak started after a 101-95 loss to Greece in 2006 — a defeat that forced the U.S. to change its program.The Americans haven’t lost in the biggest tournaments since.“I thought we played well,” Walker said. “Stuck to the game plan.”Antetokounmpo’s eyes were closed as he mouthed along with the words of Greece’s national anthem. After the U.S. anthem played and the rosters from both sides met at midcourt for the customary pregame exchange of gifts, the NBA MVP shook hands with Bucks teammate Brook Lopez and gave him a quick hug.Other than that, there was no pregame interaction between Antetokounmpo and the Americans.He was super-aggressive from the jump, spinning his way to a layup on the first possession, making a 3-pointer on Greece’s second possession and he got fouled on a baseline drive on the next trip down the floor.So that was five points in the first 43 seconds for Antetokounmpo. He scored four in his next 18 minutes of playing time.The Americans kept a steady stream of different looks coming at the MVP — who was guarded in the first half alone by Harrison Barnes, Khris Middleton, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart and Myles Turner. The Celtics players, perhaps mindful of what he did against them in last season’s playoffs, held him scoreless in the half and the U.S. went into the break with a 38-25 lead.Antetokounmpo had a steal and dunk late in the third, which got plenty of fans out of their seats and Greek fans waving flags. But the outcome was never in doubt, and the MVP was on the bench for the entire fourth quarter in a somewhat puzzling move.TIP-INSU.S.: Mitchell’s birthday came a day after Joe Harris turned 28. … Smart, who has twice missed time with leg injuries this summer, slipped and fell as he chased a loose ball out of bounds with 1:11 left in the first. He stayed in the game. … The U.S. shot only 36%.Greece: The outcome came five years to the day after the Greeks were ousted by Serbia in the Round of 16 at the 2014 World Cup. … Nick Calathes became the third Florida player to be part of a loss to the U.S. this summer; Andrew Nembhard played in the Americans’ pre-World Cup win over Canada in Australia, and Scottie Wilbekin played for Turkey in its overtime loss to the U.S. in the group stage.HOLDING LEADSThrough four games, the U.S. has trailed for all of 7 minutes, 48 seconds — out of a possible 165 minutes. The Americans have led for 147:02, and games have been tied for 10:10.CLAMPING DOWNThe U.S. has held Japan and Greece to a combined 98 points in the last two games. That represents the fewest points the U.S. has allowed in consecutive games of a major international tournament since the 1988 Olympics, when the Americans gave up 92 in a two-game stretch against Egypt and Puerto Rico.UP NEXTU.S.: Face Brazil (3-1) in a second-round finale Monday in Shenzhen.Greece: Face the Czech Republic (3-1) in a second-round finale Monday in Shenzhen. Associated Press
The snowfall forecast from the National Weather Service calls for less than one inch of accumulation for most of southern New Jersey.Ocean City got a taste of spring on Tuesday with temperatures that climbed into the high 60s under bright sunshine — but the first official day of spring on Friday (March 20) won’t be anywhere near so nice.The weather will be cold enough that snow is in the conversation. While it’s not likely that Ocean City will see any significant accumulation, Friday morning may start with the sight of snowflakes.With the temperature expected to dip to 30 degrees on Thursday night as precipitation moves into the area, Friday morning could start with snow before turning to rain as the temperature climbs to a high of 39 degrees.The National Weather Service forecast calls for less than an inch of accumulation for most of southern New Jersey.The news doesn’t get a whole lot better in the following days. Predicted high temperatures through the middle of next week remain in the 40s.
Swedish baker Almondy has raised £2,000 for the Katie Piper Foundation, following a week-long awareness campaign.The bakery donated £3 to the charity for every follow and retweet it received on its Twitter account. It has also committed to continue to support the burns and scars support charity.Andrew Ely, managing director, Almondy, said: “Katie Piper is a truly inspirational person and the Foundation carries out vital work supporting those living with burns and scars. We’re proud to have the Foundation as our corporate charity and offer our support to such a worthy cause – we’re looking forward to working with them to raise further funds.”Carol Borwick, director of fundraising and operations at The Katie Piper Foundation said: “We’re thrilled to have had Almondy’s support via its successful Twitter campaign, which has helped to build awareness for all that we do to support those with burns and scars and raised a significant sum as well. We shall look forward to building on this success in the future”.The charity offers advice and workshops to build up confidence for burns victims.
