Monthly Archives سپتامبر 2020

Tropics watch: Tropical cyclone, depression and storm being watched; updates for Tuesday, Sept. 22

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The National Hurricane Center is tracking three systems over the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Monday, including one tropical storm, one tropical depression, and a tropical cyclone. 

Here’s the latest update from the NHC as of Sept. 22.

What’s out there and where are they?

Post Tropical Cyclone Teddy is 190 miles south of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Tropical Depression Beta is 40 miles north of OConnor, Texas.

Tropical Storm Paulette is 390 miles southeast of the Azores.

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Cal Fire: Creek Fire now the largest single wildfire in California history

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The Creek Fire is now the largest single, non-complex wildfire in California history, according to an update from Cal Fire Monday night. 

The fire has burned 286,519 acres as of Monday night and is 32 percent contained, according to Cal Fire. 

The Creek Fire, which began Sept. 4, is located in Big Creek, Huntington Lake, Shaver Lake, Mammoth Pool and San Joaquin River Canyon.

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What are the biggest fires in California’s history?

The top five non-complex wildfires in California’s recorded history according to Cal Fire are:

1. Creek Fire (286,519 acres)

2. Thomas Fire (281,893 acres)

3. Cedar Fire (273,246 acres)


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2 arrested after fight, gunfire in Port St. Lucie park

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PORT ST. LUCIE— Two Port St. Lucie men were arrested early Tuesday after a reported fight and gunfire Monday evening at Veterans Park at Rivergate.

No one was injured, Port St. Lucie police said.

Officers said they got a call about shots being fired at 2200 S.E. Veterans Memorial Pkwy., which is the address for the park.

When officers arrived, they said they spoke with a man involved in the fight who told them he and two other people were fighting and one person fired multiple shots.

Overnight, investigators pieced together what happened. They said:

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Antonio McFarlane, 18, of the 1500 block of Southeast Pinewood Trail and Asonte Roswell, 2...

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Martin County School District appoints John Millay as its next superintendent

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MARTIN COUNTY — John Millay is the school district’s fnew superintendent. 

The School Board Tuesday voted 3-2 to select Millay to lead the district after interviewing the top four candidates Wednesday. 

“I’m super excited,” Millay said during a phone call with board members following the vote. “I just want to thank the board for their trust and belief in me to lead this school district. I want to reassure everyone that I take this responsibility seriously.” 

Millay said he will keep up his positive energy and collaborative spirit to support all students and staff in the district. 

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Mast urges Army Corps to delay Lake Okeechobee discharges to St. Lucie River

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Lake Okeechobee discharges to the St. Lucie River are imminent, but the necessity and reasons for them are in dispute — as is almost always the case.

The debate pits the needs of Lake O water users, who want the lake level high to use it as a reservoir, against Treasure Coast residents, who want the lake level low to lessen the chances of discharges, which can carry potentially toxic algae blooms with them.

While the Army Corps of Engineers blames discharges on the lake’s rapid rise from recent heavy rains and the still-active hurricane season, two Treasure Coast environmentalists blame the Army Corps for making the wrong call last year.

In December, the Corps announced it planned to store water in the lake...

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President Donald Trump to announce Supreme Court nominee to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on Saturday

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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump said Tuesday he will disclose his new nominee for the Supreme Court on Saturday, triggering an historic battle for the high court’s future in the last six weeks of a presidential election.

“I’ve spoken to many (people) and we’re getting close to a decision,” Trump told reporters as he left the White House for a campaign stop in the Pittsburgh area.

The announcement is tentatively set for 5 p.m. EST on Saturday, the president said...

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Florida Pulse: Amendment 2 proponents and opponents discuss $15 minimum wage Thursday

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Orlando trial lawyer John Morgan, who’s behind Amendment 2 to raise Florida’s minimum wage, will be part of a live discussion between supporters and opponents of the measure starting Thursday at 10:30 a.m.

Morgan will be joined by Ben Pollara, a senior advisor of the campaign to pass the amendment.

Two opponents of the measure will also attend: Jay Johnson, a restaurant owner and president of the Lee County chapter of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, and Eric Hoppenbrouwer, executive director of the political committee Business Voice in Brevard County.

The Florida Pulse, a new livestream series by opinion editors at the USA TODAY Network- Florida, will host the live event...

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Flu vaccine mandate for health workers brings out opponents, including nurses, to supervisors meeting

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A mandatory requirement for health workers to get the flu vaccine this year came under fire at Tuesday’s Shasta County Board of Supervisors meeting.

A host of public speakers, including some nurses, said the health order is unconstitutional and it takes away their right to choose between a mask or the vaccine, which has been the case in prior years.

Some who spoke also believe the mandate is a precursor to an order for them to get the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available.

A registered nurse told supervisors that workers who refuse to get the vaccine could lose their jobs and that will result in a shortage of health care workers, before yelling, “We will strike.”

“I am pro vaccine, but more important, I...

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Doctor at ‘mask optional’ clinic in Melbourne dies; tests positive for coronavirus post-mortem

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Patients intending to go to the Eau Gallie Medical Center in Melbourne this week have been met with a grim note at the door since Monday. 

“Dr. John J. Magri IV passed away on the morning of Wednesday September 16, 2020,” it begins. “For the privacy of his family, patient’s (sic) and loved ones, the cause of death is unknown at this time.”

For former patients and neighbors the feeling has been one of shock and disbelief — and concern upon learning Magri tested positive for coronavirus after his death. 

“I don’t even know what to say,” said Malori Scrivner, a Melbourne Beach resident who walked up to the doors of the clinic Tuesday morning for her monthly check-in, only to find out her doct...

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Foothill latest Shasta County high school to announce COVID-19 case

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A person at Foothill High School in Palo Cedro has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a letter dated Tuesday and sent to parents by Principal Steve Abbott.

The letter did not identify whether the person is a student or on the school’s staff.

Abbott’s letter says fewer than five people came in close contact with the person who tested positive. Those five individuals have been told to stay home.

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The last incidence of the “known exposure” was last Thursday, the letter says.

Foothill High’s COVID-19 case comes a day after University Preparatory School in Redding announced a case of its own.

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