Essential California: Record temperatures send residents searching for a cool breeze

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Wednesday, June 21, and here’s what’s happening across California:

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Holy cow! That heat!

Records were broken and feet were burned as temperatures reached new heights throughout Southern California. It was so hot…

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Parents of UC Irvine grad who died at Electric Daisy Carnival sue LiveNation and others over his death

The parents of a 24-year-old man who died from a drug overdose at the Electric Daisy Carnival filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the rave’s promoters, claiming the slow response to their son’s medical emergency led to his death.

Nicholas Austin Tom, a UC Irvine graduate who resided in San Francisco,…

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Explosions and flames overcome Woodland Hills home

Explosions were heard as flames overcame a Woodland Hills home Tuesday evening, forcing residents to evacuate as an “uncontrolled gas line” fueled the blaze, authorities said.

The fire was reported about 7:40 p.m. in the 4900 block of Marmol Drive, according to Amy Bastman, a spokeswoman for the…

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L.A. Unified approves more spending and layoffs

Faced with mounting costs and declining enrollment, the Los Angeles Unified School District board approved a $7.5-billion budget Tuesday that will increase spending and lay off more than 100 library aides, clerks and other support staff next school year.

The layoffs represent a growing acknowledgement…

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L.A. County supervisors OK $3 million to aid legal efforts for immigrants facing deportation

Disappointing some immigrant advocates, Los Angeles County officials voted Tuesday to authorize $3 million for legal assistance for immigrants facing deportation but to bar those who have violent criminal pasts.

The Board of Supervisors’ vote came a day after the city’s Budget and Finance Committee…

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It was 127 degrees in Death Valley, and miserable just about everywhere else. Here’s how we coped.

In Death Valley, the heat brought even the roadrunners to a stop. They stood arched to the sky with their beaks wide open, as if in a stupor, or indignant at what the sun was up to.

The landscape blurred and undulated. People moved as if they were walking through glue. When a light breeze came…

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L.A. Fire Department could soon seek federal permission to fly drones

The Los Angeles Fire Department could soon seek federal permission to fly drones, a tool that officials say could help them track down missing hikers, gauge the risks in burning buildings and search confined spaces.

A Los Angeles City Council committee voted Tuesday to allow the department to start…

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Report details death, panic in Ghost Ship warehouse fire

Voices screamed out, “Fire!” Suddenly, the lights went out and it got harder to breathe. Many of the 36 people killed in the Ghost Ship warehouse fire in Oakland huddled together in the dark, and that’s where they died of smoke inhalation.

Some of the young partygoers were found wrapped together…

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Smell of ‘something dead’ leads authorities to truck filled with hundreds of animals

The smell of “something dead’ lingered around an old moving truck found parked in Fresno on a recent boiling hot day, officials said.

The odor was enough to prompt a resident to notify local authorities.

When animal control officers arrived about 3 p.m. Friday, they “found a horrific situation:”…

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