Ghost Ship: Thirty-three people are confirmed dead in the Oakland warehouse fire and authorities expect to find still more bodies. Some of the bodies were found with personal identification, and the names of seven have been released. Identification of others will take time. The coroner’s office is asking families of the missing to provide objects that might have DNA samples, things like hairbrushes and toothbrushes.
Oakland Fire: At least nine people died overnight Friday and about 30 remain missing in a warehouse fire in Oakland, Calif., where a large party was being held. Portions of the roof collapsed.
Recovery workers had to support part of the building to keep it from collapsing and knocked a hole in one side to get access to the interior. Investigators say they are going through the rubble with shovels and buckets in the search for bodies.
The warehouse was home to the “Ghost Ship” artist cooperative, whose organizer, Derick Ion Almena, is being excoriated for tweeting about his personal loss. “Everything I worked so hard for is gone. Blessed that my children and Micah were at a hotel safe and sound … it’s as if I...Read more
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In Transition: In a break with 37 years of US diplomatic policy, President-elect Donald Trump spoke on the telephone yesterday with the president of Taiwan. The US cut off formal relations with the island of Taiwan when it formally recognized …Read more
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It's Been Said
"Donald Trump, and the Republican majorities in the Senate, are poised to wipe out the signature victories of his predecessor in areas ranging from health care to the environment. He will enter office as the first explicitly anti-free trade president since Herbert Hoover, committed to unraveling a series of agreements that underpin the root assumptions of global commerce. His list of potential Supreme Court nominees include judges who reject not simply the jurisprudence that led to the gay marriage and abortion decisions, but the arguments that led the Court to uphold New Deal legislation some 80 years ago and to bind states to the protections of the Bill of Rights."
-Jeff Greenfield writing for Politico