Tag: Deaths (Fatalities)

When Paradise Is On Fire

Chico, Calif. — Paradise, an old Gold Rush town tucked in the Sierra Nevada foothills, lies 100 miles north of Sacramento and less than 15 miles from here. Sister communities, we are connected by the Skyway, a four-lane, winding road. It’s the daily commute for thousands and the sole route […]

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In California’s Fires, Fear for the Missing: ‘I Loved Her. And I Don’t Know if I’ll Ever See Her Again.’

PARADISE, Calif. — Has anyone heard from Billy? Susan? Betty? Their friends at the Ridgewood Mobile Home Park want to know. Four days after a blaze called the Camp Fire ripped through the small town of Paradise, the sheriff’s office said that more than 200 residents are still missing. It […]

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Racing California’s Wildfires: Survivors Recall Close Calls With Advancing Flames

LOS ANGELES — Allyn Pierce was trapped by a wall of fire as he tried to flee the flames coming closer and closer to his truck. Chris Gonzalez counted the ever-narrowing escape routes from his home as the highlands around him erupted into flames. Rebecca Hacket was engulfed by a […]

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Deadly Israeli Gaza Raid Threatens Nascent Cease-Fire

JERUSALEM — A covert Israeli operation in the Gaza Strip apparently went bad on Sunday, leaving at least seven Palestinians dead, including one senior Hamas military commander, and puncturing a nascent cease-fire with a flurry of airstrikes and rocket fire. One Israeli soldier was killed and another was wounded in […]

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Forced Out by Deadly California Fires, Then Trapped in Traffic

PARADISE, Calif. — Thousands of residents in the wooded town of Paradise did what they were told to do when the morning skies turned dark and an inferno raged across the hills: They got in their cars and fled. What happened next was the vehicular equivalent of a stampede, packing […]

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Families Search for Missing Loved Ones Amid California Fire Chaos

After the deadly and fast-growing wildfire began to threaten his hometown, Paradise, Calif., on Thursday, Al Silva got in his four-door Buick sedan and fled west. His family made contact with the 91-year-old on Thursday night, when he was at a parking lot in Chico, Calif., Mari Irby, Mr. Silva’s […]

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The Hidden Dangers of Riding in a Stretch Limousine

Traveling by stretch limo may seem like the height of prudence for people going out to party, but it has hidden pitfalls. Of course it makes great sense for a group of friends to set up a ride ahead of time so that no one who has been drinking — […]

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Weary California Firefighters Mourn a Fallen Colleague, ‘Our Brother’

REDDING, Calif. — They marched through a once-landscaped road reduced to ash. The temperatures had reached such intensity that there was no dirt left on the ground, just fused bedrock strewn with petrified trees. The heavy air was red and tinged with dirt, casting the scorched residential neighborhood in a sepia tone. The roughly three-dozen […]

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Ex-Penn State Fraternity Member Sentenced to House Arrest in Hazing Death

A former fraternity brother at Penn State University was sentenced on Tuesday to three months of house arrest for his role in the hazing death of a pledge. The former member of the university’s now-banned Beta Theta Pi chapter, Ryan Burke, 21, in June pleaded guilty to nine misdemeanor charges, including four counts of hazing […]

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Carr Fire in California Claims Another Victim, Bringing Death Toll to 6

A sixth person has died in the Carr Fire in Northern California, the authorities said on Sunday, as officials hinted they could be nearing a turning point in fighting the vast and erratic wildfire that has been burning for nearly a week. Tom Bosenko, the Shasta County sheriff, said at a news conference on Sunday […]

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Mother of Dead Woman Says Medics Told Her She Could Not Afford Ambulance

Nicole Black got a call around 1:45 a.m. on July 4 that her daughter Crystle Galloway had fallen in the bathroom of her Tampa, Fla., condominium and that something was wrong. She had hit her head, Ms. Galloway’s daughter said, and by the time Ms. Black raced from her home two blocks away, she was […]

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Woman and 2 of Her Great-Grandchildren Die in Carr Fire, Family Says

REDDING, Calif. — Ed Bledsoe left his home in Redding, Calif., on Thursday to run errands while his wife Melody and their two great-grandchildren stayed home. Less than an hour later his wife called. “She said, ‘You need to come home right now. The fire’s right next to our house,’” Mr. Bledsoe told Capital Public […]

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Mother and 5 of Her Children Die in Motel Fire in Michigan

A 26-year-old woman and five of her children were killed in a fire early on Saturday morning at a motel in Michigan, the authorities said. The fire swept through the Cosmo Extended Stay Motel in Sodus, Mich., at about 1:45 a.m., killing the mother and her children, ages 2 through 10, the Berrien County sheriff’s […]

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‘I Think All Those People Are Dead’: Laos Dam Survivors Seek Word of Neighbors

PAKSONG DISTRICT, Laos — Bounna Eemchanthavong was trying to do math that refused to add up: About 650 people lived in his remote village in southern Laos before it was devastated by a dam failure, and only 65 of them had been spotted at two shelters where survivors gathered. But local officials were telling him […]

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Delay in Sydney Jail Death Inquest Prolongs Family’s ‘Agonizing Wait’

SYDNEY, Australia — For almost three years, the family of an Indigenous Australian man who died in a Sydney prison complex after being pinned down by correctional officers has waited for answers. Their wait will continue. On Friday, an inquest into the 2015 death of David Dungay Jr., 26, who told officers at least 12 […]

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Hundreds Died in Syrian Custody, Government Acknowledges

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Seven years ago, Islam Dabbas, an engineering student, was thrown in prison for protesting against the Syrian government. His mother visited him twice, paying bribes to do so, but then the permissions stopped. She heard nothing of her son’s fate ever since. Until last week, when a relative filed for a government […]

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In Aftermath of Greek Fires, Suspicion Combines With Grief and Recrimination

Leaving the town hall after meeting with Mr. Bournous, she said that, beyond all the loss of life, the damages to property were enormous and that she had told the mayor that her private foundation would send computers, expertise and the gas that her husband’s company produced. Flanked by representatives from the American Embassy and […]

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5 Ways to Keep Cities Cooler During Heat Waves

Cities can be miserable during heat waves. All that concrete and asphalt soaks up the sun’s rays, pushing temperatures up even further. Tall buildings can block cooling breezes. Exhaust from cars and air-conditioners just adds to the swelter. This is known as the urban heat island effect: A large city’s built-up environment can make it […]

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