Drop in winds eases California firefighters
Hillary rebukes donor Weinstein
WASHINGTON – Hillary Clinton condemned disgraced Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein yesterday, marking her first public comments on the matter since reports of his alleged predatory behaviour broke five days ago.
“I was shocked and appalled by the revelations about Harvey Weinstein,” Clinton said in a statement through her spokesman Nick Merrill.
“The behaviour described by women coming forward cannot be tolerated. Their courage and the support of others is critical in helping to stop this kind of behaviour.”
Weinstein is a long-time associate of the Clintons and a major Democratic Party donor who bundled funds for their political campaigns.
Many Democratic office holders quickly repudiated Weinstein, with some going so far as to send donations given by Weinstein to charity. But Clinton’s statement made no mention of Weinstein’s sizable donations to her own war chest. (CNN) SANTA ROSA – Firefighters battling 15 wildfires that have killed at least 11 people and destroyed hundreds of buildings in California’s wine country welcomed a drop in winds and an expected layer of cool, moist fog rolling in yesterday.
Officials said about 1 500 homes and commercial buildings had been destroyed as tens of thousands of acres had gone up in flames since the weekend.
Videos and pictures circulated online showed pockets of devastation, including an entire residential neighbourhood reduced to ashes, a Hilton hotel ablaze and an inferno that was previously a supermarket.
The fires were fanned by high temperatures and dry conditions, displacing some 20 000 residents, robbing others of power and forcing schools and at least two hospitals in Sonoma County to close.
Steve Crawford, an operations chief for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said yesterday morning that a change in the weather could help firefighters.
In the wine country north of San Francisco, Sonoma County bore the brunt of the fatalities, with the sheriff’s department confirming seven fire-related deaths. Two people died in Napa County and one in Mendocino County, officials said. An 11th death was reported in Yuba County, NBC News reported. (Reuters)