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Scientists have questioned the association of storms with climate change

With California emerging from a deadly two-week bout of atmospheric rivers, a number of climate researchers say recent storms It appears to be typical of severityPeriodic rains witnessed by the state throughout its history, not as a result of global warming.

Although scientists are still studying the size and intensity of the storms, which killed 19 people and caused up to $1 billion in damage, preliminary assessments suggest that the devastation had more to do with it. California’s Historical Cycles from Drought to FloodIts rugged terrain and aging infrastructure flood more than it has with climate-altering greenhouse gases.

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The California Duplex Code is not yet working as expected

Once seen as the death knell for California’s single-family neighborhoods, a new law intended to create more duplexes has given little encouragement to construction in some of the state’s largest cities, according to a new report.

across 13 cities in the state, Senate Bill 9 ‘Limited or Nonexistent’, According to a new study by the University of California, Berkeley Turner Center for Housing Innovation.

The report focused on cities that are considered high-opportunity areas for duplexes because they have reported a significant increase in the construction of attached apartment units — also known as granny flats, cassettes or ADUs — in recent years and have single-family properties available for potential subdivision lots. By the end of November, the cities had received a combined 282 applications for SB 9 projects, and Only 53 agreed.

The LAPD attack on Kenan Anderson brings police policy to scrutiny

For 42 disturbing seconds, the LAPD officer Keenan surprised Anderson repeatedly with a Taser Earlier this month, other officers attempted to pin and handcuff the 31-year-old teacher in the middle of a busy Venice street. Anderson died several hours later, although the cause of his death has yet to be determined.

The officers’ actions, caught on LAPD cameras, have sparked protests, internal investigations and calls for a change in police policies. In particular, the case has brought close scrutiny to the Los Angeles Police Department Guidelines on the use of electric shocks by officers.

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Alec Baldwin ‘Rust’ shooting: Will anyone be charged?

New Mexico prosecutors will soon reveal whether They will file criminal charges In Alec Baldwin’s deadly accidental shoot of cinematographer Helena Hutchins on the set of “Rust,” a low-budget western.

The first judicial district. came. Mary Carmack Altwis, along with Special Prosecutor Andrea Ripp, plans to release a written statement this morning, according to the attorney general’s office. A Carmack-Altwies spokesperson declined to say who, if any, would be charged.

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Who will execute a child? A drug cartel, Sheriff Toller said, then backed off. After six people were killed Monday, while local officials were killed called a targeted attack In the small town of Goshen in Tulare County, residents and authorities are left with questions about it Who would commit such a heinous crime.

The family questions the Mexican authorities’ account of the OC’s death. The death of an Orange County public defender in the Baja California resort last week, which Mexican authorities called an “unfortunate accident,” It raised many unanswered questions The man’s family said in a statement that local police had not previously investigated.

Too much rain and snow could boost hydropower — good news for California’s grid. If rain and snow totals hold, it will support hydroelectric production and could help Golden State’s electric grid come summer When the system is under stress.

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Ukraine’s interior minister and other senior officials have been killed in a helicopter crash. The helicopter crashed into a residential area near the capital, Kyiv, killing at least 14 people. Interior Minister Denis Monastyrsky The most senior official dies Since the invasion of Russia.

The UN Secretary-General says that the world’s conflicts “accumulate like cars in a chain reaction”. The world is in an “unfortunate state” because countless interconnected challenges Including climate change and Russia’s war in Ukraine, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said at a World Economic Forum meeting on Wednesday.

Hollywood and the Arts

How ‘Housewives’ fans turned the franchise upside down. A mainstay of Bravo is an anarchic, scandal-ridden fantasy epic, one that has captivated fans for its nearly 17 years on the air. And his fans are not passive viewers. They have become major characters in their own right.

Indie film at a crossroads. And Sundance is full of “coal mine canaries”. Even after producing last year’s Academy Award winners for Best Picture (“CODA”) and a documentary (“Summer of Soul”), Sundance returns to Park City Thursday as the target of the festival, and perhaps film festivals in general, Looks like it’s time to reconsider.


Microsoft is laying off 10,000 workers as the technology sector continues to cut jobs. The company said in a regulatory filing Wednesday that She had just notified employees of the layoffsSome of them are effective immediately.

LA movie falls 20% in fourth quarter of 2022 as production returns to 2019 levels. The past two years have seen an increase in photography driven by pent-up demand. However, now it appears that production Back to pre-pandemic levels.


If you do business with the Big 4, your money has an alarming carbon footprint. “As the world warms, expect more heat targeting global banks, particularly the major US banks. This is because they have allowed themselves to become the strongest and most powerful enablers for the fossil fuel industry. “

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The Rams are revamping the staff as they decide to part ways with six assistant coaches. On the heels of a 5-12 season, Rams head coach Sean McVay Hand over a lot of his employees.

USC is changing strategies to deal with a daunting 2023 football schedule. When Brigham Young backed out of a scheduled November meeting with the Trojans amid the Cougars’ impending move to the Big 12, USC faced the prospect of Play dozens of consecutive games without interruption.

Mater D has completed its Sports Safety Assessment but will not disclose details. School gave No indication results will be shared Publicly though, former head of the school, Father Walter E. Jenkins, committed to publishing the results.

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10 vegan gurus on how to experiment in their gardens in 2023. Southern California water agencies have already declared a drought emergency for 2023, so expect another tight year for watering parks and lawns (if they survived last summer’s restrictions). Fortunately, there is plenty of time to plan. Here’s what the file is Experts say they are rethinking.

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Los Angeles Dodgers' Sandy Koufax smiles while holding a baseball

Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers smiles as he holds a baseball on May 12, 1963, symbolizing the second no-hitter in less than a year.

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fifty-one years ago, Los Angeles Dodgers player is left-handed Sandy Kovacs had become The youngest player to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Koufax was also the first pitcher to win multiple Cy Young Awards (1963, ’65, and ’66), as well as the first pitcher to win a Cy Young Award by unanimous vote (1963, when he went 25-5 with a 1.88 ERA). He also has two of the best players in the World Series.

Fun fact about Kovacs: He went to the University of Cincinnati, where he walked the basketball team and was awarded a partial scholarship.

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