California mudslides trap residents, damage homes

first_imgABC NewsBy EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(MONTEREY COUNTY, Calif.) — Dangerous mudslides have trapped residents and damaged 20 to 25 homes in the coastal California county of Monterey, fire officials said.Many have been rescued, but others are in homes cut off by mud and are awaiting help, according to the Monterey County Fire Department. Some houses have lost power.It’s unclear how many people may be trapped. MCRFD working with local property owners on damage assessment In the River Rd area. Thank you to all the local ranchers helping with heavy equipment needs.— Mont. Co. Regional Fire (@mcrfd) January 27, 2021The mudslides, which are near the burn scar area from last summer’s River Fire, come as rain pounds Monterey County. The River Fire burned 48,088 acres and destroyed 30 structures before being brought 100% under control on Sept. 4, 2020.Burned soil is especially vulnerable to rain and can easily result in flash flooding and mudslides.Evacuations have been ordered in the area.With more rain in the forecast, Monterey County Fire Chief Michael Urquides told ABC News, “We’re preparing for the worst.”ABC News’ Will Carr and Jeff Cook contributed to this report.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Gordon-Reed wins MacArthur Award

first_imgAnnette Gordon-Reed, an award-winning author and a professor at Harvard University, has been named a 2010 MacArthur Foundation Fellow.Gordon-Reed, J.D. ’84, holds several University appointments. She is a professor at Harvard Law School (HLS), a professor of history in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), and the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.MacArthur fellowships are awarded annually to talented individuals in many fields who have shown exceptional originality and dedication in their creative pursuits. Each fellow receives $500,000, bestowed without conditions. Nominated anonymously by leaders in their fields and never notified of their candidacies in advance, the recipients learn of their selections only several days before the grant announcements. The awards were announced today (Sept. 28).Gordon-Reed, who returned to Harvard this year, is the author of  “Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy” (1997), which examines the intimate personal relationship between Jefferson and Hemings, who was his slave. Her most recent book, “The Hemingses of Monticello” (2008), which traces the lives of four generations of the slave family, won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Her current research follows diverse branches of the family tree that considered themselves white or black into the 19th century.“Receiving a MacArthur grant is obviously an amazing experience,” Gordon-Reed said. “It’s a validation of my work.”She is the co-author of “Vernon Can Read! A Memoir” (2001), which was written with Vernon Jordan Jr. and received the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. She is editor of “Race on Trial: Law and Justice in American History” (2002).Previously, Gordon-Reed was the Wallace Stevens Professor of Law at New York Law School and the Board of Governors Professor of History at Rutgers University. She served as the Charles Warren Visiting Professor of American Legal History during fall 2009 at Harvard Law School.Last year, two Harvard professors won similar MacArthurs, Peter Huybers, an assistant professor of Earth and planetary sciences, and Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan, the Lola England de Valpine Professor of Applied Mathematics in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and a faculty member at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.The awards are funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, which supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. In addition to selecting the MacArthur Fellows, the foundation works to defend human rights, advance global conservation and security, make cities better places, and understand how technology is affecting children and society.To learn more.last_img read more