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Public v. Private: How a State Takeover of PG&E Might Look in California







SAN FRANCISCO (Courthouse News) – Widespread power blackouts and years of destructive wildfires have brought California to a place where it has never been: Lawmakers are looking at replacing the nation’s largest utility with a public entity. Could such a plan overcome the regulatory, legal and political barriers, and if it did, would it be a better system than the one we have now?

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Venice devastated by second highest tide in history
NOVEMBER 13, 2019
VENICE, Italy (Reuters) - Venice’s mayor called the city a disaster zone on Wednesday after the second highest tide ever recorded swept through it overnight, flooding its historic basilica and leaving many squares and alleyways deep under water.
A local man from Pellestrina, one of the many islands in the Venetian lagoon, died when he was struck by lightning while using an electric water pump, the fire brigade said.
City officials said the tide peaked at 187 cm (6ft 2ins) at 10.50 p.m. (2150 GMT) on Tuesday, just short of the record 194 cm set in 1966.
Night-time footage showed a torrent of water whipped up by high winds raging through the city centre while Luca Zaia, governor of the Veneto region, described a scene of “apocalyptic devastation”.
Mayor Luigi Brugnaro said the situation was dramatic. “We ask the government to help us. The cost will be high. This is the result of climate change,” he said on Twitter.

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