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Wed April 27, 2011
Wednesday morning's headlines
Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:
- Boeing 1st Quarter Profits Exceed Wall Street Expectation
- Wintery Weather Hangs on in Washington Mountains
- Lies Hurt, say Tacoma City Officials
- EPA Divers to Survey Sunken Vessel in Seattle
Boeing Profits Exceed Wall Street Expectations
Boeing reports a first-quarter profit of $586 million, enough to beat analyst expectations. The big airplane maker and defense contractor earned 78 cents per share. Analysts surveyed by FactSet had been expecting a profit of 70 cents per share. Boeing says it still expects to deliver the new 787 during the third quarter. Revenue in the commercial airplane unit fell 5 percent.
Winter Weather Advisory - and it's almost May?
It may be almost May, but a winter weather advisory is in effect until 6 a.m. tomorrow (Thursday) for the Washington Olympics and Cascades. Forecasters expect 8-to-16 inches of new snow with lesser amounts in the passes. And, with the snow level dropping to 1,000 feet early tomorrow, a dusting of snow is possible in some Western Washington lowlands. Cool unsettled weather is forecast for Eastern Washington
Tacoma Mayor: Misleading Information Hurt City
Tacoma's mayor says misleading information from city police officials about the investigation of a 12-year-old girl's fatal 2007 abduction damaged the city's credibility. After a closed door meeting yesterday that involved the City Council and City Manager Eric Anderson, May Marilyn Strickland said city leaders made it clear that communication needs to be better. But Strickland also said that no further personnel or disciplinary action needs to be taken. And the mayor said the only person responsible for Zina Linniks's death is Terapon Adhahn, the girl's confessed killer.
Last week, court papers filed in a lawsuit brought against the city by the girl's family said an Amber Alert was delayed for six hours because a Tacoma police officer fell asleep. The News Tribune says the police chief gave other explanations for the delay in 2007.
A police report recently made public reveals details about the killing of a 12-year-old Tacoma girl on the Fourth of July in 2007. In the report made public as part of a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the girl's parents, Terapon Adhahn told the FBI in 2008 that he grabbed the girl because he was upset that night about not being able to see his son and wanted to "destroy a human, cause pain." Adhahn is now serving a life sentence for killing Zina Linnik and raping two other girls.
EPA divers to survey sunken vessel in Seattle
Divers with the EPA are planning an underwater survey today of a Coast Guard ice breaker that has been submerged for over 20 years. The cutter Onondaga is on the bottom of Seattle's Lake Washington Ship Canal in about 25 feet of water. A team of divers will inspect the vessel for potentially hazardous materials, such as leaking oil or batteries. The cutter is on the state's list of derelict vessels that need to be removed.