In California: Father describes frantic search for wife, daughter lost in a wildfire
Zach McLeod, left, daughter Feyla, and wife Alaina pose for a family photo. Zach said Alaina and Feyla died in the Zogg Fire while trying to escape.
Coronavirus cases continue to rise in a federal prison, and some in the California wedding industry are adapting to the pandemic by downsizing. Plus: A father describes his desperate search for his wife and daughter, who were lost in wildfire.
I'm Cheri Carlson, a reporter for the Ventura County Star, with the news you should hear this Thursday.
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Coronavirus outbreaks are increasing in the federal prison school
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Service's Adelanto Processing Center is located in Adelanto, California on December 3, 2019, surrounded by Joshua Trees and open desert.
Coronavirus outbreak continues to rise at a federal immigration detention facility in San Bernardino County.
Almost 20% of those detained at the Adelanto ICE Processing Center have tested positive for COVID-19, according to The Desert Sun. As of Wednesday, federal officials reported 148 active cases. For months, immigration attorneys, medical experts, and incarcerated immigrants have argued the facility is too crowded for social distancing.
In Shasta County, an outbreak at the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry has led to a surge in coronavirus cases in Shasta County. As of Tuesday, the Redding mega-church reported 137 COVID-19 cases at the school since classes began in early September.
In the midst of the pandemic, a "micro-wedding" trend
Catherine and Ryan Ferguson married in a small ceremony in Palm Springs on August 28, after they decided not to wait for a wedding until after the coronavirus pandemic.
While companies continue to be hit by the pandemic, some in the wedding industry have found ways to adapt.
California had about 240,000 weddings last year but could only have half as many weddings in 2020, reports The Desert Sun. That also means a huge drop in related expenses.
As some ceremonies are postponed, others have downsized. Hotels in the Palm Springs area, once filled with hundreds of guests for weekend weddings, have created elopement and micro wedding packages for couples.
Jane Chung exchanged vows with Chris Gorman in Joshua Tree National Park. A wedding in the pandemic was not what she envisioned, but for Chung, escaping in the desert was as memorable as the Van Nuys had hoped. "It was just me, him and our pup," she said. "It just made it super intimate and super loving. I felt like I was in our own little love bubble."
A frantic search for a woman, a daughter lost in wildfire; a haunting anniversary
The Zogg Fire in Northern California destroyed more than 200 buildings and killed four people as it chewed through the oak-covered slopes of Igo-Ono.
Two of the victims were Zach McLeod's wife and 8-year-old daughter. Telling of the frantic search for his family, McLeod tells the Redding Record Searchlight that he wants his wife and daughter to be remembered for their bravery as they try to drive to safety.
Feyla McLeod poses in this undated family photo. Feyla and her mother Alaina died in the Zogg fire.
"My wife knew the danger of the situation and she did everything right," he said. "I'm so extremely proud of her. You and Feyla are so brave. They are heroes to me, only for what they went through and how brave they got by. They just didn't curl up and fell and got each other simply hidden. " You did everything right. "
Meanwhile, Sonoma County's residents celebrated an anniversary on Wednesday. Hundreds of homes have been rebuilt since the Tubbs fire pierced Sonoma County on October 8, 2017, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Communities remain at risk of forest fires and local authorities must decide how to spend money on a settlement with Pacific Gas and Electric Co. This means they have to choose between a range of pressing needs, from vegetation management to a housing shortage exacerbated by forest fire destruction.
Fact-checking Harris and Pence; and a fly finds fame
Vice President Mike Pence (left) and Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris (right) during their debate at Kingsbury Hall at the University of Utah.
You listened to Vice President Mike Pence and California Senator Kamala Harris last night, but did you get any half-truths?
USA TODAY reviewed Harris and Pence's various claims to see where the two got it right and where they missed the mark.
And what about that fly? It sat on the Vice President's head for a few minutes and quickly became a star. Before the debate was over, several Twitter accounts were set up for the insect stealing the scene.
Merriam Webster tweeted that the word "fly" was "trending" on the dictionary website for "possibly first time".
Dodgers and Padres try again
Padres-Dodgers, Game 2: Dodgers midfielder Cody Bellinger jumps against the wall and steals a home run from Padre's shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. in the seventh inning.
Before we go, the Los Angeles Dodgers are a win from their third National League Championship Series in four years away. And if today's Game 3 is anything like Wednesday's win against San Diego Padres, there won't be a lack of drama.
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