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Congrats to Brian Mast on Congressional Win!

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Brian Mast one of 7 New Veterans Heading to Washington

Brian is a true American Hero, Purple Heart Recipient and Bronze Star Recipient. He served our country and is the kind of man we need in Congress.  We are so excited he won his bid for Congress and can’t wait to support his efforts as one of 7 New Veterans heading to Washington.

About American Hero Brian Mast

According to Brian, “Serving my country is all I ever really wanted to do. It runs in my blood from my father to my uncles. My wife Brianna and I pray that one day our children

His  parents, James Mast & Timoxena Trujillo, always instilled in Brian a strong work ethic and a deeply rooted patriotism. They showed him how long held American values have made our country great and can bring success in every endeavor he has the courage to undertake.

After graduating from South Christian High School in 1999, Brian followed in his father’s footsteps and enlisted in the U.S. Army. There he enjoyed service for over 12 years. However, as much as he loved being a soldier, he always knew pleasure was never its intent. During his military service, he had the honor of serving under the elite Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) as a bomb disposal expert. This meant that life was always dangerous and very often deadly.

Working under JSOC meant fighting at the tip of the spear in the ongoing war against radical Islamic terrorism. Being a bomb technician in this high level of special operations came with a great responsibility. Brian’s task was protecting his fellow soldiers from the war’s most deadly weapon, the improvised explosive device (IED). This meant placing himself directly in the line of fire on each and every mission.

While he was able to detect and destroy most of these IED’s, the very last IED Brian found resulted in sustained catastrophic injuries, which included the loss of both of his legs. During this time in service Brian was awarded medals for valor, merit, and sacrifice, to include The Bronze Star Medal, The Army Commendation Medal for Valor, The Purple Heart Medal, and The Defense Meritorious Service Medal.

Brian stated, “I believe in my heart that the trials we each face have little importance compared to what we do in response to each challenge that we face. We as Americans do not curl up into a corner and quit when life gets tough. We own our challenges. We use those challenges as the tool to make us the strongest we have ever been. I believe it is that kind of people we must never cease to be.”

As a result, when Brian awoke after injury in Walter Reed Army Medical Center his focus was singular: get better, get back to work, and get back to serving America. Brian decided he was not going to let the best defense he had given our country be in his past. Each day thereafter consisted of 8 grueling hours of physical therapy. In addition to recovery and his ongoing military duties, he would also provide my requested expertise to the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms (ATF).

Following retirement from the Army, Brian continued his work in counter terrorism and national defense as an Explosive Specialist under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Brian also carried forward in life the standard that whatever cause he believes in, he will not just support in word, but will support with the work of his hands. For this reason, in 2015, Brian volunteered to serve alongside the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to show support for the freedom Israel represents throughout the Middle East and the world.

Brian was proud to pledge his life in defense of our country. That is a commitment which will always live inside of him. Brian will be humbled and honored to fight for you as your next Congressman from Florida’s 18th congressional district. Brian has promised that he will serve you in Congress as he did on the battlefield: without regard for personal gain or personal sacrifice.

We thank Brian and others for their service to the United States and are truly honored to support Brian and other Veterans in their desire to serve in Politics and transition from Military to Career.

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Notice of Proposed Settlement Free Range Content vs Google

The following statement is being issued by Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP on behalf of Free Range Content, Inc. v. Google LLC.

If Google disabled or terminated your AdSense account between May 20, 2010 and May 7, 2018 and permanently withheld the unpaid amounts in your AdSense account, you may be entitled to money.

An $11,000,000 settlement has been preliminarily approved in the case Free Range Content, Inc. v. Google LLC, 5:14-cv-02329-BLF. Your rights may be affected and you may be entitled to a portion of this settlement if you are a Settlement Class Member.

