Justices Remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 'A Jurist Of Historic Stature'

Supreme Court justices, both current and former, are remembering their colleague Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday at the age of 87. "Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature. We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her — a tireless and resolute champion of justice," wrote Chief Justice John Roberts in a statement Friday. Current and former justices reminisced...

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EL DORADO FIRE - Saturday Update

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According to a report Saturday morning from inciweb, the El Dorado Fire, accidently sparked from El Dorado Park in Yucaipa by a gender reveal party smoke bomb on September 5, has now burned 22,071 acres and is 59% contained. The El Dorado Fire continues to burn actively along Hwy 38 and in and around Angelus Oaks. Spot fires remain a concern in this area. The spot fires that occurred have been rapidly managed by air and ground resources in the area. Fire growth continues to the northeast has slowed as it moves into the old Valley and Lake Fire burn scars.

Longtime Inland Empire journalist and KVCR contributor Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Alfredo Cruz review some of the big Inland Empire news stories from the past week, including:

Monday through Thursday at lunchtime, Empire KVCR News has your daily news rundown. Stories highlighted today include:

9/16/20 – Michael Osur Discusses Contract Tracing

Sep 16, 2020

Today on Inland Edition, Lillian Vasquez speaks with Michael Osur, Assistant Director and Chief Health Strategist for Riverside County Public Health. He talks about contact tracing- what it is, who does it, and why it’s needed during the pandemic.

For more information, visit RivCoPH.org

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As part of KVCR’s series for Suicide Prevention Month called “Wellness for Times of Uncertainty,” we are talking about grief and loss during the coronavirus pandemic.

For most of us when we think of grief, bereavement or the traditional grief that involves mourning the death of a loved one comes to mind. But we actually grieve every kind of loss.

Dr. Veronica Kelley, Director of San Bernardino County’s Department of Behavioral Health says grief is defined as deep sorrow, trouble or annoyance and:

“Today our grief is hitting us on multiple levels,” said Kelley.

Monday through Thursday at lunchtime, Empire KVCR News has your daily news rundown. Stories highlighted today include:

  1. Affordable housing is not only an essential solution for fighting wildfires, but for addressing climate change.
  2. A $1.2 billion program aimed at building housing for homeless people has been plagued by delays and soaring costs.

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This fire season has revealed the reality that more people are choosing to live in fire prone areas in California—raising the stakes of the worsening wildfire season. KVCR’s Megan Jamerson spoke with a University of Redlands associate professor of ecnomics who says affordable housing is not only an essential solution for fighting wildfires but for addressing climate change.

Monday through Thursday at lunchtime, Empire KVCR News has your daily news rundown. Stories highlighted today include:

twitter.com/SanBernardinoNF / San Bernardino National Forest

The El Dorado fire is now 44% contained and has burned 14,478 acres. It’s threatening the community of Angelus Oaks.

The fire burned actively Sunday night and has become established into Mountain Home Creek.

Fire officials are asking any remaining residents in Angelus Oaks to evacuate now.

Firefighters have built a contingency line between the El Dorado fire and Angelus Oaks.

The fire is near the small mountain community but burning towards San Bernardino Peak.

Local literary nonprofit the Inlandia Institute and the Riverside Art Museum have teamed up for Suicide Prevention Month, presenting an online juried exhibition around suicide prevention in September. 

Cati Porter is the executive director of the Inlandia Institute. She says the project originated with the Riverside Art Museum, where some artists wanted to find a way to commemorate Suicide Prevention Month.

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Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., says it would be "political hypocrisy" for Republicans to move ahead and confirm a nominee to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court before Election Day.

"I've seen things I've questioned, but I've never seen political hypocrisy at this level. I mean, it will actually go down in the journals of political hypocrisy," Leahy said in an interview Saturday with NPR's Weekend Edition.

President Trump says he expects to announce a nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death "next week" and the pick will likely be a woman.

"A choice of a woman would certainly be appropriate," he told reporters at the White House Saturday before leaving for a campaign rally in North Carolina.

Supreme Court justices, both current and former, are remembering their colleague Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday at the age of 87.

"Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature. We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her — a tireless and resolute champion of justice," wrote Chief Justice John Roberts in a statement Friday.

Ricin Discovered In Mail Intended For White House

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Federal authorities are investigating after ricin, a deadly toxin, was discovered in mail intended for the White House.

The Secret Service intercepted the envelope which was positively identified with mail meant for the White House, law enforcement sources tell NPR. The ricin never made it to White House grounds, but authorities are still searching for other undiscovered dangerous packages that may be linked to the ricin.

Law enforcement sources also said investigators are narrowing down suspects, but have made no arrests.

Trump Says He Expects To Announce His Supreme Court Pick 'Next Week'

President Trump says he expects to announce a nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death "next week" and the pick will likely be a woman. "A choice of a woman would certainly be appropriate," he told reporters at the White House Saturday before leaving for a campaign rally in North Carolina. "We want to respect the process," Trump said. "I think it's going to go very quickly, actually." He had previously tweeted that Republicans should move forward with a...

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In RBG's Own Words: Listen To 5 NPR Interviews With The Liberal Icon

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the feminist Supreme Court justice who inspired generations of women, died on Friday at the age of 87. Throughout her career, Ginsburg granted a number of interviews to NPR. Explore some of her recent, more memorable remarks. On retiring: The octogenarian served 27 years on the bench over four presidencies, five bouts with cancer, and countless opinions on groundbreaking legal decisions. In 2016, amid a heated election between Democrat Hillary Clinton, and eventual White...

