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Wildfires Rage in California

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Wildfires Rage in California

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Wildfires continue to rage in Santa Cruz County, California, where thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate their homes. The wildfire has now grown to more than three square miles and is not contained.

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California Institute of Technology Alumni Qian death obituary published

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Well-known Chinese scientist Qian (1911 ~ 2009).

California Institute of Technology Alumni Qian death obituary published

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Qian (1911 ~ 2009) China’s famous scientist

China news agency, Los Angeles, November 2 (Reporter Zhang Wei) – Well-known American institutions of higher education at the California Institute of Technology on the 2nd page on its Web site published an obituary Qian’s death. Qian, California Institute of Technology in learning and working for 10 years and received his Ph.D. in the school. Qian awarded the highest honor the school in 1979: “Outstanding Alumni Award.”

Today is Monday, California Institute of Technology’s home page on its official Web site of China published the news of the death of eminent scientist Qian, reported that: “Qian (Ph.D. 1939 winner), California Institute of Technology alumni, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) one of the founders died on October 31, at the age of 98 years old. ”

Obituary said that Qian had participated in the U.S. military’s new rocket development program, and his outstanding contribution to be appreciated by the U.S. Air Force. However, in 1950, this Chinese-born scientist accused of sympathizing with communism under investigation. However, these allegations lack of evidence, Qian and his colleagues, and all walks of life to protest the authorities out of nothing. The next five years, Qian and his family by the U.S. government surveillance and house arrest.

Obituary concluded that in September 1955, Qian was allowed to return to China. In China, Qian resumed research work, the creation of the Institute of Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences; later became China’s “Father of the missile,” China’s most respected scientists.

Qian studying in the United States for nearly two decades, most of them spent time at the California Institute of Technology. He was from 1936 to 1939 at the California Institute of Technology aeronautics and mathematics learning, and earned a doctorate, and then most of the time in the school to teach and conduct research. In 1979, California Institute of Technology awarded the highest honor Qian: “Outstanding Alumni Award”, it was not until December 2001, Qian was formally accept this honor.

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California wildfire declared arson, homicide

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California wildfire declared arson, homicide

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LOS ANGELES  – A huge wildfire burning in the mountains above Los Angeles, now the largest ever in the county, was started by arson and will be investigated as a homicide, authorities said on Thursday.

The so-called Station Fire has killed two firefighters, destroyed 64 homes and torched an area the size of Chicago in the nine days it has roared across the rugged San Gabriel Mountains overlooking Los Angeles.

“After a forensic examination at the point of origin, arson investigators have concluded that the Station Fire was the result of an act of arson,” U.S. Forest Service Commander Rita Wears said.

The deaths of Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Ted Hall and firefighter Arnaldo Quinones, who were killed when their vehicle plunged 800 feet (244 metres) from a road, made the case a homicide, Wears said.

Authorities did not offer details about how the fire was started but an area near the city of La Canada-Flintridge, north of Los Angeles, has been cordoned off with yellow crime scene tape since Wednesday.

It was not clear if any suspects had been identified.

As of Thursday evening, the Station Fire had blackened 145,000 acres (59,000 hectares), or about 226 square miles (585 sq km), making it the largest wildfire recorded in Los Angeles county. It could ultimately become one of the top 10 in state history, in terms of size.

Authorities estimated containment of the massive conflagration at 38 percent, up from 28 percent a day earlier, according to fire commander Mike Dietrich, who said his force of more than 4,700 firefighters was making “great progress.”

By Wednesday night, the all-clear had been given for the last of 6,400 evacuated households to return home.

But a flare-up in one canyon early on Thursday led officials to order a small cluster of homes evacuated, and crews were concentrating their attack on the southeastern flank of the blaze to prevent flames from spreading.

One town on the fire’s southeastern fringe is Pasadena, known for its annual New Year’s Day Rose Bowl college football game and Tournament of Roses Parade. Fire commanders planned to brief residents in a meeting Thursday night.

Fire commanders said Mount Wilson, an observatory and telecommunications and broadcasting hub, would be spared.

The Station Fire has cost $21 million so far to fight, making it the most expensive of several California wildfires in recent weeks that already have depleted the cash-strapped state’s emergency firefighting budget by more than half.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has insisted the state has plenty of resources at its disposal for such emergencies.

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