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Stefanik to Denounce Biden, and Praise Trump, in Speech to Israel’s Parliament
Author: Michael C. Bender and Annie Karni
The New York congresswoman will become the highest-ranking House Republican to speak before Israel’s Parliament since the Oct. 7 attacks, in a move meant to capitalize on Democratic divisions.

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A lonely desert fire station, the only lifeline for millions of Vegas travelers
Author: Rachel Uranga, Los Angeles Times

The rain was pounding in the Mojave Desert on the Saturday before Easter when the first call came in about a crash along Interstate 15. Details were sketchy: head-on collision, Mercedes versus another car, a 7-year-old not breathing, a nurse on scene performing CPR.


As Zambia schools take on climate change, one teen is spreading the word in sign language
Author: TSVANGIRAYI MUKWAZHI, Associated Press

KASAMA, Zambia (AP) — Every morning, Bridget Chanda places her prosthetic legs beside her bed, pulls on her stockings and pushes the remains of her limbs into the prosthetics as best she can. After six years they no longer fit, and it’s painful to stand or walk for too long, but it doesn’t faze her much.


Ex-Boeing engineer sidelined after a 787 critique defends troubled plane
Author: Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times

SEATTLE — At a U.S. Senate hearing last month, a Boeing whistleblower claimed that small gaps in Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner could cause a catastrophic accident. The following week at the 787 assembly plant in South Carolina, Boeing insisted the gaps pose no risk and the jet is safe.


Two studies ranked Washington among the top 10 best states for working moms, here’s why
Author: Rosemary Montalvo, The News Tribune

TACOMA — Just a couple of days ago, mothers around the country were celebrated and shown just how much they are cherished by those around them. But there is still an entire world where women are undervalued: the workforce.


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First win of season on line when Storm, Mystics meet
(Photo credit: Mary Holt-USA TODAY Sports) Either the Seattle Storm or the Washington Mystics will claim their first victory of the young season Sunday when the teams meet in the nation's capital. Both teams are off to 0-2 starts. The Storm lost twice to the Minnesota Lynx, including a 102-93 double-overtime road loss on Friday night. The Mystics lost to the New York Liberty in their opener before falling 84-77 to the h
Braves activate RHP Pierce Johnson from IL
(Photo credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports) The Atlanta Braves activated Pierce Johnson from the injured list Saturday and sent fellow right-hander Jackson Stephens to Triple-A Gwinnett. Johnson, 33, has been out with elbow inflammation. He last pitched in a game April 29 at Seattle and is 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA and one save in 13 relief appearances. In seven seasons with five different clubs, Johnson is 14-16 with a 3.98

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Woman who survived 300-foot fall in Skamania County thankful for the 'heroes' who saved her, plans return to hiking

Rebecca Halley doesn’t like being the center of attention – and vocally says so.

“The heroes of this story are the rescuers,” she said. “I was just out hiking.”

She might not be one of the heroes, but she is the central character.

The 63-year-old, who works part-time for a Beaverton pest-control company and lives in Hillsboro, was coming down a steep trail after reaching the top of Dog Mountain in Washington’s Skamania County when she tripped last Friday, May 10.

Then she wasn’t out hiking anymore – she was falling, 300 feet down the face of the mountain.

“Before I know it, I’m going over the side,” Halley recalled. “The whole way down, I’m literally praying ‘God, you have to stop me.’”

She ended up in a thicket of bushes with five broken ribs and a concussion. She was alive, but she was disoriented, injured and had no way to get back up to the trail.

Halley said that Julie Cox, one of the friends she was hiking with, called 911 after she fell.

Halley is an avid hiker, and this was her second time trekking up to the nearly 3,000-feet-high peak of Dog Mountain. While she said her husband is “not much of a hiker,” she often goes hiking with friends or one of her three adult daughters.

On this second trip up Dog Mountain, she was enjoying herself immensely, hiking with three friends, taking in “all the beautiful flowers,” Halley said. “It was just gorgeous.”

Then her foot clonked against a rock, and she was falling.

As it turned out, an emergency-room doctor was also out for a hike that day and saw it happen. The doctor climbed to where she was tangled in a bush thicket, checked her injuries and tried to make her comfortable.

Because of Halley’s head injury, it was vitally important for her to stay awake, so the doctor – Halley never got her name – kept her awake by telling her stories for hours as they waited for help.

When a search-and-rescue team led by the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office finally arrived at the scene, they found themselves in a bind.

Due to the remote location, the rescuers needed a helicopter with special hoisting capabilities to lift Halley up into the aircraft and take her to a hospital, but Washington state’s Emergency Management Division didn’t have one available, said Skamania County Sheriff Summer Scheyer.

The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center eventually found a suitable helicopter with the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade at the Yakima Army Training Center, said Paul Noel, spokesperson for the training center.

Halley said she remembers a medic strapping her into a winch harness as the army helicopter hovered overhead.