Who Is Included in the Settlement? You may be a Settlement Class Member if Google’s records indicate you were subject to the AdSense terms for the United States, American Samoa, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Minor Outlying Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, or Canada, and 1) Google disabled or terminated your AdSense account between May 20, 2010, and May 7, 2018, 2) Google permanently withheld unpaid amounts in your AdSense account in their entirety, and 3) the sum withheld totaled $10 or more.

What Is This Case About? Plaintiffs allege that when Google terminated AdSense publishers for alleged breach of contract, it improperly withheld unpaid amounts in those publishers’ accounts. The allegations against Google include, among other things, breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing. Google denies these claims.

What Are My Options? If you are a Settlement Class Member, and would like to receive a Settlement Payment, you must submit a Claim Form no later than September 4, 2018 via online submission at www.AdSensePublisherSettlement.com/poc, via fax (1-888-425-6983), or via mail (Free Range Content v. Google, c/o GCG, P.O. Box 10537, Dublin, OH 43017-4537). If you submit a Claim Form or do nothing, you will be legally bound by the settlement, and you will not be able to sue Google about the legal claims resolved by this settlement. If you wish to exclude yourself from the settlement, you can submit an Opt-Out Form no later than September 4, 2018. This is the only option that allows you to sue Google regarding the legal claims in this case. If you do not opt-out, you may object to the settlement and you or your lawyer may also ask to speak at the hearing if you timely submit an Objection and request to be heard at the Final Fairness Hearing. To do so, you must include a Notice of Intention to Appear in the body of the Objection. Objectors who fail to submit or include this Notice of Intention to Appear may not speak at the Final Fairness Hearing without permission of the Court. If you choose to make an Objection through an attorney or have an attorney appear at the Final Fairness Hearing on your behalf, you will be solely responsible for paying that attorney’s fees. The deadline to submit Objections and requests to appear is September 4, 2018. If you object to the settlement, you will be bound by the settlement’s terms and will not be allowed to exclude yourself from the settlement; you will lose the right to sue Google and/or any other released entities regarding the legal claims in this case. Additional details are available at www.AdSensePublisherSettlement.com.

Fairness Hearing: The Court will hold a Final Fairness Hearing on October 18, 2018 at 1:30 PM at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Jose Courthouse, 280 South 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95113. At this hearing, the Court will consider whether: 1) the settlement is fair, reasonable, and adequate; 2) to approve the Class Representative Service Awards; and 3) to approve attorneys’ fees, costs, and expenses to Class Counsel. The motions for attorneys’ fees, costs, and expenses and Service Awards will be available at www.AdSensePublisherSettlement.com after they are filed.

More Information: To get a copy of the detailed Notice, Claim Form, or Settlement Agreement or to learn more, visit www.AdSensePublisherSettlement.com, call 1-888-684-5073, or email info@AdSensePublisherSettlement.com.

Les détails sont disponibles sur le site www.AdSensePublisherSettlement.com.

SOURCE Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP

Mark Anthony Condit Named as Austin Bomber

Law enforcement just released the name of the Austin Bomber, Mark Anthony Condit, age 24, that blew himself up this morning as he was being surrounded by police, SWAT and FBI.

His motive, affiliations and background have not be shared with the public.  Stay tuned for updates.

The suspect whose deadly package bombs terrified Austin for almost three weeks was identified Wednesday as Mark Anthony Conditt, multiple media outlets reported hours after the suspect blew himself up as law enforcement closed in.

Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said only that the suspect was 24-year-old white man who authorities flipped from “person of interest” to suspect hours before his death. Unnamed law enforcement officials, speaking on condition of anonymity with the Associated Press and Austin Statesman-American, named Condit as the serial bomber.

Victor Gonzales, the mayor of Pflugerville, said Conditt lived in his city. Pflugerville is about 20 miles north of Austin, and police were keeping the media away from the suspect’s home.

“BIG NEWS,” tweeted Gov. Greg Abbott. “The Austin Bomber is dead. More work needs to be done to ensure no more bombs had been sent before he died. … Congratulations to the combined law enforcement effort.”

