Deadliest fire in Bay Area since 1906
A deadly Oakland warehouse fire Dec. 2 left 36 dead, marking one of the Bay Area’s deadliest fires since the 1906 earthquake. For many local artists, the warehouse served as both a workspace and a home. Officials believe that a refrigerator in the space sparked the fire. Since then, the manager of the Ghost Ship has been under increased scrutiny for allegedly housing the tenants illegally, and also failing structural requirements.
Jogger found safe, suspects wanted
A Northern California woman has been found three weeks after mysteriously disappearing on a morning jog, badly beaten and chained to a heavy object on side of a California interstate. It is unclear the motives behind Sherri Papini’s capture, and police are still trying to identify the possible suspects.
Motives sought for Ohio State attacks
An Ohio State University student injured 11 with a butcher knife and running into them with a car before being killed by police Nov. 28. The investigation to find Abdul Razak Ali Artan ’s motives continues as authorities scour his social media postings for hints. In a recent article published by Ohio State’s student-run paper, Artan was quoted on his Muslim religion and his worries of praying openly on campus.
Since the end of November, wildfires have raged throughout the state, forcing evacuations in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, as well as other areas of Sevier County. There is also a potential threat to Dollywood, a famous Tennessean theme park. With the continuous wind and little rain in the Southeast, officials struggle to contain the fires. No deaths, but several injuries, have been reported.