Gov. Whitmer kidnap plot: How the FBI spent months tracking down the case
DETROIT — They planned and schemed for months — 13 domestic terrorists hell-bent on terrorizing politicians and police, authorities said.Among their missions was to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer from her vacation home, blow up a bridge, storm the state Capitol and target police, court records show.But the plots were foiled as the FBI was on their track, with the help of social media, paid informants and undercover agents who embedded themselves in the groups and secretly recorded what they saw and heard.On Thursday, seven members of the so-called Wolverine Watchmen militia group were c...
Detroit Free Press
Boeing forecasts 11% fewer jet deliveries over next 10 years because of coronavirus impact
SEATTLE — Boeing projects that the global coronavirus pandemic will result in 11% fewer new jets being delivered in the next decade compared to previous forecasts.That’s about 2,200 fewer large aircraft built by all manufacturers, or 220 fewer per year on average. Those are mostly projected to be Airbus and Boeing jets but also include smaller regional jets and some built by up-and-coming competition in China.The projection, part of Boeing’s annual 20-year forecast of total commercial jet industry demand, indicates the severity of the downturn in the aviation business, the challenges still ahe...
The Seattle Times
Boeing makes it official: Washington state will lose 787 production next year
Boeing told employees Thursday morning it will consolidate 787 Dreamliner production in South Carolina, abandoning the original final assembly line in Everett.The formal announcement that Washington state loses the airplane it worked so hard to secure 17 years ago was no surprise, after the news broke Tuesday.In a message to employees, Seattle-based Commercial Airplanes CEO Stan Deal said the move to consolidate the work in North Charleston, S.C., will be done by “mid-2021, according to our best estimate.”As he shared the news, Deal acknowledged that “the 787 is the tremendous success it is to...
The Seattle Times
Boeing will move all production of 787 Dreamliner to South Carolina, report says
A Tuesday report in the Wall Street Journal said Boeing is planning to move its production of the 787 Dreamliner exclusively to its South Carolina plant.The massive jetliner has been manufactured at Boeing’s production facilities in North Charleston as well as in Everett, Wash.But during a July 29 call about the company’s earnings, Boeing President and CEO Dave Calhoun said the airline manufacturer was studying whether to shift all of the production to one of site while dealing a blow to the other facility.Sources told the Wall Street Journal that Boeing has made the decision to consolidate ma...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
NASA, SpaceX pick the wee hours of Halloween for next launch of astronauts to the space station
NASA and SpaceX are planning to launch another crew of astronauts to the International Space Station from Florida on Halloween morning, following a successful round-trip test mission to the ISS with Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley earlier this year.Currently scheduled for 2:40 a.m., the historic launch known as Crew-1 will include four passengers, NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, the first woman to fly on a commercial flight, and Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.The four of them will lift off from Cape Canaveral inside a Crew Dragon capsule...
Trump ban on 'divisive' and 'anti-American' training for federal contractors has workplace diversity experts worried
Diversity and inclusion training providers are concerned recent strides in corporate America to address racial and gender disparities will take a back seat after President Donald Trump ordered restrictions on racial sensitivity training for federal contractors.Many companies expanded their workplace diversity training programs earlier this year following the civil unrest resulting from George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police in May.The topics of white privilege, systemic racism and unconscious bias have become focal points in those programs, consultants say. Now, they’re the ta...
NASA plans to land woman, and next man, on moon by 2024; it just needs $3.2 billion
NASA has announced in a $28 million plan that in 2024 a woman and man will land on the moon for the first time since the last Apollo lunar mission in 1972.The move is in line with its mandate to establish sustainable space exploration by the end of this decade, the agency said Monday, laying out its plan in a 74-page opus.All it needs is $3.2 billion more to build a landing system there, BBC News reported.“With bipartisan support from Congress, our 21st century push to the Moon is well within America’s reach,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a statement. “As we’ve solidified more of...
New York Daily News
Union for FAA's safety engineers urges more changes to Boeing 737 Max before it can fly again
A union representing Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airplane safety engineers who work on certifying new aircraft called Monday for substantial upgrades to the flight crew alerting systems and other changes on Boeing’s 737 Max before the plane is allowed to return to the air.The union’s comments came on the final day for public comment on the FAA’s proposed design changes, with more than 200 responses posted by late afternoon.The FAA’s own technical experts argue that fixing the flawed flight control system that caused the two crashes is not enough and that Boeing must also address the ...
The Seattle Times
Hurricane Teddy keeps strengthening, on track to Bermuda. Two depressions may also form
MIAMI — A strengthened Hurricane Sally made landfall in Alabama early Wednesday, battering the area with heavy rain and winds over 100 mph. Trouble may also be coming for Bermuda, which is forecast to be in the path of a powerful Hurricane Teddy early next week.Hurricanes Sally and Teddy aren’t the only systems on the National Hurricane Center’s radar. A strengthening Hurricane Paulette is still roaming around the Atlantic. So is Tropical Storm Vicky. Forecasters are also monitoring three disturbances, two of which are forecast to turn into tropical depressions later this week.Here’s what to k...
Probe of 737 MAX finds 'disturbing pattern' of Boeing failures
An intensive investigation by a U.S. House committee into the causes of the two Boeing 737 MAX crashes reveals new details documenting what a final report calls “a disturbing pattern of technical miscalculations and troubling management misjudgments made by Boeing,” along with “grossly insufficient oversight by the FAA.”Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., chair of the U.S. House Transportation Committee, signaled in a teleconference briefing that the committee plans to soon propose legislation reforming how the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certifies airplanes as safe to fly.He called it “mind...
The Seattle Times