Authorities used surveillance video from the FedEx store in South Austin to lead them to the suspect, KVUE-TV in Austin reported. Authorities also obtained information from Google and from the suspect’s computer history that confirmed the suspect was looking at information on where to go to ship devices, the TV station reported, citing law enforcement sources.

More: Austin bomb suspect kills himself in explosion as SWAT team moved in

More: How police tracked down the suspected Austin serial bomber

Authorities identified the suspect at approximately 9 p.m. Tuesday, WFAA-TV reported. Police determined the car he was driving and found it at a hotel in Round Rock, about 20 miles north of Austin. A SWAT team was assembled and more firepower was on the way when the suspect attempted to flee, Manley said.

The suspect’s vehicle ran into a ditch moments before the explosion that apparently took the bomber’s life.

Four exploding packages in Austin since March 2 killed two people and injured at least four more. Another blast at a FedEx distribution center near San Antonio on Monday slightly injured one person.

Fred Milanowski, agent in charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms’ Houston Field Division, said investigators believe all the bombs were built by the same person. Manley said they believe the dead suspect is that person.

The death also drew a Twitter response from President Trump: “AUSTIN BOMBING SUSPECT IS DEAD. Great job by law enforcement and all concerned!”

The deceased bomber was a 24-year-old white male, the police chief, Brian Manley, said as far as providing biographical details when the news first broke. He did not provide other details of the bomber’s identity, including his name. “We do not understand what motivated him to do what he did,” the chief said. “We do believe all of these are related, and that he was responsible for all of these” bombings.

5 Things You Should Never Say in a Job Performance Review

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Deloitte, the largest professional services network in the world, has recently decided to revamp its performance review cycle for a process with a special focus on fueling performance in the future rather than evaluating the past. Founded in UK and headquartered in New York, the company currently boasts 200,000 professionals in over 150 countries, providing audit, tax, consulting, enterprise risk and financial advisory services.

Deloitte Joins the Change

Deloitte made the headlines in the April 2015 issue of Harvard Business Review with an article penned by Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall, both specialized in performance management and leadership development. Similar to the visionary Adobe and Accenture dumping and redesigning annual performance reviews, Deloitte long knew that their old performance management approach neither boosted employee engagement nor high performance. Deloitte conducted a public survey to find out what managers thought of performance reviews, and 58 percent of managers stated that traditional performance reviews did not serve its purpose. Considering that performance reviews did not go through any palpable transformation since its inception, the number does not take most professionals by surprise.

This is not to say that performance management is seen as redundant among managers and employees. The current workplace environment has an ever-increasing focus on growth and learning as key areas of job satisfaction. According to a study by Intelligence Group, 72 percent of millennials want to be their own bosses at work. If they do have a boss, 79 percent of them state that they want their bosses to serve as a coach or a mentor. The research explains that there is a need for a performance management system designed to guide employees into being more equipped experts in their line of business.

Revisiting the Old

With these observations in mind, Deloitte went on to go through their own performance review cycle. With the old system, objectives would be set for each employee across the whole organization at the beginning of a year. Then employees would be rated on how well they have met their objectives after the end of a project. Moreover, managers would also identify where they thought their employees improved. These evaluations would form the basis for annual ratings, where counselors would represent employees to discuss where each one stood compared to their coworkers.

People at Deloitte thought that their process was fair in terms of its predictability. However, Deloitte management was convinced that they needed conversations that were realized right after a certain project instead of at the end of the fiscal year. Besides, it was discovered that the whole performance review cycle – filling in forms, holding meetings and doing the actual ratings – consumed around 2 million hours a year. Most of this time was apparently spent discussing ratings instead of actually talking to employees about their performance.

“It was discovered that the whole performance review cycle – filling in forms, holding meetings and doing the actual ratings – consumed around 2 million hours a year.”

