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Published: Wednesday, December 06, 2017 @ 9:56 PM
The wildfire has reportedly reached about 50 acres in size and is still growing, fueled by 25-mph winds. While the freeway closures were in the name of safety, one negative result was a massive gridlock in one of Los Angeles’ most congested and busy areas. Officials have issued a mandatory evacuation notice to at least one neighborhood filled with multimillion-dollar homes, as the fire has already started burning some down. More than 125 firefighters have been on the scene, and water-dropping helicopters are reportedly being used to quench the flames.
Terrified drivers took to social media to share dramatic photos and videos from their drives:
This is My drive to work this. Lord “Be still”.— CoCo Mayo♏️🦂 (@CoCo_Mayo76) December 6, 2017
Praying 🙏 for ppl up in those mountains, LA County and myself this morning. FYI anyone on the #405 turn around ITS ON 🔥 #SkirballFire pic.twitter.com/F0rMsotbTa
“This is My drive to work this. Lord ‘Be still,'” one Twitter user wrote. “Praying for [people] up in those mountains, LA County and myself this morning.”
Driving to LAX just as they’re closing the 405 for this roaring hillside fire near the Getty exit. Car windows are hot. Stay safe, LA. pic.twitter.com/gclO6A6WB9— Rebecca Keegan (@ThatRebecca) December 6, 2017
Fire burning off 405 freeway near Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles. Source: Shannon Wilson pic.twitter.com/3BG4DqlLx4— Jeff Nguyen (@jeffnguyen) December 6, 2017
Multiple wildfires are raging throughout Southern California, smothering the region in smoke. In addition to the Bel-Air fire, the Ventura County fire has forced at least 50,000 people to evacuate. Meanwhile, blazes from the Sylmar fire, Santa Clarita fire and San Bernardino fire have also had devastating effects.
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 11:53 PM
— Google’s new Arts & Culture App has been insanely popular over the last week -- and no, it’s not because people are wanting to brush up on their art history skills (though it’s good for that, too). It’s because there’s a hilarious feature where you can upload a photo of yourself and the app will match your face with a work of art that resembles you.
Except in Texas and Illinois, that is.
According to the Chicago Tribune, it’s because of the states’ biometric privacy laws, which limits companies who obtain “biometric identifiers” (like a “retina or iris scan, fingerprint, voiceprint or record of hand or face geometry,” according to the law) for commercial purposes. Anyone violating the Texas law passed in 2009 could be subject to a penalty of up to $25,000 for each violation.
Hey this one ain’t so bad. pic.twitter.com/er0FxZNVO8— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) January 13, 2018
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 10:27 PM
BOSTON — Kimberly Archie was pleased to hear about the new findings on chronic brain injuries released by Boston University on Thursday.
Doctors at BU have found constant hits to young athletes – even without concussions – cause Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE.
Archie says this better explains how her son died.
“I think it's great that peer-reviewed research has finally caught up to what a lot of us have known for a long time,” she told Boston 25 News. “And it seemed very suspect the way he died because the behavior was so erratic.”
Archie says her son died at age 24 from reckless driving that seemed suicidal, but she didn't understand why, until she had his brain autopsied and found he suffered from CTE after playing football from age 7 to 15.
“My son never had any brain injuries or what a lot of people like to call a concussion,” Archie said.
The new research could change the way some sports are played. The athletic director at Walpole High School says he already plans to talk to coaches about the findings from BU, to find ways players can avoid those dangerous hits.
Ron Dowd says the new findings that hard hits can cause brain damage in several sports at a young age -- makes sense.
“The more education, the more proof that you have is always better, you're always looking to improve” Dowd said.
He plans to work with coaches to show players how to make tackles and plays without injuring their brain.
“You can still encompass techniques and so forth, still get your point across and not be slamming heads,” he said.
Dowd says game rules could also be changed in the future to prevent CTE after this new research.
Archie hopes the new research helps other families avoid the loss she's had.
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 10:17 PM
UNIONTOWN, Pa. — Police arrested a woman after they say she exposed her baby to fentanyl.
But she told investigators that's not the drug she thought she was using.
The baby had to be flown to Children's Hospital from Uniontown.
Crystal Cumberland is in jail and facing charges including aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child.
According to Pennsylvania State Police in Fayette County, in November, the baby girl had to be given several doses of Narcan to revive her.
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 5:39 PM
INDIANAPOLIS — After getting calls about mothers leaving their kids in freezing temperatures, police are warning parents not to leave their children in their vehicles.
A mother left her two young children in a car as she spoke with friends for more than 45 minutes, according to WXIN.
Indianapolis Metropolitan police officer Stephen Jones found an 11-year-old girl clutching her 2-year-old brother inside a Toyota Corolla around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Castleton Square Mall. The outside temperature was 8 degrees at the time, according to WXIN.
The girl told Jones she had the keys to the car but had turned it off. Jones asked her to turn on the car.
Jones went into the mall and found the 29-year-old mother speaking with a group of her friends in front of a store. She was very apologetic.
Jones filed a report with the Department of Child Services and warned the woman to never leave her children alone again, according to WISH.
Hours earlier, police had also responded to a call that a woman left her son, 4, and daughter, 7, in a car in freezing temperatures for more than an hour, according to WISH.