Olen: The West Coast is on fire. Why is Trump barely paying attention?

Here in Southern California, the outdoors is filthy gray at noon, the sun weirdly pink or gray at 4 p.m. The air reeks of smoke, and ash covers everything — the lawn chairs outside, the books on my coffee table. Everyone’s eyes are burning. I keep looking out the window, thinking I need to open the cabinet under the kitchen sink, pull out the Pledge and begin dusting the sky. (Wash Post)

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EDITORIAL: Winter is coming - and with it a potential second wave

As any “Game of Thrones” fan can tell you, the phrase “winter is coming” is not just a House Stark motto but a frequently invoked warning that a serious, easily-overlooked threat is destined to arrive as temperatures drop. In the case of the George R.R. Martin books and the TV mini-series based on them, the danger was not just failing to prepare for cold weather but for the rise of the “White Walkers” or living ice creatures. (Balt Sun)

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Baltimore Sun’s 2020 Business and Civic Hall of Fame honorees: Mary-Ann and Walter D. ‘Wally’ Pinkard Jr.

Mary-Ann and Walter D. “Wally” Pinkard Jr. represent a rare find in this busy world: a philanthropic power couple willing to roll up their sleeves and do the hard work themselves for the many Baltimore area boards and organizations with which they’re affiliated — chairing committees, arranging events, raising funds, mentoring others and setting strategic direction in areas ranging from the arts to education. (Balt Sun)

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Baltimore Sun’s 2020 Business and Civic Hall of Fame honoree: Brian J. Gibbons

Not everybody thought it was a good idea when Brian J. Gibbons decided to give up a stable, well-paying job at a law firm to join a commercial real estate development company — especially his father. After all, Mr. Gibbons had five children under the age of 11 depending on him, and a sixth on the way. That was a lot of college tuition bills down the road. (Balt Sun)

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Baltimore Sun’s 2020 Business and Civic Hall of Fame honoree: Marin Alsop

What does an orchestra conductor do when a pandemic partially prevents her from conducting? She drives an RV across parts of the country with her partner and their teenage son. This was the anecdote that came up repeatedly in response to the question of what one might be surprised to hear about the world-renowned maestra, Marin Alsop, 63. (Balt Sun)

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Baltimore Sun’s 2020 Business and Civic Hall of Fame honoree: Gary C. Kelly

Gary Kelly may be the man at the head of the country’s most popular airline, Dallas-based Southwest, but as a teenager his focus wasn’t on the skies; it was on the sea. He planned to study marine biology or oceanography in college, but the lifelong Texan wound up at the University of Texas at El Paso for his freshman year, learning and playing football in what was basically a desert. There was no underwater offering, so he went with a backup plan: accounting. (Balt Sun)

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Baltimore Sun’s 2020 Business and Civic Hall of Fame honoree: Michael D. Hankin

If Brown Advisory President and CEO Michael D. Hankin were measured simply as a generator of well-paying jobs, he’d deserve recognition as one of Baltimore’s most successful business leaders of the 21st century. In two decades, he has taken what began as a small shop within Baltimore-based Alex. Brown Inc. and ultimately turned it into a private, independent investment firm responsible for $85 billion in client assets. (Balt Sun)

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EDITORIAL: Can Americans trust any COVID-19 vaccine offered before Nov. 3?

That queasiness many of us are feeling these days isn’t the first stage of the coronavirus, it’s more likely a symptom of a gradual loss of confidence in the nation’s leading public health agencies under President Donald Trump. Week by week if not day by day for the past six months, President Donald Trump has promoted false hopes, quack science and snake oil in a manner more befitting a carnival barker than the leader of the free world. (Balt Sun)

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