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    Officials say a Hawaii firefighter was critically injured Friday when he was swept into a storm drain and carried the length of eight football fields until being dumped on the shoreline. The Maui News reports the accident occurred as nearly 13 inches of rain fell on parts of Maui, and weather officials warned of “unstable weather” ahead. A crew responded to a flooded home when the firefighter was caught in a 4-foot-wide storm drain. Maui County spokesperson Mahina Martin says he was carried about 800 yards to where the drain empties into the ocean. Other firefighters and emergency personnel retrieved him from the shoreline, transporting him to a hospital. He was listed late Friday in critical condition.

      A Northern California district attorney has confirmed that a farmworker charged with killing seven people was enraged by a $100 work-related repair bill. San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe says Chunli Zhao told investigators his supervisor demanded that he pay for damage to his forklift after it collided with a bulldozer on a mushroom farm. Zhao says the co-worker operating the bulldozer was to blame for the crash. Authorities say the 66-year-old man shot and killed four people and wounded a fifth Monday at California Terra Garden in Half Moon Bay, south of San Francisco. He then allegedly went to a former worksite and killed three former co-workers.

        The 67 minutes of body camera and surveillance footage released in the death of a Memphis man at the hands of police give a glimpse of a harrowing night that oscillates between brutality and nonchalance. After capturing horrific images of Tyre Nichols being punched, kicked, shocked, pepper-sprayed and dragged by officers, he is left bloodied in the street, unattended to, as officers chit-chat, complain, laugh and even exchange a fist-bump and back pat. The video's release has spurred protests around the country. Nichols, who was Black, is to be laid to rest at a funeral on Wednesday. Five officers, also Black, have been arrested and charged with murder.

        My mother has called me every day for the past three weeks asking me if she can go ahead and get to gardening, cutting down the dead growth on her herbaceous perennial plants, putting down her pre-emergent in the grass, and planting her herbs in the ground for the spring season.

        COLUMBIA -- Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and PalmettoPride announce a comprehensive joint study on the efficacy of state litter statutes and enforcement practices and procedures.


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        DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — A second person has been arrested after an adult died at a South Carolina long-term care facility in September. Local news outlets report Myasia Toya McCoy was arrested by Darlington County sheriff's deputies last week. She's charged with abuse or neglect resulting in the death of a vulnerable adult. An arrest warrant states McCoy moved drugs from a secured area to an unsecured area, which led to a resident dying from a drug overdose. The victim hasn't been named. McCoy is the second employee to be arrested. Deputies arrested Brian Anthony James on the same charge in October.

        FLORENCE, S.C. — Florence County sheriff’s investigators arrested Javorious Quantez Andrew Gore, 17, Wednesday in connection with a shooting earlier in the day on Allies Court in Florence.

        LAKE CITY, S.C. –- Lake City’s main entryway has reopened. Repairs on U.S. Highway 52 were completed shortly before 3 p.m. Thursday. — The affected section of U.S. 52 was closed for one week when a sinkhole was discovered during sewer line maintenance. Crews from the city of Lake City and So…

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