California says federal ‘let it burn’ policy is reckless as wildfires rage out of control

  DOYLE, Calif.  —  Volunteer fire chief Kathy Catron wants answers about why the Sugar fire ever grew large enough to burn her town, why it wasn’t put out before it  exploded and turned uncontrollable . “It never should have got here,” said Catron, a former school bus driver who runs a 16-person department in this Lassen County town staffed mostly by friends and family, including her kids. “It never should have happened.” Raging July fires  are becoming the norm in California. So is the animus of Catron and others about how they are fought— especially on federal lands and in their early hours — and who makes those choices. With wildfires across the West arriving earlier, spreading faster and wreaking more destruction, once-obscure policy battles between firefighting agencies are coming under public scrutiny, adding to a distrust of federal government that has long had a foothold in the rural communities most hard-hit by fire. Who decides whether a blaze is crushed or allowed to burn i

U.S. runner Isaiah Jewett falls in 800-meter semifinals, then embodies the Olympic spirit

  TOKYO —  Isaiah Jewett emulates anime superheroes. He watches them, quotes them. He tries to live by their credo and example. Jewett has said that lessons learned from Japanese animation cartoons fueled his drive and helped him become a first-time Olympian. In the immediate aftermath of a devastating setback, Jewett demonstrated the embodiment of the superhero — and the Olympic spirit — on Sunday night at Olympic Stadium. After having their races cut short, Isaiah Jewett and Nijel Amos showed the ultimate sportsmanship.  #TokyoOlympics — #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics)  August 1, 2021 On a night when Lamont Marcell Jacobs of Italy won the men’s 100-meters race and Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela established a world record in the women’s triple jump, Jewett left a memorable impression. It did not begin as the Olympic moment that Isaiah Champion Jewett dreamed of as a child when he was trying to keep up with his older sisters, Victorya and Olympia. Or when he was