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Southern California Fires Live Updates: New Blaze Breaks Out in San Diego County

VENTURA, Calif. — The quick-moving fires that have forced thousands of Californians to evacuate their homes continued to sweep across the southern part of the state on Friday, destroying buildings and taxing fire crews that have been working for days.Evacuees in San Diego County, where a 4,100-acre fire remained completely uncontained, told of quickly encroaching flames that left at least six people injured, 25 racehorses dead and 85 structures ruined.“I got the ‘Get the hell out of here’ evacuation,” said Paul Anderson, who fled his home in Bonsall on Thursday. “About four cop cars rolling around the neighborhood. ‘Get out!’ ”The fire Mr. Anderson fled was among seven burning Friday in Southern California, including a flare-up near Alpine in Cleveland National Forest and a blaze in Ventura County that has burned 132,000 acres and destroyed more than 400 buildings. Officials said the Ventura fire was threatening buildings in Carpinteria, Ojai, Santa Paula and Ventura.“This fire just keeps on going on us,” said Capt. Israel Pinzon, a spokesman for the state firefighting agency.Here’s the latest:• President Trump on Friday declared an emergency in California and ordered additional federal aid. His declaration, which Gov. […]

California Today: California Today: A Hard Road to Making It in Los Angeles

Supported byU.S.California Today: A Hard Road to Making It in Los AngelesPhotoReginald Nelson listened as Quinn Knox, an actor, read the script for Mr. Nelson’s audio drama “Red Sun” at a studio in Glendale.Credit Melissa Lyttle for The New York TimesGood morning.(Want to get California Today by email? Here’s the sign-up.)Today’s introduction is by Brooks Barnes, our Hollywood reporter based in Los Angeles.Reginald Nelson moved to Los Angeles in 2004 to become a star.Yes, his dream was a cliché. But he figured he had a better shot than most people. He had studied theater at Howard University with Taraji P. Henson, whose career was then taking off. While performing in Chicago, Mr. […]

California Today: California Today: Awaiting Reprieve at Big Sur

California Online (Please note: We regularly highlight articles on news sites that have limited access for nonsubscribers.) Photo David Min spoke at a street fair in Mission Viejo, in Orange County, this month. Mr. Min is a Democrat running in a traditionally Republican district. Credit Ivan Kashinsky for The New York Times • If Democrats want to retake the House, they need to win in places like Southern California. [The New York Times] Continue reading the main story • Representative Darrell Issa, a San Diego area Republican, is suddenly sounding like a moderate. [Los Angeles Times] • The two top contenders in the race for California governor have hired advisers with knowledge of each other’s extramarital affairs. [Los Angeles Times] Photo Attorney General Jeff Sessions has asked a task force to review links between violent crimes and marijuana. Its findings are scheduled to be released by the end of the month […]

Sweet Sofie (The Moreno Brothers) – Elizabeth Reyes

Sweet Sofie (The Moreno Brothers) The Moreno Brothers Elizabeth Reyes Genre: New Adult Publish Date: November 14, 2011 Publisher: Elizabeth Reyes Seller: Smashwords Her entire life, Sofia Moreno has dealt with overprotective brothers. With her three older brothers always lurking, no boy would dare reach out to her. Luckily for Sofia, the one boy she's got her heart set on has always been within reach: her brother's best friend Eric, even though his loyalty to her brothers runs deep. Sofia knows there is only so much he can do before giving in to her. Two years older than her, Eric Diego has always known there would be hell to pay if he messed with his best friend's kid sister, Sofia. Through the years, he watches as she blooms into a beautiful young lady right before his eyes. With teenage hormones raging and Sofia more than willing, Eric agrees to the unthinkable: a forbidden secret romance. Feeling emotions and a feverish passion that's new to them both, neither is ready for how quickly their romance spins out of control. Mature YA Contemporary romance aprx 58k words long. […]

The Enforcer – Nikki Worrell

The Enforcer Nikki Worrell Genre: Hockey Publish Date: May 7, 2013 Publisher: Nikki Worrell Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC Lacey Benoit is in need of a fresh start. Her best friend, Dr. Zoe Millis, has been begging her to make the move from Maine to California.  Taking a leap of faith, Lacey does just that. Living in San Diego definitely has its perks, such as, sunshine and beaches.  The best part of moving to the west coast, however, is that Steven is still on the east coast.  Catching your almost husband having sex with one of your bridesmaids on your wedding day would make even the strongest woman jaded.  Therefore, Lacey has sworn off men for a while, especially men who travel a lot that have easy access to loose women. When Lacey meets the new enforcer for the San Diego Scorpions, she thinks she might be in trouble.  But she is determined to fight her attraction to the sexy NHL hunk.  And she is successful … for about a day. […]

The 11th Hour: A Titanic Effect On The Climate Conversation

(Cross-posted at Citizens Climate Lobby) Studies show that the voting public grasps a problem really only when politicians and the media talk about it repeatedly and with urgency. Climate scientists say that the window of opportunity is closing, and the important decisions to avoid dangerous [global] warming must be made in the next four to eight years. Desi Doyen of the nationally syndicated Green News Report, August 2, 2016 Politicians may not be discussing climate change with the necessary urgency, and mainstream media entities have yet to “wake up and smell the carbon” (to quote environmental journalist Betsy Rosenberg), but as Desi Doyen suggests, powerful voices can indeed direct public attention to the issue of climate protection–and a new study reaffirms this reality. As the Washington Post’s Chris Mooney reports: Earlier this year, a team of researchers documented that when Charlie Sheen told the world that he had HIV, media attention to the virus — which had been in long decline — spiked massively. And now, many of the same researchers are back with another demonstration. They find that when Leonardo DiCaprio used his Oscar speech earlier this year to exhort action on climate change, tweets and Google searches about the topic were enormous and, at least in the case of tweets, appear to have set a new record based on analyses between 2011 and the present. “A single speech, at a very opportunistic time, at the Oscar ceremony, resulted in the largest increase in public engagement with climate change ever,” says John Ayers of San Diego State University, who completed the work with colleagues from the University of California San Diego, the Santa Fe Institute, and other institutions. Their study was just published in the open access journal PLOS One…. The authors add that when DiCaprio spoke, the total number of Tweets that contained the phrases “climate change” or “global warming” “were at the highest recorded value in our database with more than 250,000 tweets on that day.” And then there were the Google searches. […]

Tickets For Alaska’s Weed Week Now On Sale

SAN DIEGO, Calif., (July 22, 2016) – ; Tickets for Alaska Weed Week are now on sale, organizers announced today. Weed Week is a six-day event bringing together cannabis entrepreneurs, investors, thought leaders, professionals, and students to share insights, information, and ideas through education, experiences, and entertainment. Alaska Weed Week is centered-around Pitch Fest and Demo […]