The Daily Populous

Tuesday June 15th, 2021 evening edition

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Officials with Texas' power grid operator pleaded with residents Monday to limit their electrical usage amid soaring temperatures and a series of mechanical problems at power plants.

Officials with the nonprofit group, which oversees 90 percent of Texas' energy production, asked residents to set their thermostats higher, turn off lights and avoid using larger appliances until Friday.

A spokeswoman for the group told reporters that the outages accounted for more than 12,000 megawatts, enough to power 2.4 million homes.

A senior official with ERCOT, Warren Lasher, said it wasn't clear why there were so many unplanned outages.

But he said that the group is "deeply concerned" about the plants that are offline and that a thorough investigation is being conducted to better understand the problems.

Officials "need to know why across the fleet are we seeing unplanned, unscheduled mechanical issues," Lasher said.

One critic told the network that it was an "overstatement" to call new $5,000-per-day penalties for noncompliant companies "a rounding error. »

Woman who took private plane to Capitol riot slapped with new charge for ‘knowingly engaging in acts of violence’

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Katherine “Katie” Staveley Schwab was hit with an additional charge for her alleged involvement in the riot, saying she “willfully and knowingly engaged in an act of physical violence” on Capitol grounds.

The charge came after the government obtained new information that she kicked a news outlet’s camera when it fell to the ground.

She had previously pleaded not guilty to four counts, including violent entry and disorderly conduct in a Capitol building. »

Actress Lisa Banes dies after getting struck by hit-and-run scooter driver

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Actress Lisa Banes, who appeared in the movie “Gone Girl,” died on Monday due to injuries sustained after getting struck by a hit-and-run scooter driver on the Upper West Side, a source said.

Actress Lisa Banes has died after being injured in a hit-and-run accident.

Police at the scene where Banes was struck and critically injured by a scooter. »