California Issues First Rolling Blackouts Since 2001, As Heat Wave Bakes Western U.S.

California Issues First Rolling Blackouts
Since 2001, As Heat Wave Bakes Western U.S. 0 replies

Posted by NorthernDog 8/15/2020 9:12:52 AM Post Reply

California electrical providers instituted rolling blackouts Friday night – the first since 2001–as an intense and prolonged heat wave settled over much of the Western U.S. Hundreds of thousands of people are believed to have experienced brief power outages through the evening, after the body that manages most of the state’s electrical utilities declared a Stage 3 emergency to help reduce stress on the larger grid. Electrical demand surged through the day as temperatures topped the triple digits in many parts of the state and people cranked up fans and air conditioning units to try and stay cool. The emergency order

Georgia lawmaker demoted after
slandering John Lewis: ‘His only claim
to fame was he got conked on the head’ 1 reply

Posted by NorthernDog 8/15/2020 9:00:11 AM Post Reply

A Georgia state representative lost his committee chairmanship after he denigrated the late John Lewis on a radio show, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Tommy Benton, 70, incorrectly said that Lewis hadn’t done anything since he was beaten on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 1965. “I have never read of a significant piece of legislation that was passed with his name on it,” Benton said, according to the AJC. “John Lewis, his only claim to fame was he got conked on the head at the Pettus Bridge. And he has milked that for 50 years.” Georgia’s house speaker, fellow Republican David

California becomes first state
to pass 600,000 coronavirus cases 15 replies

Posted by NorthernDog 8/14/2020 6:12:45 PM Post Reply

California has become the first state in the nation to surpass 600,000 confirmed coronavirus cases. As of Friday morning, there were more than 603,000 recorded cases. The state also has now reported over 11,000 deaths. Yet despite the grim numbers, there is growing evidence that the surge in infections and fatalities that began when California reopened its economy in May is beginning to slow. In Los Angeles County, the effective transmission rate of the coronavirus is now about 0.86 — meaning that every one infected person passes the virus to an average of 0.86 other people. Last week, the rate was

After 102 Days COVID-Free, New
Zealand’s Resurgence Highlights the
Difficulties of Returning to Normal Life 5 replies

Posted by NorthernDog 8/14/2020 6:04:30 PM Post Reply

For the past three months, New Zealanders have enjoyed a ‘COVID-free’ country, with citizens hugging one another, children returning to classrooms and sport fans filling stadiums. But this changed on Tuesday, when a family of four from Auckland, the country’s biggest city, tested positive for the virus, breaking a 102 day streak without any new COVID-19 cases. As of today, 29 people have tested positive for the virus, all of which remain linked to the original four cases. Although the government says the latest outbreak appears to currently be limited to one cluster, it is taking tough actions to prohibit

‘This is Out of Control’: Downtown
Residents Worry As Crime Soars 32 replies

Posted by NorthernDog 8/14/2020 9:24:15 AM Post Reply

On Monday, all of America reeled at the sight of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile being pillaged by roaming bands of thieves, who seemed to move with abandon through the city’s downtown. Just one week prior, news networks spread similar images of a shootout in front of high-end boutiques on Oak Street. To downtown residents like Gary Hebding, it was no surprise. Hebding said he has seen continued crime downtown in recent months. “This is never something I’ve seen before in the four years that I’ve lived here,” he said. “Those incidents are coming here downtown, and they are happening right here

Paradise deferred? Hawaii officials
‘looking at’ delaying tourist return
amid spike in COVID-19 cases 18 replies

Posted by NorthernDog 8/14/2020 8:44:04 AM Post Reply

Hoping to vacation in Hawaii in September? You might have to rethink those plans. Given the state’s rapidly rising COVID-19 case counts, officials are “looking at” delaying the start of a much-anticipated program that would allow out-of-state visitors to vacation there without quarantining for 14 days by presenting a negative COVID-19 test, Hawaii Gov. David Ige said during a news conference late Thursday. The program, announced in June, is set to begin September 1. It was already delayed once, a month ago, due to rising cases on the mainland and in Hawaii. “If things do not get better we will

