Good morning. It’s Thursday, Nov. 14.
Today’s edition: 12 items,
|•||Police investigate narcotics in USC deaths.|
|•||Tom Hanks as the gold standard of niceness.|
|•||And Joshua Tree’s hallucinatory boulders.|
A sign indicated a business was closed during a power shutoff in Lafayette on Oct. 10.
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California regulators voted unanimously to open a formal investigation into the handling of preemptive power outages that plunged millions of Californians into darkness in October. The shutoffs “cannot be the new normal for California,” said Marybel Batjer, the top utilities regulator. A.P. | S.F. Chronicle
Pacific Legal Foundation, a libertarian group, sued California over its law requiring that publicly held companies put women on their boards of directors. “The law mandates exactly what the equal protection clause forbids — taking into account things like sex or race,” a foundation lawyer said. A.P. | Sacramento Bee
Adam Schiff, left, and Devin Nunes at the first public impeachment hearing on Wednesday.
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California, as always shaping the country’s future, played a central role in the extraordinary public impeachment hearing on Wednesday.
Rep. Adam Schiff, a Democrat from Burbank, opened by summarizing the facts that have been laid out about President Trump’s conduct thus far and asked, “If this is not impeachable conduct, what is?” Devin Nunes, a Republican from Tulare, then portrayed the proceedings as a farce. “The main performance, the Russia hoax, has ended,” he said, addressing two witnesses, “and you’ve been cast in the low-rent Ukrainian sequel.”
A gathering of Southern Miwuk near the Merced River in Yosemite in 1872.
The Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation, a tribe with historic ties to Yosemite National Park, has been waiting 37 years for the U.S. government to decide on its petition for federal recognition. They submitted thousands of documents. They won the support of historians. Yosemite National Park itself recognized the tribe. Then the government issued its proposed ruling: Denied. “We are still being destroyed as a people,” the Miwuk chairman said. Fresno Bee | Newsweek
Standing in the surf at Trinidad State Beach, two beachgoers were swept off their feet by a rip current and dragged out to sea. Unable to swim back to shore, they struggled to keep their mouths above water. That’s when four 16-year-old surfers mounted a rescue, ferrying the swimmers back to shore on their surfboards. There, it was hugs all around. “They definitely saved those kids’ lives,” a witness said. North Coast Journal | Eureka-Times Standard
A Greta Thunberg mural was added to the side of a building near Union Square.
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Tom Hanks is as nice as you think he is.
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The N.Y. Times did a nice profile of America’s favorite nice guy and Bay Area native son, Tom Hanks. His advice on parenting: “Somewhere along the line, I figured out, the only thing really, I think, eventually a parent can do is say I love you, there’s nothing you can do wrong, you cannot hurt my feelings, I hope you will forgive me on occasion, and what do you need me to do? You offer up that to them. I will do anything I can possibly do in order to keep you safe. That’s it. Offer that up and then just love them.” N.Y. Times
“It’s been an honor and a privilege. And everybody stay safe.”
Toby MacFarlane left court in Boston on April 3.
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A judge handed down the harshest sentence yet in the college admissions scandal. Toby MacFarlane, a title insurance executive from San Diego County, was given six months in prison for paying $450,000 to get his son and daughter into USC as phony athletic recruits. The judge told MacFarlane the punishment was fit for “a common thief — because that’s what you are. A thief of the values of decency and fair play.” S.D. Union-Tribune | USA Today
Investigators are looking into whether drug overdoses played a part in some of the nine student deaths this semester at USC. The university’s president said the school is “doubling down” on educating students about the dangers of substance abuse. “In particular,” she said, “we’ve been also talking about the real risks of mixing opioids and prescription drugs and alcohol because we are concerned about that.” L.A. Times | A.P.
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Joshua Tree National Park is strewn with hallucinatory boulders — in shapes of arches, a heart, a penguin — that could fit easily into a Salvador Dali painting. It’s heaven for explorers. California travel junkie Josh McNair listed his 15 favorite spots. California Through My Lens
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