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  • Captain of sunken S. Korean ferry receives 36 years in prison

    11/11/2014 4:06:57 AM PST · by servo1969 · 2 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 11-11-2014 | foxnews.com
    A South Korean court sentenced the captain of a ferry whose sinking left over 300 people dead and plunged the country into prolonged mourning and soul-searching to 36 years in prison Tuesday. Capt. Lee Joon-seok was convicted of gross negligence, but was also acquitted of a homicide charge, which claimed that he left the passengers behind while the ship was sinking. Family members of the victims, most of whom were teenagers, immediately criticized the sentence for Lee and other crew members as too lenient, some weeping and shouting during the court proceedings. The vessel's chief engineer got 30 years, and...
  • stormy day in greek island - loading passenger ship

    10/11/2014 2:17:18 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 10 replies
    youtube ^ | 10/11/2014 | e - Nautilia
    All this lacks is music and wine!
  • South Korean PM offers to resign over ferry disaster

    04/27/2014 7:53:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 04/27/2014 | By Tom Phillips
    South Korea's Prime Minister, Chung Hong-won, offered to resign on Sunday following withering criticism of the government’s handling of a ferry disaster that has plunged a nation into mourning and claimed at least 188 lives. The Sewol ferry was carrying 476 people, the majority schoolchildren, when it sank on April 16 while travelling to the tourist island of Jeju off the country’s southwest coast. By Sunday the official death toll stood at 188 with at least 114 still missing. Amid mounting criticism of the government’s response, Chung Hong-won, the Prime Minister, offered his resignation, apologising, “for many problems from the...
  • South Korea’s prime minister offers to resign over ferry disaster

    04/26/2014 8:05:27 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 39 replies
    SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea's prime minister offered to resign Sunday over the government's handling of a deadly ferry sinking, blaming "deep-rooted evils" and irregularities in a society for a tragedy that has left more than 300 people dead or missing and led to widespread shame, fury and finger-pointing.
  • The Heroes of the Ferry Disaster (South Korea)

    04/25/2014 11:25:19 PM PDT · by Loud Mime · 12 replies
    Park Ji-young, a service crewmember who died after saving many passengers when the ferry Sewol sank off the southwest coast last week, was laid to rest on Tuesday. Dozens of people from all walks of life who had never met her showed up to pay their respects, waiting in line in front of her memorial altar over the past three days to thank and bid farewell to her. Survivors of the ferry accident and fellow students from Danwon High School also paid their last respects. The hall leading up to Park's altar was lined with wreaths sent by anonymous people....
  • Captains Uncourageous

    04/21/2014 5:14:13 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 4-21-2014 | Daren Jonescu
    If we are unable or unwilling to see and confront the extreme lack of character -- the dishonor -- in Captain Lee's behavior, on the grounds that "we weren't in his shoes," then we are only increasing the chances that our own response, should we ever find ourselves in similar shoes, will be as weak as his. If we rationalize his action, we are implicitly rationalizing our own. That, in fact, is likely the main reason we excuse shameful actions so easily today: we are hoping to excuse ourselves from scrutiny (including and especially self-scrutiny) regarding our own failures of...
  • Vice-principal of South Korea school in ferry disaster commits suicide

    04/18/2014 6:47:34 AM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | 04-18-2014 | Jungmin Jang
    The vice-principal of a South Korean high school who accompanied hundreds of pupils on a ferry that capsized has committed suicide, police said on Friday, as hopes faded of finding any of the 268 missing alive. The Sewol, carrying 475 passengers and crew, capsized on Wednesday on a journey from the port of Incheon to the southern holiday island of Jeju. Kang Min-gyu, 52, had been missing since Thursday. He appeared to have hanged himself with his belt from a tree outside a gym in the port city of Jindo where relatives of the people missing on the ship, mostly...
  • Rescuers Race to Find Survivors of South Korean Ferry Sinking

