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Diaper-Clad Boy, 3, Crashes Aunt's Jeep, Runs Home to Watch Cartoons


iStock/Thinkstock(MYRTLE CREEK, Ore.) -- The mother of a diaper-clad, 3-year-old boy who got behind the wheel of his aunt’s Jeep Wrangler and accidentally put it into gear, sending it crashing into the side of a neighbor’s house, has been cited for failing to properly supervise her child.The woman, identified by police as Brennan Pennington, of Myrtle Creek, Oregon, was issued the citation after the Tuesday evening incident, which was the second involving the boy and police that day.At about 9 a.m. the same day, a Myrtle Creek Police office

FSU Professor Was Talking on Cell Phone When Shooting Happened


Stockbyte/Thinkstock(MIAMI) -- A Florida State University criminal law professor was pulling into his driveway and talking on his cell phone when he was fatally shot, ABC News has learned exclusively.Professor Dan Markel, 41, was shot July 18, dying hours later.The killer was waiting for Markel outside his home in Tallahassee’s Betton Hills section, a source told ABC News, and followed Markel into the garage, shooting him in the side of the head through the window of his car.The bullet entered just beneath Markel’s jawline.Markel was alive w

One Dead, 13 Injured in Rare Southern California Lightning Storm


iStock/Thinkstock(VENICE BEACH, Calif.) -- A rare lightning storm struck packed Venice Beach, Calif., Sunday, killing a 20-year-old man and injuring up to 12 others, one critically, after the same storm had struck a person on Catalina Island.Firefighters said a bolt of lightning hit the water and the electrical current then traveled, hitting swimmers and surfers."The fire department assessed a total of 13 patients, and transported a total of eight patients," Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Katherine Main said.Five others were injured, but did no

Russia Wants UN Investigation into Downed Malaysia Airlines Plane


(MOSCOW) -- Russia is calling for the United Nations Security Council to approve a UN-led investigation into what brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.“We believe that such an inquiry must begin as quickly as possible under the UN aegis. To that end the Security Council must make yet one more decision. We are alarmed that some of our partners have been trying to steer practical efforts to organize the inquiry into separate bilateral contacts with the Ukrainian authorities,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters on Monday.

US Less Safe Than Several Years Ago, Top Intelligence Official Says


Photo By: DIA Public Affairs/Public Domain(ASPEN, Colo.) --  The United States is now less safe than it was years ago, in part because a brutal terrorist group has been able to gain power in Iraq after the post-war government there "blew it," a top U.S. intelligence official said Saturday.The frank words came from Lt. Gen Michael Flynn, the outgoing head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, at a national security forum in Aspen, Colorado, where over several days top current and former counterterrorism officials warned of several simultaneous threats

Can a Jolting Wearable-Fitness Tracker Get You to Work Out?


iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  If you need a little incentive to get up off the couch, a new wearable device could give you just the jolt you need to get you to the gym.The Pavlok device isn't on the market just yet, but its creator Maneesh Sethi said the device will have features to incentivize working out -- including a small zap for when you miss a workout.While Sethi says the device will encourage people in a way normal fitness trackers can't, some workout professionals are apprehensive at the idea of having a painful incentive forcing pe

State funds projects to tee up large-scale development opportunities in Spokane


April 3, 2014

Advanced Planning Grant Program enabled by 777X incentive legislation

OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced the award of two grants totaling $725,000 to the City of Spokane and Snohomish County’s Paine Field to advance environmental permitting efforts and help prepare sites for large-scale manufacturing development.

Paine Field will receive $400,000 to conduct environmental review for the approximately 840,000-square-foot Aerospace Business Park planned for the west side of the airport. While no specific tenants have been identified, the phased development proposes a number of large buildings ranging in size from 100,000 to 250,000 square feet available to aerospace suppliers that would benefit from being in close proximity to The Boeing Company’s Everett assembly site.

The City of Spokane will receive $350,000 to continue work in environmental pre-planning for an area known as the West Plains. A consortium known as AIR Spokane, that includes the city of Spokane, Spokane County, Spokane International Airport, Avista Corp., community colleges of Spokane and Greater Spokane Incorporated, has been working since 2011 to position more than 6,500 acres of developable land, for aerospace and other manufacturing activities. The city of Spokane recently developed a sub-area plan for the West Plains and is using that effort as a springboard. Through this grant, Spokane will identify critical mitigation needs for future industrial employers locating in the West Plains and develop plans to mitigate those impacts.

