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  • CA: New bridge phase sees old questions - MTC will take control with costs still unknown

    07/26/2005 7:04:16 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 242+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 7/26/05 | Sean Holstege
    Wednesday opens a new chapter in the 16-year Bay Bridge saga, when regional politicians take the reins to oversee the project amid unanswered questions about why the public will pay twice — at unknown cost — for the same work. Specifically, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission will be asked to approve freshly repackaged bids to build the bridge's tower. Caltrans is expected to advertise the project the next day but has not released an official cost estimate. MTC's new role results from lengthy negotiations in the Capitol this year and the new law they produced. It means the Bay Area will...
  • CA: Federal inspectors find Bay Bridge welds safe

    05/04/2005 6:48:42 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 403+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 5/4/05 | AP - Oakland
    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Welds on the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge are not faulty as had been alleged by former welders who claimed the work was dangerously unsafe, the Federal Highway Administration said Wednesday. Private inspectors hired by the Federal Highway Administration have been cutting out sections of steel foundation work in the Bay Bridge to test for the allegedly faulty welding. The agency reported Wednesday it found no evidence of shoddy, unsafe welds. The FBI, the Federal Highway Administration and state attorney general's office began several weeks ago investigating allegations by former project welders that they...
  • CA: FBI probes bridge welds (Bay Bridge, allegations made by 15 welders alleging bad welds)

    04/06/2005 9:17:01 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies · 1,351+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 4/6/05 | Sean Holstege and Jill Tucker
    The new Bay Bridge is riddled with defective welds, 15 welders told the Oakland Tribune in a nine-month investigation - allegations that could lead to criminal fraud charges. The welders' claims have prompted an FBI investigation. In the worst case, the federal probe could lead to tearing apart the bridge to see if it is structurally sound or needs to be rebuilt. The FBI began investigating allegations in February that welders were "encouraged or instructed to save time by producing substandard welds," said FBI Special Agent in Charge Mark Mershon of the bureau's San Francisco division. The bureau is investigating...
  • Jerry Zucker's Commencement Address at Wisconsin (funny, with tips on life)

    05/20/2003 3:10:13 PM PDT · by July 4th · 8 replies · 728+ views
    University of Wisconsin ^ | May 17, 2003 | Jerry Zucker
    My note: With all of the garbage we hear about the politicization of commencement addresses, this one is absolutely perfect. There were 5 ceremonies at Madison, and he spoke at 4 of them. I got to see one of the "performances" because his movies (Airplane!, KFM) are a personal favorite of mine, and I decided to go. Here's the transcript: University of Wisconsin-Madison Spring Commencement Kohl Center May 17 and 18, 2003 Thank you Chancellor Wiley, distinguished platform party, friends, guests and the very reason for our presence here today — the members of the class of 2003. Before I...
  • A Man, A Plan, A Tin Can - Homemade Fallout Meter Could Be the New Duct Tape

    04/14/2003 8:59:32 AM PDT · by shanec · 13 replies · 564+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | April 13, 2003 | Don Oldenburg
    <p>When Steve Jones carried a curious duct-taped tin can with wires protruding from its clear plastic top into Sen. Rick Santorum's office last month, a wide-eyed Senate staffer remarked, "I'm surprised you got this stuff up here."</p> <p>So was Jones. But for reasons other than heightened security on Capitol Hill. For more than a decade, the house painter from Salt Lake City has run up against public indifference as he promoted the jury-rigged can he insists would save lives in a dirty-bomb attack by terrorists.</p>