PARADISE, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 19: Kathryn Stewart, of Walnut Creek, Calif., works with her cadaver dog Zabra to search for human remains in a mobile home park in Paradise, Calif., Monday, Nov. 19, 2018. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

In summary

Wildfire helpers, Paradise Thanksgiving, Camp Fire forensics, a record election for women, California family leave law, Brown’s clemency, the Tigar family.

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