DELOITTE’S SOLUTION

One of the most important observations that Deloitte made with their old performance reviews was the implied subjectivity of ratings. To give an example, if you are rating someone on their ability to engage with their coworkers, you are rating that person based on how important you think engagement is. In other words, when you are rating someone on a skill without any provided context of that person’s specific performance, you are actually revealing more about yourself rather than about the employee. This is called the ‘idiosyncratic rater effect’.

Every company needs to design and develop their own performance reviews in order to get the best efficiency out of it. At Deloitte, this meant identifying three ways of addressing performance: Recognizingseeing and fueling performance.

“If you are rating someone on their ability to engage with their coworkers, you are rating that person based on how important you think engagement is.”

Recognizing Performance

Performance is variably tied to compensation for many organizations, and this increases the importance of performance measurement. According to a survey conducted by Sibson Consulting, 66 percent of respondents stated that the main objective of performance reviews is to decide on compensation. Of these respondents, only 46 percent saw talent management as the primary goal.

The survey, conducted among multiple countries across a wide range of industries, revealed that there was a widespread lack of trust in performance management. According to Stanford University Professors Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert Sutton, compensation for performance are generally ineffective when tasks are complex or require collaboration. Let alone the already delicate nature of assessing someone’s performance accurately, tying it to compensation increases the importance of handling the issue with utmost care.

Seeing Performance

For Deloitte, seeing performance means getting an accurate picture of someone’s performance, thus eliminating the idiosyncratic rater effect and streamlining the review process beginning from evaluation to the final rating. The solution to the first problem is to redesign how Deloitte constructs feedback questions and to whom these questions were directed. Deloitte decided that it is best if the feedback is provided between the immediate team leader and the team member to increase the efficiency of feedback.

The most important action that Deloitte has taken is to ask immediate team leaders to evaluate their future intentions with team members instead of their skills. The nuance lies in the fact that, with the new structure, team leaders rate themselves on their intentions with the given employee. The new feedback structure included questions such as “Given what I know of this person’s performance, I would always want him or her on my team”. The phrasing of the question allows the team leader to base his judgement solely on his available knowledge.

Language is of vital importance when handling the sensitive topic of performance reviews. Words such as ‘rating’ comes with a negative connotation and does not fully represent the new system applied at Deloitte. That’s why the new performance review process was named ‘performance snapshot’ – giving the message that performance is evaluated at a single moment in time rather than in a given quarter or per year.

Fueling Performance

Fueling performance emphasizes the essence of performance reviews; that is, to help improve one’s performance in the future. For this, Deloitte decided to implement regular Check-in conversations, à la Adobe.

Deloitte actually looked up to the trailblazer digital services giant in implementing regular Check-in’s. In a report on the future of performance management, Deloitte provides insight into how well Adobe’s new system has been working three years into its invention. Engagement surveys at Adobe prove that employees have a much more positive outlook on performance reviews and report receiving better, actionable feedback. Despite the highly competitive market that Adobe operates in, voluntary leaves at the company have been gradually declining.

Inspired by Adobe’s success, Deloitte has constructed their Check-in conversations to be a key part of team leaders’ work. Required to have it once every week to review latest projects, team leaders are instructed to set expectations for their employees and provide coaching for the upcoming week(s). In order to help team leaders save more time, check-in conversations are initiated by team members. This way, employees are also given ownership of their own course of development.

What’s the solution?

By recognizing, seeing and fueling performance, people at Deloitte hope that they will be able to support their annual compensation, quarterly performance reviews and frequent feedback processes. With Impraise, users are enabled to provide in-depth feedback on immediate performance to each other.

Whether between an employee and an immediate team leader or between co-workers, feedback cycles can be structured in any way. The feedback gathered over the course of a year can be used to provide analytics on the learning and development process of a specific employee. This enables managers to quantitatively see how much an employee has improved themselves. The data could then be used to give compensation-related decisions, which are much more precise and fair.

The feedback platform on Impraise allows any employee to see their performance data real-time. This level of transparency is also the last point that is important to Deloitte – enabling employees to know where they stand.

