Insurance Claims and the Appraisal Clause | Page 4SAN FRANCISCO — A wind-driven wildfire near the Oregon border has damaged or destroyed 100 homes and forced at least 1,500 people to flee. Authorities say the tiny town of Weed near the base of Mount Shasta is under siege from a 300-acre blaze that erupted around 1:30 p.m. Monday. The blaze also burned Weed’s Catholic church to the ground and damaged a lumber mill. Winds gusting to 40 mph are pushing the flames into the town. Siskiyou County sheriff’s deputies have gone door-to-door to evacuate the town and nearby Carrick and Lake Shastina. The main north-south freeway, Interstate 5, has been closed in the area. Firefighters work to put out fires and protect structures along Center Street on Monday.GREG BARNETTE/THE RECORD SEARCHLIGHT/AP Firefighters work to put out fires and protect structures along Center Street on Monday. The blaze has burned a less than a square mile and destroyed 21 structures — 20 of them homes, CalFire spokesman Dennis Mathisen said. The destructive fire led Gov.
Truth in sentencingIn some cases, truth in sentencing is linked to other movements, such as mandatory minimum sentencing (in which particular crimes yield automatic sentences no matter what the extenuating circumstances), and habitual offender or "three strikes" laws (in which state law requires the state courts to hand down mandatory and extended periods of incarceration to persons who have been convicted of a criminal offense on multiple occasions). In the United States, federal laws currently requires that those convicted of federal crimes serve a "substantial portion" of their original sentence. This is achieved by eliminating or restricting parole and/or remissions. The first law requiring TIS was passed in 1984, and a number of states now have them. In 1994, a federal TIS law was passed: to qualify for TIS federal funding, offenders must serve at least 85% of their sentence for qualifying crimes before becoming eligible for parole. Canada See also References