Record Heat in Southern California, and an Ominous Start to Wildfire Season

LOS ANGELES — After a temperate early summer and a balmy Fourth of July, Southern California residents abruptly found themselves in a caldron of triple-digit temperatures and wildfires this weekend. Firefighters across the region battled several blazes through the night Friday into Saturday, as an unseasonable heat wave set records in some places and knocked out power to tens of thousands of homes in Los Angeles. In Santa Barbara County, nearly two dozen homes were incinerated in a wildfire that began Saturday, once again harrowing an area ravaged in the…

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Critics suspicious of group’s push to oust UFT teachers from religious schools

A Jewish advocacy group wants union teachers out of religious schools — and critics claim it’s a bid to chase away prying eyes, The Post has learned. A top official for politically connected Agudath Israel lobbied the Department of Education to boot 244 United Federation of Teachers employees from religious schools last month. Representing a coalition of Muslim, Jewish and Christian schools, Chaim Dovid Zwiebel argued that union teachers are too expensive — and can sometimes be unsuited for religious environments. Agudath has worked in recent months with Brooklyn state…

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A Frosty Summer for Alan Dershowitz on Liberal Martha’s Vineyard

On Tuesday, as visitors to the island disembarked the ferry in Oak Bluffs for the Fourth of July holiday, a spit of a beach nearby was already full of sunbathers. Some people sought relief from the 83-degree heat (and an unwanted touch of humidity) in waist-deep water. One couple sitting on a bench as they watched the ferry come in said the island had grown less welcoming. Since the 2016 election, their conservative leanings have felt ever more out of step, they said, on an island whose political orientation is…

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‘My Whole Heart Is There’

Yeni González left her home in rural Guatemala in mid-May. Days later, she crossed the United States border, by night, with her three young children. They were picked up by Border Patrol, she said, and taken to a detention center near Yuma, Ariz. At 5 one morning, agents woke the children there and took them away. Ms. González’s children — Deyuin, Jamelin and Lester — are among more than 2,000 young migrants who were separated from their adult relatives under the Trump Administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy. Despite President Trump’s executive order…

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New York State Trooper fatally shot responding to call for suicidal suspect

A New York State Trooper was fatally shot upstate early Monday responding to a call for a suicidal suspect, sources told The Post. The cop was responding to the call near Corning Community College just outside Corning near the Pennsylvania border when the suspect fired and killed the trooper, sources said. State Police have set up a command center in the college’s parking lot​,​ although the shooting took place off campus and had nothing to do with the school, Corning Community said. Share this: Copyrighted By Nypost.com. Source

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New York City Considers New Pay Rules for Uber Drivers

The authors say this incentive would address a key inefficiency of the current system, which is that companies like Uber and Lyft lure too many drivers onto the road as a way to lower wait times for passengers. This oversupply depresses wages, since drivers can only earn money when they have a passenger in their car. The pay rules would apply to four major car service apps — Uber, Lyft, Via and Juno — all of which provide more than 10,000 trips each day. The study, which relied primarily on…

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Bail reform poster child gets arrested again

The Bronx teen who became a cause celebre for bail reform has been arrested – again – on driving offenses, sources told The Post on Monday. Pedro Hernandez was nabbed Sunday night at Jerome Avenue and 170th Street in The Bronx on reckless driving and driving without a license charges, sources said. The 18-year-old became the poster child for bail reform for refusing to take a no-jail plea deal in connection to a 2015 bodega shooting in The Bronx. As a result, the teen spent a year on Rikers Island…

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NYCHA repair bill estimated to reach $31.8 billion

The repair bill for New York City’s embattled Housing Authority is now estimated to reach an astonishing $31.8 billion, according to new figures set to be released today. That’s nearly double the $16.6 billion estimate from the authority’s last top-to-bottom assessment of its 326 housing developments across the five boroughs, which are now 60 years old on average. More than 400,000 New Yorkers live in NYCHA housing. The Housing Authority said the repair bill has ballooned because of its aging stock, that repairs requested as part of a previous assessment…

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Brooklyn house fire leaves one dead

A woman died when a fire erupted inside her Brooklyn home early Monday morning, authorities said. The blaze broke out at the two-story home on East 49th Street in Flatlands just after 1 a.m. Firefighters pulled 67-year-old Esther Gee from the building and rushed her to Beth Israel Medical Center for smoke inhalation. Gee was pronounced dead at the hospital. Three firefighters suffered minor injuries and were transported to local hospitals. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Share this: Copyrighted By Nypost.com. Source

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3 women slashed, beaten with belt outside nightclub

Three women were slashed and beaten with a belt while leaving a Midtown nightclub, police said Monday. The victims — ages 25, 25 and 26 — were on their way out of La Reve nightclub on East 54th Street around 10 p.m. Sunday when they encountered another group of three and a fight broke out. As the dispute escalated, Shaasia and Shimilian Brown allegedly pulled out sharp objects, including a box cutter, and began slashing their victims’ faces and upper bodies, police said. Meanwhile, Sheldon Joseph, 26, allegedly punched one…

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