MyDesert Tonight: Sharknado ratings and other newsy numbers

July 12th, 2013 | by Brian Indrelunas | Comments

Firefighters enter The Bridge Church in Murrieta on Friday to remember Christopher Douglas, a Cal Fire engineer killed July 5. (Richard Lui, The Desert Sun)

Firefighters enter The Bridge Church in Murrieta on Friday to remember Christopher Douglas, a Cal Fire engineer killed July 5. (Richard Lui, The Desert Sun)

BY THE NUMBERS: There are only 10 minutes or so until the weekend begins for many of us, so let’s keep this brief.

• An estimated 2,000 people are mourning Cal Fire engineer Christopher Douglas in Murrieta as I write.

A third girl has died after the crash of Asiana Flight 214.

• The man accused of holding three Cleveland women captive for more than a decade faces 977 charges.

• The “Sharknado” conversations in MyDesert’s newsroom just wouldn’t stop Friday — or on social media — but only 1.4 million people watched the Syfy movie the night before.

FAKE NAMES IN THE NEWS: A Bay Area TV station says a National Transportation Safety Board official confirmed Captain Sum Ting Wong piloted that Asiana flight, but KTVU apparently didn’t notice (though plenty of others, including the Los Angeles Times, did) that there was literally something wrong about that name and three others:

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, right, seen May 26 after Brown University's commencement in Providence, R.I., has been nominated to lead the University of California system. (Michael Dwyer, The Associated Press)

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, right, seen May 26 after Brown University’s commencement in Providence, R.I., has been nominated to lead the University of California as the system’s president. (Michael Dwyer, The Associated Press)

REAL NAMES IN THE NEWS: Officials released the name of Skylor Atilano on Friday and say they’re charging him with murder in the death of his half-brother, Terry Smith. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is ditching that title and coming to California. The Desert Town Hall speaker series is bringing Karl Rove, Dr. Ben Carson, Leon Panetta and Lisa and Laura Ling to Indian Wells next year.

WHAT’S UP THIS WEEKEND: San Diego is celebrating its LGBT Pride weekend and expecting big crowds. Cathedral City is hosting another type of parade entirely, the 15th annual Pets on Parade. Or you could always relive business editor James Meier’s “Sharknado” live-tweeting ahead of the inevitable repeat showing.

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