Saturday, October 22, 2011

Study: Global Warming is real, lawyer brings drugs to jailed client, and a new trio of earthquakes rumble under Berkeley

Image: Ice chunks float in the Arctic Ocean as the sun sets near Barrow, Alaska.

   Good Morning Humboldt County!

You’re just in time for a cup of coffee and a few short reads to start the day. The weekend is upon us. I hope yours is relaxing and fun.


Climate study confirms what skeptics scoffed at: global warming is real

A new climate study shows that since the mid-1950s, global average temperatures over land have risen by 0.9 degrees Celsius (1.6 degrees Fahrenheit), confirming previous studies that have found a climate that has been warming – in fits and starts – since around 1900. The new research, which has yet to be formally published but which appears in four papers posted on, uses new analytical techniques and a much larger set of records than the previous studies did.


Attorney arrested on suspicion of bringing drugs to jailed client

Acting on jailhouse intelligence, Los Angeles sheriff's deputies Friday arrested an attorney they say tried to smuggle 26 balloons of heroin and methamphetamine to a gang member in custody at the downtown courthouse.
Attorney Kenneth Markman, 47, was arrested on the 11th floor of the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center when he tried to meet with his client in lockup. Deputies used a drug-sniffing dog to locate the narcotics wrapped in tape, said Sheriff's Capt. Mike Parker. In addition to the balloons, Parker said, deputies recovered small hypodermic needles and marijuana in a taped package.


    New trio of earthquakes rumble under Berkeley

A trio of earthquakes rattled Berkeley just as Saturday began, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The aftershocks came just two days after a pair of quakes shook Berkeley, include one strong enough to knock items off  shelves.

The first quake Saturday was  magnitude 2.8 and hit at 12:06 a.m., with its epicenter less than 100 feet south of the Claremont Hotel Club and Spa. A 1.3 aftershock hit at 12:14 the same neighborhood, followed by a 2.5 quake at 12:45 a.m.

On Twitter, Berkeley residents chatted about the latest quakes. "Much weaker than [Thursday's], but enough to put me back on edge for the night," tweeted @AChanceFind.

On Thursday, a pair of larger quakes rattled the region, a 3.8 in the afternoon and a 4.0 at night. The evening quake was large enough to cause some items to fall from shelves in some homes near the Berkeley epicenter, and some plaster fell from the ceiling of a business in Oakland, according to KRON-TV, KPIX-TV and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Time to walk on down the road…

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