Tuesday 23 Apr, 2013 The Boeing grilled in D.C, day one. July 4 fireworks saved. New port commissioner picked. New Seattle Port commissioner at 4:25pm by Joe Copeland Stephanie Bowman, a former Port of Tacoma public affairs manager, will fill the last vacancy on the Port of Seattle commission. The other four commissioners unanimously selected her this afternoon from a field of seven finalists. Commission President Tom Albro said Bowman fits well with "our core mission," mentioning job development as one aspect of the port's work. Bowman is now executive director of the Washington Asset Building Coalition, which seeks to help low- and middle-income people develop their financial skills and futures. Makes sense even in a particularly strong field of finalists. But the port has a lot of ground to make up after recent troubles, including the resignation of Bowman's predecessor Rob Holland amid questions about favoritism for campaign donors and his use of a port credit card. Fireworks: game on! at 4:25pm by Joe Copeland Seattle will have July 4 fireworks after all. Mayor Mike McGinn, the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Seafair have announced a plan to finance the fireworks celebration. Vanessa Ho at seattlepi.com reports that a host of corporate sponsors (led by Microsoft, Amazon and gaming firm DoubleDown Interactive) promised multi-year support. Tiny footnote: The chamber's online news release includes a link for those who'd like to donate. Please tell us the annual weeks-long soap opera about how to finance 20 minutes of fun is really, really over. Boeing for the defense at 4:25pm by Joe Copeland The National Transportation Safety Board chair harshly criticized the responses from Boeing representatives during a hearing today on the original approval of the 787 Dreamliner's malfunctioning battery system. Bloomberg News quoted NTSB chair Deborah Hersman charging "obvious obfuscation" when Boeing reps attempted to explain how the company calculated the chances that the 787's lithium ion batteries would overheat. Boeing and several subcontractors will face more grilling when the hearings resume Wednesday morning. Then comes testimony from the Federal Aviation Administration, which the NTSB clearly suspects of toothless watchdogging in its original certification process. The NTSB will webcast the hearing beginning at 6 a.m. PDT from this site. Bellevue meets Columbia City at 4:25pm by Joe Copeland Bellevue Police officials held a Seattle neighborhood community meeting to discuss their department's fatal shooting in Seattle's Columbia City neighborhood. On March 22, a Bellevue SWAT team came to Columbia City to serve a search warrant on a robbery suspect and wound up shooting him. A report in The Stranger calls the community meeting tense, but noted that the police departments are open to discussing what their officers do when they are in another jurisdiction.Deputy Seattle Mayor Darryl Smith, a Columbia City resident who attended on Mayor Mike McGinn's behalf, said he thought the meeting was good because it let neighbors and Bellevue officals hear from each other directly. Smith, who posted very pointed and thoughtful questions of his own before the meeting, said it's important now for Bellevue to follow through as quickly and as fully as possible on its promises to respond to neighbors' questions. Smith's questions largely boiled down to, in effect: Would you act like this in your own city? "I don't have an answer yet," he said today. Dance? at 4:25pm by Joe Copeland Port Angeles High School and its students are in a long-running standoff over rules for school dances. A Peninsula Daily News story (being distributed today by AP) said students are voting with their feet against the "Face to Face, Leave Some Space" rules. Opposition to the new rules was strong enough to cancel the school's spring fling. Only 15 tickets had been sold. Likewise, Junior Ball ticket sales droppped from 412 tickets at this time last year to six this year. Students have complained about the School Board's unwillingness to work with them on compromises. The rules have been promoted — and provoked similar controversy — in a number of schools around the country for several years.Peninsula reporter Arwyn Rice points out the similarities to "Footloose," the 1984/2011 film about students in a Midwestern town who rise up in favor of rock music and dancing. Ironically, notes Rice, students in nearby Sequim are preparing to stage "Footloose" next month.