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Pittsburg is a city located in north central Contra Costa County, California. It was founded in 1839 and went through a series of names before citizens voted on "Pittsburg" on February 11th, 1911, in honor of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The original townsite fronts on the Sacramento River Delta,... (More Info and Source) Pittsburg Real Estate

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Pedestrian struck by CHP patrol car in San Jose

A man was in critical condition early Saturday after he dashed in front of a California Highway Patrol car on southbound Highway 101 in San Jose and was struck, authorities said.

CHP officer Ross Lee said the incident took place at around 1:50 a.m. as the patrol car with two officers inside was traveling south near Alum Rock Ave.

“A pedestrian ran across the freeway,” Lee told KTVU. “The officer applied the brakes and swerved to the left in an attempt to avoid the pedestrian…But the pedestrian was struck by the left side of the patrol vehicle. “

Ross said the officers did not have much time to react. The man – a Spanish-speaking male in his 20s – came into view when the patrol car was 10 feet away from him.

The officers regained control of the car, rolling to a stop on the shoulder and then raced back up the freeway to assist the man.

“He appeared to have suffered major injuries, but responded to treatment,” Lee said. “He was talking to the officers. “

The man was rushed to the hospital and underwent emergency surgery. Lee said the man was in critical condition.

All but one lane of the busy freeway was shut down for several hours while investigators were on the scene. The freeway was expected to be completely reopened by 9 a.m.

Sat, 26 Jul 2014 07:41:52 -0700

Man allegedly punches pregnant cousin for not sharing toothpaste

A man remains in the Palm Beach County Jail after he allegedly punched his pregnant cousin after the woman refused to share her toothpaste, according to an arrest report.

Lucas J. Dendy faces a charge of aggravated battery against a pregnant victim and is being held in lieu of $5,000 bail.

The woman, who is five months pregnant, told Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies that Dendy has been residing in her home for a month. The two got into an argument Thursday after the woman refused Dendy’s request for toothpaste, the report said.

When the woman tried to close the door to her bedroom, she said Dendy pushed the door open, striking her in the stomach. Dendy, 20, then allegedly punched her on the left eye. A deputy noted on the arrest report that the woman had an abrasion over her left eye.

While being questioned by deputies, Dendy allegedly admitting striking the woman then denied it, the report said.

Sat, 26 Jul 2014 03:15:00 -0700

Solar flare could have wiped out Earth's electronics

We could have been living in the Stone Age!

That is, if Earth had been a few days earlier in its orbit around the sun two years ago. Scientists at NASA say in 2012, Earth narrowly avoided a direct hit from a coronal mass ejection, or, in other words, a solar flare.

NASA explains coronal mass ejections, or CMEs, occur when huge bursts of energy launch material from the surface of the sun. If Earth's orbit takes it into the path of the CME, the charged plasma can wreak complete havoc with electronics. That didn't happen in 2012 because the CME in question missed Earth by just a week. "If it had hit, we would still be picking up the pieces," said Daniel Baker, a physics professor at the University of Colorado.

The scientists say in July of 2012, two CMEs actually launched just minutes apart, and together they traveled a path cleared by another CME just days before. Their conclusions suggest we earthlings didn't just dodge a bullet, but an enormous, society-crippling space EMP.

A similarly disastrous instance in the 19th Century, the Carrington Event, caused outages along some telegraph lines.

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Had Earth been hit in 2012, the damage would be much more severe. NASA's scientists estimate the damage from the 2012 storm could have topped $2 trillion, or 20 times that caused by Hurricane Katrina.

Headlines like this one at ExtremeTech say it all, really — we don't have much of a backup plan. 

"You can't just magically replace dozens of giant transformers and substations. If a giant solar storm hit the Earth, large parts of society could be without power for months or years."

The best defense, in this case, appears to be vigilance. The scientists using fleets of satellites to monitor the sun say even hours of advance warning could be enough to help — even if it's just unplugging things around the house. (Via NASA)

In the meantime, the scientific community is gathering all the data it can. The 2012 CME was the subject of a paper published in the journal Nature Communications this March.

Sat, 26 Jul 2014 02:22:59 -0700

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