The Deadliest Fire in California History

The Deadliest Fire in California History

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On November 8, 2018, California burst into flames as heinous wildland fires ignited at both ends of the state. As of Saturday, November 24, the deadliest most destructive wildfire in California history was reported to be 100% contained. The Campfire burned through Butte County in Northern California devouring thousands of structures and claiming as many as 85 lives according the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. More specifically, it destroyed 13,972 residences, 528 commercial buildings, scorched 153,336 acres, and there are still at least 296 people unaccounted for. Southern California’s Woolsey Fire, which started the same day as Northern California’s Camp Fire, destroyed 1,500 structures, killed three people, and burned 96,949 acres as it blew through the Los Angeles and Ventura counties. The two fires collectively destroyed a grand total of nearly 400 square miles.

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Coca-Cola Energy

Coca-Cola Energy

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Coca-Cola has decided to expand its brand of carbonated refreshments to include a new line of energy drinks. The company’s spokesperson announced that the line will be called “Coca-Cola Energy” and will be made with a naturally-derived caffeine and guarana extract. In addition, Coca-Cola plans to release a sugar-free option branded as “Coca-Cola Energy No Sugar”. Guarana is a plant native to the Amazon, that is known to have antioxidant-promoting properties as well as up to four times the amount of caffeine than coffee beans. It has become quite a popular supplement additive, replacing coffee to fight fatigue. The company is hoping that their natural, organic approach will set them apart from other energy drinks and the negative connotations that come with drinking them.

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Amazon HQ2: Friend or Foe?

Amazon HQ2: Friend or Foe?

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Massive e-commerce site, Amazon, has been in search of a secondary headquarter location since September 2017. The corporation recently announced that instead of choosing one single location, they will split HQ2 and build two offices in both New York City and Arlington, Virginia. The company claimed that by picking the two cities that they did, they will be able to attract and recruit top talent. Amazon will invest a combined total of $10 billion between the two new buildings, creating more than 50,000 jobs that pay an average of $150,000. In addition to new headquarters, Amazon also plans to positively impact the economy by opening an operations center in Nashville, Tennessee, creating another 5,000 jobs. Despite the expected economic growth, Amazon is still in the business of making money, which policy makers should be weary of.

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When Will It End?

When Will It End?

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On November 7, 2018, shortly after 11:00 P.M., a lone gunman opened fire at Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California.Patrons initially thought the gunshots were fireworks, or sound effects, before realizing the depth of danger they were in. Within seconds, people dropped to the ground, hid under pool tables, escaped through broken windows, and even ran out the front door, where the shooter had entered only moments before.

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No More Pap, Please

No More Pap, Please

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Celebrities were once untouchable, elusive icons, unbeknownst to the average person as they existed in a mysterious world of glitz and glam – a luxury world separate from that of society. Spotting a celebrity in public, going about their day-to-day, was an exhilarating experience as they often operated behind closed doors. A celebrity spotting was like winning a golden ticket. This rarity morphed the notion of “Hollywood” into an intangible idea, rather than the destination atop the hills and winding roads of Los Angeles, California. But, this version of Hollywood is long gone – the Golden Age of Hollywood is simply no more.
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Bullies Be Gone

Bullies Be Gone

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Instagram, a very popular social media platform, is meant to be used to post photos and videos conveniently from one’s smartphone. Unfortunately, its intended use has been corrupted by hateful, intimidating, and even threatening messages inflicted by cyberbullies. To combat the misuse, Instagram revealed they are now using a new technology to detect and eliminate cyber bullying in photos posted on the app. The new head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri, said in a press release,

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Bill Cosby: Beloved Pop Culture Figure to Convicted Sex Offender

Bill Cosby: Beloved Pop Culture Figure to Convicted Sex Offender

AP_17159796022640-768x512Bill Cosby, stand-up comedian, actor musician, and author, has been denying accusations of sexual assault for years especially with the rise of the #MeToo Movement. The man who embodied American fatherhood was recently sentenced to three to 10 years in prison for sexually assaulting multiple women inside of his own home. The end of the trial marked Cosby’s devastating fall from beloved pop culture figure to an 81-year-old convicted sex offender.

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