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Dozens Dead After Electrical Fire At Warehouse Party In Oakland

first_imgOn Saturday morning, the nation woke up to some truly tragic news out of Oakland, CA. Late Friday night, a fire broke out at a warehouse party. As the fire engulfed more and more of the building, dozens of patrons were trapped inside, perishing in the flames or asphyxiating on the thick black smoke.Emergency workers said they arrived to find the building filled with heavy smoke and flames. According to Chief Teresa Deloach Reed of the Oakland Fire Department on Saturday, bodies were found on the second floor of the building. “In my career of 30 years,” she said, “I haven’t experienced something of this magnitude.” Even without a full accounting, the fire was one of the deadliest in the United States in many years.On Saturday morning, the event’s Facebook page said admission to the show was $10 for those who arrived before 11 p.m. and $15 after that. By the end of the day, the pricing had disappeared and the page had turned into an emergency message board, as dozens of friends and family members posted about missing loved ones. People have distributed a spreadsheet listingidentifying information — age, height, weight, hair color, tattoos — and contact numbers for many of those who are still unaccounted for.The tragedy brings to light an underlying fear for many in the underground music scene, where this sort of warehouse party is commonplace. The building, known as the Ghost Ship, in the Fruitvale neighborhood, was the site of an event featuring a variety of experimental electronic music, performed by a synth musician drawing from the “black, queer diaspora” and others, as well as a visual installation. The makeshift, two-story venue, described by one attendee as “a dim and cluttered area with a maze of furniture, canvas paintings on the walls and papier-mâché hanging from the ceilings”, had only two exits and no ventilation.Diego Aguilar-Canabal, 24, a blogger and freelance writer who lives in Berkeley and plays guitar in a band called the Noriegas, explained to the New York Times that he had been to three dozen house and warehouse parties over the past two years. “The basic idea is people want to do loud things late at night, and industrial space is really good for that because there aren’t many neighbors to complain,” he said. “There’s a lot of anxiety about income inequality and class warfare, and a lot of these artists are trying to do the best they can to have a community.”As of the time of publication, the death toll has been reported at 24, though the search for bodies is ongoing and will likely take several days to complete. If you are from the San Francisco/Oakland area, be sure to contact your loved ones and let them know you’re OK, as we wait with heavy hearts for responders to complete their search. Our hearts go out to all those affected by this tragedy.[Photo via @Oaklandfirelive]last_img read more

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IHOC : Orange reserves key victory over McGill in exhibition

first_imgDown by a goal going into the second period, Syracuse needed a spark. Orange head coach Paul Flanagan looked to the end of his bench, turning to his fourth line to provide some energy.The fourth line consisting of Cara Johnson, Sadie St. Germain and Jacquie Greco did just that. They pushed the tempo and constantly pressured the McGill players to regain momentum for SU.‘They led the charge for us in the second period,’ Flanagan said. ‘They inspired the rest of the team by how fast they were getting in the zone and just dogging and going after the McGill defensemen.’Led by that reserve line, the Orange came out of the intermission with a purpose and scored two goals to take the lead in the second period. SU held on to beat McGill 2-1 in an exhibition matchup Friday in front of 220 at Tennity Ice Pavilion. The trio of Syracuse reserves provided an energy boost and keyed the Orange’s offensive attack in the decisive second period.The offense scored the game-winning goal with increased pressure by SU on both ends of the ice. Pressure that led to a clean breakaway opportunity for Johnson with the scored tied 1-1 with 2:31 to go in the second period.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe sophomore forward received a leading pass from Caitlin Roach that went through two McGill defenders, leaving her in a one-on-one with goaltender Taylor Salisbury. Johnson buried the puck past McGill’s Salisbury in what proved to be the game-winner for SU, giving the Orange a 2-1 advantage.‘I know the fourth line works really, really hard in practice,’ Johnson said. ‘We try every practice, every game. It was great to get out there and get a goal.’By that point, the momentum had already shifted in SU’s favor. The Orange notchedits first goal to even the score earlier in the period when the Orange picked up a power-play goal — an area the Orange offense has struggled with throughout the season.The goal came when freshman defender Kaillie Goodnough wound up for a slap shot, and junior forward Holly Carrie-Mattimoe deflected the puck into the back of the net.Immediately following the score by Syracuse, McGill head coach Peter Smith called a timeout to talk things over with his Martlet squad. Even before the goal was deposited, Smith could tell Syracuse was playing with an aggressive attitude in the second period.‘I thought we were getting outbattled,’ Smith said. ‘It wasn’t just about the goal. They scored the goal on the power play, so it wasn’t really about the goal. But I just thought we were getting outbattled.’In the first period, McGill dictated the pace of the game. The Martlets outshot the Orange 9-2 and got on the board with a score from forward Ann-Sophie Bettez, who went top shelf with a wrist shot against SU starting goaltender Jenesica Drinkwater.But the momentum shifted in favor of the Orange after the first intermission. The Syracuse forecheck pushed McGill on its heels. The only time the Martlets held onto the puck is when they conservatively passed back and forth in the defensive zone.And it all comes back to the much-needed lift the fourth line provided.Johnson said the role of her line is to be pests, constantly getting in its opponents’ faces and bringing an up-tempo style to the ice.‘I like being out there and bring the energy to the team,’ Johnson said. ‘In the first period, we were really down, and me and Sadie knew we had to get out there and raise the energy. Jacquie Greco as well, she brings a lot of energy to the team.’Even in an exhibition, SU played with intensity to take down McGill. Flanagan said his team didn’t treat it as a meaningless game. Although he said exhibition games can be a concern in getting his team prepared, the head coach thought his team went into the game ready for a fight.‘They had a real good focus,’ Flanagan said. ‘Sometimes you play an exhibition game against some no-name team that comes down here, and it’s tough to generate excitement. The girls were definitely into it, and I thought they did a real good job of it.’[email protected]  Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Published on November 6, 2011 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

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