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Trump’s mug shot is now a means of entertainment and fundraising − but it will go down in history as an important cultural artifact

Jonathan Finn, Wilfrid Laurier University One of the most anticipated events in the summer of 2023 was former President Donald Trump’s mug shot. The Fulton County Sheriff’s office released Trump’s mug shot on Aug. 24, 2023, a little more than one week after a grand jury in Georgia indicted the former president and 18 associates for alleged attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election. Trump’s photo instantly generated a significant amount of media coverage and attracted public attention. Trump’s election campaign is now marketing the photo as a way to raise money. It’s also been used to ridicule

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Hurricane Idalia forecast to intensify over extremely warm Gulf waters, on track for Florida landfall as a dangerous storm

Haiyan Jiang, Florida International University Forecasters expected Hurricane Idalia to rapidly intensify into a major hurricane as it headed over exceptionally warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico, on track for landfall in Florida on Wednesday, Aug. 30. Hurricane warnings were posted along a wide stretch of Florida’s Gulf coast, from near Sarasota to the Panhandle, including Tampa Bay. Hurricane scientist Haiyan Jiang of Florida International University explains how two conflicting forces – record-high ocean heat and wind shear, the latter influenced by El Niño – were determining Idalia’s future, and how they have made the 2023 hurricane season overall

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Machines can’t always take the heat − two engineers explain the physics behind how heat waves threaten everything from cars to computers

Srinivas Garimella, Georgia Institute of Technology and Matthew T. Hughes, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Not only people need to stay cool, especially in a summer of record-breaking heat waves. Many machines, including cellphones, data centers, cars and airplanes, become less efficient and degrade more quickly in extreme heat. Machines generate their own heat, too, which can make hot temperatures around them even hotter. We are engineering researchers who study how machines manage heat and ways to effectively recover and reuse heat that is otherwise wasted. There are several ways extreme heat affects machines. No machine is perfectly efficient –

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SF store owner killed after robbery

A store owner in San Francisco’s Richmond District has died after he was assaulted with a baseball bat during a robbery Thursday night.  According to the police, around 9:31 p.m., officers responded to a report of robbery and aggravated assault in the 3900 block of Balboa Street.  At the scene, police found an unconscious man identified as Yohannes Tewolde, 60.  Tewolde was taken to the hospital with severe injuries.  He dies on Tuesday.  Investigation reveals that an unknown suspect attempted to steal merchandise from the business.  Tewolde confronted the suspect with a bat. However, the suspect was able to take

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1 arrested for the viral photo of woman flashing an AK-47

A viral photo of a woman flashing an AK-47 assault rifle around San Francisco is being used by federal investigators to keep her boyfriend in jail.  In the summer of 2021, San Francisco police released the photo after a lady and a Cadillac driver allegedly participated in an illegal sideshow on Barneveld Avenue and McKinnon Avenue.  The picture went viral on social media.  According to court documents filed by the United States Attorney’s Office, the suspected sideshow driver was identified as Christopher Gonzalez Nunez, 26, of Hayward. Prosecutors determined Nunez as a felon, a member of the San Francisco Mission

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Rodeo shooting victim identified

The victim in a deadly shooting that happened Saturday night in Rodeo has been identified.  The Contra Costa County Coroner’s Office confirmed that Daniella Stephanie Avila, 28, of Concord was killed.  The homicide occurred on the 100 block of Rodeo Avenue at about 10:34 p.m. on Saturday, August 26.  According to the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office, they responded to multiple reports of shots fired in the area.  At the scene, they found Avila dead.  An investigation into the shooting remains ongoing. Anyone with information about the shooting can contact investigators at (925) 313-2600 or through dispatch at (925) 646-2441.

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Tropical Storm Idalia is forecast to intensify over extremely warm Gulf waters, on track for Florida landfall as a powerful hurricane

Haiyan Jiang, Florida International University Forecasters were closely watching Tropical Storm Idalia as it passed Cuba and headed toward exceptionally warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico. The storm was on track to intensify rapidly before making landfall on the Florida Panhandle, possibly as a major hurricane, on Wednesday, Aug. 30. Hurricane scientist Haiyan Jiang of Florida International University explained the conflicting forces of unusually high ocean heat and wind shear, which typically accompanies El Niño climate patterns, that have made the 2023 hurricane season and even individual storms difficult to forecast. What role is ocean temperature playing in Idalia’s

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