Fire crews were dispatched to a second alarm fire in a duplex ... When firefighters arrived, flames were coming out of the windows of one of the apartments.
The fire started in the area of a space heater in the first apartment. Fire officials say the residents in the home had put a thick blanket in a washing machine, causing it to overflow. The residents then used the space heater to dry their home out. The wet blanket was too close to the space heater and caught fire.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.