Daily Word in California Wildfires, US airstrikes in Libya, and hot air balloon crashes
A wildfire that broke out in central California a week ago has now grown to 40,000 acres—that's the size of San Francisco. The fire has destroyed 40 buildings, displaced 500 people, and killed one. The severity of the fire is in large part due to California's years-long drought.
Syrian rebels shot down a Russian helicopter in Aleppo today. All 5 aboard the helicopter were killed. This comes amid deadly fighting in eastern Aleppo, where rebels are trying to break government control.
The US has launched air strikes against the Islamic State in Libya, the Pentagon said today. The strikes were requested by the Libyan government.
Forrest Stuart, Assistant Professor of Sociology at University of Chicago, releases his book Down, Out and Under Arrest: Policing and Everyday Life in Skid Row this week. The book examines how "zero tolerance" policing can pit those most in need of help—the poor, addicts and homeless—against each other, through the lens of Stuart's five year study on the street corners of Skid Row, one of the poorest and most policed neighborhoods in Los Angeles. You can read an excerpt of the book here.
The Board of Elections and Registration in Sparta, GA., has been systematically questioning the voters' registrations of 180 of its Black residents. Those residents have been subpoenaed by deputies and asked to appear in court to prove their residence and defend their registration. This is one of many instances of voter discrimination that have caught national attention since three years ago, when the Supreme Court repealed the mandate that changes in voter registration must be pre-cleared by the Justice Department.
The Daily Word in DREAMers, voters, bleeders and truckers
Today qualified young immigrants can begin applying for permits to avoid deportation.
Federally subsidized programs on Mitt Romney's fiscal hit list: Amtrak, PBS, arts, humanities.
Democratic voter registration is down in eight key "battleground" states with an uptick in registered independents.
Dusty Pop Art collection in Iran permitted to see the light of day.
Ailing Russian Kalishnikov factory buoyed by U.S. gun buyers.
Univision calls for inclusion of Latino perspectives in presidential debates.
Visine poisoning > diarrhea = jail.
Staying out of the woods because Aunt Flo is visiting and you're scared of getting mauled by a bear? Fear no more, says National Park Service.
Corrales votes down gun restrictions.
Horse slaughter plant plans nixed.
New Mexico trucking company tries to avoid workers comp payments, gets called out by Tennessee high court.
Time to Register
Do it now or no ballot for you
We’ve gotten used to the lightning speed of the digital age. These days, we don’t have to wait for much. Want a T-shirt with your own face on it? I’m sure it can be printed, packaged and posted to your doorstep within three business days.
Last Day to Register to Vote
Today! Last chance if you want to cast a ballot in the Oct. 6 municipal election. You’ve got to register before 5 p.m. The Mayor’s Office is up for grabs this year along with Council districts one, three, five, seven and nine. (Go here to see which district you’re in.)
If you voted in the 2008 presidential election, you’re good.
But if you need to take care of it today, head over to the County Clerk’s Office at 1 Civic Plaza. It’s on the sixth floor. The City-County Building is between City Hall and the old county courthouse.
If you’ve moved and need to change your address to cast your ballot for the proper Council race, you’ve got to do that today, too.