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The federal government admits it could have responded faster to the spread of Ebola — and for some pundits, that can only mean one thing.
DON LEMON VIA CNN: "Is the Ebola crisis President Obama's Katrina?"
Yep, the K-word is again making the rounds. Some commentators are on the lookout for a misstep that will define Obama's legacy, the same way — for some — Katrina did for Bush. The comparison probably feels familiar. (Video via The White House, C-SPAN)
SEAN HANNITY VIA FOX NEWS: "With the horrifying images of Sandy's devastation, contrasted with images of Obama's campaigning, this is starting to look like in my opinion, Obama's Katrina."
LAWRENCE KUDLOW VIA CNBC: "Is the Gulf oil spill President Obama's Katrina?"
KIRSTEN POWERS VIA FOX NEWS: "To me, Obamacare is his Hurricane Katrina."
It's an unflattering comparison that surfaces every so often in the media. At last count, Obama's had well over a dozen "Katrinas."
Justin Sink at The Hill likens the current situation to "an anchor threatening to sink the Obama presidency."
Really, though, the only thing Ebola and Katrina have in common is a delayed federal response. They differ in at least two big ways.
To start, one person has died of Ebola in the U.S. More than 1,800 died from Katrina and the storm's aftermath. (Video via CBS)
And yes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has admitted to some missteps in the way it's handled Ebola, but the criticism is more partisan and less widespread compared to the way Federal Emergency Management Agency was slammed for its slow and ineffective response to Katrina.
The other problem — it distracts from the real issues. As Talking Points Memo puts it, "Americans need level-headed information so that they know that their lives aren't imminently at risk because of Ebola. But you can't expect them to understand that if this is how the situation is being presented to them."
The Katrina comparison doesn't exactly put Ebola fears in context. A recent poll from Harvard found not only are Americans confused about how the virus is spread, but more than a third are also worried Ebola will affect them or a family member within the next year.
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Two men and a teenage boy were injured in two separate shootings during a four-hour period in North Richmond late Monday night and early Tuesday morning, a Contra Costa County sheriff's spokesman said.
The first shooting happened around 10:20 p.m. near Shields-Reid Park in the area of Chesley Avenue and Fifth Street, according to sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee.
As deputies arrived on scene, they learned that a 17-year-old boy wounded in the shooting had arrived at Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo, Lee said.
The boy was treated and later released.
Around 2:30 a.m., the sheriff's office was notified that two men had arrived at Doctors Medical Center after apparently being injured in a shooting in the 1700 block of Harold Street in North Richmond.
One of the victims, a 25-year-old man, was treated and released while the second man, a 24-year-old, was transferred to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek.
An investigation into both shootings is underway and anyone with information about either incident is asked to call the sheriff's office at (925) 313-2600. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call (866) 846-3592 or email a tip to firstname.lastname@example.org.Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:57:51 -0700
Hundreds of people gathered at a memorial service in San Jose Tuesday morning for a Cal Fire air tanker pilot who perished earlier this month when his plane crashed while responding to a wildfire in Yosemite National Park, a fire official said.
The service is meant to celebrate the life of Geoffrey "Craig" Hunt, including a "line of duty death" fire service to honor him, at the Church on the Hill at 500 Sands Drive in San Jose, Cal Fire Battalion Chief Scott McLean said.
The more than 700 expected attendees include firefighters from Cal Fire offices and municipal fire agencies throughout California and an official representing the National Forest Service who arrived from Washington, D.C., according to McLean.
McLean said the 62-year-old Hunt made flights in air tankers during fires that McLean himself fought and he praised Hunt for the dangerously low sorties he took to drop fire retardant over wildfires in remote forested areas.
"You can imagine there are a lot of different obstacles," McLean said. "He was one of those pilots."
Hunt, a pilot for the private military contractor DynCorp International, died in the crash Oct. 7 while responding to the Dog Rock Fire near Yosemite's Arch Rock.
A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board indicated that the crash may have happened when a wing of his Cal Fire S-2T two-engine propeller air tanker clipped a tree.
A native of Indiana, Hunt served as a Lockheed P-3 pilot for the U.S. Navy from 1975 to 1984 and was in the U.S. Army Reserves for 20 years, according to a memorial website posted by Cal Fire.
During the low fire risk offseason months for Cal Fire, Hunt was a chemistry teacher at the University of California, Santa Cruz, according to Cal Fire.
He received an MBA from the University of Southern California and a master's degree in biochemistry from UC Santa Cruz, according to Cal Fire.
Hunt is survived by his wife of 29 years, Sally, and his daughter Sarah Hunt Lauterbach.
"My dad died a hero," Sarah stated on Cal Fire's memorial website. "There was not a day that went by that I didn't talk to my dad. He was my best friend."Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:48:30 -0700 News Source: MedleyStory More Local News Stories