Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Wells near Fairchild contaminated, electric buses spared, and morning headlines

Posted By on Wed, May 3, 2017 at 9:23 AM


NEWS: Electric buses for Spokane's Central City Line may not be as endangered as it seemed they were President Trump released his early budget, but it will still be a couple of years before the program is expected to be awarded grant money. 
click to enlarge The budget ax has spared the Central City Line, a high-frequency electric bus route.
  • The budget ax has spared the Central City Line, a high-frequency electric bus route.


Contamination nation
Testing has found that residential wells near Fairchild Air Force Base are contaminated with chemicals in fire-fighting foam used in crash sites there, and it's probably been that way for a long time. (Spokesman-Review)

Right to privacy in school?
Spokane middle-school students have been required to delete videos they took of fights or hand over their cellphones so school officials could — a policy meant to prevent them from posting videos online or through social media, or encouraging further fights — but some parents are upset about potential privacy issues as their kids fork over their phones. (Spokesman-Review)

Another Murray accuser
A fourth man says Seattle Mayor Ed Murray paid him for sex when he was a teenager. As with the other accusations, Murray's spokesman has denied it ever happened. (Seattle Times)

In a world... with a lot less Arctic ice...
In 20 or 30 years, regular cargo ships might be able to travel directly over the North Pole for faster shipping to Asia; ice-breaking ships will be able to do so sooner, as global warming continues to diminish the ice's thickness at the pole. But since ice formation is less predictable, there's no telling if those routes will be favorable for shippers. (New York Times)
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