Philly planned to roll out a new anti-violence strategy in the spring. With summer underway, questions remain
PHILADELPHIA — As Philadelphia has grappled in recent months with the coronavirus pandemic and the widespread national unrest over police brutality, officials have been forced to delay and adjust a key strategy designed to confront another of the city’s most vexing challenges: gun violence.Group violence intervention, as it is generally known, had been slated to begin in April, but now is likely to debut in mid-July at the earliest, city officials said.The strategy — which relies in part on face-to-face interactions among police, city employees, community residents, and people deemed at risk o...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp to deploy 1,000 National Guard troops after violent weekend
ATLANTA — Gov. Brian Kemp will deploy as many as 1,000 Georgia National Guard troops to protect state buildings in Atlanta on Monday following a burst of violence across the city that left four dead, including an 8-year-old girl, and saw the ransacking of the headquarters of the Georgia State Patrol.Kemp, a Republican, issued the emergency order after threatening late Sunday to “take action” to curb the unrest in Atlanta if Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms failed to do so, a move that highlighted the complicated, and increasingly tense, relationship between two of the state’s most prominent politici...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
To travel or not to travel? It's the existential question of this pandemic summer
To travel or not to travel?That existential question is afflicting many Americans in this strange summer of 2020, as we wonder whether to take a trip, and if so how and where.In the past few days, I’ve been Googling flights to Oregon even as the voice of caution says, “Stop it. You’re not crazy enough to fly somewhere in the midst of a pandemic.”As I keep Googling, the voice asks. “Are you?”“No,” I whimper dutifully to myself, but still I keep checking out flights.I do it in part the way I flipped through travel magazines in a pre-digital age, as a way to dream and remember. But I also do it b...
FAA begins re-certification flights on Boeing 737 Max
SEATTLE — A few minutes before 10 a.m. Monday, a Boeing 737 Max took off from Boeing Field with a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) pilot at the controls, the start of three days of re-certification test flights that mark a major step toward returning the aircraft to passenger service.Though substantial additional work to gain FAA approval remains once these flights are completed, clearance for the Max to return to service in the U.S. — assuming no further unexpected holdups — could come around mid-September.The plane flew east and landed one hour and 20 minutes later at Moses Lake. It is ...
The Seattle Times
Foreign regulators demand substantial new changes to Boeing 737 MAX flight controls
Aviation safety regulators in Europe and Canada have demanded design changes to the flight control systems on Boeing’s 737 MAX that go beyond fixing the flawed system that ultimately brought down the aircraft in two fatal crashes.The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has told Boeing it must come up with design upgrades to satisfy these concerns.Yet all three regulators have agreed Boeing will be required to make these additional design changes and retrofit the worldwide fleet only after the MAX returns to service.The required changes to the flight control systems highlight weaknesses in th...
The Seattle Times
'A moral failure': California not tracking jail inmates and staff infected with coronavirus
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — More than three months into the coronavirus pandemic, California officials say they still have no plans to collect and publish basic data about COVID-19 testing and outbreaks in local jails, frustrating advocates, families and even some members of the state’s own jail oversight board.The state board that regulates California’s county jails and Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office both maintain local sheriffs should work with public health departments to test for and contain the disease.It’s on them, the state says, to publish county-specific information about testing and infections ...
The Sacramento Bee
In wake of 737 Max crashes, Senate proposal would strengthen FAA oversight of Boeing plane designs
A proposed bill to tighten controls on how federal aviation safety regulators oversee and approve Boeing’s design of new jets has been hammered out by a Senate committee after backroom negotiations and a pressure campaign by families of the 346 people who died in two crashes of the 737 Max.If passed, the bill would reverse the years-long trend of delegating more and more control of the process to Boeing itself, and would shift the balance of oversight responsibility back toward the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).“We’re pleased,” said Michael Stumo, the father of 24-year-old Samya Stumo,...
The Seattle Times
Truck driver didn't intend to hit protesters on bridge, Minnesota authorities say
MINNEAPOLIS — State authorities said Monday that the driver of tanker truck did not intend to hit anyone when he drove onto the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, sending protesters running for their lives.Government officials say the trucker, 35-year-old Bogdan Vechirko, may not have realized that I-35W and other interstates had been closed as part of the ongoing unrest sparked by the death of George Floyd last week after an encounter with Minneapolis police.No injuries among demonstrators have been confirmed, the officials said.State Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington said Vechirko, drivin...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Police arrest 150 protesters after curfew in Minneapolis, driver held after truck barrels into march
MINNEAPOLIS — About 150 protesters were arrested in downtown Minneapolis Sunday after they failed to heed the 8 p.m. curfew.“Even peaceful protesters who are breaking curfew are subject to arrest. Please go home and stay there. Curfew is in effect in Minneapolis and St. Paul until 6 a.m.,” said a tweet from the state Department of Public Safety.On a day when thousands of protesters marched peacefully, a near disaster struck. Just before 6 p.m., a tanker truck scattered a crowd of thousands gathered on the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis.State officials say the trucker may not have realized the hig...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Engine failed before deadly Miramar plane crash, instructor tells investigators
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A flight instructor blamed engine failure for a plane crash in Miramar this month that killed a 25-year-old pilot in training, a new federal report shows.But inspectors with the National Transportation Safety Board so far haven’t found evidence of the plane failing or malfunctioning. They haven’t specified what caused the May 12 crash.The instructor, who was seriously injured in the crash, said he and the pilot in training, Mark Daniel Scott of Miramar, were halfway to a practice area during the flight when “the right engine failed,” according to a preliminary report re...