    04/16/2014 5:08:04 AM PDT · by BlueStateRightist · 16 replies
    WSJ ^ | April 16, 2014 | ALASTAIR GALE, KWANWOO JUN and IN-SOO NAM
    SEOUL—South Korea said almost 300 people remain missing after a passenger ferry sank early Wednesday near the country's southwest coast. Rescue services raced to find survivors from the ship, which quickly rolled over and may have trapped passengers inside. Two bodies have been recovered from the site. Officials said the cause of the disaster hadn't been determined.
  • BREAKING NEWS: Korean Cruise Ship Sinks - 260 lost

    04/15/2014 7:09:53 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 89 replies
    Chinese Dragon TV | 4/15/2014 | Chinese Dragon TV
    It has just been reported that a Korean cruise ship with 450 aboard has sunk. Only 190 are reported to have been saved- many high schoolers aboard.
  • Report: Only 1 of 46 lifeboats was deployed

    04/17/2014 5:25:46 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 21 replies
    KTVQ ^ | April 17, 2014 | CNN
    Jindo, South Korea (CNN) -- There were 46 lifeboats on the sunken South Korean ferry -- but only one was deployed, CNN affiliate YTN reported Thursday. CNN has not been able to independently confirm the report. If true, the report will add to the anger and desperation of families still waiting for word on the fate of 287 missing passengers. Video acquired by another affiliate JTBC showed at least 12 of the white survival capsules still attached to the ferry even as it was keeled over in the water. The survival capsules hold lifeboats.... At one point or another, the...
  • Survivors tell of panic on board as ferry tilts, then capsizes

    04/16/2014 3:42:16 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | April 16, 2014 -- Updated 1142 GMT | Frances Cha and Madison Park,
    Shortly before 9 a.m. Wednesday, passenger Kim Sung-Mook was eating breakfast in the ship's main hall when he felt a tilt, he told CNN affiliate YTN. At first, "we thought it was because of the tide," he said. The waves had been smooth until the ship suddenly leaned, witnesses said. The ship tilted further, and an announcement blared through loudspeakers warning passengers that moving would be dangerous. Then, he heard a loud bang from inside the ship. Kim said he thought a crane on board had toppled over. When seawater started gushing into the ferry, passengers began to scramble.
  • Rescuers search dark, cold sea for survivors of shipwreck off South Korea

    04/16/2014 8:21:46 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | April 16, 2014
    Military dive teams worked the dark, cold waters of the Yellow Sea on Wednesday night in a desperate effort to find nearly 300 people who remained missing after the ferry they were taking to a South Korean island resort sank with breathtaking speed. -excerpt- The bulk of those aboard were students and teachers from Seoul's Ansan Danwon High School heading to a four-day trip to Jeju, a resort island considered the Hawaii of Korea. More than 300 students and more than a dozen teachers from the school were on board, according to officials.
  • Mackinac Island ferries delayed because of Great Lake's ice cover

    04/14/2014 10:11:46 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 43 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | April 14, 2014 | Jonathan Van Zytveld
    STRAITS OF MACKINAC, MI - At least one ferry service is predicting delayed trips to Mackinac Island due to ice that still covers a portion of the Great Lakes. Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry has announced it will be starting its 2014 season later than anticipated after temporarily relocating its ferry starts to St. Ignace, rather than Mackinaw City, as a result of the ice blockages which remain in the Straits of Mackinac. "The straits have completely frozen over, except for a shipping channel," said Misty Martinchek, Shepler's group sales manager, who said all local ferries have been affected by the...
  • Homeless man steals Seattle's Victoria Clipper

    12/02/2013 7:05:28 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 21 replies
    King5 ^ | 12-2-13 | Susan Wyatt
    SEATTLE -- A man was taken into custody Sunday morning after the Victoria Clipper was taken from its mooring and out into Elliott Bay. Darrell Bryan, president and chief executive officer of Clipper Vacations, was in his office and saw the boat leaving. "I looked out my window - I'm not normally here on Sunday mornings - but I got here about 5:20 and about 6 o'clock I saw the Clipper IV 100 feet off the dock, headed in a southerly direction and we didn't have it scheduled to sail today," he said. "We identified pretty quickly that all our...
  • Scores reported dead as 2 ships collide off Cebu (Philippines)