Biden and Harris call for three-
month nationwide mask mandate 29 replies

Posted by NorthernDog 8/13/2020 7:14:11 PM Post Reply

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris are calling for a three-month nationwide mask mandate to limit the spread of coronavirus. During a briefing by public health experts in Wilmington, Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, told reporters that all the nation’s governors should require this. “Every single American should be wearing a mask when they’re outside for the next three months, at a minimum. Every governor should mandate mandatory mask-wearing,” Biden said, suggesting that widespread mask use could save 40,000 lives over the next three months. “Let’s institute a mask mandate nationwide starting immediately, and we will

U.S. CDC director issues a dire warning
for fall if coronavirus measures are
not followed: ‘We all gotta do it’ 16 replies

Posted by NorthernDog 8/13/2020 7:09:56 PM Post Reply

A top federal health official is issuing a dire warning: Follow recommended coronavirus measures, or this could be “the worst fall, from a public health perspective, we’ve ever had.” According to a report by CNN, Johns Hopkins University says coronavirus has infected more than 5 million people and killed over 166,000 nationwide. There were 55,910 reported new cases and 1,499 deaths, on Wednesday alone – the highest number of fatalities since May. “For your country right now and for the war that we’re in against COVID, I’m asking you to do four simple things: wear a mask, social distance, wash

FAQ: How to care for your face mask (and why
you shouldn’t hang it from your rear-view mirror) 41 replies

Posted by NorthernDog 8/13/2020 3:32:18 PM Post Reply

With a majority of states and businesses mandating face coverings to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus and more research emerging that supports wearing them, masks have become an essential commodity. Now, masks of all shapes and styles as well as other types of reusable coverings can be easily purchased online and in a number of stores nationwide. But the increased dependence on the coverings has sparked countless questions. Chief among them: How do I take care of my mask so it continues to be as effective as possible? We interviewed three medical experts to get their recommendations for

George Floyd Case: State Files Motion To
Combine Trial Of All 4 Ex-Officers Charged 18 replies

Posted by NorthernDog 8/13/2020 10:54:59 AM Post Reply

MINNEAPOLIS — Prosecutors on Wednesday asked a judge to try four fired Minneapolis police officers jointly in George Floyd’s death. Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison filed a memo arguing that evidence against the four is similar and that a single trial would spare witnesses and family members from the trauma of multiple trials. Holding one trial also would allow the community and the nation to absorb the impact of the verdicts for the four officers at once, instead of piecemeal, Ellison argued. “Forcing the community to endure four separate trials, with four separate verdicts at four different times, is likely

‘Latinx’ Is Gaining Popularity. But
New Research Says Only 3% of U.S.
Hispanics Use the Gender-Neutral Term 17 replies

Posted by NorthernDog 8/13/2020 8:35:13 AM Post Reply

Latinx has been increasingly used by politicians, mainstream media and universities. But new research suggests the majority of people who Latinx is meant to describe have never even heard of the term. A new study by the Pew Research Center found that only 23% of people in the U.S. who self identify as Hispanic or Latino have heard of the term Latinx. An even smaller percentage—only 3%—describe themselves as Latinx, a gender-neutral and inclusive alternative to Latino or Hispanic, particularly for people who identify as LGBTQ+. Pew surveyed 3,030 U.S. Hispanic adults in December 2019. It is the

NOW Board Member Accused of Posing as
Woman of Color to Boost Re-Election Chances 19 replies

Posted by NorthernDog 8/13/2020 8:25:51 AM Post Reply

This year’s board elections at the National Organization for Women were already poised to be tense: Allegations of racism at the highest levels of the feminist group have infuriated its membership and pitted current board members against one another. Now, the election is threatening to be completely upended by allegations that a candidate is claiming to be a woman of color in order to boost her election prospects. NOW members told The Daily Beast they were shocked when BJ Star, a current board member, identified herself as Asian-American in campaign materials. Star, born Barbara Bencsik, had never identified herself as

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