Milan Fashion Week Carries on Amid Coronavirus Deaths in Northern Italy

Runway shows continued apace on the fourth day of Milan Fashion Week as the itinerant fashion crowd took an analytical attitude toward the cases of the virus from China clustered not far away in northern Italy. Milan city officials closed offices as a precaution as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases grew in an area just an hour outside of the fashion capital. Milan is the capital of Italy’s Lombardy region, which reported 39 confirmed cases tied to a single patient. Two deaths were reported in northern Italy by Saturday, sending a dozen towns into lockdown. While there was chatter at runway shows and other Fashion Week events about the rapidly spiking infections, health worries remained remote enough to contemplate concerns about a potential economic impact. “For the moment the situation is under control,’’ the president of the Italian National Fashion Chamber, Carlo Capasa, said. ‘’It doesn’t seem to me, in this moment, for what regards our sector, our fashion week, that there are signs of danger,’’ Capasa said. “We are tranquil and prudent.’’ Highlights from previews for Fall-Winter 2020-21 womenswear looks: _____ FASHION’S VIRAL…

Voting Underway in Nevada Caucuses as Democratic Officials Vow to ‘Get It Right’

Voting is underway across Nevada as the most diverse state so far has its say in the Democrats’ nomination fight. Yet there were questions about when results from Saturday’s voting might be released under the complicated new caucus reporting process. Just before polls opened at noon PST, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez wouldn’t commit to a timeline. “Our goal is to get results as soon as possible,” Perez sad. “But also, first and foremost, to get it right.” Undismayed by logistics, hundreds of uniformed housekeepers and casino workers streamed into the Bellagio, one of seven casino-resorts on the Las Vegas Strip among 200 locations statewide hosting caucuses. Nevada is the third contest on a 2020 election calendar marked by chaos and uncertainty after the opening votes in Iowa and New Hampshire, overwhelmingly white, rural states. The first presidential contest in the West is testing the candidates’ strength with black and Latino voters for the first time in 2020. “Nevada represents an opportunity for these candidates to demonstrate their appeal to a larger swath of our country,” said state Attorney General Aaron Ford, a Democrat…

3 Killed, 21 Injured In 15 Freeway Bus Accident In North San Diego County

NORTH SAN DIEGO COUNTY (CBSLA) — Three were people killed and twenty one injured Saturday after a charter bus rolled over on the southbound 15 freeway south of the 76 freeway. Eighteen of the victims were transported to the hospital. The incident is causing significant traffic delays and North County Fire is advising people to take alternate routes. It was raining at the time of the incident, according to authorities. This is a developing story. Please check back for further updates. #FreewayIC (Final): We had 21 total patients. 18 have been transported. We are brokenhearted to report we have 3 deceased on scene. We would like to thank our automatic partners for your assistance on this call. @CALFIRESANDIEGO, @OFA3736, @Vistafire, Pala Fire, and MCP FD. — North County Fire (@NorthCountyFire) February 22, 2020

LA County voting centers open today — with some early glitches

Years in the making, vote centers opened throughout Los Angeles County on Saturday morning, ushering in a major change in the way and where many of the county’s voters cast their ballots. Billed as a way to make voting more equitable and accessible, the centers — all 1,000 of them — are sprinkled throughout Los Angeles County. Officials are staggering their opening — some 11 days ahead of the March 3 primary, and others opening next Saturday, Feb. 29, four days ahead of the primary. Some opened without a hitch, while a handful of centers still had bugs to work out and had yet to open Saturday, three hours after they were supposed to be operating. How to find a voting center near you The centers mark a landmark departure from the neighborhood “polling places” most voters have gone to for decades on the day of an election. Voters can go to some of the county’s new vote centers for the next 11 days, instead of being required to go to just one. I’m here early at the Pomona Fairplex, a new polling center with…

Moderate to Heavy Showers Hit San Diego County

Share this article:A band of moderate to heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms was moving across San Diego County Saturday, bringing mountain snow, cooler weather and gusty winds to the mountains and deserts. This band will shift from coastal areas to inland and mountains through the afternoon, with scattered mostly light showers to follow through Sunday morning, according to a National Weather Service forecast issued Saturday morning. Occasional showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms can be expected through the afternoon at area beaches, the forecast said. San Diego’s high temperature will be below normal at 57 degrees, the NWS said. Early rainfall totals included Sea World at .23 inches, Fallbrook at .10 inches and Vista at .08 inches, reported by the weather service at 8:15 a.m. The snow level will remain around 5,500 feet, although it may briefly lower in heavier showers and thunderstorms, forecasters said. Forecasters are expecting two-to-four inches of snow in the mountains above 6,000 feet, with isolated amounts up to six inches above 7,000 feet. Wind gusts in San Diego County could reach 50 mph along Interstate 8 from La Posta…

DUI Checkpoint Planned for Palm Springs

Share this article:The Palm Springs Police Department is planning to conduct an impaired driving and driver’s license checkpoint Saturday evening. The checkpoint is planned for “an undisclosed location within the city limits” between 9 p.m. Saturday and 3 a.m. Sunday, police said. Checkpoints are placed in locations with high levels of collisions and DUI arrests, according to the department. Officers will be checking for proper licensing, alcohol impairment and drug impairment — including marijuana and prescription drugs. “If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to get a DUI,” police said. “Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI.” The average cost of a DUI arrest is as much as $13,500, including fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses, the police department warned. Funding for the checkpoint is provided to the Palm Springs Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. DUI Checkpoint Planned for Palm Springs…

