7:09 p.m. PG&E fire-prevention shut-offs start tonight: Pacific Gas and Electric Co. officials said they plan to shut off power to approximately 172,000 customers — more than 500,000 people — in more than 20 counties, including Sonoma and Napa in the Bay Area. The preemptive blackouts, which start tonight and may run through late Wednesday, are due to bone-dry vegetation and strong offshore winds forecast to begin Monday night, creating an extreme risk for fires. About 15,000 people in Napa County (in Calistoga, Saint Helena and unincorporated areas) and over 50,000 in Sonoma County (in unincorporated areas) will be affected. … [Read more...] about California Wildfires: Live Updates Sept. 6-7
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Wildfires have already charred more acres in California this season than in any year on record. Thousands of residents in Oregon have been evacuated, and officials say dozens of people are missing. In Washington, a toddler was killed and his parents severely burned while fleeing a wildfire in northeastern Washington. … [Read more...] about By the numbers: Deadly wildfires in California, Oregon, Washington
This mandate was flawed from the start. The idea that now is the time to set aside the deeply controversial question of whether heritable genome editing should be done at all so that a small group of experts can settle the nitty-gritty details of how it should take place is entirely backward. It flies in the face of the widely shared acknowledgment that scientists alone cannot make this decision; that we must have wide-ranging and inclusive public discussions aimed at building broad societal consensus. It undermines policies in some 70 countries around the world that prohibit heritable genome editing. And it’s a slap in the face to the many scientists, biotech executives, human rights and social justice advocates, and others who support a moratorium or ban on altering the human germline. … [Read more...] about Are we mapping a path to CRISPR babies?
In a now-annual practice, panicked customers flocked to purchase or repair generators as worries mounted around keeping fridges, medical equipment and other essentials running. But this year, demand is even higher with work-from-home and online schooling needs forced by the pandemic. … [Read more...] about Power shut-offs, fires and heat fuel spike in Bay Area generator sales
People shouldn’t necessarily be held accountable for the self-righteous op-eds they write in college. Gorsuch’s clips, though, spoke to a paradox that would color his career. His mother’s Washington immolation fostered in him a reflexive mistrust of elite institutions, but he possessed an adult-in-the-room sobriety she didn’t, which would keep him safely housed in those same institutions. At Columbia, he belonged to the campus’s most debauched fraternity, Phi Gamma Delta, members of which were implicated in a racist taunting incident during Gorsuch’s time there and which was protested by female students for its hostile sexual atmosphere. But Gorsuch avoided controversy. “He might have been there when trouble was happening around him but would not have been part of it,” says The Federalist Paper co-founder Andy Levy, now a producer for S.E. Cupp Unfiltered, a politics show on HLN. “He wasn’t a teetotaler, but, you know, he … [Read more...] about Little Scalia