MyDesert Tonight: Firefighters mourn; fireworks revisited

July 5th, 2013 | by Brian Indrelunas | Comments

FIRE ENGINEER KILLED: Topping the news in the Coachella Valley is the death of Cal Fire engineer Christopher Douglas, who was hit Friday morning by a pickup along an Interstate 10 on-ramp in Thousand Palms.

FIREFIGHTER PHOTO CONTROVERSY: It’s a powerful photo, showing 19 American flags covering the bodies of the firefighters who died fighting an Arizona wildfire, and its publication on Facebook has stirred debate. The Arizona Republic reports a recovery crew draped flags over the body bags before the firefighters’ remains were taken to Phoenix. The Los Angeles Times calls the photo taken afterward “compelling in the eyes of some, an insult to others” and looks into who may have taken it.

Palm Springs' fireworks finale lights up the sky on Thursday, July 4, 2013. (Brian Indrelunas, The Desert Sun)

Palm Springs’ fireworks finale on Thursday. (Brian Indrelunas, The Desert Sun)

FOURTH FLASHBACK: Each year I’ve attended, I’ve always been blown away by one piece or another of Palm Springs’ Fourth of July fireworks show, and Thursday was no exception. I must say, though, I’m a bit jealous of the folks who got to see Palm Desert’s fireworks from the city’s aquatic center. Meanwhile, TV viewers got to see Palm Springs’ own Barry Manilow and/or a whole lot of Usher, and MyDesertTV viewers can see a sea-to-shining-sea fireworks recap in just two minutes.

NUMBERS IN THE NEWS: At least 30 people have been killed amid protests in Egypt. Two-time BNP Paribas Open champion Novak Djokovic will face Andy Murray in the Wimbledon final Sunday. Come April, curbside trash pickup will only be once a week in Palm Springs. And CNN reports on two mothers’George Zimmerman‘s and Trayvon Martin‘s — conflicting testimony in the Florida murder trial.

WHERE I’LL BE TONIGHT: Back at Palm Springs Stadium for the Power’s weekly dollar beer night. If you’re a Power fan, check out Patti Myers‘ story on players who hail from the Coachella Valley. And if baseball isn’t your jam, we’ve got more weekend recommendations in Hot Picks.

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