The next challenge that Deloitte and the world of performance management face is factoring in many facets of someone’s performance in a way that is understandable and scalable. According to Deloitte, big data should not be regarded as a way to oversimplify someone’s performance. Instead, providing the richest possible snapshot of someone’s performance should be the next frontier.

To read more about other major companies that have revolutionized their annual performance reviews, download our free white paper.

Paul Manafort Indicted on 12 Counts From Prior Business Dealings

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Paul Manafort, former campaign manager for President Donald Trump, and a business associate, Rick Gates were indicted on 12 counts by a federal grand jury on Monday and the pair face steep criminal penalties if convicted.

Florida Fires Jim McElwain Despite 2 SEC Championship Bids

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After parts of three seasons as head football coach of the Florida Gators, Jim McElwain and the program parted ways Sunday.

Florida confirmed the news in a release Sunday after Doug Samuels of FootballScoop.com first reported word of McElwain’s departure.

“We want to thank Coach McElwain for his efforts in leading the Gator football program,” Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin said in the release. “We are confident Coach [Randy] Shannon will provide the proper guidance to the players and rest of staff during this time and we will begin a national search for the next head coach.”

Week 10 NCAA Football Poll Results

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A week after a sense of stasis atop the college football polls, chaos returned in full force Saturday.

Three undefeated teams, highlighted by No. 2 Penn State, saw their chances of a playoff berth dashed or greatly diminished. The result was a new-look Top 25 that will satisfy those who believe the SEC is college football’s best conference and potentially anger certain people in the state of Wisconsin.  

Tony Podesta Stepping Down From Lobbying Giant Amid Mueller Probe

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Podesta’s decision to leave the firm came on the same day that former Donald Trump campaign aides Paul Manafort and Rick Gates were indicted on multiple charges, including money laundering, operating as federal agents of the Ukrainian government, failing to disclose overseas bank accounts and making false statements to federal authorities. Trump campaign foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty earlier this month for lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian officials, according to court records.

JEMELE HILL at ESPN Needs to Be Fired NOT Suspended

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ESPN has finally suspended Jemele Hill for her 2nd violation of their social media terms.  She is now playing the race card and its just not right!

Football and the FLAG have nothing to do with Racial Injustice.    Find another way to protest!  Go to Chicago, volunteer locallly, do something good with your passion for your cause but stop disrespecting our Country and the American Flag.

Puerto Rico Still Needs Help Recovering from Hurricane Maria

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Eighty-five percent of Puerto Rico is still without power after the U.S. was rocked by Hurricane Maria more than two weeks ago. There are at least 19,000 federal civilian or military personnel assisting on the ground.

10 Dead, 100 Missing in Wine Country Wild Fires

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Ten people have been confirmed dead and at least 1,500 structures have been destroyed in fires raging in California wine country, according to a CalFire chief.

Around 20,000 people have been evacuated, the agency said. Seven deaths were confirmed by the sheriff in Sonoma County. One death occurred in Mendocino County, according to the sheriff there. Two others occurred in Napa County, according to CalFire.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ken Pimlott said numerous people have been injured and a number of residents are also missing as 14 large fires burn across eight counties and 57,000 acres.

A Northern California county says it has received more than 100 missing-person reports as family and friends scramble to locate loved ones while wildfires ravage the state.

Scott Alonso, communications director for Sonoma County, says the reports have come via calls to a hotline the county set up for the missing.

It is possible that many or most of the missing are safe but simply can’t be reached because of the widespread loss of cell service and other communications.

Pimlott called the estimates of destroyed structures very conservative. He said the fires are burning throughout an eight-county swath of Northern California, including Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties.

Among the burned structures were dozens of houses at a mobile home park that were destroyed in a 20,000-acre brush fire in Santa Rosa, which is one of several out-of-control fires burning in Northern California.

It has been dubbed the Tubbs Fire and is one of at least five large brush fires burning in the region, which ignited structures and forced residents to evacuate in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties. Several smaller fires are also burning in the region.

Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Nevada, Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties due to several brush fires burning in those regions.

The fires are believed to have begun late Sunday night near Highway 128 in Napa County and progressed toward Santa Rosa city limits.

The fires forced the closure of all public schools in Santa Rosa and Calistoga on Monday. The Tubbs Fire triggered the evacuation of Kaiser Permanente in Santa Rosa. Workers quickly moved patients to other nearby hospitals.

Another hospital in the area, Sutter Hospital, was also placed under evacuation orders.

Ten people have been confirmed dead and at least 1,500 structures have been destroyed in fires raging in California wine country, according to a CalFire chief.

Around 20,000 people have been evacuated, the agency said. Seven deaths were confirmed by the sheriff in Sonoma County. One death occurred in Mendocino County, according to the sheriff there. Two others occurred in Napa County, according to CalFire.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ken Pimlott said numerous people have been injured and a number of residents are also missing as 14 large fires burn across eight counties and 57,000 acres.

A Northern California county says it has received more than 100 missing-person reports as family and friends scramble to locate loved ones while wildfires ravage the state.

Scott Alonso, communications director for Sonoma County, says the reports have come via calls to a hotline the county set up for the missing.

It is possible that many or most of the missing are safe but simply can’t be reached because of the widespread loss of cell service and other communications.

Pimlott called the estimates of destroyed structures very conservative. He said the fires are burning throughout an eight-county swath of Northern California, including Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties.

Among the burned structures were dozens of houses at a mobile home park that were destroyed in a 20,000-acre brush fire in Santa Rosa, which is one of several out-of-control fires burning in Northern California.

It has been dubbed the Tubbs Fire and is one of at least five large brush fires burning in the region, which ignited structures and forced residents to evacuate in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties. Several smaller fires are also burning in the region.

Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Nevada, Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties due to several brush fires burning in those regions.

The fires are believed to have begun late Sunday night near Highway 128 in Napa County and progressed toward Santa Rosa city limits.

The fires forced the closure of all public schools in Santa Rosa and Calistoga on Monday. The Tubbs Fire triggered the evacuation of Kaiser Permanente in Santa Rosa. Workers quickly moved patients to other nearby hospitals.

Another hospital in the area, Sutter Hospital, was also placed under evacuation orders.

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A 4,500-acre blaze in Mendocino County triggered the closure of multiple roads along the 101 Freeway. The blaze has also crossed the 101 Freeway in Santa Rosa, igniting structures west of the freeway. Another fire in the county – dubbed the Potter Fire – has burned 1,500 acres.

Mandatory evacuations were in place for multiple areas in Napa County, where at least two other blazes on top of the Tubbs Fire are burning. The Atlas Fire is at 5,000 acres and the Patrick fire is at 100 acres.

Windy and dry conditions were making it difficult for firefighters to battle the blaze. Wind was gusting in the areas up to 50 mph.

With so many fires, residents of Sonoma County struggled to figure out what roads to take, finding downed trees or flames blocking some routes. One of the blazes in Sonoma County was at 300 acres and has been dubbed the Nuns Fire.

Fires also burned just to the east in the Napa County wine country as well as in Yuba, Butte and Nevada counties – all north of the state capital. Cal Fire tweeted that as many as 8,000 homes were threatened in Nevada County, which lies on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada.

The Marin County Sheriff’s Department tweeted that they were being overwhelmed about calls due to the smoke.

Smoke from the fires spread throughout the Bay Area. One Twitter user reported that her building was evacuated after a resident pulled the fire alarm due to the smell.

The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department issued a notice to residents to expect a strong smell of smoke from the fires.

The National Weather Service said widespread wind gusts between 35 mph and 50 mph were observed in the north San Francisco Bay region and isolated spots hit 70 mph. The winds were expected to subside at midday.

Community centers, the Sonoma County Fairgrounds and other local centers were opened for evacuees.

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