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Mourners Spontaneously Gather Outside Supreme Court To Honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg

On the steps of the Supreme Court building, soft cries and the low murmur of chirping crickets filled the air as hundreds of people grieved the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Occasionally short bursts of clapping broke out before the crowd resumed its silence. At points, the crowd sang "Amazing Grace," "America the Beautiful" and "Imagine" by the John Lennon. Shawn Boykins, 35, said a friend texted him about the news as soon as it happened. He was in the neighborhood and...

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In A Tribute To Justice Ginsburg, Obama Calls On Senate To Delay Naming A Successor

Former President Barack Obama paid tribute to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday, calling on Republicans to delay filling the vacancy left by her death until after the 2020 presidential election. Ginsburg died from cancer complications earlier on Friday. She was 87. In his statement , Obama called Ginsburg a "warrior for gender equality" who "inspired the generations who followed her, from the tiniest trick-or-treaters to law students burning the midnight oil to the most...

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Democrats Raised More Than $46 Million Following RBG's Death

In politics, money can be a pretty good stand-in for enthusiasm. And the donations pouring in to the Democratic fundraising platform ActBlue since Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death indicate there is a lot of energy and money on the left. According to the constantly-ticking tracker on ActBlue's website, in the hours from 9 p.m. ET, when the news of Ginsburg's death became widely known, to Saturday afternoon, more than $46 million was donated to Democratic candidates and causes. The number keeps...

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Trump Has Detailed His Supreme Court List. Will Biden Release One?

President Trump has revealed the names of people he'd consider nominating to the Supreme Court in the event of a vacancy like the one opened by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Former Vice President Joe Biden, Trump's Democratic challenger, hasn't. Some critics were faulting Biden's reticence as recently as Thursday, as t he Associated Press reported , and the matter has become newly urgent for Democrats as they go to war to try to stop Senate action on the high court. Senate...

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Lawmakers React To Death Of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Reactions to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death Friday focused, in large part, on how the court vacancy should be filled and whether President Trump, who is up for reelection on Nov. 3, could justifiably seek to appoint a new justice to the court so close to the election. "The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president," Senate Democratic Leader Chuck...

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Science, Technology, And Medicine From NPR

France Encourages Use Of Transparent Masks To Help Those With Hearing Loss

Suzy Margueron, a retiree in Paris, usually walks five miles a day, so she knew something was wrong when she barely had the energy to make it to the grocery store in the spring. As it turned out, she was infected with COVID-19. She spent a week collapsed on her couch in March. Even after recovering, the effects of the pandemic continue to create particular challenges for her. That's because Margueron lost nearly all of her hearing as a young woman — and trying to communicate with people...

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Trump Now Claims 'Every American' Will Have Coronavirus Vaccine By April

President Trump on Friday said "every American" will have a vaccine for the coronavirus available by April, escalating already ambitious goals to fast-track a vaccine for the virus that has killed nearly 200,000 people in the United States. He also promised more than 100 million doses available by the end of the year. The most optimistic scenario included in a distribution plan that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Wednesday would put the number of available vaccine...

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Poll: Climate Becomes Top Priority For Democrats; Trump Struggles On Race, COVID-19

Weighing the president down in his reelection bid is his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and race relations, according to the latest NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll . More than half of Americans — 56% — disapprove of the job President Trump has done handling the pandemic. By a 54% to 40% margin, likely voters also say they prefer Democratic nominee Joe Biden over Trump to handle the coronavirus. On race relations, likely voters prefer Biden 56% to 38%; and even on crime, Biden edges Trump...

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Granddaughter Presages Battle Royale: When Will New Justice Be Confirmed?

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is gone, but those who remain in Washington are gearing up for a political battle royale. The stakes of a vacancy on the High Court are as high as they've ever been following two appointments under President Trump that have increased conservatives' throw weight on big cases. Ginsburg herself was aware about the coming tempest; she dictated this statement to granddaughter Clara Spera in the days before her death: "My most fervent wish is that I will...

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So 2020: New Storm Forms, Named Alpha Because We've Run Out Of Letters

Updated at 6:05 p.m. ET Hurricane season, like many other aspects of life, has reached peak 2020. When Tropical Storm Wilfred and Subtropical Storm Alpha formed on Friday, they became the 21st and 22nd named storms of the season. Not long after them, weather forecasters spotted Tropical Storm Beta . Put another way, this marks just the second time in history that forecasters have had to resort to the Greek alphabet because available storm names have been exhausted. The World Meteorological...

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Coronavirus World Map: Tracking The Spread Of The Outbreak

This page is updated regularly. Since the new coronavirus was first reported in Wuhan, China, in December, the infectious respiratory disease COVID-19 has spread rapidly within China and to neighboring countries and beyond. The first confirmed coronavirus cases outside China occurred on Jan. 20, in Japan, Thailand and South Korea . On Jan. 21, the first case in the U.S. was identified in Washington state. Loading... Loading... On Jan. 24, the first two European cases were confirmed in France....

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How Trump Officials Cut The 2020 Census Short Amid The Pandemic

President Trump said it was a "situation that has to be." A month after he declared the coronavirus pandemic a national emergency , Trump explained from behind the podium of the White House press briefing room on April 13 that the 2020 census had to be given more time. The public health crisis had overshadowed the once-a-decade head count of every person living in the U.S. After the census officially kicked off in January in a remote fishing village in Alaska , its nationwide rollout on March...

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