Extreme weather hits Lake Tahoe, California and US

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Finally, It is snowing in Northern California, especially in Lake Tahoe areas now with three significant avalanches warned from the first day of December to the following Monday. According to the U.S. National Weather Service, Tonight will be at 7 degrees Fahrenheit. They are currently expecting 10-15 inches of snow by Thursday night, and it will start Saturday again around 1 PM with an expected 2-3 feet of accumulation.

I-80 and 50 are the most impacted by this weather and the surface of roads is ice accumulated. Roads were closed in both ways. With historically low water reservoir levels in California and Nevada, and will be stored in the lakes or valleys most likely with this winter storm.

Residents in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama are reporting at least 35 tornadoes on Tuesday. The tornadoes left two people dead, seriously injured dozens, and destroyed buildings. According to AccuWeather.com, the Northeast and Midwest will get some snow and rain at the end of this week.

 

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Handyman set hidden cameras at his Client’s bathroom

Metropolitan Police arrested a handyman who installed a hidden camera in his client’s bathroom when he was doing a renovation project.

D.C police and prosecutors stated that a contractor, Eddy Giron (41) installed hidden cameras in the bathroom of an apartment in SW D.C. near the Waterfront Metro station while he was doing the apartment renovation. According to NBC Washington, the camera recorded video of the woman wearing only a t-shirt and of Giron going through the woman’s undergarments, police said.

Giron who lives in Hyattsville, Maryland, installed the camera in late June, and he moved the camera to inside a vent, beneath the sink to see the toilet in the bathroom over the course of the three days. According to the charging document.

Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert Contee said, “It’s a very sick thing. Someone hired a contractor and when you vet your contractor, you expect them to do the work that you’ve paid them to do – not anything extra like placing a stealthy camera someplace on your property to record you in your private interactions in your home. I’m thankful that the complainant [, in this case,] was able to detect that camera,”

Giron was charged with voyeurism. Recently, DMV areas are encountering something that is not used to doing things like this home renovation project with hidden cameras.

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Waukesha Parade Killing Suspect Found Guilty of All Charges

Last year, an SUV driver mowed his vehicle against people who gathered to enjoy the Christmas parade in a peaceful small town, Waukesha, Wisconsin, killing 6 people and injuring more than dozens. The suspect, Darrell Brooks (40) defended himself at the trial and received a verdict today. The jury found him guilty of 77 counts including six counts of first-degree intentional homicides and 61 counts of felony reckless endangerment. He faces a mandatory life sentence on each count.

After 3 hours and 15 minutes of the trial on Wednesday morning, the jury reached a verdict before announcing. He was found to have lied about the SUV’s throttle malfunction and panicking when he mowed the people. District Attorney Susan Opper countered during her rebuttal that a Wisconsin State Patrol vehicle inspector testified earlier that the SUV was in good working order. Opper warned jurors that Brooks was just trying to play on their sympathy.

District Attorney Susan Opper called to the stand police officers and paradegoers who testified they saw Brooks behind the wheel of the SUV. according to AP, Brooks pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease this September but withdrew the plea before his trial began with no explanation. Judge Dorow said in court last week that psychologists found Brooks has a personality disorder but was mentally competent to stand trial.

According to a criminal complaint, Brooks, 40, got into an argument with his ex-girlfriend on Nov. 21, then sped off and drove onto the parade route despite police shouting at him to stop and shooting guns at him. Police officers described the SUV as moving side to side and running over people. Opper showed more than 300 videos that directly pointed to the suspect’s intentional homicide.

The dead included 8-year-old Jackson Sparks, who was marching in the parade with his baseball team, and four members of a group calling itself the Dancing Grannies, a group of grandmothers who dance in parades. Police captured Brooks after he abandoned the SUV and tried to get into a nearby house, the complaint said.

His behavior was insane and eventually, Judge Dorow moved him to a separate room to watch the video through the proceedings at the court. Judge Dorow faced many difficulties due to the defendant’s terrible behavior. Nonetheless, the guilty man will be held behind bars, and the families can now mourn.

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RSV infection threats increase children hospitalization in the U.S.

There are no specific treatments for this new virus that attacks vulnerable children. Recently, RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) has been found to be showing up in 42 states in the U.S. RSV is a virus that acts like mild cold symptoms: runny nose, cough, and fever that can eventually lead to severe breathing problems for patients who have a weaker immune system.

