El Dorado fire grows more than 400 acres overnight

The El Dorado fire, which claimed the life of one firefighter since it was started Sept. 5 by a smoke bomb set off during a gender-revel photo stunt, grew 418 acres overnight as fire crews Sunday faced another day of high temperatures and southerly winds.

The fire’s footprint was at 22,489 acres and containment remained at 59% Sunday morning. Containment is when firefighters create and hold a fire break around the perimeter of a wildfire.

The firefighter who died on Thursday has not yet been publicly identified by authorities. Thirteen people have been injured in the fire, and two homes destroyed. There are 1,190 fire personnel at the El Dorado fire, with resources stretched thin throughout the western United States.

The fire’s most active area continued to be near the community of Ang...

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Chinese Communist Party announces plan to take control of private sector

New Delhi, Sep 20 : China’s President Xi Jinping and the Communist Party’s Central Committee have laid out a plan in which the party has better control over private business in China.

All regions and departments in the country have been told to follow the new guidelines, given in a statement. The ultimate goal is for the party to have ideological leadership of private enterprise, Asia Times Financial reported.

The statement seeks to improve the CCP’s control over private enterprise and entrepreneurs, through ‘United Front Work’, “to better focus the wisdom and strengthen of the private business people on the goal and mission to realise the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation”.

Overall, there are more than 100 measures, including guidance on selection of personnel to i...

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El Dorado fires grows more than 400 acres overnight

The El Dorado fire, which claimed the life of one firefighter since it was started Sept. 5 by a smoke bomb set off during a gender-revel photo stunt, grew 418 acres overnight as fire crews Sunday faced another day of high temperatures and southerly winds.

The fire’s footprint was at 22,489 acres and containment remained at 59% containment Sunday morning. Containment is when firefighters create and hold a fire break around the perimeter of a wildfire.

The firefighter who died on Thursday has not yet been publicly identified by authorities. Thirteen people have been injured in the fire, and two homes destroyed. There are 1,190 fire personnel at the El Dorado fire, with resources stretched thin throughout the western United States.

The fire’s most active area continued to be near the comm...

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Anurag Kashyap’s first wife calls MeToo charge against him the ‘cheapest stunt’

Mumbai, Sep 20 : Aarti Bajaj, first wife of Anurag Kashyap, has come out in support of the filmmaker, who has been accused by budding actress Payal Ghosh for sexual harassment.

On Sunday, Aarti took to her unverified Instagram account and posted a note describing the #MeToo allegations against Kashyap as the “cheapest stunts” she has seen till now.

“First wife here… You are a rockstar @anuragkashyap10. Keep empowering women as you do and the safest place you create for all of them. I see it first hand with our daughter. There is no integrity left and the world is full of losers and no brains baying for blood of anyone who has a voice.”

“If everybody spends the energy which they use in hating others constructively this world will be a better place...

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Re-elect John Moorlach to represent Senate District 37

This newspaper has just completed a long round of endorsement interviews with Republican and Democratic candidates for the state Legislature and Congress. The office-seekers have run the gamut in terms of knowledge, personality and philosophical outlook. We’ve been pleased by some, disappointed by others and, at times, surprised and even appalled by their presentations and worldviews.

But it’s the rare candidate who rises above the pack and impresses even those of us who have covered an endless array of politicians. Sen. John Moorlach, the Costa Mesa Republican who represents much of central and coastal Orange County in the 37th district, is indeed that candidate...

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Sushant’s sister praises SSR’s wax statue’s sculptor

Mumbai, Sep 20 : Shweta Singh Kirti, a sister of late actor Sushant Singh Rajput, was touched to see a sculptor carving a statue of her late brother in wax.

Shweta took to the social media to express her gratitude, saying she felt “as if bhai came alive”.

While many fans have been signing online petitions for putting a wax statue in Madame Tussauds, Asansol-based veteran sculptor Susanta Ray is attracting headlines after crafting a wax statue of Sushant.

Shweta also saw his work and was touched. She shared his work with a heartwarming caption on the social media.

“Felt as if Bhai came Alive! Thank You,” she wrote while sharing a video.

In another tweet, she shared a painting made by another artist and wrote: “This is brilliant.”

Sushant was found dead at his Mumbai home ...

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Spate of deputy misconduct cases casts harsh spotlight on OC Sheriff’s Department

For one week, it seemed like the Orange County Sheriff’s Department was aflame in bad news. Four different revelations about larcenous or fraudulent misconduct by sheriff’s personnel erupted the week of Sept. 7.

Deputies and civilian jailers allegedly falsified their reserve military orders to get paid for more time than they actually served. A deputy also was arrested that week on suspicion of repeatedly burglarizing a Yorba Linda home where he had been sent earlier on a death call. A female deputy was charged with taking a suspect’s debit card and giving it to her son, who used it. And yet another deputy was indicted by the grand jury for falsifying a police report to make it appear he had booked evidence, including drugs and a knife, when he had not.

This was against a backdrop ...

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With the Charlie Hebdo trial underway, does ‘Je suis Charlie’ still resonate in France?

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Police stand guard outside the courthouse on the opening day of the Charlie Hebdo trial in Paris.

PARIS — Every weekday morning, François Boucq comes to the courthouse to draw. His is a strange assignment: illustrate the Charlie Hebdo trial for Charlie Hebdo, the satirical newspaper attacked in 2015 because of its illustrations.

“This is not just any trial. In essence, this is about a satirical newspaper and cartoonists who are dead because they made humorous caricatures,” he said.

As the world remembers, in the aftermath of the attack, “Je Suis Charlie” (“I am Charlie”) became a global rallying cry. World leaders linked arms and led millions of demonstrators through the streets of Paris...

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Man held in POCSO case found hanging in lock-up, kin cry foul

New Delhi, Sep 20 : A 38-year-old man held in a POCSO case was found hanging in the lock-up of the Samaypur Badli police station in Delhi’s Outer North District on Sunday morning, following which his kin accused police of torturing him to death.

Police, however, claimed that the man hanged himself with a bdesheet in the lock-up.

Accused Dharmendra was detained in a sexual assault case by the Swaroop Nagar police station on Saturday. Later, he was arrested and shifted to the Samaypur Badli police station where he was found hanging, police said on Sunday.

According to police, the man was in jailed on murder charge but was out on parole since March. His parole was extended because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The police said that a case under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Ac...

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Will commercial real estate pause for presidential election?

My inbox is full! Today, I will parse through the noise and attempt to make some sense of the questions I receive on a daily basis. Plus purging is good. From cleared clutter to sanitized sanity — here it goes.

Does the presidential election slow commercial real estate activity?

Certainly, some small business owners take the political landscape into consideration before making a commitment to lease or purchase buildings.

Specifically, how does the current administration deal with ownership? Are there tax breaks if you occupy your business home? What about borrowing costs? The vast majority of commercial real estate financing is originated through loans either made or guaranteed by the Small Business Administration.

Frankly, in the year of the pandemic 2020 – most companies are concerne...

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