    08/16/2013 5:58:59 PM PDT · by WVKayaker · 15 replies
    Philstar ^ | 8/17/2013 | not credited
    MANILA, Philippines - Scores of people have been reported killed after a 2GO ferry sank in waters off Talisay City, Cebu province following a collision with a cargo vessel on Friday night. As of this posting, at least 17 people have been reported killed as rescue operations continue for hundreds of passengers of MV Thomas Aquinas, which collided with cargo vessel Sulpicio Express at Lewis Ledge at past 8 p.m.
  • New York Ferry Crash: Up To 50 Injured

    01/09/2013 7:50:33 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 49 replies
    New York Ferry Crash: Up To 50 Injured 3:30pm UK, Wednesday 09 January 2013 A commuter ferry has crashed into the dockside in Lower Manhattan in New York, injuring between 30 and 50 people. The Sea Streak Ferry, which provides daily services from Atlantic Highlands in New Jersey struck Pier 11 in the East River not far from Wall Street at about 8.45am ET (1.45pm GMT). Officials say at least one of the passengers was in a critical condition with head injuries. The vessel apparently had a hard landing as it was trying to dock. "There was a jolt when...
  • Up to 350 feared missing in PNG ferry sinking

    02/01/2012 10:34:32 PM PST · by prisoner6 · 8 replies
    Herald Sun ^ | 2/2/2012 | NA
    Up to 350 feared missing in PNG ferry sinking UPDATE 4.15pm: PRIME Minister Julia Gillard says there is likely to be a very high death toll from a ferry sinking in Papua New Guinea. Rescue crews have rescued 28 people from the water after a ferry sank with as many as 350 on board along the east coast. A distress signal was sent from the MV Rabaul Queen at about 8.30am (AEDT) when travelling between Lae and the West New Britain town of Kimbe today, PNG's National Maritime Safety Authority said. "There has been a boat go down in PNG...
  • Occupy SF accused of Ferry Building thefts, filth

    11/11/2011 9:24:45 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 22 replies
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | November 10, 2011 | Mike Aldax
    Ferry Building merchants and managers are fed up with the mayhem that has come with the nearby Occupy SF encampment. A spike in shoplifting, break-ins and reports of abandoned human waste — and a reported drop in foot traffic — has management fuming about the Justin Herman Plaza encampment. There even are reports of occupiers using the building’s restrooms as washrooms — with folks taking sponge baths from toilets. And last Monday, eight men were allegedly escorted out of the building after they attempted to use the bathrooms wearing nothing but their boxer shorts. Property manager Jane Connors has written...
  • Badger ferry owners seek landmark status for coal-burning ship (EPA regs at work)

    11/08/2011 2:36:22 AM PST · by prisoner6 · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Boatnerd News Channel ^ | 11/08/2011 | NA
    Badger ferry owners seek landmark status for coal-burning ship 11/8 - Facing a deadline to stop dumping toxic coal ash into Lake Michigan, owners of the last coal-powered steamship on the Great Lakes are pushing for it to join Mount Vernon, Lincoln's Tomb and Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthplace as a protected national historic landmark. Even if the Badger fails to make the list of the nation's historic and cultural treasures, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency may be unable to force the aging coal burner to eliminate the nearly 4 tons of waste it dumps in the lake every time...
  • San Antonio break-in sparks FBI involvement: police [ Moroccans ]

    10/19/2011 11:33:55 AM PDT · by NoLibZone · 30 replies · 1+ views
    reuters.com ^ | Oct 19 2011 | Reuters
    Five foreign men were arrested during a courthouse break-in early on Wednesday and police said they found photographs of public buildings, water systems and malls from various U.S. cities in their van. The men, at least three of whom were in their 20s, will be questioned by a joint terrorism task force including the FBI and immigration authorities, officials said. Bexar County spokeswoman Laura Jesse said three men were found inside the 120-year-old Bexar County Courthouse, a landmark in downtown San Antonio and two in a large recreational vehicle parked in front of the building. She said all five were...
  • "If You See Something, Say Something" Campaign Partnership with Washington State Ferries

