Sep 16, 2020
3 LA-Area Deaths Linked to Labor Day Weekend Heat Wave
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Heat exposure contributed to the deaths of at least three people in Los Angeles County during a record-breaking heat wave over the Labor Day weekend, according to the coroner's office.
They each died Sunday, Sept. 6, when LA County hit its highest-ever temperature: 121 degrees (49.4 Celsius), recorded in Woodland Hills, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.
All three people were believed to be homeless, underscoring the dangers unsheltered people face when temperatures spike, the newspaper said.
Holland Harmond, a 60-year-old man, died at 3:30 p.m. on a sidewalk in downtown Los Angeles, according to the coroner. Holland died from heart disease, with heat exposure and chronic alcohol abuse as contributing factors, records show.
A man in his 70s whose name wasn’t disclosed because his family has yet to be informed of his death died at 7:20 p.m. in South Los Angeles. He too died from heart disease, with heat exposure a contributing factor, according to records.
A woman who has yet to be identified died at 6:10 p.m. in South Pasadena, near the city’s train station, according to coroner’s records. She died of hyperthermia, officials said.
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Can you wear white after Labor Day?
But you can, in fact, wear white after Labor Day.4The 'no white after Labor Day' rules was established around 120 years agoCredit: Getty Images - Getty Can I wear white after Labor Day?
In short, yes.
The archaic "no white after Labor Day" rule does not apply to the fashion world today, and societal taste-makers, fashion editors, stylists alike all do not adhere to it.Where did the rule about not wearing white come from?
Historians believe the rule came about as a symbol of division between societal hierarchies in the early to mid 20th century.
"It [was] insiders trying to keep other people out," according to Valerie Steele, director of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, in an interview with Time, "and outsiders trying to climb in by proving they know the rules."4Some historians believe the rule was classistCredit: Getty Images - Getty
The wealthy, in leisurely white, starkly contrasted the middle class in their dark garments, highlighting divisive affluence and those that came from old money families.
A different theory suggests that white was simply worn for function in the summer months.
Years before air conditioning was invented, society women were expected to maintain modesty, wrapping up in long, thick garments, even on beach vacations.4Other historians believe the rule created itself after women predominantly wore white as a way to keep cool in summer in the 1800sCredit: Getty Images - Getty
It led women to wear lighter, or white, clothing as a way to stay cool through the scorching summer temperatures.
As time went on, society women began to buck the trend, most famously Coco Chanel, who wore white year-round.Does anyone still follow this rule?
"The rule is there are no rules," celebrity stylist Karla Welch told CNN.4The fashion world does not recognize the rule todayCredit: Getty Images - Getty
"Make sure the fabric is suitable. Linen pants, not so much. Linen jackets definitely still work. I love a winter white look!"When is Labor Day?
Labor Day is always the first Monday of September, coming to mark the end of summer.Most read in US NewsLASHED TO BITSPedo collapses as he’s caned 52 times after being sentenced to 169 lashesPIMP MOM Mom let rich pedo abuse daughter, 15, & take nude pics on yacht, court papers sayCOP SHOCKDisgraceful moment officer runs his bike over injured protester’s HEAD'PRAY' FOR COPSTrump 'praying' for two shot Louisville cops as Breonna unrest spreads‘HELPED KILLER ESCAPE’Girlfriend of man who 'shot Cannon Hinnant' is arrested over deathRESTAURANT TAKEOVERProtesters kick elderly couple off table & threaten to ‘knock them out’
It was created to honor the social and economic achievements of American workers.
It became a federal holiday in 1894 after US President Grover Cleveland signed a bill into law.