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    By Salvador Hernandez | Los Angeles Times Eight Venezuelan migrants were flown last week from Texas to Sacramento with little cash — some without shoes — and the men have no idea why they were sent or who paid for the flights, an advocacy group said. The men, who crossed the border in Laredo, Texas, had intentions to travel to New York, Florida or Utah and said they were confused as to why they were sent to California, where none of them had contacts or prospects. Three migrants landed Thursday morning in Sacramento, then walked about 20 miles to an address listed on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement documentation where they were told they’d find a shelter. Instead, the men arrived at a closed office building in downtown Sacramento, said Autumn Gonzalez, a volunteer with NorCal Resist, which provides services to migrants and advocates for immigrant rights. “It’s never happened to us before that people just randomly showed up, needing housing or assistance,” Gonzalez said. A security guard at the closed building pointed the migrants to a food bank, where...
    Eight Venezuelan migrants were flown last week from Texas to Sacramento with little cash — some without shoes — and the men have no idea why they were sent or who paid for the flights, an advocacy group said. The men, who crossed the border in Laredo, Texas, had intentions to travel to New York, Florida or Utah and said they were confused as to why they were sent to California, where none of them had contacts or prospects. Three migrants landed Thursday morning in Sacramento, then walked about 20 miles to an address listed on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement documentation where they were told they’d find a shelter. Instead, the men arrived at a closed office building in downtown Sacramento, said Autumn Gonzalez, a volunteer with NorCal Resist, which provides services to migrants and advocates for immigrant rights. “It’s never happened to us before that people just randomly showed up, needing housing or assistance,” Gonzalez said. Politics GOP governors bused migrants to liberal cities. Texas sent them to the vice president’s home Republican Gov. Greg Abbott of...
    DEAR MISS MANNERS: I have been a lawyer for almost 30 years. Over the last few years, more and more clients or potential clients have come into my office carrying coffee or some other drink. Obviously this creates a potential for a spill or ring on my beautiful desk. Also, eating or drinking is inappropriate and rude in a professional office. I do not eat or drink when clients are present, and I am surprised that some people think this is acceptable. What do you think? GENTLE READER: That these days, owners of expensive desks, even when they are right, would do well to keep a supply of paper towels handy. But Miss Manners would allow you to say in a hospitable tone, “Why don’t you sit down and finish that and then we’ll talk,” which they might do hastily, knowing that your time is billable. Related Articles Advice | Miss Manners: My walk is my workout, and I don’t want to chat with neighbors Advice | Miss Manners: Has asking the bride’s father for permission really...
    Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images The FBI almost arrested actor Brad Pitt over a 2016 incident aboard an airplane that reportedly led to his divorce from actress Angelina Jolie, according to a report. It was alleged Pitt became drunk and abusive on the then-couple’s private jet. Being that the country’s skies are under the jurisdiction of the federal government, the FBI investigated. The actor was cleared after a brief investigation. The Guardian reported in November of 2016: Pitt, 52, was cleared earlier this month by the Los Angeles county department of children and family services over the incident on 14 September. His wife, the actor Angelina Jolie, filed for divorce five days later. An FBI spokesperson commented, “In response to allegations made following a flight within the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States which landed in Los Angeles carrying Mr Brad Pitt and his children, the FBI has conducted a review of the circumstances and will not pursue further investigation.” Earlier this year, it appeared there was more to the story. A ‘Jane Doe’ rumored to be Jolie sued the bureau,...
    A Georgia woman who died in police custody last week after officers were called to help her in the midst of a mental health episode left behind 3-year-old twins who still don’t know they lost their mother, family members told The Daily Beast. Brianna Marie Grier, 28, was arrested by Hancock County Sheriff’s Office deputies at her parent’s home last week, but she died before they even got her to the sheriff’s office to book her. And the official line from the sheriff’s office—that Grier “fell out” of a patrol car after kicking open the door—only leaves more questions for her parents and siblings. She was left brain dead, and eventually taken off intubation. Patrol cars are “ALWAYS supposed to be locked from the inside,” criminal justice expert Geoffrey Alpert told NBC News. Neither the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office nor Sheriff Terrell Primus immediately responded to requests for comment. According to family, Grier—usually a smart, loving family member who loved to dance, sing, eat at cookouts and spend time with her daughters—battled increasingly severe mental health issues within the last...