    05/22/2011 12:48:07 PM PDT · by Cindy · 10 replies
    Quote: www.dhs.gov/ynews/releases/pr_1305834568650.shtm Department of Homeland Security Announces "If You See Something, Say Something™" Campaign Partnership with Washington State Ferries Release Date: May 19, 2011 For Immediate Release WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today announced the expansion of the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) "If You See Something, Say Something™" public awareness campaign to the Washington State Ferries (WSF)—a partnership that will help to ensure the safety and security of riders, customers and crew members throughout the WSF system. "Every citizen plays a role in identifying and reporting suspicious activities and threats," said Secretary Napolitano. "Expanding the 'If You See...
  • Unreal… Team Obama Leaves Americans Stranded in Libya; Military STILL on Standby

    02/24/2011 8:21:53 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 38 replies
    Right Network/Gateway Pundit ^ | 2-24-2011 | Jim Hoft
    Unreal… Team Obama Leaves Americans Stranded in Libya; Military STILL on Standby Posted by Jim Hoft on Thursday, February 24, 2011, 5:07 PM The Obama Administration won’t send the military to rescue US citizens in Libya. They don’t want to look like war-mongers. Stranded: An estimated 600 U.S. citizens are stuck on board the Maria Dolores (pictured) in Tripoli, and won’t leave until at least Friday (Daily Mail)The Obama Administration is STILL grappling with whether or not to send the military into Libya to rescue US citizens.CNN reported, via HotAir: The senior U.S. official also said the “prudent planning” for...
  • 'All at sea': Why did U.S. use a catamaran that can't sail in rough seas to evacuate

    02/24/2011 8:32:48 PM PST · by Nachum · 62 replies
    daily mail ^ | 2/24/11 | Oliver Tree
    The U.S. government came under fire today for chartering a rescue boat for Americans stuck in Libya that is too small to cope with the rough Mediterranean sea. Hundreds of American citizens are spending a second night in Tripoli aboard the Maria Dolores, a small passenger ferry chartered by the U.S., trapped there because of adverse weather conditions. At the same time larger Greek and Turkish vessels have transported thousands of their own citizens to safety, crossing the choppy water to mainland Europe.
  • Holbrooke no hero to general

    12/17/2010 10:02:34 PM PST · by TheMole · 57 replies · 1+ views
    The Ottawa Sun ^ | December 17, 2010 | Michael Harris
    This week, the Globe and Mail asked General Lewis McKenzie (Retired) to write the obituary of American diplomat Richard Holbrooke. It was a good idea. The two men had crossed paths more than once on the global stage of the Great Game. McKenzie declined. Holbrooke had just died and the general knew that what he had to say would hardly produce the standard panegyric. When I caught up with McKenzie, he was shoveling snow after a spell away from home. I asked for an interview and to my surprise, he agreed. “I’m just going to tell you what I thought...
  • Grant for converting Badger from coal to diesel rejected by federal government

    10/22/2010 2:01:02 AM PDT · by prisoner6 · 18 replies
    Boatnerd ^ | 10/22/2010 | NA
    Grant for converting Badger from coal to diesel rejected by federal government 10/22 - Ludington, Mich. - A federal transportation grant application by the city of Ludington to convert the S.S. Badger cross-lake ferry from coal to diesel power was unsuccessful, officials announced Wednesday. Ludington’s $14 million request for special federal stimulus money for new engines for the Lake Michigan Carferry operation was not among the 42 projects funded nationwide. The city’s request to provide new diesel engines for the historic coal-powered steamship was among nearly 1,000 grant applications totaling $19 billion. The U.S. Department of Transportation had only $600...
  • Ludington, Muskegon again battling over ferry service (stimulus to favor one private business?)

