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Searching for Ida’s victims

SUBWAYS in New York City were closed by heavy rains brought by Hurricane Ida (Wikipedia).

The search continues in communities across the Northeast for more possible victims of the flooding triggered by the declining but powerful impact of Hurricane Ida.

According to the Associated Press, the death toll is at 49. Another six are reported missing. The intense rain that hit the area Wednesday and Thursday dumped three inches in an hour on New York City, overwhelming the draining systems in that and other cities.

The downpour shut down mass transit systems, knocked over trees, submerged cars and closed highways.

According to The New York Times, most of the deaths in New York City were of people living in illegally converted basements turned into low-rent apartments.

In Louisiana, where Hurricane Ida began its deadly rampage, President Joe Biden visited the town of LaPlace, where he walked the streets and offered comfort to those affected and got an aerial tour of the affected area.

He promised millions of dollars of federal assistance to the state and said, “I promise we’re going to have your back.”

Jan. 6’s “QAnon shaman” pleads guilty

JACOB CHANSLEY pleaded guilty in federal court on Friday (D.C. Metropolitan Police).

His painted face, horn-topped fur hat and spear made Jacob Anthony Chansley (also known as Jake Angeli) a symbol of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol building by right-wing extremists.

On Friday, in a Washington D.C. federal court, he was humble and dressed in plain prison garb as he pleaded guilty to a charge of obstructing a civil proceeding, an offense that could lead to up to 20 years in a federal penitentiary, according to USA Today.

Chansley was part of the mob that stormed the seat of Congress trying to prevent the certification of the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as president and vice president of the United States.

According to The New York Times, prosecutors are recommending a sentence of 41 to 51 months. A sentencing hearing is set for Nov. 17.

Sports: Angels win, Dodgers lose in 11

A throwing error in the bottom of the 11th allowed a run to score and the San Francisco Giants defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 at Oracle Park. The Giants scored a run in the third and led until the Dodgers tied it up in the 9th, then took a brief lead at 2-1 in the 10th. SF answered with a run and the game was finally decided when – with the bases loaded and two out – second baseman Trea Turner’s high throw to first resulted in Buster Posey reaching first safely as Brandon Belt  scored the winning run.

Shohei Ohtani threw 117 pitches as the Angels defeated the Texas Rangers 3-2 in Anaheim. The win pulled the Halos to within one game of .500 at 67-68. He worked seven innings giving up just two hits and two runs.  He struck out eight batters and walked two.

Weather:  A hot Labor Day weekend

West Orange County will get a bit of a heat wave over the next few days. According to the National Weather Service, the high temperature on Saturday will hit 95 degrees under sunny skies.

The overnight low will be 65. Sunday and Monday will cool off a bit with highs of 90 and 88. In the coastal areas of Huntington Beach, the highs will be 85 on Saturday, 83 on Sunday and 80 on Monday.



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