    Thursday night, the Jan. 6 committee laid the foundations of a case against Donald Trump for inciting the bloody attack on the U.S. Capitol. One key piece of that came toward the end of the two-hour hearing, in a brief video showing a series of insurrectionists explaining why they were at the Capitol that day: Because Donald Trump asked them to be. www.youtube.com “We were invited by the president of the United States,” a member of the mob screams, in footage from the attack, as the video opens. Next, Robert Schornack, who a chyron tells us was sentenced to 36 months probation, says in a committee interview, “What really made me want to come was the fact that, you know, I had supported Trump all that time. I did believe, you know, that the election was being stolen, and Trump asked us to come.” “He personally asked us to come to D.C. that day,” Eric Barber, charged with theft and unlawful demonstration in the Capitol, says in another interview. “And I thought, for everything he’s done for...
    Thursday night, the Jan. 6 committee laid the foundations of a case against Donald Trump for inciting the bloody attack on the U.S. Capitol. One key piece of that came toward the end of the two-hour hearing, in a brief video showing a series of insurrectionists explaining why they were at the Capitol that day: Because Donald Trump asked them to be. x x YouTube Video “We were invited by the president of the United States,” a member of the mob screams, in footage from the attack, as the video opens. Next, Robert Schornack, who a chyron tells us was sentenced to 36 months probation, says in a committee interview, “What really made me want to come was the fact that, you know, I had supported Trump all that time. I did believe, you know, that the election was being stolen, and Trump asked us to come.” “He personally asked us to come to D.C. that day,” Eric Barber, charged with theft and unlawful demonstration in the Capitol, says in another interview. “And I thought, for everything he’s done for us,...
    Dear Amy: My fiance and I have been together for 4½ years. We are getting married next month. Amy Dickinson  It will be a small wedding, with fewer than 50 guests. After sending our invitations, stating a start time of 2:30 p.m., one of my aunts texted and asked, “What time is the wedding? We have a conflict that we are working around. For us, if it was later in the day, it would be better … just saying!” I know she received the invitation. I simply texted back that the wedding started at 2:30. I later found out that her conflict is a garage sale she’s been planning to have. Related Articles Advice | Ask Amy: What’s a non-tacky way to invite the B-list guests to the wedding? Advice | Ask Amy: The new mom’s pampering of herself is out of control Advice | Ask Amy: I don’t know how to explain my scars to children Advice | Ask Amy: It was a stupid mistake long ago, and I don’t think...
    IF you’ve never had to work in retail, count yourself lucky. For those that have slogged away in a high-street store, you’ll understand the struggle. 2Comedian Scott Seiss took to TikTok to reveal the annoying things that customers used to say to him when he worked at IKEACredit: TikTok And now, more and more people are taking to social media to reveal dark secrets of what it’s like to work at high-street retailers.  We’re sure most of you will have been to IKEA at some point in your life, if not multiple times. After all, cheap furniture and delicious meatballs, how could you not love a visit? But one ex-IKEA worker has revealed the annoying things that customers say and it’s left us in hysterics.  Read more retail secret storiesSTORE SECRETS I worked at Hollister…you had to be attractive & they paid skinny girls more Comedian Scott Seiss took to social media to open up about his time working at IKEA, as he riffs on customer phrases. And if you’ve ever approached a store worker before, prepare to be attacked....
    Warsaw, Poland (CNN)Khrystyna Pavluchenko strokes the tiny hand of her newborn, Adelina. She had anticipated the profound joy of becoming a mother for the first time -- but not the guilt. "(That's) because I left," Pavluchenko says, choking on tears, as her hours-old child sleeps in the crib next to her hospital bed in the Polish capital, Warsaw."I didn't want to leave. I had to."On February 24, when the Russian invasion began, Pavluchenko, then eight months pregnant, was jostled awake at 6 a.m. Air raid sirens blared through her hometown of Ivano-Frankivsk, a city in western Ukraine. The first Russian missiles were on the way.Pavluchenko recounts the manic push to escape over the next 72 hours. Her husband, medically ineligible to serve in the Ukrainian military, was already in Poland.Read MoreShe was desperate to stay behind with her parents, grandparents and extended family. Khrystyna Pavluchenko tends to her newborn daughter, Adelina.But they all insisted, "Go to Poland."So, reluctantly, she began to plan her dangerous escape from Ukraine."Missiles are flying. Where they might hit next, no one knows," she recalls.Pavluchenko raced...