    08/24/2010 6:23:31 PM PDT · by sbMKE · 14 replies
    WEST MICHIGAN — The city of Ludington is seeking a $14 million federal transportation grant to “repower” the coal-fired S.S. Badger to preserve the historic cross-lake ferry service to Manitowoc. If the city is successful in securing the federal “stimulus” money for the private Lake Michigan Carferry, the Badger would receive new diesel engines that would allow the ferry operator to end the practice of dumping coal ash in Lake Michigan. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has given the Lake Michigan Carferry until the end of the 2012 sailing season to halt the coal ash discharges into the lake. If...
  • CNN BREAKING NEWS: Staten Island Ferry Crash, 60 Injured--TERRORIST RELATED??

    05/08/2010 7:38:43 AM PDT · by pillut48 · 64 replies · 3,620+ views
    CNN | 5-8-10
    Just flipped on the tv, came to FR, did a search and found this from May 4th: Times Square car bomb suspect reportedly sketched map depicting Staten Island FerryNo more yet, they are interviewing passengers who say that "the ferry SPED UP and hit the dock..." TIN FOIL HAT ON.
  • Five dead, 63 missing as ferry sinks in Philippines

    09/06/2009 1:51:28 AM PDT · by Neil E. Wright · 4 replies · 671+ views
    Zamboanga City, Philippines - Five people drowned and 63 were missing Sunday when a passenger ferry with 968 people aboard sunk in the southern Philippines, rescue officials said. The Superferry 9 sank hours after it listed to the right by 40 degrees off Siocon town in Zamboanga del Norte province, about 810 kilometres south of Manila. It was carrying 847 passengers, 117 crew and four sea marshals. The Office of Civil Defence said the ship's listing was "allegedly due to a hole in its hull." Commandant Real Admiral Wilfredo Tamayo said 900 people were rescued by the coast guard, the...
  • 3 killed, 880 people rescued from Philippine ferry

    09/05/2009 10:47:41 PM PDT · by gura · 26 replies · 543+ views
    google ^ | 9/6/2009 | AP
    3 killed, 880 people rescued from Philippine ferry By JIM GOMEZ (AP) – 59 minutes ago MANILA, Philippines — At least three people drowned and more than 800 terrified passengers, many roused from their sleep, were rescued early Sunday from a ferry that listed and then sank in the southern Philippines, officials said. More than 80 people were missing. Coast guard chief Admiral Wilfredo Tamayo said 880 of 964 passengers and crewmen on board the Superferry 9 were transferred to two nearby commercial ships and a navy gunboat hours after the ferry began to list off Zamboanga del Norte province...
  • Last pole-driven river ferry may close in Virginia

    06/25/2009 6:38:53 AM PDT · by decimon · 26 replies · 713+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 25, 2009 | Bob Lewis
    > On July 1, Virginia stops funding the Hatton Ferry. Unless private donors, nonprofits or local governments find the cash to keep it open, its last crossing is Sunday afternoon, weather permitting. "The future is your kids, our kids, our grandkids, and when this is gone, it's gone forever," said Ashley Pillar, 30, who grew up around Hatton's ferrymen on the flat-bottomed steel barge. He became its operator in 2002. >
  • Hawaii loses its only ferry, Few opponents turn out to see exit

    03/20/2009 12:47:36 PM PDT · by AndrewWalden · 9 replies · 853+ views
    Hawai`i Free Press ^ | 3-20-09 | various
    today's headlines from Obamaland: Superferry Ruling May Impact Rail Tax Few opponents turn out to see exit Superferry Pulling Ship Out Of Hawaii Superferry economic fallout begins State visitor arrivals seen falling 5.2% in '09 More Eco-harassment: Fish farm may leave Kona Hawaii County Council fast-tracks bills for stimulus qualification SB: Create system for distributing medical marijuana
  • State ferry's hull intact after grounding

    01/30/2009 7:13:27 PM PST · by GATOR NAVY · 5 replies · 572+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | 30 Jan 09 | JAMES HALPIN
    The Alaska state ferry Lituya broke free from its moorings in Metlakatla overnight with no one aboard and ran aground a mile north on Scrub Island in Port Chester, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The 180-foot vessel dislodged at its home berth in the Southeast town at about 1 a.m. to begin its phantom voyage. The vessel was spotted aground earlier today, and preliminary reports indicate the Lituya suffered damage to its keel coolers, which were leaking some antifreeze -- the quantity was not immediately clear -- and damage to the vessel's plates, said state Department of Transportation spokesman...
  • Ferry Accident On Lke Champlain

