Boeing memo clarifies ... what?
An internal Boeing memo says that design engineering for a new 777X airliner could be spread around various sites worldwide (including Moscow) with "much" work done outside Puget Sound. But it also indicates that the company learned something from the Dreamliner debacle: More of the work on the new 777 will apparently be done by Boeing's own people. The Seattle Times notes that the memo set off something of an internal furor and the reassurance of engineering union representative Ray Goforth, who told the Puget Sound Business Journal that the do-it-ourselves message may make the memo mostly good news, isn't entirely convincing — he was talking about national membership.
As The Herald points out, Gov. Jay Inslee is making a push for keeping most design and construction here, as with the current version of the 777, but he clearly won't take any comfort from this. And in such a carefully written memo, Boeing might just have intended to keep politicians nervous as they court the company. — J.C.
DelBene and Wisconsin Republican target NSA
Freshman U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene is co-sponsoring a bill to end the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of data. The Eastside Democrat joined with Wisconsin Republican Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner on a proposal that requires any data collection to be based on tangible evidence, allows Internet service companies to disclose the number of accounts that the government asked for data on and creates an advocate to argue for personal privacy before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which evaluates the case for personal surveillance. In other words, DelBene is coming out against the NSA apparatus. Though they probably knew this before we did. — A.S.
Sound Transit: Where you want to go?
Sound Transit is playing 20 questions with its long-range plan: The agency wants the public to help shape expansion after currently approved projects are completed in 2023. Adjusting the plan now (it was last adjusted in 2005) should help Sound Transit shape future ballot measures, and route options for pedestrians/ bikers. You can view the current plan here, and if you want input on where Sound Transit should be (and everyone seems to, whether to adjust planned routes or to call for a halt), you can take the survey here. — A.S.
Seattle Police say that a man, believed to be in his 40s, suffered life-threatening injuries in a shooting inside the Union Gospel Mission at the south edge of Downtown Seattle just before noon. The Seattle Times reports that the alleged gunman is 82 years old, has no criminal history and said he felt threatened. The victim has an extensive record. On the less depressing side, a mission official tells The Times' Jennifer Sullivan that volunteers and staffers acted heroically to get the gun from the man in the middle of a crowd. Seattlepi.com reports the mission has a no-weapons policy and conducts random checks for guns at night but usually doesn't do so at meal times. — J.C.
Halloween: It's go time for ghouls
If you aren't in the Halloween spirit yet, consider a visit to your local cemetery. Or, more conveniently, check out the gravestone epitaphs Ellis Conklin of Seattle Weekly researched recently from around the state: "Return to Sender" (Ritzville); "It's 5 o'clock somewhere" (Queen Anne); "I told you I was sick" (Tukwila). Dave Quiring of Quiring Monuments recalls carving one for a Microsoft software engineer: "Press any key to continue."
And for everyone this Halloween who is going to be out and about or just at home, the Seattle Police blog pulls together close to three dozen safety tips. The first two directed at motorists and bicyclists are probably the biggest: Be alert for extra pedestrian and bicycle traffic. And be patient. Full list here. — J.C.
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