    KYIV—This is a modern European capital city, and it is in shock. The Ukrainian capital is being bombed by a tyrant who is desperate to bend a sovereign, democratic country to his will. The view from the lookout at the iconic St Volodymyr the Martyr Monument in central Kyiv was filled with smoke this week, rising across the city from the impact of cruise missile strikes. “At 2 a.m. on Thursday morning, my brother knocked on my door and said I had to be ready to flee in five minutes,” said Sveta Leto, 32, a violinist living in Kyiv. She has escaped with an exodus of refugees to the relative safety of western Ukraine. Just a few hours later residents of Kyiv and other major Ukrainian cities woke on an overcast, wet Thursday morning to the sounds of cruise missiles smashing targets around their homes. For the first time since the second world war, fighter jets engaged in dog fights above a European capital. Russian helicopter gunships poured flares and missiles into their ground targets as Ukrainian anti-air defenses...
    AN Olive Garden worker claims the chain’s “glorious” breadsticks taste so good because they’re covered in liquid margarine and topped with garlic salt. The employee, known only as EricZona, shared the “secret” on the discussion forum Reddit, sending fans wild. 3An Olive Garden worker claimed the chain's breadsticks taste so good because they're covered in margarine and topped with garlic saltCredit: Olive Garden Inviting users to quiz him, he said: “I work in the bread position at Olive Garden. All I do every day is make glorious breadsticks. Ask me anything.” Americans asked EricZona how many breadsticks he makes in a shift. The Redditor replied: “Super rough estimate but in a five-hour shift we go through about 120 pans at 18 sticks per pan, so ballpark 2,000 a night.” Fanatics asked why the product tasted so good. The worker responded: “Leans in close ‘It’s liquid margarine and garlic salt.” Curious Redditors wanted to know how long the dough is kneaded for. Most read in LifestyleHAIR TO THE THRONE Prince Harry SHOCKS fans with his appearance as he shows off...
    "The problem with any good reporters left at Fox is that the prime time people contradict everything they say," she continued. "So you can report something like 'COVID is real' or 'the election wasn’t stolen,' but it’s just going to be contradicted in prime time. And that just makes you wonder what else are you being told as a Fox viewer that these people don’t even believe in?" Lemon asked Stelter why the White House would "allow Fox to pretend in the briefing room like they're a real news organization?" Stelter, of course, piled on in the anti-Fox rhetoric. He, too, was flummoxed that Fox was allowed in and indicated that the only reason to let the outlet that is throttling CNN in the ratings into the building for briefing is because historically speaking, the White House has always let in a wide swath of voices in come to briefings, even "cranks." He went on so say that Fox "leans so far from reality that it's imperiled the country." Lemon added, "It's obvious they don't care about the truth."...
    Veteran journalist and producer Soledad O’Brien told SiriusXM host Dean Obeidallah that race is “obviously” a factor in the way the media treats Black people who go missing. On Friday’s edition of The Dean Obeidallah Show, the host talked with Ms. O’Brien, who is the co-producer of the new HBO docu-series Black and Missing. Obeidallah asked O’Brien what inspired the series. I think for me is how do you tell the story of the women who run the “Black and Missing” foundation. How do you think about elevating a lot of these stories and digging into why, why are the stories about missing Black women and Black people generally, why are they not told why are they not shared, why are they not so interesting to the media? And why is law enforcement seeming to be unwilling to really chase after these stories? So for all those reasons for a long time I’ve been interested, but when we finally were able to get Derrica and Natalie Wilson of the Black and Missing Foundation to take part in the doc, then it all came together. But...
    Since it first hit Netflix last month South Korean horror series Squid Game has captivated audiences in over 90 countries, quickly becoming the most watched international show in the streaming platform's history. Viewers were enthralled by the blood-soaked dystopian thriller that pits players against each other in contests fought to the death for a chance to win cash. And while the Asian drama is obviously fictitious and a pointed critique of modern life, one of the show's side plots where human beings have their organs harvested and sold is very real. China's Communist Party removes hearts, kidneys, livers and corneas from 100,000 dissidents and political prisoners every year, with a government-run 'kill to order' organ-trafficking network operating on a grand scale, human rights groups claim. But the international community remains powerless to stop the slaughter because the World Health Organisation is compelled to accept the totalitarian nation's 'inadequate and misleading' hospital data without question. One of the side plots in the smash hit Korean horror thriller Squid Game is a human organ-harvesting racket But the international community remains powerless...