    01/30/2009 4:07:04 PM PST · by JennysCool · 16 replies · 757+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 1/30/09 | Associated Press
    GRAND ISLE, Vt. (AP) — Authorities say a Lake Champlain ferry has crashed at a dock on the Vermont shore, with injuries reported.
  • VIDEO: US A320 river crash captured by Coast Guard camera

    01/17/2009 6:59:36 AM PST · by Yo-Yo · 45 replies · 3,240+ views
    Flight International and LiveLeak ^ | 17 Jan 2009 | David Kaminski-Morrow
    Surveillance camera images have emerged of the moment a US Airways Airbus A320 ditched into the Hudson River in New York, capturing the aircraft as it slowed to a halt and the initial moments of evacuation. The 10min section of video, from a US Coast Guard vessel traffic service camera, covers the time between 15:29 and 15:39 on 15 January. US Airways flight 1549's emergency ditching occurred at 15:31, about 2min 2s into the video section. http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=9e6_1232166872 It shows the aircraft decelerating on the surface of the river, before zooming in to capture the evacuation process - with passengers clambering...
  • Storm sinks Indonesian ferry, 250 feared dead

    01/11/2009 7:34:32 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 9 replies · 474+ views
    AP via Breitbart ^ | Jan 11, 2009 | IRWAN FIRDAUS
    Indonesia (AP) - High tides hindered rescuers Monday as they searched for nearly 250 people missing and feared dead after a ferry capsized off Indonesia's Sulawesi island. About 250 passengers and 17 crew were believed to have been aboard the 700-ton Teratai Prima when it sank Sunday morning as it traveled from the western port of Parepare to Samarinda on the Indonesian half of Borneo island. At least 22 people, including four crew members, were pulled from the sea by fishermen Sunday before the military launched an operation at daybreak Monday. Indonesians generally don't know how to swim, and the...
  • Storm sinks Indonesian ferry, 250 feared dead

    01/11/2009 10:35:23 AM PST · by Justaham · 5 replies · 338+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 1-11-09 | Irwan Firdaus
    JAKARTA, Indonesia – A ferry capsized in a severe storm and crashing waves in central Indonesia on Sunday and officials said around 250 people were feared dead. Eighteen survivors were rescued by fishing boats, but the fate of the others remained unclear, said Taufik, a port official at Parepare on the island of Sulawesi, where the ferry began its journey. Taufik uses one name, as is common in Indonesia.
  • BBC: Stricken ferry 'survivors found'- The 28 survivors - - were found in a coastal village

    06/22/2008 10:19:12 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies · 199+ views
    BBC ^ | Monday, 23 June 2008 05:05 UK 04:05 GMT, | BBC Staff
    Stricken ferry 'survivors found' The ferry was en route to Cebu from Manila when it capsized on Saturday Twenty-eight survivors have been found from a Philippine ferry carrying more than 700 people that capsized in a typhoon, a local radio station says. Four other people were found alive earlier, but hundreds remain missing after a rescue ship that reached the upturned vessel found no signs of life. The 28 had been drifting in a life-raft for 24 hours after the ferry tipped over off Sibuyan island, reports said. The Red Cross estimates the storm has left 155 people dead...
  • Philippines - 'Few Survivors' As Ferry Sinks In Typhoon (700 passengers)

    06/22/2008 3:02:57 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 23 replies · 258+ views
    Sky News ^ | June 22, 2008
    Excerpt - Rescuers who have reached a ferry sunk by a typhoon in the Philippines and carrying more than 700 people say they have recovered only three survivors. The Princess of the Star ran aground after being hit by massive waves caused by typhoon Fengshen. ~ snip ~
  • Immigrants fear ID checks aboard ferry