Since she never likes “a lot of fuss” made about her, Halley said it was “really hard to accept that all these people were … all collaborating for me.”

Up she went into the helicopter, which took her to a hospital. After two days of inpatient care, she said she was discharged on Sunday.

A week later, Halley says she remains thankful for the ER doctor who happened to be out hiking that day, and for the rescuers who brought her off the mountain.

She says she is now recovering well.

“Everybody said, ‘Ooh, (broken) ribs are so hard and they hurt so bad,’” she said. “Right now they’re not giving me too many problems.”

She said the injuries have forced her to reconsider her plan to hike South Sister in Central Oregon later this year. She’s considering walking the Camino trail in Portugal instead.

“I just thought that would be the next best thing,” she said.

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Boeing whistleblower John Barnett died by suicide, coroner rules

Boeing whistleblower John “Mitch” Barnett took his own life on March 9, South Carolina authorities reiterated in two reports released Friday. All findings suggest he died from a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Barnett, 62, was found dead in his truck in Charleston, S.C. He was in the midst of giving depositions alleging Boeing retaliated against him for complaints about quality lapses, and was scheduled to continue depositions the day his body was found.

As he was a Boeing whistleblower caught up in a long legal fight with his embattled former employer, Barnett’s death received global attention. That attention intensified this month when a second whistleblower, Joshua Dean of Boeing supplier Spirit AeroSystems, died from an infection.

Immediately after his death, Barnett’s attorneys, Robert Turkewitz and Brian Knowles, called for an investigation into his death and said at the time there was no indication he would take his own life.

The Charleston Police Department and Charleston County Coroner’s Office separately released detailed reports Friday that included nearly 100 pages of incident reports, a 911 recording from the hotel worker who found Barnett, and a photo of the note Barnett left behind.

“We remain acutely aware of the sensitivity and public interest surrounding this case,” police said in a statement Friday. “It is important to emphasize that our investigation was guided strictly by facts and evidence while remaining undisturbed by conjecture and external pressures.

“As this investigation comes to a close, we should not forget it represents the loss of Mr. Barnett’s life.”

A review of medical records and interviews found that Barnett was under chronic stress because of his whistleblower case, was experiencing anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder, and was grieving the 2022 death of his wife, according to the coroner’s report.

Investigators recovered surveillance footage showing Barnett leaving a Holiday Inn the evening of March 8. His Dodge Ram is then seen backing into a parking space minutes later. The truck remained in the parking spot throughout the night of March 8 and into the morning of March 9, video footage showed. No one else entered or exited the truck, nor did anyone approach the truck.

The vehicle brake lights blinked on and off around 7:20 a.m. March 9, the coroner’s report said. A Holiday Inn worker told officers he heard a “pop” sound that morning, but didn’t think anything of it.

Barnett’s attorneys called him around 9 a.m. When he didn’t answer, they called the hotel and asked for a welfare check. Hotel employees searched the hotel and parking lot, according to the report, and found Barnett dead in his truck, which was locked.

There was no evidence of anyone forcing their way into Barnett’s truck, and the key fob was found in his pants pocket, according to Charleston police. Barnett legally bought the handgun in 2000.

A note was found next to Barnett that included references to Boeing and appeared to have been written erratically.

Barnett was consistently at the site of his depositions or his hotel, according to the Police Department. Cellphone records showed no unusual travel patterns or communication. No one else used his key card to access his hotel room, where he had left his wallet, clothes, laptop and several USB drives.

Barnett worked for Boeing for 32 years. He started as an electrician on the 747 jumbo jet program in Everett and worked his way to manager of a quality organization. He transferred to the 787 plant in North Charleston, S.C., in 2010 and two years later received his first performance downgrade.

He reported being harassed for insisting on sticking to quality procedures and refused to sign off on defective work. He submitted an internal ethics complaint, which went nowhere.

He filed a whistleblower complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in January 2017 and took early retirement in March 2017. He described himself as “broken” by Boeing.

In retirement, Barnett enjoyed dirt-track car racing and was known affectionately as “SwampDawg” in the car racing community, according to an obituary. He was known as the fun uncle to his nieces and nephews.

“John will be dearly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him,” family members wrote in his obituary.

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'Tragic accident': Washington hunter dies in shooting accident in Oregon

A Kennewick man died Tuesday after he accidentally shot himself while shooting ground squirrels in Oregon, according to the Wallowa County Sheriff's Office.

Emanuel "Bill" Ziegler, 77, was with friends riding ATV's and shooting on private property on Elk Mountain Road near Enterprise, Oregon, on Tuesday afternoon.

He died before he could be taken to a hospital, said officials.

"There was no evidence to lead investigators to believe the death was anything other than an unfortunate tragic accident," the sheriff's office posted on social media.

An investigation was done by the Wallowa County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police, Wallowa County District Attorney's Office and the Wallowa County Medical Examiner.


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