    NEW YORK -- Ahead of the primary election, Eyewitness News is giving each Democratic candidate an opportunity to make a final pitch to you, the voter, and share why they want the city's top job.In the months leading up to the election, as part of our Sunday political show, "Up Close," each candidate shared with us why they want to be mayor.Whoever ends up becoming NYC's 110th mayor will perhaps face more challenges than any other incoming mayor in the history of the city.ALSO READ | NYC Mayoral Primary: What to know for New York's election dayThe top eight Democratic candidates include:-Eric Adams, Brooklyn borough president, former police captain and former state senator-Shaun Donovan, former Obama housing secretary-Kathryn Garcia, former city sanitation commissioner-Scott Stringer, NYC comptroller-Andrew Yang, former presidential candidate-Maya Wiley, civil rights lawyer and former Bill de Blasio administration attorney-Ray McGuire, former Citigroup executive-Dianne Morales, former nonprofit executiveThe Republican mayoral primary pits Guardian Angeles founder Curtis Sliwa against Fernando Mateo, a businessman who has led organizations that advocate for car service drivers and bodega owners.RELATED | What is ranked...
    Demi Lovato attends the premiere for her 2021 YouTube docuseries "Demi Lovato: Dancing With The Devil." Rich Fury/Getty Images for OBB Media Singer Demi Lovato came out as non-binary, saying they use they/them pronouns.  "They" is the most commonly known gender-neutral pronoun, but options like xe, fae, and ve also exist. Some people use multiple pronouns at the same time, like actor Elliot Page. These are called "rolling" pronouns. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Singer and actor Demi Lovato came out as non-binary via Instagram on Wednesday, saying they use they/them pronouns.  "I am proud to let you know that I identify as non-binary and will officially be changing my pronouns to they/them moving forward. This has come after a lot of healing and self-reflective work," they wrote in the post.  A post shared by Demi Lovato (@ddlovato)   According to a 2019 Pew Research survey, more trans and non-binary people are living openly. One-third of teens and people in their early 20s know someone who uses pronouns other than "she" or "he,"...
    Patrick Malone, the lawyer for Capitol Police Officers James Blassingame and Sidney Hemby, said that one of the goals of his clients’ lawsuit against former President Donald Trump is to find out why it took so long for the rioters that attacked the U.S. Capitol on January 6 to be “called off.” “Our civil justice system is a powerful weapon for truth and for accountability. You can get a lot of discovery in a civil case that does not happen in criminal court nearly as well,” Malone told Jim Sciutto, who was guest hosting Anderson Cooper 360 on Wednesday. “We [can] find out exactly what was going on in the White House when all these events were happening at the Capitol and why the rioters were not called off until they’d hurt so many people.” In their lawsuit, the officers allege that Trump “inflamed, encouraged, incited, directed, and aided and abetted” his supporters to assault them, and that they suffered both physical injuries and emotional distress. “There is a lot the civil justice system can do and the whole...
    WHILE no one would like to think a partner is hung up on a former flame, new research suggests it is all too often the case. In a poll of 2,000 people, more than half of those in a relationship said sex was better with an ex and that they think of them during sex with the current partner. 23Half of women and a third of men questioned say they have slept with an exCredit: Getty One in three people in relationships have secretly messaged a previous lover, while half of the women and a third of the men questioned said they have slept with an ex. Georgette Culley speaks to women who have done the deed with an ex – or would like to – and shares more findings from the poll by the website illicitencounters.com. ‘I promised it would never happen again’ EVENTS manager Georgia Carter cheated on her boyfriend of two years, bar manager Adam, 31, with “toxic” ex Lee*, 29, who is a salesman. It didn’t end well. Georgia, 27, from Bolton, says: 23Georgia Carter...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota officials say more than 300,000 residents are using a new tool to help connect them to the COVID-19 vaccine. But some tell WCCO the steps to sign up caught them off guard. The process includes questions about race, gender identity and even sexual orientation. WCCO found out why the state is asking those questions, and what it plans to do with your answers. READ MORE: WCCO Viewers Share Their Last Memories Of Fun Right Before COVID Struck Minneapolis resident Nadia Hoffman and her family likes to explore. “We like to travel, and my family is also overseas, so I like to be able to travel to see my family,” Hoffman said. Her parents are in Thailand. COVID has kept them apart, but she’s hoping the vaccine will allow them to get together again. So, she signed up for the state’s Vaccine Connector Program, but quickly found herself perplexed. (credit: CBS) “The questions itself, it’s not really about my health. We have like four questions about race, about sexual orientations, about things … that kind of...
