If your community is reopening, know what precautions to take in public settings. Continue to social distance by staying 6 feet away from others, and wear cloth face coverings in public. Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use. Don’t add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited. Never give fireworks to small children, and never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials. Always follow the instructions on the packaging. Kiddie or inflatable pools can be a great way to have fun. Drain the water from the pool and flip it over after swim time is over.
Editor’s note: 50 years ago today, July 3, 1970, I flew the first of what would become many rides on a Boeing 747, my first with Trans World Airlines (TWA flight 803) from Paris-Orly to New York-JFK. This was just over 5 months after the inaugural passenger flight of the 747 by Pan American World Airways Clipper Young America.
With carriers converting the now plentiful, recently retired, 2-engined 777s and 767s to freighters, COVID-19 makes the large, 4 engine passenger aircraft obsolete.
The last 747 from Boeing’s Everett production line will roll-off in 2 years.
“Boeing 747 Program Comes to a Close”
“It is the end of the line for one of the world’s most iconic airliners. Boeing Co. has reportedly stopped sales of its 747-8 aircraft, the last generation to be built.
“The final 747 will roll out of Everett in approximately two years’ time, according to various changes in financial statements.”
“Boeing has been preparing to wind down the 747 Project for quite some time, building customer interest in the Boeing 777X and a potential freighter version. The company told Bloomberg, ‘At a build rate of half an airplane per month, the 747-8 program has more than two years of production ahead of it in order to fulfill our current customer commitments.’
“Boeing has 15 unfilled orders to date, all freighters. United Parcel Service (UPS) has 12 of these, and the fate of the other three is unclear due to a dispute with Volga-Dnepr Group,” by Aaron Davis, Airways Magazine. Read more
“New York appeals court clears the way for a publisher to distribute tell-all book by President Trump’s niece”
A New York appeals court cleared the way Wednesday for a publisher to distribute a tell-all book by President Donald Trump’s niece over the objections of the president’s brother.
Although the book was scheduled to be published on July 28, Simon & Schuster said thousands of copies of the 75,000-copy first run of the book had already been sent to bookstores and others.
The appeals ruling, though, left in place restraints against Mary Trump, the book’s author and the president’s niece, after the president’s brother said in court papers that she was part of an agreement among family members not to write about their relationships without permission.
“The New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division said it was lifting a restraint that a judge put on Simon & Schuster a day earlier that would have blocked distribution of “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man.”
“Although the book was scheduled to be published on July 28, Simon & Schuster said thousands of copies of the 75,000-copy first run of the book had already been sent to bookstores and others,” by CNBC. Read more
+ WSDOT:Northbound Marvin Road: Temporary changes will require extra travel time
“Northbound Marvin Road(State Route 510) travelers in Lacey are encouraged to plan ahead to help prevent delays as crews continue to transform the existing overpass into a diverging diamond interchange.
“During the evening of Thursday, July 9, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will remove the existing restrictions for southbound traffic. In the northbound direction, the right lane will be open for through traffic, and the left lane will become a left-turn only to southbound I-5.
“This temporary change, which could extend up to 24 days depending on the weather, will create congestion and delays for northbound travelers.” Travelers can expect heavier-than-normal traffic, especially during the afternoon commute.
Editor’s note: I post news stories about Yelm that are published in local, state, national and international news media so that you, the reader, can be informed about what is being said about our community.
Last Sunday morning, I posted the headlines of many Yelm news alerts received about the surprise appearance of comedian Sacha Baron Cohen at a conservative rally in Olympia on Saturday, which quoted a Facebook post by Yelm city council member James Blair, who was a scheduled participant.
Mr. Blair wrote to me saying he preferred I reached-out to him for comment.
On Sunday evening, I responded to Mr. Blair and offered to publish his Guest Entry of what he wished to share with Yelm Community Blog readers, and have received no reply to-date.
My invitation still stands for Mr. Blair to submit a Guest Entry for publication on this blog.
In fairness to set the record straight, Mr. Blair did post this on his Facebook page, “Here’s the article that should have been written. Thank you, Rolf Boone.” [anexcerpt from The Olympian in today’s print edition is posted below].
“Those at rally share details of comedian Sacha Baron Cohen’s surprise appearance”
“Saturday’s rally was called “March for Our Rights 3,” which was held at Heritage Park in downtown Olympia.”
“Event emcee and guest speaker, Matt Marshall, and Yelm City Councilman, James Blair, both attended the rally.
“Cohen was dressed in a strange hillbilly costume,’ Blair said in an email to The Olympian Sunday morning. ‘(Cohen) was noticed by quite a few people throughout the event prior to going on stage, and (some) raised red flags. It was when I actually heard his voice I had my suspicions it was him. Others identified him as well.’
“Organizers and others tried to get Cohen off the stage, but security guards, which they thought were there for the rally, suddenly prevented them from getting to the stage, Marshall said. They finally broke through security, but Cohen quickly exited to a privately hired emergency medical vehicle, he said.”
“‘There were people throughout the crowd with communication devices in their ears, and cameras on the crowd, which is not something that normally happens at these events,’ Blair said in his email. ‘All of those people, along with the individuals who were singing along with Cohen in the crowd, all disappeared when they retreated off the stage to the ambulance and left.'”
“‘I haven’t been contacted by anyone claiming to be associated directly with Cohen,’ he said in his email. ‘However, in the last 12 hours my post has been distributed throughout many social media channels, with who knows what commentary. I’ve had hundreds of people calling me a racist, Nazi, and white supremacist, none of which has any ounce of truth,” by Rolf Boone, The Olympian. Read more
“The Washington State Three Percenters, who organized the rally, also addressed the performance on their Facebook page, calling it a “display of disgusting antics.”
“‘We of the WA3% were appalled at the performance of an entertainer adorned in clown-face, who — much to our group’s mutual repugnance — voiced a series of racist and antisemitic jokes and songs, while on the stand,’ the organization wrote. ‘This display of disgusting antics was neither condoned nor accepted by WA3%, and we disavow any affiliation with this lamentable individual. Our ranks enjoy the membership of every race, religion, and creed, and such despicable behavior is NEVER allowed within our group, and if it ever arises, it causes the immediate dismissal of the perpetrator.'”
“NBC News’ Richard Engel reports on the list of countries whose virus levels are deemed low enough to allow people from those places to travel into the European Union, which has been mostly sealed off since March,” on Stephanie Ruhle, MSNBC. Click here