“The land around Paine Field and Spokane International Airport provides some of the greatest opportunities in Washington for large-scale aerospace manufacturing,” said Brian Bonlender, director of the Washington State Department of Commerce. “This funding will help get these properties ready to go so companies can hit the ground running when they choose to establish new or expanded operations on either side of our state. Promoting broad-based, geographically diverse job growth is core to Governor Inslee’s economic development strategy for a working Washington.”

The Advanced Planning Grant Program was created by the Washington State Legislature in November 2013 during the special legislative session called to help the state win the Boeing 777X program. The Legislature appropriated $2 million in the current biennium to help local jurisdictions advance environmental review and permitting in and around large manufacturing sites. The Spokane and Everett projects are the first two to be awarded grants under the program. Another $1.1 million will be available for additional projects in Fiscal Year 2015.
“We appreciate the enthusiastic support of Governor Inslee and the Washington State Department of Commerce for Paine Field and our planned Aerospace Business Park,” said Snohomish County Executive John Lovick. “Not only did they recognize it as a Project of Statewide Significance last summer, they have now provided us a $400,000 grant that will help us position the airport as a premier location for aerospace companies looking to expand or build new facilities. We’re confident that these investments will bring new family-wage jobs to Snohomish County.”

“Spokane’s West Plains is one of the fastest growing industrial areas in eastern Washington,” said Spokane Mayor David Condon. “It is already home to three major aerospace suppliers and Fairchild Air Force Base, eastern Washington’s largest employer. This grant will help us work through complex permitting issues, such as stormwater and transportation impacts, and will further our efforts to bring new jobs to the Spokane region. At the same time, these plans will ensure that new employment opportunities are consistent with the viability and competitiveness of the existing engines of job creation on the West Plains, including Fairchild Air Force Base.”

“This is an incredibly exciting time for the aerospace industry in Washington,” said Alex Pietsch, director of the state’s Office of Aerospace. “Following the decision to build the 777X and its carbon fiber wing in Washington, we know that companies from around the world want to be here. Yet, competition for these developments and the jobs that come with them is intense. Having large, ready-to-build sites in strategic locations around the state opens up options that make us that much more competitive.”
 

PUD Awards Students in Art & Photo Contests


Everett, WA — Snohomish County PUD today announced the names of 17 local students who won awards in the utility’s 2014 art and photography competitions. The contests engage students in energy topics.
 
Art Contest Winners
The art contest challenged students to create posters that teach people ways to be safe around electricity.
 
Diego Garcia Gonzalez           Kindergarten               Garfield Elementary, Everett 
Sadie Rose Alford                  Grade 2                       English Crossing Elementary, Lakewood
Juliana Gogun                         Grade 3                       Garfield Elementary, Everett 
Madeline Cho                         Grade 5                       Mukilteo Elementary
Cindy Liang                            Grade 5                       Mukilteo Elementary
Anna Ren                                Grade 6                       Homeschool
Aldair  Sanchez                       Grade 6                       Totem Middle School, Marysville
Aria Thompson                       Grade 6                       Totem Middle School, Marysville
Kailey  Kovach                        Grade 8                       Stillaguamish Valley School,  Arlington        
Chloe   Keehan                        Grade 9                       Sultan High School
Megan Sorn                             Grade 9                       Glacier Peak High School, Snohomish          
Logan  Weaver                        Grade 9                       Glacier Peak High School, Snohomish          
 
Photography Contest
For the PUD photography contest, high school students were challenged to capture the theme of “Energy in Action” in a photograph. Five students won awards, as follows:
 
Sarah Campo                           Grade 11                     Lake Stevens High School
Ingrid  Pelletier                       Grade 11                     Stanwood High School
Nikky Wyeth                          Grade 11                     Lake Stevens High School
Taylor  Albrecht                      Grade 12                     Glacier Peak High School, Snohomish          
Easton Lemos                         Grade 12                     Snohomish High School
 
The winners of the competitions will be recognized at the April 15, 2014, PUD Board of Commissioners meeting. The art and photography contest winners’ entries will be on display April 7-18, 2014, in the lobby of the PUD’s Everett headquarters.  They also are posted on the PUD website at www.snopud.com (click on Education/Contests & Camps).
 

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Navy Yard Shooting Survivor Says He Watched Aaron Alexis Kill Friends, Coworkers


ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- John Weaver, a 13-year veteran of the Washington Navy Yard, could not believe his eyes as he watched Aaron Alexis methodically shoot six of his friends where they worked -- killing five of them."I heard a really loud bang," he told ABC News exclusively. "Two seconds later, I heard another really loud bang and then I realized somebody's in here and they are shooting