Writing is all about connecting with your readers

When writers put their words out there, they do not know how or when it might connect with another. It could be a letter, a newspaper piece, a book, a love note — or something else. For me, the most rewarding part of being a writer is to know that something I wrote connected with another person in some way. It could be the letter that arrived on the day it was most needed — or perhaps even a published piece such as this. Mae Wagner Marinello leads an Inlandia Institute writing workshop at the Joslyn Senior Center in Redlands. (File photo by Eric Vilchis, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) In one of my recent columns for Inlandia Literary Journeys, I wrote about Carobeth Laird (June 16, 2019). At the age of 80, Laird’s first book, “Encounter With An Angry God,” was published. It was about her marriage to John Peabody Harrington and their work in preserving Native American languages of tribes in the southwestern United States. Well, lo and behold, following that column, I heard from Hemet resident Anne B. Jennings. She had assisted with Laird’s late-in-life…

Rescued: Palo Alto couple found alive after vanishing a week ago

A Palo Alto couple who had gone missing for about a week near Chicken Ranch Beach has been found alive, the Marin County Sheriff’s department announced on Twitter Saturday morning. The disappearance of Carol Kiparsky, 77, and Ian Irwin, 72, had baffled searchers, and the extended vanishment from their Via de la Vista Road cottage in Inverness on Valentine’s Day had left even their son, Jonas Irwin, without much hope. “There’s no way they’re going to reappear at this point,” Irwin told this news organization earlier this week. “I mean, you don’t know until you have them physically. But the prospect of us never getting that closure is really going to be bad.” On Twitter, the sheriff’s department said shortly before 11 am that the missing couple had been found. The office added that they were “working to extract them” using the Marin County Search and Rescue, as well as Henry-1, Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office’s helicopter unit. The couple was last seen on Friday, Feb. 14 during a Valentine’s Day trip around Point Reyes Station. They never checked out of their cottage on Saturday, leaving…

Infections climb in South Korea as world fights virus

By Kim Tong-Hyung | Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea reported an eight-fold jump in viral infections Saturday with more than 400 cases mostly linked to a church and a hospital, while the death toll in Iran climbed to five and a dozen towns in Italy effectively went into lockdowns as health officials around the world battle a new virus that has spread from China. Some virus clusters have shown no direct link to travel to China. The secondary contagions in Italy prompted local authorities in the Lombardy and Veneto regions to order schools, businesses, and restaurants closed and to cancel sporting events and Masses. Hundreds of residents and workers who came into contact with an estimated 54 people confirmed infected in Italy were in isolation pending test results. Two people infected with the virus have died. South Korea has reported 433 cases and its third death from the virus, a man in his 40s who was found dead at home and posthumously tested positive. There’s concern that the country’s death toll could grow. In and around South Korea’s fourth-largest city, Daegu, health…

Home sale prices from San Jose area and Peninsula, February 22

1525 Painted Feather Court, Morgan Hill 95037; sold on Feb. 7 for $2.45 million; 5078 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. Built in 2006, on half-acre cul-de-sac lot, Coyote Estates HOA. Main-floor master suite of nearly 1,000 square feet with sitting room, fireplace, walk-in closet. Double-high family room opens onto pool area. Swimming pool, spa, covered outdoor kitchen, fire pit, koi pond, lawn. Pool/guest house with half-bath and outdoor shower.  Three-car garage. Off Cochrane Road, 0.7 miles east of Highway 101. Half-mile walk to Coyote Creek Trail.  Residential transactions in Santa Clara, San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties. Click here to browse previous weeks’ transactions. View this document on Scribd

Santa Rosa police arrest two suspects in transit mall assault

Bay City News SANTA ROSA — Police on Friday arrested two suspects in connection with an assault that occurred in Santa Rosa earlier this week and sent three victims to the hospital. Elijio Garfia, 24, of Cotati, was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a controlled substance, according to the Santa Rosa Police Department. A 16-year-old, also of Cotati, was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. Police responded at 6:17 p.m. Tuesday to a report of an assault at the Santa Rosa Transit Mall and found three victims with serious injuries. The victims were taken to a hospital. Investigators said seven to eight men had confronted the victims and one of the suspects struck the victims several times with a golf club. Police said it appears the attack was not random, and the suspects had an ongoing dispute with at least one of the victims. Following the attack, the suspects fled. During the ensuing investigation, officers obtained information that enabled them to identify two of the suspects. On Friday around 9:30 a.m., officers took Garfia into…

‘Gopher bomb’ may have started 7-acre Brentwood fire

In a scene straight out of the movie Caddyshack, a ‘gopher bomb’ may have caused a seven-acre brush fire that scorched the side of a hill off Deer Valley Road, west of Brentwood in Contra Costa County on Friday. An accidental fire burned 7 acres in Brentwood on Friday Courtesy East Contra Costa Fire Protection District The fire started around 2:30 p.m. on the 9000 block of Deer Valley Road near Balfour Road according to the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District. By about 4:30 p.m. the department said on Twitter it had been fully contained. In Caddyshack, a frustrated groundskeeper played by Bill Murray used dynamite in an ultimately futile effort to get rid of the burrowing rodents. No injuries were reported in connection to the fire, and crews from the Contra Costa fire district and Cal Fire, including a helicopter, helped contain the blaze. “We would like to take the opportunity to remind everyone to be mindful of their conditions and this early season fire should be a reminder of what can happen very quickly,” the East Contra Costa fire district wrote on Facebook,…

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