    I get it. The media have a job to do. And for the first time in four years, the government doesn’t have a cabinet-level Department of Gaslighting. But this is a question this reporter already knows the answer to, right?  Right? I believe this is AP White House correspondent Zeke Miller, but he’s wearing a mask, so I don’t know for sure. For all I know this is what Carrot Top looks like when he’s not on stage. x“Why is the President going to Delaware?” pic.twitter.com/oBRuQllR86— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) February 5, 2021 REPORTER: “Why is the president going to Delaware this weekend?” PRESS SECRETARY JEN PSAKI: “He is from Delaware and has a home there and is going to spend the weekend with his wife and family there.” REPORTER: “But guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as you know, in the last briefing just a couple of hours ago … people should avoid travel. Is there an exception to that policy?” PSAKI: “Well, the key, Zeke, is ensuring that people don’t take steps to make others vulnerable, in our effort to...
    The parents of the terminally ill killer doctor who murdered a pediatrician mother-of-three on Tuesday then took his own lie have apologized to her family and say they do not know why he did it. Dr. Bhurat Narumanchi, 43, killed Dr. Katherine Lindley Dodson, also 43, on Tuesday night at Children's Medical Group in Austin, Texas.  They had never met before but Narumanchi - who had been given weeks to live- had applied for a volunteering position at the practice a week earlier and was turned down.  On Tuesday, he held Dodson and four others hostage then shot her and killed himself. The others escaped or were let go.  In a statement on Thursday, his parents offered their condolences to her husband and their three children, and said they had no explanation for his actions. 'We, the parents of Dr. Bharat Kumar Narumanchi, wish to extend our most sincere condolences and most fervent prayers to the family, friends and colleagues of Dr. Lindley Dodson.  'We share your grief for a life so senselessly cut short.  Dr. Katherine Lindley Dodson,...
    All the monkeys at a NASA research center were put to death on the same day last year, according to documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. In all, 27 primates at the Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, were euthanized on February 2, 2019, The Guardian reported. The animals were older, and most had Parkinson's disease, but animal-rights activists have condemned the decision to not find them a home.  They were not being used in research, but were held there by a private drug research company renting space at Ames. One member of Congress has called for an investigation into why the animals were put down.  Scroll down for video  All the monkeys (stock photo) at a NASA research center were put to death on the same day last year, according to documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request The animals 'were suffering the ethological deprivations and frustrations inherent in laboratory life,' said animal ethics expert John Gluck, who criticized their 'disposal instead of the expression of simple decency.' 'Shame on those responsible,' Gluck...
    By Paul LeBlanc, CNN (CNN) — With President Donald Trump’s subversion efforts suffering blow after blow, some of his allies have looked to the Electoral College and the prospect of so-called “faithless electors” as a potential avenue for keeping the President in power. Joe Biden’s sizable margin of victory, the setup of the Electoral College, and a recent Supreme Court ruling make it all but impossible for faithless electors to play any meaningful role in this year’s election. Here’s what you need to know: What are faithless electors? Through the Electoral College system, each state gets a certain number of electors based on how many representatives it has in Congress. Those people cast the official votes for president. Historically, electors have overwhelmingly voted for the candidate who wins the popular vote in their state — but they can stray. If they do, they’re called faithless electors. How common are they? Faithless electors are exceedingly rare by design. Electors are chosen because of their loyalty to their party. Basically, they’re partisans. As a result, defectors don’t crop up too often....
    Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell have been together for 37 years -- and the Hollywood couple have zero plans to tie the knot. The duo first began dating while filming 1984’s “Swing Shift” and have since built a life together without the need to get married. “You’ve just got to want to be together,” the actress told People magazine in this week’s cover story. “I don’t think there’s any other way to do it,” added the 75-year-old. KURT RUSSELL SAYS CELEBRITIES SHOULDN'T VOICE POLITICAL OPINIONS: 'STEP AWAY FROM SAYING ANYTHING' Despite their union, the pair have been selective when it comes to working together, the outlet shared. They appeared together in 1987’s “Overboard” before Hawn made a cameo appearance in Russell’s 2018 Netflix film “The Christmas Chronicles.” Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell star in "The Christmas Chronicles 2." (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images) The couple is now back for that movie’s sequel in which Hawn stars as Mrs. Claus. Reflecting on how they first met decades ago on set, Russell said he was “impressed with Goldie visually.” “The images of her were alluring and...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci’s children say they won’t spent Thanksgiving with him this year due to coronavirus concerns. The nation’s top infectious disease expert Fauci revealed Tuesday this year’s holidays will look different and his whole family won’t be together. 'I have three daughters in three disparate parts of the country….who we don’t see very often. We would love for them to come home for Thanksgiving,' he said during a webinar hosted by American University’s Kennedy Political Union on Tuesday. His daughters, who range in age from 28 to 34, told their 79-year-old father they didn’t want to take a risk and travel to their parents for fear they could catch COVID-19 and infect them. Dr. Anthony Fauci revealed Tuesday that his three adult daughters won't spend Thanksgiving with him and his wife for fear of potentially catching COVID-19 and infecting them 'Dad, you know you’re a young vigorous guy. But you’re 79 years old,' Fauci recalled his daughters saying, noting they’d all be traveling from different cities with infections. He spoke with American University President Sylvia M. Burwell  (above)...
    This article was produced by ProPublica, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. The past several weeks have been rough for all Californians. Exhausting for the firefighters on the front lines. Heart-shattering for those who lost homes and loved ones. But a special “Truman Show” kind of hell for the cadre of men and women who’ve not just watched California burn, fire ax in hand, for the past two or three or five decades, but who’ve also fully understood the fire policy that created the landscape that is now up in flames. “What’s it like?” Tim Ingalsbee repeated back to me, wearily, when I asked him what it was like to watch California these past few weeks. In 1980, Ingalsbee started working as a wildland firefighter. In 1995, he earned a doctorate in environmental sociology. And in 2005, frustrated by the huge gap between what he was learning about fire management and seeing on the fire line, he started Firefighters United for Safety, Ethics, and Ecology. Since then FUSEE has been lobbying Congress, and trying to educate anybody who will listen, about...
    A Cal Fire firefighter keeps an eye on a blaze in front of a home near Boulder Creek, California, on Aug. 19.Nhat V. Meyer/Getty For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.This story was published in partnership with ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up for ProPublica’s Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published. What a week. Rough for all Californians. Exhausting for the firefighters on the front lines. Heart-shattering for those who lost homes and loved ones. But a special “Truman Show” kind of hell for the cadre of men and women who’ve not just watched California burn, fire ax in hand, for the past two or three or five decades, but who’ve also fully understood the fire policy that created the landscape that is now up in flames. “What’s it like?” Tim Ingalsbee repeated back to me, wearily, when I asked him what it was like to watch California this past week. In...
    Elizabeth Weil August 31, 2020 11:09AM (UTC) This article originally appeared on ProPublica. What a week. Rough for all Californians. Exhausting for the firefighters on the front lines. Heart-shattering for those who lost homes and loved ones. But a special "Truman Show" kind of hell for the cadre of men and women who've not just watched California burn, fire ax in hand, for the past two or three or five decades, but who've also fully understood the fire policy that created the landscape that is now up in flames. "What's it like?" Tim Ingalsbee repeated back to me, wearily, when I asked him what it was like to watch California this past week. In 1980, Ingalsbee started working as a wildland firefighter. In 1995, he earned a doctorate in environmental sociology. And in 2005, frustrated by the huge gap between what he was learning about fire management and seeing on the fire line, he started Firefighters United for Safety, Ethics, and Ecology. Since then FUSEE has been lobbying Congress, and trying to educate anybody who will listen, about the...
    LOS ANGELES, California — Mayor Eric Garcetti said that Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers who felt demoralized by recent protests and budget cuts should take heart and “remember why they became police officers.” Garcetti was speaking after numerous reports of “record low” morale in the LAPD, after the Black Lives Matter riots led the mayor to announce $150 million in cuts to the department, which became official on Monday. Garcetti is also feuding with the local police union, which took offense last month when the mayor referred to police (in general) as “killers.” LAPD officers also learned that they would to be paid overtime for much of their work during the protests, and on Tuesday the local school board slashed the budget of the school police force by 35%, leading the chief to resign. Breitbart News had an opportunity to ask Garcetti at a press briefing to respond to reports of low morale. He replied: I don’t think we have to choose between holding police officers accountable and also having a ton of respect for who they are. I...
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