Doctors and hospitals see the number of hospitalized patients increasing due to RSV since the Covid-19 restrictions eased in the summer of 2021. Most U.S. children who are as young as 2 years old can catch the RSV infection. If there is no remedy for the virus then what shall we do for now? The current recommendation includes getting updated flu vaccines and staying current on the Covid-19 vaccine and boosters. This RSV can spread for up to four weeks and some low-immunity persons or babies are at risk.

The problem with this virus is that anyone can be infected. From babies to those over 65 years old adults who have weak immunity.

According to PBS,

“Among U.S. kids under age 5, RSV typically leads to 58,000 hospitalizations and up to 500 deaths in a year. For adults 65 and older, RSV causes 177,000 hospitalizations and 14,000 deaths yearly. For babies, the struggle to breathe can interfere with eating. And that’s really when we start to worry,” said Dr. Melanie Kitagawa of Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, where more than 40 children have RSV.

“They’re breathing fast, breathing deep. We see them using muscles in their chest to help them breathe,” Kitagawa said. “These are kids who are having difficulty taking a bottle because their breathing is being impacted and they can’t coordinate both at once.”

If anyone gets RSV or like RSV symptoms, do not hesitate and call 911 or go to the emergency room in the hospital.

For the Covid-19 booster shot appointment, go to your pharmacy and ask for a vaccine appointment. For example, to make an appointment online, go to www.harristeeter.com/rx or call 1-866-211-5320 if you are a customer of this pharmacy.

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A 80-year-old man in custody due to ‘Suspicious Documents Delivery’ to the Supreme Court

U.S. Capitol Police arrested an 80-year-old Georgia man near the Supreme Court on Wednesday, October 19. Two others were detained with the old man but not into taken custody. According to USCP, “they were here to deliver documents to the U.S. Supreme Court,” in its statement. Authorities temporarily closed surrounding the Supreme Court and the Library of Congress around 3:45 p.m. to investigate the vehicle.

The authorities found two handguns and a shotgun inside the white van. The man was not publicly identified, and the authorities charged the suspect with three counts: possession of an unregistered firearm, unregistered ammunition, and carrying a pistol without a license.

The old man told authorities that he wanted to deliver some documents to the Supreme Court.

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Most Scenic Vista with Full Foliage at Shenandoah National Park

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People from all over the states know the best time to visit Shenandoah National Mountains, and there were many cars sporting different state licenses on Skyline drive on Monday. However, the weather was a little shy about the tides of people who passed by the outlook with a cloudy sky. Many senior citizens were seen holding tightly onto their smartphones or cameras to catch the beautiful views.

Fall seems to be nearing its end as quickly as it has arrived, with weather forecasters calling for snow and a quick drop in temperatures as early as tomorrow. Peak foliage will be between this week and next week in Washington, D.C. areas.

There are many parks surrounding DMV. There are at least 10 best spots for nature lovers:

  1. Shenandoah National Mountains
  2. Rock Creek Park
  3. Prince William Forest
  4. Blandy Experimental Farm
  5. Harpers Ferry
  6. National Mall
  7. National Arboretum
  8. Dumbarton Oaks
  9. Theodore Roosevelt Island
  10. Great Falls Park

If you are over 62 years old, you are eligible for the Senior lifetime pass through the National Park Service. The cost is $80 for your lifetime access to National Parks and/or National Recreation fields in all 50 states. Sometimes, a few moments away from the headache-inducing human reality and choosing to visit nature, could do all of us wonders.

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(Breaking News) Shooting Rampage: 5 People dead including Off-duty Cop in Raleigh, NC

Five people are dead, including an off-duty officer, and 3 other people are injured from a shooting rampage on a nature trail in Raleigh, North Carolina on Thursday night, according to Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin said in a press conference. A K-9 officer got an injury, but it was not life-threatening among those injured, the mayor added.

“We must stop this mindless violence in America and we must address gun violence,” the mayor added. The suspect has been contained but is not in custody, there is an ongoing and active investigation. Police blocked the entrance to I-540 east at Buffaloe Road in Raleigh, N.C., on Thursday night and blocked off Old Milburnie Road during a shooting incident. At least 3 people were transported to WakeMed Health and Hospital’s trauma center in relation to this incident, according to ABC news.

