Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Friday, Nov. 22, and I’m writing from Los Angeles. Newsletter Get our Essential California newsletter In 2016, Los Angeles launched a program to find and fix “soft-story” apartment buildings — those perched above parking spaces with little support and at risk of collapse in a major earthquake. These apartments, which feature flimsy first floors that often serve as parking spaces, became popular after World War II as the city grew. But this type of structure has shown itself to be extremely vulnerable in the face of a violent quake: Such buildings collapsed in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake and the 1994 Northridge earthquake, including one apartment building where 16 people died. (Still confused about what the term “soft-story” building means? Here’s an interactive graphic.) Advertisement Two of my colleagues — earthquake expert and master of disaster Ron … [Read more...] about Newsletter: The L.A. earthquake safety revolution
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Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. TGIF! Our newsletter gets you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the up-early co-creators. Find us @asimendinger and @alweaver22 on Twitter and CLICK HERE to subscribe!At the end of the second week of public impeachment hearings, House Democrats on Thursday described what they believe are President TrumpDonald John TrumpWatergate prosecutor says that Sondland testimony was 'tipping point' for Trump In private moment with Trump, Justice Kennedy pushed for Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination: book Obama: 'Everybody needs to chill out' about differences between 2020 candidates MORE’s alleged obstruction and abuses of his office, while Republicans condemned the drama as devoid of persuasive evidence, even as they hinted they anticipate Trump will be impeached by the House and acquitted by the GOP-controlled Senate. ADVERTISEMENTHouse … [Read more...] about The Hill’s Morning Report — Schiff: Clear evidence of a quid pro quo
Photo: PRWeb Photo: PRWeb Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: PRWeb Miami Luxury Home Sales Surge Double Digits in October; Total Sales, Median Prices Also Increase 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Miami-Dade County luxury $1-million-and-up home sales, total home transactions, single-family home purchases, median sale prices and dollar volume increased year-over-year in October 2019, according to the MIAMI Association of Realtors (MIAMI) and the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system. MIAMI (PRWEB) November 21, 2019 Miami-Dade County luxury $1-million-and-up home sales, total home transactions, single-family home purchases, median sale prices and dollar volume increased year-over-year in October 2019, according to the MIAMI Association of Realtors … [Read more...] about Miami Luxury Home Sales Surge Double Digits in October; Total Sales, Median Prices Also Increase
One of literature’s most striking descriptions of the creative process can be found in Vladimir Nabokov’s novel “Pale Fire.” An academic, Professor Kinbote, recalls standing on a terrace with the poet John Shade. Shade, he says, is soaking in the view: “perceiving and transforming the world, taking it in and taking it apart, re-combining its elements in the very process of storing them up so as to produce at some unspecified date an organic miracle, a fusion of image and music, a line of verse.” The moment reminds Kinbote of one from his childhood, when he watched “a conjurer . . . quietly consuming a vanilla ice.” Nabokov disliked the idea that others would search his writing for glimpses of his personal life. In a 1944 biography of Nikolai Gogol, he stated his disdain for “the morbid inclination we have to derive satisfaction from the fact (generally false and always irrelevant) that a work of art is … [Read more...] about Who Owns a Story?
Quote of the Day: “I’d be fine if they were named permanent debate moderators.” — MSNBC’s professional complimenter Brian Williams with a nonsensical on-air compliment about the debate moderating performances of MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and Andrew Mitchell, WaPo‘s Ashley Parker, and NBC White House correspondent Kristen Welker.MOOD: “Miss me?” — Marianne Williamson, presidential hopeful, after the MSNBC debate in which she did not qualify to appear. HuffPost, New York Mag journo Yashar Ali had a sharp, one-word reply for her: “No.” MSNBC’s Katy Tur, however, tweeted, “I miss Marianne.” Emerald Robinson, One America News Network: “Fiona Hill with that Prince Andrew accent, and ‘Defense Minister’ Vindman from the Ukraine …. I’m wondering: are any Americans going to testify against Trump?”Andy Lassner, executive producer, The Ellen Show: “I … [Read more...] about Afternoon Mirror: Brian Williams Has A Humongous Compliment For MSNBC’s All-Female Debate Moderators