Harvard Law School and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University are pleased to announce that Michael R. Klein, LL.M. ’67 has made a generous gift of $15 million to the Berkman Center. In recognition, the Center will now be known as the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.“This gift helps ensure that Harvard Law School will remain at the forefront of problem solving as we confront and take advantage of the global and digital future,” said Martha Minow, Morgan and Helen Chu Dean of the Law School. “In 1997, a remarkably farsighted gift from the late Jack N. Berkman ’29 and Lillian R. Berkman created the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. The scope of the Center’s work and the global reach of the Internet have grown dramatically over the last two decades. Now, as the Center approaches a third decade of innovation, we are deeply grateful for Mike Klein’s gift, which will build on the Berkman family’s generosity to sustain the Center’s leadership position and allow for continued exploration in the years to come.”Klein’s gift is the largest individual gift to the Law School’s Campaign for the Third Century to date. The Campaign is part of the University-wide, $6.5 billion Harvard Campaign that runs until 2018. Read Full Story
Other cast members include Katie Ladner as Martha Dunnstock, Jon Eidson as Ram Sweeney, Evan Todd as Kurt Kelly, Tony winner Anthony Crivello as Ram’s Dad/Big Bud Dean, Dan Cooney as Kurt’s Dad/Veronica’s Dad/Principal, and Michelle Duffy as Ms. Fleming/Veronica’s Mom. Rounding out the ensemble are Dan Domenech, Cait Fairbanks, Rachel Flynn, Molly Hager, Charissa Hogeland, AJ Meijer and Dustin Sullivan. Are we going to prom or hell? Off-Broadway, actually! Heathers the Musical, featuring a book, music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy, has found its clique. Barrett Wilbert Weed and Ryan McCartan will reprise their roles from the Los Angeles premiere and star as Veronica and J.D. respectively, in the new adaptation of the cult film. The Heathers will be played by Elle McLemore, Jessica Keenan Wynn and Alice Lee. Directed by Andy Fickman, Heathers begins performances off-Broadway March 15 at New World Stages. The production will officially open March 31. Heathers: The Musical View Comments The Heathers creative team features choreography by Marguerite Derricks, set design by Timothy R. Mackabee, costume design by Amy Clark, lighting design by Jason Lyons, sound design by Jonny Massena and music direction by Dominick Amendum. Related Shows In Heathers, Westerberg High is terrorized by a shoulder-padded, scrunchie-wearing junta: Heather, Heather and Heather, the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio. But outsider Veronica Sawyer rejects their evil regime for a new boyfriend, the dark sexy stranger J.D., who plans to put the Heathers in their place—six feet under. Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 4, 2014
View Comments The Tony Awards Administration Committee met on October 13 for the first time this season and confirmed the eligibility of two Broadway productions, Cats and Paramour, for the 2017 Tony Awards. The two shows are consistent with opening night billing.Additionally, the Committee determined that the newly renovated Hudson Theatre will be deemed a Tony eligible theater, beginning in the 2016-2017 season. The venue, located on West 44th Street, will have a minimum of 970 seats without the use of the orchestra pit and 948 seats when the orchestra pit is utilized by a production. The Jake Gyllenhaal-led Burn This is set to reopen the Hudson in the spring.As previously reported, the 71st Annual Tony Awards will air on the CBS Television Network on June 11, 2017. The Tony Awards, which honors theater professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway, has been broadcast on CBS since 1978. The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.The official eligibility cut-off date will be April 27, 2017, for all Broadway productions opening in the 2016-2017 season. Productions which meet all other eligibility requirements and open on or before the eligibility date are considered eligible for 2017 Tony Award nominations. The Tony Award Nominations will be announced live on May 2.The Tony Awards Administration Committee meets a total of four times throughout the 2016-2017 season to decide the eligibility for the 71st Annual Tony Awards. ‘Cats'(Photo: Matthew Murphy)
By Dialogo February 28, 2011 A former police officer from the state of Chihuahua (in northern Mexico), who became a chief hitman in the service of drug traffickers and to whom around a hundred murders are attributed, died in a shootout, the local public prosecutor’s office and the federal Attorney General’s Office announced on 24 February. Luis Humberto Peralta Hernández, forty-four years old, who was an “important leader” in the La Línea [The Line] criminal organization, considered an armed wing of the Gulf cartel, died in a shootout that took place in Ciudad Juárez on 22 February, the two offices specified. Peralta Hernández, who served as commander of the judicial police of Chihuahua until March 2009, was believed responsible for at least ninety-six homicides as part of the Juárez cartel’s settling of accounts with rival groups. Peralta Hernández’s body was identified by the authorities on the afternoon of 23 February. The authorities were offering a reward equivalent to around 400,000 dollars for the arrest of the chief hitman. Ciudad Juárez, which has 1.3 million inhabitants and is located on the border with the United States, across from El Paso, Texas, is the Juárez cartel’s chief center of operations. In 2010, more than 3,100 violent deaths were recorded in the city, considered Mexico’s most violent.