    06/06/2008 8:48:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 58 replies · 196+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/6/08 | Manuel Valdes - ap
    EASTSOUND, Wash. - Pedro Perez has not left Orcas Island in more than four months. Not for weekend trips with his family, not for cheaper groceries on the mainland, not for medical care — not for anything. He is afraid border agents will stop him and send him back to Mexico, wrecking the quiet life he has built on one of Washington's remote San Juan Islands. "I had my eyes on this place for my kids to grow up in," Perez, who is married with two young children, said in Spanish. "There's no gangs here, no crime. It's the kids...
  • 2 Europeans say they're the men sought by FBI for behavior aboard a ferry last summer

    05/05/2008 10:56:38 PM PDT · by onetimei · 17 replies · 120+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | May 5, 2008 | Sara Jean Green
    Two European business consultants have identified themselves to U.S. officials as the men who were being sought by the FBI after crew members and riders reported their unusual behavior aboard a Washington state ferry last summer.The men, both citizens of a European Union nation, appeared at a U.S. Embassy two weeks ago and identified themselves as the men pictured in photos released to the media last summer, according to a news release issued today by the FBI's Seattle field office. The release did not identify the men or the city where the embassy is located.
  • Threat Matrix: May 2008

    05/01/2008 3:06:29 PM PDT · by nwctwx · 1,313 replies · 4,222+ views
    U.S. Wary Of Small Boat Terrorism As boating season approaches, the Bush administration wants to enlist America's 80 million recreational boaters to help reduce the chances that a small boat could deliver a nuclear or radiological bomb somewhere along the 95,000 miles of U.S. coastline and inland waterways. According to an April 23 intelligence assessment obtained by The Associated Press, "The use of a small boat as a weapon is likely to remain al Qaeda's weapon of choice in the maritime environment, given its ease in arming and deploying, low cost, and record of success." While the United States...
  • Threat Matrix: April 2008

    04/01/2008 8:13:21 PM PDT · by nwctwx · 1,366 replies · 5,737+ views
    Afghanistan to Ask NATO for Bigger Army Afghan officials will go to the NATO summit in Romania Thursday with a request: pay to increase our national Army by 40 percent. A bigger Army, Afghan officials argue, will allow the US and other coalition members to scale back in the coming years. This appeal comes amid pleas from the US and Canada for other NATO members to commit more to the Afghanistan mission, which many analysts say has floundered over the past year for lack of resources and a coherent strategy. France is expected to contribute another 1,000 forces and...
  • Border Patrol "spot checks" on ferries provoke outrage in San Juan Islands

    04/22/2008 3:36:21 AM PDT · by NCDragon · 27 replies · 176+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | April 22, 2008 | Sara Jean Green
    FRIDAY HARBOR, San Juan County — The people of the San Juan Islands tend to be independent sorts, espousing a do-it-yourself, leave-me-be ethos as natural and ever-present as the tide. But for many of the 17,000 people of this island county, the normal rhythms of small-town life have hit a dissonant chord lately. A couple of months ago, the U.S. Border Patrol began occasional "spot checks" of every vehicle and passenger arriving in Anacortes off state ferries, the lifeline between these islands and the mainland. For some here, it seems like a good idea or, at worst, a minor inconvenience....
  • Man swims into Governor-General's residence and dives in his pool

    04/06/2008 12:25:03 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 6 replies · 193+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 6th April 2008
    A MAN has caused a security scare after jumping from a Manly ferry and breaking into the grounds of the Governor-Generals' official Sydney home. An AAP journalist, who was an eyewitness, said the man jumped off the ferry in Sydney harbour at about 2.50pm (AEST) and swam up to 600 metres towards Admiralty House, dodging four police boats before making it to shore. "He jumped off the ferry and started swimming,'' he said. "The maritime police tried to corner him and lasso him.'' The witness said the man climbed a wall and was in the grounds of Governor-General Michael Jeffrey's...
  • WA: Largest Ferry System Hits Rough Waters

