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Articles from the August 17, 2016 edition

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  • Northern California Loses Historic Small Town to Clayton Fire

    Observer Staff|Aug 17, 2016

    The Clayton Fire has destroyed a California town, enveloping more than 175 homes, businesses and other structures. Ironically, buidlings lost include a Habitat for Humanity office. The 3000 fire appears to have been deliberately set, and is less than 5% contained. Monday night, Lake County Sheriff's Deputies said 40-year-old Damian Anthony Pashlik, 40, had been arrested for allegedly starting the blaze that has decimated communities in the area. He was charged with 17 counts of arson. He was...

  • Moon Jellies, Hammerhead Sharks, Mahi Mahi and Tuna Invade Steinbeck's Cannery Row

    Sabine Rose, Observer Staff|Aug 17, 2016

    Seconds after stepping through a pair of outsized doors into the wide-open aquarium h.q., I spotted a young educator in a navy blue shirt kneeling to present a glass cylinder to some kids. Inside the cylinder, tiny gossamer spheres pulsated calmly up and down the column as it turned over and over in the educator's hands. Instantly, I was kneeling right along with her and the children. While she explained the basics of moon jellies – Aurelia species, whose sting is harmless to humans and whose s...

  • Just How Bad is Crime in Rio? People ask after the Ryan Lochte robbery

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 17, 2016

    Just how bad is crime in Rio? By all accounts, the answer is pretty bad. Six months ago I had an Uber driver named Elizaveta. She was married, 27 and Brazilian. She was well educated and wore glasses. After 20 or so minutes of conversation, I asked her where she was from. "Rio," she said. Why did you leave? I asked. She grew very quiet. "Seven years ago," she said, "my brother Carlos was delivering TV sets from a warehouse to a Department store. That was his job, moving TV sets and other...

  • "Making a Murderer" Netflix pair apparently to be released

    Observer Staff|Aug 17, 2016

    Uncle and Nephew pair Steve Avery and Brendan Dassey were the subject of a Netflix special called making a murderer. An appeals court has thrown out their convictions, as based on Brandon's 2005 confession. It is unclear at this time whether this will require a retrial . The Netflix special focused on glaring police incompetence. Nevertheless the pair were convicted in 2007. The Netflix documentary series “Making a Murderer” tells the story of a Wisconsin man wrongly convicted of sexual ass...

  • Hollywood Cab driver killed over a $24.75 cab fare

    Observer Staff|Aug 17, 2016

    Just before 3 am Sunday morning, Ethiopian cab driver Asfawosen Alemseged picked up 3 passengers in downtown LA. One passenger got back into the cab. A fist fight erupted over whether the cab fare was too high, because it was "more than twice what Uber charges." Witnesses say Alemseged died when his head hit the pavement. The LAPD tracked the suspect for a few blocks east of the scene. An LAYellowcab spokesman said that Alemseged was, "A nice man and well loved by passengers.. . . there are...

  • California Condors In Danger due to Soberanes Fire

    Liz Miller, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 17, 2016

    A fire that began on August 31 with an illegal campfire is within eight miles of 3 nests with young California condor hatchlings. The months-old young are not yet able to fly and could not escape the flames on their own. The Soberanes fire has roared through nearly 70,000 acres of wildland, destroying 57 residences and 11 outbuildings. Biologists report that none of the condors living in the area has yet been killed by the fire, but one of the feeding stations where they leave dead animals for...