Virus cases, hospitalizations exploding as California records highest daily death toll in a month
SAN JOSE, Calif. — California has recorded more new cases of COVID-19 in the past 48 hours than any other two-day period of the pandemic, after another day of widespread infections detected across the state.On Tuesday, county health departments combined to report 16,730 new cases of the virus — more than any other day prior to Monday, when the state reported a record 20,000-plus new cases — plus an additional 110 lives lost due to COVID-19, according to data compiled by this news organization.The average number of new daily cases each day is at an all-time high — 13,338 per day over the past w...
The Mercury News
Gender reveal parties gone wrong — and why the woman who started the trend wants it to stop
This idea really exploded.A gender reveal party started a massive Southern California wildfire, and now Jenna Karvunidis, the woman who began the trend, is once again asking people to stop throwing these destructive parties.“The parties, they’re ridiculous,” Karvunidis told the Daily News. “And they’re harmful to transgender and nonbinary people and anybody on the gender spectrum. It’s a harmful dichotomy.”The damaging effects of gender reveals extend beyond the children, sometimes to thousands of acres of forests.In 2017, off-duty Border Patrol agent Dennis Dickey started a wildfire when he s...
New York Daily News
California prison camp inmates battle Creek Fire. Dangerous job pays a few dollars a day
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — State prisoners are providing a key source of labor on the out-of-control Creek Fire in Fresno and Madera counties, as well as dozens of other fires around the state.Inmate “hand crews” have for decades been used to fight California’s wildfires, but, lately, they’ve become controversial as the nation debates criminal justice reforms. Some critics call them a form of slave labor since the inmates earn just dollars a day doing the dangerous work.Supporters of the state prison system’s “conservation camp” program, however, argue that the inmates are learning valuable life and...
The Sacramento Bee