    03/10/2008 3:10:26 PM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 27 replies · 677+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 3/10/08 | DAVID AMMONS
    BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash. (AP) - Starved of money for nearly a decade, the nation's largest ferry system has hit rough water. The ferries that cruise Puget Sound and surrounding waters have become symbols of the Pacific Northwest, recalling its rich maritime history and figuring prominently in movies and television shows such as "Grey's Anatomy." But beneath their cheery green-and-white paint scheme, the aging ferries are rusty, old and unreliable. Some boats have been yanked from service for repairs. Routes have been canceled and schedules thrown off. Washington state commuters are frustrated. "We have a love-fear relationship with the ferries. It's...
  • Superferry sets off the battle of Kauai

    10/10/2007 11:17:54 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 80 replies · 1,881+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 9, 2007 | Tomas Alex Tizon
    LIHUE, HAWAII -- The woman in the sun hat wants to crack someone in the jaw. It's been a bad day. Actually, for Kaiulani Huff, it's been a bad few decades. She has watched as her home, the island of Kauai, changed from a wild garden of secret places to -- in her eyes -- an overcrowded amusement park for rich people. "Welcome to Disneyland," she says one day while driving around the island. "See the natives. Watch us dance the hula. Clog up our roads. Buy up all the good land. And please, help yourselves to our beaches!" Development...
  • Hawaii's Superferry Resuming Service

    09/13/2007 7:55:57 AM PDT · by SmithL · 14 replies · 1,727+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 9/13/7 | JAYMES SONG, Associated Press Writer
    Honolulu (AP) -- The Hawaii Superferry, halted nearly a month because of protests and legal challenges over its potential environmental impact, will resume service between Oahu and Kauai this month with heightened security, Gov. Linda Lingle said. Lingle, a supporter of the Superferry, said Wednesday that the vessel will resume service Sept. 26 on a temporary daytime schedule, arriving at Kauai's Nawiliwili Harbor at 11 a.m., eight hours ahead of its usual stop. The daytime hours are being used to better ensure public safety, but it may inconvenience cruise ships. The harbor will be heavily secured by Kauai County police...
  • Hawaii Superferry officials suspend service indefinitely after days of protests, setbacks

    09/05/2007 8:29:05 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 20 replies · 897+ views
    IHT ^ | 8-28-07 | AP
    The company that runs the first passenger-vehicle ferry service between the Hawaiian Islands suspended operations indefinitely Tuesday after two days of emotional protests and legal setbacks. Hawaii Superferry Inc. halted service after the Coast Guard advised that it could not assure safe passage of the 350-foot (107-meter) ferry in and out of Nawiliwili Harbor on Kauai, where a flotilla of protesters blocked it from docking late Monday. A court order sought by environmentalists had already halted service to Maui, with a hearing set for Wednesday. Gov. Linda Lingle, a longtime ferry supporter, also requested Tuesday that the service be suspended...
  • "Not News," Until at Last a Big Bomb Blast, Says Seattle's Post-Intelligencer

    09/02/2007 1:04:17 PM PDT · by Bob Leibowitz · 4 replies · 212+ views
    Leibowitz's Canticle ^ | September 1, 2007 | Leibowitz
    Seattle's Post-Intelligencer decided last week not to publish photographs of two men of interest to the FBI. Because the issue was the security of the Pacific Northwest's #1 terrorist target, the Washington Ferry system, competitive media and the blogger world heaped enormous disdain on the paper. It was reasonable to think the P-I would move on, avoid further comment and hope not to hear a loud "boom" across Elliott Bay. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. The paper's managing editor responded with a defense that rocks the walls with dismissive haughtiness. Said he "We get to decide what is news and what isn't,...
  • cair-WA: Release of Ferry Photos Raises 'Fear Factor'

    08/31/2007 10:46:24 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 25 replies · 958+ views
    cair ^ | August 27, 2007 | cair
    Earlier this summer a concerned crew member of a Washington State ferry boat snapped pictures of two men who had raised suspicions on several ferry rides by asking questions about structural details and entering areas of the boats that are off limits. Now, after the Federal Bureau of Investigation released two photographs of the men to the public with the goal of identifying them, a debate has erupted over alleged racial profiling, one ferry was shut down briefly this week and the men, while suddenly familiar faces, remain unidentified. "We have some promising leads that have come in since we...