Wildfires continue to sweep through California and one mountain town is left in ashes, notes Grumpy Editor.
Greenville, a community of about 800, 115 miles northeast of Sacramento, is about 75 percent destroyed, the result of the Golden State’s largest current wildfire, called the Dixie Fire.
Some of its downtown area’s wooden buildings are more than a century old.
“We just lost Greenville tonight,” Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R., Calif.), whose district includes the town, says in a video posted on Facebook.
The Dixie Fire in the past few days burns about 322,500 acres, making it the second largest fire in California history. 
STAMPS TO COST MORE.  Postage rates are going up again.  First class stamps rise to 58 cents from 55 on Aug. 29.
RAIN SOAKS NORTH KOREA.  Things may be dry in many parts of the U.S., but heavy rain over four days in North Korea last week brought a whopping almost two feet of rain in Puryong County in North Hamgyong Province.
NEXT SEASON'S BASEBALL STARTS SAME DAY FOR ALL.  Next year’s baseball season will have all teams starting on the same day --- March 31 .  That's the first time since 1968 that every team will play its first game on the same day.
UNVACCINATED CNN WORKERS FIRED.  In an effort to keep the virus from spreading in its offices, CNN fired three workers who came to work without getting a Covid-19 vaccine.
N.Y. TIMES AD REVENUE REBOUNDS.  Reflecting a strong rebound in advertising business, New York Times’ second quarter revenue rises 24 percent while operating profit almost doubles from a year earlier, reaching $73.3 million.
CLIMATE CHANGE AFFECTS PENGUINS.  Research published in Global Change Biology finds that by 2100, 98 percent of Emperor penguin colonies may be pushed to the brink of extinction if no changes are made to current rates of carbon emissions and climate change.

100-YEAR OLD POWERLIFTER.  Tampa’s Edith Murway-Traina, who turned 100 yesterday, receives word that she is a Guinness World Record holder as the oldest competitive powerlifter. Powerlifting is a strength sport that consists of three attempts at maximal weight on three lifts: squat, bench press, and deadlift.

RECORD BIG MAC EATER.  Donald Gorske, of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, who holds the Guinness World Record for lifetime Big Mac consumption since 1999, gets his record updated to 32,340, averaging two McDonald's signature sandwiches a day,  part of his routine since 1972.

CALIFORNIA POWER PLANT CLOSED.  Drought-stricken California shuts down one of its largest hydroelectric plants.  The six-turbine Edward Hyatt Power Plant is off-line after the water level in the Oroville Dam reservoir that feeds it drops to an historic low of less than 642 feet above sea level.

2022 BIG YEAR FOR WEDDINGS.  An estimated 2.5 million weddings are planned for 2022, the most for the U.S. since 1984, according to a forecast by The Wedding Report, a market research firm. 







August 18, 2014


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