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THE HIGHLIGHTS

California is battling over a dozen wildfires. 

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

Say hello to Santa Ana winds. We’ll explain. High-pressure air masses in the Great Basin and the Mojave Desert move toward California’s coast. As this air - which is already super duper dry - drops in elevation, it gets compressed and heats up. It keeps loosing moisture, drying out any plants. And since much of California’s coast is blocked off by mountains, this air slips through passes and canyons, creating strong winds known as the Santa Anas. Science lesson, complete. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

ICYMI, California is currently facing multiple wildfires - the two biggest being the Kincade Fire in Northern California and the Getty Fire near Los Angeles. Problem, since the state’s also dealing with some of its strongest winds in a decade. Winds like the Santa Anas - aka “Devil Winds” - are spreading the fires at fast rates. And it’s only expected to get worse. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 2. 

Yesterday, Santa Ana winds reached up to 80mph - leading the National Weather Service to issue its first-ever extreme red flag warning. That’s forecast to stick until this weekend, with 19 million people still under an extreme red flag warning today. The winds are also helping new fires spread, with tens of thousands of acres burned and places like the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library under threat

 

SO…?

The Santa Ana winds are bringing extra danger to these fires. TBD, TBD, TBD. 


THE ACTION

BIZ: The Chicago teacher strike is still under way. Reminder: over the past couple years, you’ve seen teachers in states all across the nation go on strike for things like higher pay and smaller classroom sizes. Enter: Chicago. For 11 days, teachers there have been on strike, with Chicago Teachers Union delegates nodding their heads to a tentative agreement earlier this week. But the strike’s still not set to end, since the teachers aren’t willing to make up the days they missed, like the city wants them to. Standstill. Speaking of which, Ford (as in the auto biz) is ahead of things. Yesterday, the biz reached a deal with the United Auto Workers union to avoid a strike. 

 

WORLD: Twitter’s taking the hint. Quick refresher: lately, the whole world’s been (even more) mad at Facebook for its policy on political figures. As in the biz says it’s all good with politicians pushing their message through its platform - even if messages include false claims. So yesterday, Twitter said ‘we’re the good guys’ and announced that they’ll be banning all political ads starting next month. Speaking of which, Facebook says it suspended multiple accounts tied to an ally of Prez Putin. The accounts were apparently spreading disinformation in an attempt to influence politics in countries like Libya and Sudan. And in other news, North Korea reportedly just fired two unidentified projectiles - supposedly missiles.  

 

USA: Recently, John Bolton - the US’s former national security adviser - was summoned to testify before lawmakers in the impeachment inquiry. It wasn’t a subpoena; instead, it was a voluntary request. Not yet clear whether Bolton will show. Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve’s making some changes. Recently, the organization cut interest rates by a quarter point - the third cut they’ve made this year. This comes amid rising concerns of a slowing economy. In other news, a new report shows that two out of every three American kids didn’t meet reading proficiency levels - while the average eighth-grade reading level dropped in over 25 states from 2017. Not good. 


WHAT TO KNOW

Washington Nationals:” who won the World Series for the first time in the franchise’s history. Home run. 


SAY WHAT?

“Swearing helps” - a new study shows that people who swear during workouts do better. %$@!

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