Aug 11, 2020
Kelly Loeffler says to listen to athletes after repeatedly attacking WNBA players
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Sources told ESPN that the commissioners of the biggest college football conferences met Sunday to discuss the possibility of canceling or postponing the season. A number of college football players expressed their desire to play in 2020 late Sunday night.
Loeffler's stance on Monday was diametrically opposed to the position she took when WNBA players made statements about the race for her Senate seat and in support of Black Lives Matter last Tuesday.
Loeffler was critical of professional basketball players from the Atlanta Dream and the Phoenix Mercury who wore black warm-up shirts bearing the words "VOTE WARNOCK" in white block letters before a game. Other players wore shirts reading "Black Lives Matter."
"This is just more proof that the out of control cancel culture wants to shut out anyone who disagrees with them," Loeffler said Tuesday night in a statement, adding that the league is "more concerned with playing politics than basketball."
Loeffler is a co-owner of the Dream; Rev. Raphael Warnock is a Democrat running against her in the November election.
In July, Loeffler condemned the WNBA's support for the Black Lives Matter movement, saying it "sends a message of exclusion." After her comments, the league rejected a request from the WNBA Players' Association that called for her to be removed as co-owner of the Dream.
"We are @wnba players, but like the late, great John Lewis said, we are also ordinary people with extraordinary vision," Dream center Elizabeth Williams tweeted on Tuesday.
Warnock "has spent his life fighting for the people and we need him in Washington. Join the movement for a better Georgia at www.Warnockforgeorgia.com," she added, posting a photo of herself in a "VOTE WARNOCK" shirt.
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Sonoma County residents hike to learn fate of dream home after Glass Fire evacuations
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (KGO) -- There is nothing like an 8-mile hike to learn the fate of your home at the halfway point, way up a hill.
Anna and David Matherly hiked through the Skyhawk neighborhood of Sonoma County on Tuesday. They had to know if their dream house had survived the Glass Fire.
"When we drove out and looked back, I told my son, Skyhawk is gone. They cannot stop this fire," said David.
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By most accounts, Sonoma County's re-vamped early warning system has improved considerably since the Tubbs Fire in 2017, and yet the line of escaping cars on the two-lane Highway 12 stretched bumper-to-bumper for a mile and a half as the Glass Fire roared down the mountain.
Anna Matherly worried that the flames would overtake them. "We took two separate cars and not together. And I thought I would need to say goodbye to my husband via text message," said Anna.
Anna and David Matherly walked four miles to see if their house at 1481 Hawk Crest Drive survived the #GlassFire. It did. They found champagne in the refrigerator. Packed it out for a celebration tonight. They evacuated on the second anniversary of moving in. pic.twitter.com/RXSZNQNXj2— Wayne Freedman (@WayneFreedman) September 29, 2020
That never happened, though a drive along Highway 12 Tuesday revealed the capricious nature of this fire as flames hop-scotched through the valley, destroying some homes and sparing others.
On Melita Road, Sean MacFarland stayed at his place until the situation appeared hopeless. "I think the important thing is we had a plan to get out."
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His home survived.
Generally, Sonoma County's escape plan worked. First-responders moved in, evacuated people and directed traffic. Santa Rosa City buses picked up senior residents at Oakmont Gardens. All got away safely.
While surveying one of three structures destroyed in Oakmont, today, Sonoma County Supervisor Susan Gorin expressed concern about that traffic jam. "It took me an hour and a half or longer to go a few short blocks.'
"Should it be that way?"
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The Glass Incident burning in Napa and Sonoma counties has destroyed hundreds of buildings and forced thousands to evacuate.
Finding more solutions will take time, but Anna and David Matherly received the only news they needed when they found their home in Sky Hawk intact and untouched. "We felt elation that the house is still there," said David.
"Words cannot describe the emotion of what we went through and what our neighbors are facing," added Anna.
In retracing their steps, the husband and wife of 20 years carried two bottles of sparkling wine. They took it from the refrigerator of their still-standing house. Celebration.
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