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WH chief of staff says USPS won’t dismantle sorting machines between now and Election Day

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said Sunday that the US Postal Service will not dismantle any mail-sorting machines between now and Election Day. “Sorting machines between now and Election Day will not be taken off line,” Meadows told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.” The postal service has come under criticism lately for dismantling some machines across the country and planning on more. Chris Bentley, president of the National Postal Mail Handlers Union Local 297, which covers Kansas and part of Missouri, previously told CNN that postal management had already taken out four machines in Kansas City, two machines in Springfield, Missouri, and one machine in Wichita, Kansas. Meadows told CNN that was not part of a new initiative but was part of a pre-planned reallocation. Documents obtained by CNN last week indicated 671 machines used to organize letters or other pieces of mail are slated for “reduction” in dozens of cities this year. The USPS’s own document calls the move a “reduction” of equipment. A letter sent Wednesday from the National Postal Mail Handlers Union to the Postal Service headquarters…

As Temperatures Hit Triple-Digits, Scientist Warns This Could Be ‘One Of Biggest Heat Waves We’ve Seen This Decade’

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — As temperatures across California hit triple-digits, a local scientist warns that this hot spell could be “one of the biggest heat waves we’ve seen this decade.” “We’re going to see a lot of nights, especially across the Inland areas, where temperatures never drop to comfortable levels and that adds additional stress on the human body, additional stress on electrical grids and just makes it harder to cope with the heat when it doesn’t cool down at night,” added Daniel Swain, a UCLA climate scientist, who said this could be one of the biggest heat waves this decade. As a result of increased temperatures, thousands were briefly left without power on Saturday as a result of intermittent rolling blackouts designed to lessen the stressors on the power grid. From Woodland Hills to Santa Monica, rolling blackouts pushed families into panic mode over the possibility of hours without AC or fans. Southern California Edison said it was forced to shut down power for about 70,000 customers from 6:29 p.m. to 6:48 p.m. to protect the system from overwhelming. The California Independent System Operator…

Sun Valley Church Holds Indoor Services Sunday Despite Recent Court Ruling

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A Sun Valley church plans to hold indoor services Sunday despite the most recent court ruling in an ongoing battle over COVID-19 restrictions. On Friday, Superior Court Judge James C. Chalfant ruled that Grace Community Church of the Valley could hold indoor worship with restrictions and set a hearing date for the preliminary injunction in September. But by Saturday, the California Court of Appeal set aside a portion of the lower court’s order that would have allowed indoor services to occur Sunday, issuing a temporary stay on the portion of the ruling and allowing the County the right to enforce the health order’s ban on indoor religious activity. The court noted, however, that a final resolution of the county’s petition was pending and ordered the church to submit a response by Aug. 25. “Los Angeles County is pleased that the California Court of Appeal recognizes the vital importance of our Health Officer Orders in protecting the lives and health of our residents as we work to slow the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus,” the county said in an issued statement.…

Pasadena Police Shoot Man During Traffic Stop, Use Pepper Spray Against Crowd

Share this article:A man is dead Sunday after being shot by Pasadena police. During a traffic stop just before 8 p.m. Saturday, near Raymond Avenue and Grandview Street, two male officers saw the passenger flee, Pasadena police Lt. William Grisafe said. They chased the man down Raymond Street, when something happened to elevate things, although it was unclear what occurred, he said. According to a news release, the passenger fled after preventing police from searching him. He ran into the street holding his waistband and removed a firearm, police said. Both officers noticed the man had a gun, according to Grisafe. At least one officer fired twice at the man, striking him at least once in the upper torso, police said. It was unclear whether the other officer also shot at the suspect. The suspect continued to run away after being hit, throwing the gun into the street, according to police. The man collapsed and was detained, Grisafe said. Police called paramedics once they determined the man had been struck by at least one bullet, he said. The ambulance arrived within five minutes, he added.…

Boy, 2, Struck and Killed by Vehicle in North Long Beach

Share this article:A 2-year-old boy is dead Sunday after he was hit by a vehicle in North Long Beach, and died at a hospital a short time later. It happened at 8 p.m. Saturday near Atlantic Avenue and Artesia Boulevard, said Long Beach police Lt. Megan Zabel. “It appears it was a tragic accident at this point,” Zabel said. An investigation was underway to determine what led to the child being in an area where he could be struck by the vehicle, she said. The driver remained at the scene and was cooperating with investigators, Zabel said. The child’s name was not released. Boy, 2, Struck and Killed by Vehicle in North Long Beach was last modified: August 16th, 2020 by Contributing Editor

Crews battle wildfires across California amid brutal heat wave

Firefighters struggled to contain three wildfires near Los Angeles on Saturday as forecasters warned that the risk of new fires was high with temperatures expected to spike and humidity levels to drop across California. In Northern California, the National Weather Service warned responders to beware of a rare fire tornado. A huge forest fire that prompted evacuations north of Los Angeles flared up around noon, sending up a cloud of smoke as it headed toward thick, dry brush in the Angeles National Forest. Although it was burning into forest land, evacuation orders remained in effect for the western Antelope Valley because erratic winds in the forecast could push the fire toward homes, fire spokesman Jake Miller said. **Update** #LakeFire is currently 17,862 and 12% containment. Overnight firefighters worked to reinforce existing containment lines and hold the acreage to 17,862. Very hot and dry conditions are expected today with temperatures in the mid 90s to 100s. pic.twitter.com/87gttAyU8R— L.A. County Fire Department (@LACoFDPIO) August 16, 2020 Fire crews managed to stop the fire’s movement down to the desert floor when it flared up Friday afternoon. In one…

California’s worst power shortage in years comes as coronavirus makes beating the heat harder

A late-summer heat wave in Southern California typically sends people fleeing to movie theaters, shopping malls and crowded beaches in search of a cool respite. But the coronavirus pandemic has forced the closure of places where people once gathered, upending those routines. So as temperatures soared Friday, many people instead stayed at home with their air conditioners blasting. Even though many offices and businesses were closed due to the pandemic, that intense demand — along with other factors including a dearth of power coming in from other states — was enough to create the most serious statewide energy shortage in nearly 20 years, officials said. On Saturday night, another round of temporary blackouts was ordered in parts of the state. The California Independent System Operator, the body that runs the electric grid for most of California, declared a statewide Stage 3 emergency Friday evening and ordered utilities to shed about 1,000 megawatts, prompting rolling blackouts across the state. A single megawatt powers about 750 homes, spokeswoman Anne Gonzales said. Read the full story on LATimes.com.

Lakers to Open Playoffs against Portland

Share this article:The Los Angeles Lakers will face Portland in the first round of the NBA playoffs, thanks to the Trail Blazers 126-122 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies in the Western Conference Play-In Saturday. The best-of-seven series will begin Tuesday. The Lakers were 2-1 against Portland in the regular season. Memphis entered the fourth quarter with a 94-89 lead. The Grizzlies lead grew to 101-93 on Gorgui Dieng’s tip-in with nine minutes, 55 seconds to play. The Trail Blazers cut the lead to one three times, then tied the score, 111-111, with 3:08 left on CJ McCollum’s 3-point basket. Portland took its first lead since midway through the third quarter on Jusuf Nurkic’s 3-point play with 2:39 remaining and never trailed again. The Trail Blazers led 30-14 with 1:55 left in the first quarter, 31-19 at the end of the first quarter and 58-52 at halftime. Damian Lillard scored 31 points for Portland while McCollum added 29. Memphis point guard Ja Morant led all scorers with 35. If the Grizzlies had won Saturday, they would have played the Trail Blazers again Sunday for the right…

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