California Wildfires

News Roundup: Egypt, Edward Snowden, Arizona firefighters

I’m not sure what’s going on in Egypt, but there are big protests and rallies once again. It appears that the Egyptian population has grown tired of the Muslim brotherhood and President Mohammed Morsi. The military appears to be stepping in and demanding¬†that the government meet the needs of the people. This is going to be interesting. I wonder how conservatives will spin this as somehow being Obama’s fault. It appears that Edward Snowden is still in Russia. It also appears that he has applied for asylum in Russia. You cannot tell me that this guy is not somewhere between a

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California wildfires without Santa Anna winds

More on the fires. Visit for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy From LA Times: The Station fire, which has destroyed 21 homes and killed two firefighters, was burning within a quarter of a mile of Mt. Wilson as firefighters prepared for another long, hot day. Inspector Edward Osorio of the Los Angeles County Fire Department estimated property damage from the fire at $7,671,000 and rising. The fire is expected to move in a northeasterly direction, and officials are putting significant resources on the northern edge of the fire near Acton. Officials said the goal for today

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California Wildfires

Again? More fire in California. From LAT: At 9 a.m. Thursday, three men met on the ridge and studied the mountainside above their homes. The worst looked to be over. White smoke rose in listless little spirals from blackened earth. The air was still. The mourning doves did their usual dirge from the overhead lines. Sprinklers swish-swished. But Santa Barbara’s endemic twist on the Santa Ana — the “sundowner” wind — is as cagey as it is ferocious. The winds rush out of the canyons without warning, often around sundown (but not predictably so). They can turn cool days into sweltering

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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