“The Raleigh police department is currently on the scene of an active shooting in the area of the Neuse River Greenway near Osprey Cove Drive and Bay Harbor Drive. Residents in that area are advised to remain in their homes.” The Raleigh Police’s Department Twitter account added.

Stay safe and vigilant.

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Is Loudoun County the Next K-Restaurant Spot?

Since K-Pop has become more famous around the world, K-Restaurants are booming all around the globe. From Korean fusion snacking restaurants to K-style bakeries located in northern Virginia, these places are crowded especially at meal times. Paris Baguette is one of them. Paris Baguette has reportedly begun searching for a business location in Loudoun County. One might expect Shilla Bakery to follow suit, as Northern Virginia is home to a big Korean population.

Korean-owned companies are prone to compete in the business field which comes from the Korean culture where competition has always been notoriously fierce, from as young as pre-schoolers to death.

Paris Baguette bakery is slightly more expensive than Shilla Bakery, but its decor is more modern, and its food, equally so. Shilla Bakery’s breads are more traditional or familiar to the generation of Koreans who grew up in the 70s and 80s, whereas Paris Baguette is more appealing to the younger generation due to its experimental nature.

That being said, as the price of living in Loudoun county is quite high, if the prices reflect this, Koreans and other K-food-loving folks might go to the cheaper stores in Centreville or Fairfax, and the stores should keep this in mind when pricing their foods. No one wants a reputation of being exceedingly highly-priced as that will drive down demand.

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100th Anniversary of the National Museum of Asian Art Begins November

The National Museum of Asian Art announced on October 6, the plans for its 100th anniversary. Beginning in November and continuing through 2023, the museum will celebrate its centennial with a year-long series of events and programs that deepen the understanding of Asian arts, and cultures to expand its new audiences.

A Two-week festival, May 1, 2023-May 13, 2023 will celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month- the museum’s first large-scale festival in recognition of this heritage month, and a cornerstone of the centennial celebrations. For the past 100 years, the national museum has built one of the world’s most important museums of Asian arts and its history.

According to the National Museum of Asian Art, the museum’s rich holdings bring the arts of Asia into direct dialogue with an important collection of 19th-and early 20th-century American works, providing an essential platform for creative collaboration and cultural exchange between the United States, Asia, and the Middle East. New acquisitions are continually added to the collections, and the museum now showcases the richness of pre-modern Asian arts and evolving visual cultures of Asia in the 20th and 21st centuries.

“The museum’s centennial will serve not only as a milestone for the institution and the Smithsonian but as a catalyst for the century ahead,” said Chase F. Robinson, Dame Jillian Sackler Director of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of the Art, the National Museum of Asian Art. “Our vision is to transform the National Museum of Asian Art into a space where a wide range of visitors can come together to celebrate, learn about, and interact with Asian art and cultures, including their intersection with America. In our second century, we’re becoming a space to convene, learn, reflect and forge connections through art.

More plans and programs for the public, from May 1,2023-May 13, 2023, the museum and its surroundings on the National Mall will celebrate Asian arts and cultures with keynote speakers, headline performers, interactive experiences, culinary adventures, and community projects.

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Mary Peltola Seeks U.S. Congressional seat as First Native Woman in Incumbent Position

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Mary Peltola (D-AK) won the special election to fill in U.S. Congressional seat last August. Now she is seeking the seat in November for a full term. She will be the first Alaskan Native to serve, as a representative for Democrats in the House since 1972.

Peltola is a member of the Yup’ik tribe and she has worked in salmon fishing as a career. The Yup’ik tribe is very well known on the western coast of Alaska with the highest population in the U.S. She started her politics at the early age of 26 as Alaska State House Representative. Peltola introduced herself as “adamantly Pro-Jobs, Pro-Fish, Pro-Family, and Pro-Choice.

She advanced to the general election in first place, receiving 36.8% of the votes in the primary. Peltola is a tribal member of the Orutsararmiut Native Council. She is on the committee of Education, Labor, and Natural Resouces.

Peltola has continued to express the fishing industry’s strong ecological concerns. She advocated for regulation processes to include tribes and traditional knowledge in federal fishery management decisions.

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