Tante Zabi and the American airmen staying with her knew nothing of Petiot. But on Christmas Eve, Tom Applewhite got a taste of the underworld that swirled around them, when he was taken to meet “Le Boss,” as he called him — who may have been the head of the Comet Line operations in Paris at that point. The Boss ordered up a lunch of horsemeat for Tom while he asked him about his service and his experiences on the escape route thus far. But Tom mistrusted him deeply, and tried to answer with his own questions. The boss cut him off. Only he would ask questions, and he wanted answers. Applewhite remembered him years later as pasty-faced, oily, and evil-looking, “like Peter Lorre,” only bigger. … [Read more...] about Angels of the Resistance (and a Serial Killer) in Nazi-Occupied Paris
Stay away from bad places. That didn't seem to work for Breonna Taylor. She was an EMT who was shot at least eight times and killed by police officers who forced their way into her Louisville, Kentucky, apartment in March while she was sleeping. Police say they were there to serve a search warrant for a narcotics investigation and exchanged fire with Taylor's boyfriend. No drugs were found in the home. … [Read more...] about George Floyd. Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. What can black parents possibly tell their kids now about staying safe?
6:05 p.m. Security guard at Caliva dispensary in San Jose tests positive: A security guard who worked at the Caliva cannabis store on 7th Street in San Jose tested positive for the virus this week after last working at the store on Friday, a spokesperson for the company said. The guard, who became infected through a family member, worked in a customer-facing role at some point last week while following public health guidelines. The store was professionally cleaned, the other members of the security crew were placed on a 14-day quarantine and all customers and employees were notified of the case. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus live updates: Nearly 4,000 dead across California as reopening efforts advance
1:25 p.m. Giants’ hopes of training in San Francisco boosted by new city order: Chances that the Giants will hold a second spring training at Oracle Park rather than Arizona grew significantly Thursday with the city’s decision to allow sports practices to resume Monday and games without fans beginning June 15. The Giants still have not decided which way they will go, but they have been leaning toward doing their training in San Francisco over Phoenix for a variety of reasons, including health and safety. Team officials have told The Chronicle that hurdles remain before they can pick San Francisco, but one person involved in the discussions said Thursday’s decision by the city “is a big one.” Read the full story. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus live updates: New report suggests virus began to spread in California in January
11:53 a.m. White House press secretary repeats Trump’s false claim about CA mail ballots: White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Thursday repeated President Trump’s false claim that California will send everyone in the state a mail-in ballot. Earlier this month, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a plan to send all registered voters in the state an absentee ballot as a precautionary measure during the coronavirus outbreak. when asked whether Trump would acknowledge his false assertions that everyone in California was getting a mail ballot, which he has claimed will lead to election fraud, McEnany said, “To everyone including dead people on the voter rolls ... if you are not concerned about that, I am sorry.” … [Read more...] about Coronavirus live updates: Trump ends U.S. relationship with World Health Organization