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Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

California considers mandating publicly held companies to include women on their boards of directors, a judge stymies the Trump administration's deportation efforts, and the Mendocino Complex Fire makes history.
Firefighters battle the Medocino Complex Fire on August 7th, 2018, near Lodoga, California.

Firefighters battle the Medocino Complex Fire on August 7th, 2018, near Lodoga, California.

This week, Pacific Standard launched "A Journey Through Contested Lands," a collaboration with Magnum Photos and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, featuring the work of six photographers documenting indigenous people's fights to stay on their ancestral lands.

We also brought you stories on Russian interference in the 2016 election, the latest threat to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, and the relationship between trolls and the media.

But we can't cover everything. Here are a few more stories from the week we're continuing to watch.

The Mendocino Complex Became the Largest Fire in California History

At 307,447 acres as of 7 a.m. Friday, the Mendocino Complex Fire has surpassed last year's Thomas Fire as the largest in state history. And though the Mendocino Complex Fire is just 60 percent contained, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection expects to have it fully contained by September 1st.

A Judge Blocked the Administration From Deporting Eight Asylum Seekers

The eight immigrants who are being held in detention claim they faced domestic violence or threats from gangs in their home countries. The judge's decision follows Attorney General Jeff Sessions' June ruling prohibiting immigration judges from granting asylum to most victims of gang violence and domestic abuse. The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit arguing that the "expedited removal" of the asylum seekers has denied them the chance to prove "credible fear" in their home countries.

California Could Become the First State to Require Companies to Have Women on Their Boards

Two female state senators are pushing a bill that would require all publicly held companies based in California to have at least one women on their boards of directors starting next year, with more stringent guidelines in some cases (at least two women on five-member boards, at least three on boards of six). The bill has passed the Senate and has until the end of the month to make it through the Assembly. Cal Matters reports that business associations say the legislation would lead to discrimination against men who want to serve on boards. According to Cal Matters, more than a quarter of California company boards have no women.