Reno wildfire destroys multiple homes; hundreds evacuated as Gov. Sisolak declares state of emergency

A fast-moving wildfire driven by gusting winds destroyed several homes in Reno, Nev., and forced hundreds to evacuate on Tuesday, prompting Gov. Steve Sisolak to declare a state of emergency.

The Pinehaven Fire burned an estimated 1,200 acres and threatened as many as 500 homes in southwest Reno before forward progress was stopped, Reno Fire Chief David Cochran said. He said “multiple” homes had been lost but couldn’t say how many pending a daylight assessment on Wednesday.

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The Reno Fire Department posted photos of firefighters battling the blaze, showing at least two homes engulfed in flames. Meanwhile, the Reno Gazette Journal reported that one of its photographers had seen at least five homes burn.

A firefighter helps to battle a blaze that engulfed a home in a Reno neighborhood on Tuesday.

A firefighter helps to battle a blaze that engulfed a home in a Reno neighborhood on Tuesday.
(Reno Firefighters)

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Aylmer, Ont., has declared a state of emergency over a planned anti-mask protest

The Town of Aylmer, Ont., has declared a state of emergency less than a week before an anti-mask rally planned for Saturday. This would be the second demonstration of its kind in the community of about 7,500 people in southwestern Ontario.

The declaration, signed by Mayor Mary French, went into effect at 3 p.m. Monday and was “a result of the potential for civil unrest and service disruptions relating to protests and demonstrations regarding COVID-19 directions.”

Aylmer police also confirmed in a tweet that the declaration was a response to the Freedom March planned for the afternoon of Nov. 7.

The previous “freedom rally” took place at Palmer Park on Oct. 24 and saw hundreds of demonstrators without masks or following social-distancing rules. One speaker at the rally insisted that during the pandemic, “the government is completely unnecessary to save us.”

According to the municipality’s statement, the state of emergency

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Leading Roofing Contractor in Sulphur Springs, TX, Nunez Roofing LLC, Offers 24/7 Emergency Services – Press Release

Sulphur Springs, TX – Nunez Roofing LLC is a leading roofing company in Sulphur Springs known for providing a full spectrum of commercial and residential roofing solutions in an efficient and timely manner. This prestigious company is available 24/7 to help its customers with all those sudden roofing needs that might appear late at night, during the weekend and even during the holidays. Whether their customers need assistance due to storm damage or a fallen tree, the company has great flexibility in their schedules, all so that customers feel safe to call them whenever they have an emergency. 

About their reliable emergency services, the company’s spokesperson said, “We offer 24/7 Emergency Service to all of our customers. You can always count on Nunez Roofing to get to you fast and get the job done right the first time. We strive to deliver the highest quality roofing at affordable prices, no

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Trump admin awards emergency coronavirus funds to plasma company based in owner’s luxury condo: AP Investigation

When the Trump administration gave a well-connected Republican donor seed money to test a possible COVID-19-fighting blood plasma technology, it noted the company’s “manufacturing facilities” in Charleston, South Carolina.

Plasma Technologies LLC is indeed based in the stately waterfront city. But there are no manufacturing facilities. Instead, the company exists within the luxury condo of its majority owner, Eugene Zurlo.

Zurlo’s company may be in line for as much as $65 million in taxpayer dollars; enough to start building an actual production plant, according to internal government records and other documents obtained by The Associated Press.

The story of how a tiny business that exists only on paper has managed to snare attention from the highest reaches of the U.S. military and government is emblematic of the Trump administration’s frenetic response to the coronavirus pandemic.

It’s also another in a series of contracts awarded to people with close political ties

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Company started by Miami-Dade candidate trying to evict family during COVID emergency

In June, a real estate company formed by Miami-Dade County Commission candidate Kionne McGhee asked a judge to evict a Homestead family months behind in its rent, and argued the case shouldn’t be covered by a statewide moratorium on most evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“I’m a father of five with nowhere to go,” William Collier wrote on lined notebook paper in a July letter to Judge Lawrence King, who granted the eviction order on Sept. 23. “I…lost my job and was unable to pay and the owner is tryna find any reason to put us out instead of helping us.”

Collier and his family remain in the single-story house off Twelfth Avenue on the western edge of Homestead, temporarily shielded by local and federal protections against residential evictions. McGhee, a lawyer and the outgoing Democratic leader of the Florida House, noted the eviction action won’t result in

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