Washington’s sky-high Boeing ambitions land in South Carolina
Boeing has decided to assemble the 787-10 Dreamliner solely in South Carolina rather than Everett. In an announcement today, Boeing said the key reason behind their decision is that the 787-10s fuselages are "too long to be transported efficiently" from South Carolina, where they are fabricated, to Everett’s assembly line. Everett is currently pumping out more 787 Dreamliners per month, but that could change, according to a Puget Sound Business Journal report. South Carolina may wind up with more 787 assembly lines than Everett. – E.W.
A still-unidentified man was fatally shot at 2:30 a.m. today in Gas Works Park by Seattle police after threatening them with a broken liquor bottle, police said. After a group of police officers arrived to patrol Gas Works Park because of recent vandalism, a Seattle Parks and Recreation security officer told the officers that a man drinking near a campfire had attacked him when he told the man to extinguish the fire.
When the police officers approached the man, he broke the bottle he was drinking on concrete steps where he was sitting and began waving the broken bottle and approached them. Two officers tried unsuccessfully to subdue the man, who was described as very agitated, with a Taser. As the man approached a third police officer, two officers fired off multiple rounds. Medics treated the man at the park and then took him to Harborview Medical Center where he died. The Seattle Police Department’s Firearms Investigations Team and the Office of Professional Accountability are investigating. — J.B.
Pardon me while I ping your phone, sir
State Sen. John McCoy, D-Tulalip, can use himself as Exhibit A next legislative session when he tries for a third time to create a law authorizing police to ping a cellphone to get its location without having to obtain a search warrant first. Earlier this month, a burglar snuck into McCoy's garage, stealing a rental car and an iPhone. When police arrived, McCoy used his own iPad to ping the location of the stolen iPhone, allowing police to find the car and arrest the suspect, according to The Herald in Everett.
Currently, police cannot get a phone company to ping a cellphone to get its location without a warrant. In 2013 and 2014, McCoy won House committee approval for a bill to allow police to ping a cellphone. But both times, the bill did not receive a full floor vote in the Washington House. — J.S.
Church bells ring, Mars Hill dissenters protest
Mars Hill Church is due for a Sunday morning wake-up (which won't include free coffee and pastries after services). Former congregation members are planning to hold signs outside the mega-church’s Bellevue campus this Sunday to send a message to Mark Driscoll, the senior minister, according to Joel Connelly of seattlepi.com. Earlier this month, Driscoll said he is unable “to work things out” with dissenters because he doesn’t know who they are. After this Sunday, maybe Driscoll will have an easier time identifying who the angry former flock-members are. – E.W.
Parks’ showers shut off = sandy feet
Some Seattle beachgoers were bummed Tuesday to find outdoor showers and a fish-cleaning table shut off at popular beaches. Seattle Public Utilities had busted the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation for operating facilities at Alki Beach Bathhouse and Seacrest Park that have been directly discharging untreated water into the Puget Sound, violating pollution laws. “It seems like there are other things they can worry about. People are only going to rinse the sand from their feet,” Seattle-resident Sylvia Ochoa told The Seattle Times. (How about sewage discharge from boats? But there are efforts to deal with that, too.)
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