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Monthly Archives: May 2013

The “Tim Eyman Memorial Bridge” meme: Why it got started, why it’s taken off

Excerpt: Last week, in the aftermath of the collapse of a key span of the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River, a friend of NPI’s (Wu Ming) suggested in a diary on Daily Kos that we begin referring to the out-of-service crossing as the “Tim Eyman Memorial Bridge”. We ran with the meme, creating a […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Inslee: We have a plan for making I-5’s Skagit River Bridge driveable again by mid-June

Excerpt: The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has devised a plan to make Interstate 5 between Mount Vernon and Burlington passable again by mid-June, Governor Jay Inslee announced this afternoon. State bridge engineers have been working feverishly to figure out how the bridge that carries Interstate 5 over the Skagit River might be repaired. The […]
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Time to give the failed I-5 Skagit River span a new name: The Tim Eyman Memorial Bridge

Excerpt: Yesterday afternoon on Daily Kos, progressive activist Wu Ming suggested that, in the wake of the failure of Interstate 5’s Skagit River crossing, which carries more than seventy thousand vehicles a day, it would be appropriate to give the span a new name: The Tim Eyman Memorial Bridge. Ming wrote: As I watched the coverage […]
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Hurray for Amtrak! Third daily Cascades train between Seattle and Bellingham is coming

Excerpt: A big kudos to WSDOT, Burlington Northern Santa Fe, and Sound Transit for figuring out how to pull this new service together on short notice: To assist travelers affected by yesterday’s I-5 highway bridge collapse in Skagit County, Amtrak Cascades will add one round trip route between Seattle and Bellingham, Wash., in the coming weeks. […]
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Governor Inslee: Repair of collapsed I-5 Skagit River Bridge is estimated at $15 million

Excerpt: It’s only been sixteen hours since a section of the bridge that carries Interstate 5 over the Skagit River collapsed, but already the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is working on a plan to put the span back together. Experts have estimated the cost of a bridge repair at around $15 million, according to […]
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Washington’s elected leaders respond to collapse of I-5 bridge over Skagit River

Excerpt: As the evening goes on, more and more elected leaders are reacting to tonight’s breaking news out of Skagit County. A section of the bridge that carries Interstate 5 over the Skagit River, just north of Mount Vernon, has collapsed into the water. The cause of the disaster is believed to be an overheight truck […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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BREAKING: A section of the Interstate 5 bridge over Skagit River has collapsed

Excerpt: Breaking, hugely consequential news out of Skagit County tonight: A section of the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River near Mount Vernon has collapsed, according to the State Patrol and eyewitness reports on Twitter. The Seattle Times has an even more remarkable photo. The structural failure occurred just before 7 PM, the State Patrol […]
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U.S. House passes bill to take decision on Keystone XL pipeline out of president’s hands

Excerpt: By a vote of two hundred and forty-one to one hundred and seventy-five, the U.S. House tonight opted to approve a Republican-backed bill that essentially seeks to give Canadian petroleum giant TransCanada final approval to build the Keystone XL pipeline through the American Midwest (and across the border into Alberta). Nineteen Democrats sided with two […]
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Monster tornado rips through Moore, Oklahoma, killing at least thirty-seven people

Excerpt: Disaster strikes again: A massive tornado roared through Moore and south Oklahoma City on Monday afternoon, grinding up neighborhoods and ravaging at least one elementary school in its path. Terror quickly spread as the Emergency Medical Services Authority rushed ambulances to Briarwood Elementary School in the Moore School District and to several homes, businesses and […]
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Christy Clark declares victory in B.C., but trails the NDP’s David Eby in her own riding

Excerpt: British Columbia Premier Christy Clark, whose B.C. Liberals scored a huge upset over the New Democratic Party, has just finished delivering her victory speech in downtown Vancouver in front of hundreds of cheering supporters. Smiling broadly, Clark declared that her party had won a clear mandate to govern and would move forward with its plans […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Not-so liberal Liberals projected to win in British Columbia; score huge upset over NDP

Excerpt: So much for all those predictions of a big NDP victory. It’s been an hour and fifteen minutes since polls closed in British Columbia’s 2013 provincial elections, and the New Democratic Party (NDP) has yet to overtake the Liberals in the count of leading/elected MLAs (Members of the Legislative Assembly). And it looks like they’re […]
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The Tyee: British Columbia’s New Democratic Party poised for a landslide victory tonight

Excerpt: British Columbia’s New Democratic Party (NDP) is on the cusp of a historic victory tonight over the not-so liberal B.C. Liberals, according to The Tyee, the province’s best-known online-only publication. The Tyee’s final electoral prediction breaks down as follows: NDP: Fifty-seven seats Liberals: Twenty-seven seats Independents: One seat The Tyee classifies thirty-four seats as “definitely” […]
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B.C. Journal: A Tsawwassen sunset

Excerpt: One of the joys of traveling is unexpectedly encountering a scene or landscape that is so beautiful that it takes your breath away. That happened to me last night as I was journeying south towards the United States-Canada border. I decided to detour off of Highway 99 into Ladner and Tsawwassen and came across this sight: […]
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B.C. Journal: Liberals hold telephone town hall to connect supporters to leader Clark

Excerpt: With less than one hundred hours to go until the polls close in British Columbia’s 2013 provincial elections, party leaders Christy Clark and Adrian Dix are keeping busy schedules. As I reported earlier today, Adrian is spending most of his Saturday in the Vancouver suburbs. He was in Coquitlam this morning for the pancake breakfast […]
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