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“It is like you have got a high-rise building and you are encasing it in kerosene.” ~EDWIN GALEA, director of the Fire Safety Engineering Group at the University of Greenwich, describing the use of exterior cladding that may have exacerbated the Grenfell Tower inferno, which killed at least 79 in …

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“We did what had to be done. They’re gentle. They know us. We know them. You just thought, ‘Wow, I am sorry.’” ~MARK KALTENBACH, a rancher in Kansas who had to put down many of his cattle after devastating wildfires on the Plains. Source: Quotation of the Day: Resentment Smolders …

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“You’ve got a market economy, a gentrifying real estate market and people feeling that they need to go underground. But you bring it up to code, and suddenly you end up pricing out the people who make Oakland such a great place.” ~THOMAS DOLAN, an Oakland architect who helps building …

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“It was like trying to put out a bonfire with a squirt gun.” ~CARMEN BRITO, a resident of the building in Oakland, Calif., in which a fire killed more than 30 people, on another resident’s efforts to put it out with a fire extinguisher. Source: Quotation of the Day – …

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“If we saw a hand or a head, we’d start pulling the person out by the hair. People were burned; some didn’t even have clothes.” MURILO DE TOLEDO TIECHER, a medical student, describing the panic during a fire at a nightclub in Santa Maria, Brazil, that killed at least 233 …

Celeb birthdays for July 25, 2012

Actress Barbara Harris is 77. Drummer Jim McCarty of The Yardbirds is 69. Bassist Verdine White of Earth, Wind and Fire is 61. Supermodel Iman is 57. Cartoonist Ray Billingsley (“Curtis”) is 55. Guitarist Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth is 54. Country singer Marty Brown is 47. Actress Illeana Douglas …

Celeb birthdays for July 4, 2012

Actress Eva Marie Saint is 88. Actress Gina Lollobrigida is 85. Playwright Neil Simon is 85. Singer Bill Withers is 74. Actress Karolyn Grimes (Zuzu in ‘‘It’s a Wonderful Life”) is 72. TV talk-show host Geraldo Rivera is 69. Percussionist Ralph Johnson of Earth, Wind and Fire is 61. Percussionist …