France in the grip of country’s worst drought, PM says

Associated Press PARIS — French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne warned that France is facing its “most severe drought” ever recorded and announced the activation of a government crisis unit. Borne said in a written statement on Friday that many areas in France are going through a “historic situation” as the country endures its third heatwave this summer. “The exceptional drought we are currently experiencing is depriving many municipalities of water and is a tragedy for our farmers, our ecosystems and biodiversity,” the statement said. Weather forecasts suggest that the heat, which increases evaporation and water needs, could continue for the next 15 days, possibly making the situation even more worrying,… Read More

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Pro Football Hall of Fame recognizes women’s impact

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — A 15-year-old boy made his way through the the Pro Football Hall of Fame museum on Friday, checking out the memorabilia and bronze busts before stopping to take a picture of Jen Welter’s blue-and-pink jersey to send to his younger sister. “She will love this,” said Zach Fleming, a Pittsburgh Steelers fan in town with his dad for the first time. “I want her to know girls can make the Hall of Fame, too.” Welter became the first woman to coach an NFL game in 2015 when she joined the Arizona Cardinals as an assistant coaching intern for training camp and the preseason.  The shirt, pants… Read More

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France returns to the Mariners, how Rodríguez, Haniger and more are progressing

The Mariners got one key bat back in the lineup for Friday’s series opener against the Los Angeles Angels. Morosi: Mariners are well set up to make playoffs, potentially win 2 series First baseman Ty France, who is in the midst of an All-Star season for Seattle, is back at first base and hitting second in the lineup after being out of action since Sunday in Houston due to a wrist injury. All in all, France missed four games with the injury. France has been one of the M’s top hitters in 2022, slashing .308/380/.477 in 87 games. He and the Mariners will face off with Angels lefty starter Patrick… Read More

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‘I feel ashamed and I’m so sorry’: WA man apologizes as he’s sentenced for arranging to molest Bay Area undercover cop’s kids

SAN FRANCISCO — A Washington man who went by “pervyguy40” online has been sentenced to nine years and seven months in federal prison after his arrest in an undercover sting designed to target would-be child molesters, court records show. Christopher Michael David, 43, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer at a June court hearing. David pleaded guilty to attempted travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct, a federal offense. Prosecutors say David booked a flight from Tacoma, Washington to the Bay Area after arranging to molest the purported children of an undercover cop posing as a 31-year-old San Francisco woman with a son and daughter aged… Read More

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Letters: UC housing | Worsening traffic | Bicyclists too welcome | County libraries | SB 260

Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. UC should lookelsewhere for housing Re. “Clashes halt housing project,” Page A1, Aug. 4: As a “People’s Park Survivor” shot in both legs that infamous day, May 15, 1969, I don’t understand why UC needs to use this particular site, other than the chancellor’s ego. It all seems like a power move. Why, over so many years, can the university still not embrace the amazing piece of work this park is? In spite of the homelessness and messiness, it is a tribute to the creative, positive actions people took all those years ago. Let’s keep… Read More

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Alex Jones ordered to pay $45.2M more over Sandy Hook lies

By JIM VERTUNO AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas jury on Friday ordered conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to pay $45.2 million in punitive damages to the parents of a child who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, adding to the $4.1 million he has to pay for the suffering he put them through by claiming for years that the nation’s deadliest school shooting was a hoax. The total — $49.3 million — is less than the $150 million sought by Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, whose 6-year-old son Jesse Lewis was among the 20 children and six educators killed in the deadliest classroom shooting in U.S. history.… Read More

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Rusty Bowers and the future of the Arizona Republican Party

Arizona Speaker of the House Rusty Bowers is photographed on the Arizona House of Representatives chamber floor in Phoenix, Arizona, on Wednesday March 2, 2022. Laura Segall, for the Deseret News The Arizona Republican Party has fallen. That was Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers’ take after he lost his bid for a state Senate seat Tuesday. “I’ve joked and said the party has taken Kabul and I’m on the last plane out to Uzbekistan,” he said by phone Friday during a layover en route to Israel as part of a trip to learn how desert farming techniques and desalinated water and distribution systems could work in Arizona. Candidates endorsed by… Read More

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Letters: Impeding housing | Rewriting Constitution | All should vote | Democrats’ messaging | Call for peace

Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Protesters impedebadly needed housing Re. “Clashes halt housing project,” Page A1, Aug. 4: It appears the current group of Berkeley protesters is having an existential moment. On the one hand, they are protesting to protect the historical significance of People’s Park, and on the other hand, protesting against the attempt to provide necessary student and affordable housing. Apparently, the cause is just and NIMBY (Not in My Backyard) is alive and well. I wonder what Mario Savio is thinking. Manny MoralesSan Jose Supreme Court isrewriting Constitution Re. “Is California’s gun law, modeled after abortion law,… Read More

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BYU football: Anonymous coaches give the skinny on BYU football program

BYU quarterback Jaren Hall laughs during an interview during BYU football media day in Provo on Wednesday, June 22, 2022. Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News One of the highlights of the annual Athlon Sports college football preview is the section that accompanies each team page and allows opposing coaches to anonymously dish, or diss, on various programs throughout the country. The printed editions hit newsstands in June at the cost of $11.99 per copy. The Intermountain West region edition features BYU quarterback Jaren Hall and Utah QB Cam Rising on the cover, along with Colorado safety Isaiah Lewis. Recently, Athlon posted the “Scouting the Cougars” segment on its free website,… Read More

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Berkeley man gets six years in federal prison for possessing guns, allegedly admitted to being driver in shooting

OAKLAND — A Berkeley man was sentenced to six years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of three pistols allegedly found during a search of his grandmother’s home. Reginald Patillo, 38, was sentenced in late June by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White. The defense asked for a five-year prison term, while federal prosecutors asked for White to sentence Patillo to almost 9 years, court records show. Patillo is serving his sentence in USP Victorville, according to Bureau of Prisons records. Patillo was arrested in Vallejo last year in connection with the search warrant of his grandmother’s Berkeley home. Authorities say he was the suspected driver in a… Read More

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