Monday morning's headlines

Jun 20, 2011

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 69. See the week's forecast here, and for a story about our upcoming summer weather, check out this story by KPLU's Charla Bear.

Making headlines around the Northwest:

Funeral Service Education program grads hit the streets

Lake Washington Technical College graduated its first class of aspiring funeral directors on Friday and the college in Kirkland has the first such program in Washington state, reports The Seattle Times. The first class of seven students graduated Friday, and a second class of nine will graduate in August.

"This is something I've wanted to do for quite a while," one graduate told the Times. She said she has experienced deaths in her family and “felt like this was something I could do a good job at because I've been through it. People don't like going to funerals, but if I can be sensitive to those things I can be a good funeral director."

The need is so great for funeral directors and embalmers that the state added the program two years ago. Until Lake Washington began its program, local mortuary-science students had to travel to Oregon, California or even farther away to receive training required to be licensed in Washington.

When will I-5 potholes be fixed? Later.

A reader posed to The News Tribune's staff that perennial question: When will I-5's car-jarring cracks and holes be fixed? The answer, The Tribune reports, is “a few years.”

Jamie Holter of the Washington State Department of Transportation told the paper that a repair project is scheduled to start in 2015 on the eight miles of southbound Interstate 5 between Exit 157 (south of Boeing Field) and Exit 149 (state Route 516 interchange).

“We will break up, cut out, remove and replace the bumpy sections of concrete that give this driver so much grief. Once we do that, those worst sections of the road should be in good shape for another 20-30 years.”

However the Washington State Department of Transportation said it has plans on the books to patch some of the worst potholes this summer.

Off the AP wire: Boeing nets plane orders; shootings and more

  • The Lewis County sheriff's office says a deputy has killed a suspect in Napavine. The deputy was helping police at about 2 a.m. at the scene of a burglary where a man with a knife reportedly tried to break into a home. The sheriff's office says moments later the deputy saw the suspect, who refused to take his hands out of his pockets and charged the deputy. The deputy fatally shot the man.
  • Police say two men are recovering from gunshot wounds after what appears to be a gang shooting in Yakima last night. Witnesses say the victims were involved in an altercation with a suspect who shot them both and drove away.
  • Boeing has announced the first big-ticket order in its rivalry with Airbus at today's start of the Paris Air Show. Boeing says Qatar Airways has ordered six 777 jets in a $1.7 billion deal. The CEO of the fast-growing Gulf carrier says it plans to buy extended versions of the long-range jet, the 777-300.
  • Former Seattle Seahawks tackle Brandon Lee Frye has been charged with drunken driving in South Carolina. The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports that 28-year-old Frye was arrested early Saturday in Conway. The 6-foot-4, 305-pound tackle played four games with Seattle in 2009.

NOAA's first ship arrives in Newport ... quietly

After a hotly contested competition over where the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration’s marine operations center for the Pacific would live, NOAA’s first boat arrival in Newport was met with little fanfare. It also didn’t stick around long.

The low-key event served as an opportunity for The Register-Guard in Eugene, Oregon, to remind citizens that winning the center from Seattle may not usher in a new economic boom:

The ship’s quiet arrival and departure over the weekend serves as an important reminder to a community that has eagerly anticipated NOAA’s arrival for months: This is not going to be an explosion of economic activity.

The research vessel Bell M. Shimada cruised into Yaquina Bay on Friday with only the high school band as fanfare, the paper reported, and moored at the brand-new pier built especially for the 209-foot ship and its five federal cousins.

The crew disembarked for a low-key reception at the Rogue Brewery, then, after a couple of days of refueling, restocking supplies and R&R, was slated to head right back out to sea to resume a survey of West Coast hake fish.