The Latest: Hawaii lava flow may cross highway within hours

VOLCANO, Hawaii (AP) — The Latest on the eruption of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano (all times local):

3:45 p.m.

Hawaii County civil defense officials are warning residents that lava may cross a highway in the coming hours.

Officials say a flow is less than a mile (kilometer) away from Highway 137 in the Big Island’s Puna district where lava has oozed out of fissures in the ground.

At the flow’s current speed Saturday afternoon, officials estimate it may cross the highway in the next several hours.

Before Friday, lava was just spattering up and collecting at the edges of the fissures. On Friday afternoon, the flow ramped up. The flow crossed a road, isolating a handful of residents, including some who needed to be airlifted to safety. On Saturday morning, it was 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) from the ocean and advancing at a rate of 300 yards (274 meters) per hour.

Officials are warning people about something called laze, if lava enters the ocean.

Laze is created when hot lava hits the ocean, sending hydrochloric acid and steam with fine glass particles into the air.


12:30 p.m.

Two fissures that opened up in a rural Hawaii community have merged to produce faster and more fluid lava.

Scientists say the characteristics of lava oozing from fissures in the ground has changed significantly as new magma mixes with decades-old stored lava.

Before Friday, lava was just spattering up and collecting at the edges of the fissures. On Friday afternoon, the flow ramped up and crossed a road. On Saturday morning, it was 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) from the ocean and advancing at a rate of 300 yards (274 meters) per hour.

Lava has been oozing out of fissures in Big Island neighborhoods for two weeks, claiming at least 44 structures.

Kilauea volcano is also affecting other neighboring areas because of ash that has been spewing out during explosions at the summit.


10 a.m.

Scientists say a wide lava flow that crossed a road in a Hawaii neighborhood continues to be active and is advancing at rates up to 300 yards (274 meters) per hour.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists say eruption of Kilauea’s lava increased Friday and continues to do so Saturday.

Three people stuck in a rural neighborhood where lava is flowing have made it out.

Emergency workers had planned to rescue them by helicopter Saturday morning. Hawaii County spokeswoman Janet Snyder says two got out on their own and one was evacuated by air.

Officials warn that residents below the flow need to prepare to evacuate if necessary.

Lava has been oozing out of fissures in the Big Island neighborhoods for two weeks, claiming at least 44 structures.


7:55 a.m.

Slow-moving lava has destroyed four homes near a Big Island neighborhood that has already lost several structures in the wake of volcanic activity.

Hawaii County Civil Defense reported Saturday that fissures near Lanipuna Gardens keep erupting, leading to a lava flow.

Officials say some residents are being told to prepare to voluntarily evacuate if lava threatens a major highway.

A short-lived eruption several hours earlier spewed out an ash cloud from Kilauea volcano’s summit. The National Weather Service says the ash plume reached as high as 7,000 feet (2,133 meters).

A rural subdivision of 40 homes below the volcano became isolated by lava on Friday, prompting four people to be evacuated by helicopter.


5:30 a.m.

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano shot out a small steam explosion overnight that resulted in a towering cloud of ash.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports the short-lived eruption at the volcano’s summit occurred just before midnight Saturday.

According to the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, the ensuing ash cloud reached up to 10,000 feet (3,048 meters).

Scientists say more explosions that could spawn even minor amounts of ashfall could happen any time.

Officials are currently assessing the threat from fast-moving lava that has isolated a rural subdivision of 40 homes below the Big Island volcano. Four people have already been evacuated by helicopter.


8:10 p.m.

Fast-moving lava has crossed a road and isolated about 40 homes in a rural subdivision below Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, forcing at least four people to be evacuated by county and National Guard helicopters.

Hawaii County Civil Defense said Friday that police, firefighters and National Guard troops were securing the area of the Big Island and stopping people from entering.

The homes were isolated in the area east of Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens — two neighborhoods where lava has destroyed 40 structures, including 26 homes, over the past two weeks.

Officials were assessing how many people were still in the newly threatened area. They were advising people to shelter in place and await further instructions.


7:30 p.m.

Hawaii officials warned residents that fast-moving lava was approaching an area near homes that were previously destroyed by eruptions from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano.

Hawaii County Civil Defense said Friday police, firefighters and National Guard troops were securing the area of the Big Island and stopping people from entering.

About 40 homes were isolated in the newly affected area east of Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens — two neighborhoods where lava has destroyed 40 structures, including 26 homes, over the past two weeks.

Officials were using helicopters to assess how many people were still in the newly threatened area.

County officials have been encouraging residents in the district to prepare for potential evacuations. The county is now asking them to stay put and wait for further instructions.

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Electric/pedal ‘hybrid’ claims highway speeds

I’m a big fan of the Organic Transit ELF—a pedal electric hybrid that Lloyd believes could replace a car for a lot of people. But every time we write about it, somebody comments that it’s simply too expensive and/or it shouldn’t be allowed on bike lanes.

I can only imagine what people are going to say about Kronfeld Motors’ RAHT racer. (For a sneak preview, head on over to YouTube to read all the meanness there.)

In the meantime, here’s the basics:

—It’s primarily an electric vehicle, but with a pedal function that you can use to get a workout and/or recharge the battery (a bit!) and/or get a workout.
—Its makers claim it can hit 90 mph, and once it hits production will be highway legal.
—It has a range of 120 miles city driving, and 72 miles at highway speeds.
—It’s important not to oversell the pedal aspect. Between the video below and the Kronfeld website, it seems at best it’s likely to add 5-10% in terms of range if you’re working hard.
—The production version will have room for a passenger and/or luggage, and significant improvements in terms of safety.
—It’s currently listed at $24,000, and you can pre-order it with a $500 deposit.

Alright, let the fighting in the comments begin. But wait—before we all get into the usual “rich man’s toy” versus “best idea ever” debate, let’s remember something:

Just because it’s not a vehicle that you would drive doesn’t mean there isn’t a sensible market for it. While it’s true that you could now get a 150-mile range, four seat electric car for not that much more. And folks have been waiting a long time for their not-dissimilar-looking gas-powered Elios. But this is clearly being marketed to people who enjoy the experience of cycling but need to get places faster and/or like the idea of commuting to work and getting a workout at the same time. And I can see the appeal in that.

I, for one, can’t imagine myself springing for something like this. I’ve already established that I can get pretty far, pretty fast on a regular e-bike, and I can go far further than I ever really should have in my used Nissan Leaf.

But I do think this would be a blast to ride in. And I can think of people who would totally prefer this over either a motorcycle commute or stooping to the conventionality of a regular car.

I wish Kronfeld Motors all the luck in the world. Who knows, with rising gas prices they may not even need it.

Now, please be nice in the comments.

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Georgia Highway Sniper 'Idolized' Parkland Shooter, Police Say

A gunman who targeted cars on a Georgia highway on Friday, injuring three people, “idolized” the suspected shooter in the massacre in Parkland, Florida, according to police.

Rex Whitmire Harbour, 26, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after carrying out a sniper-style attack on motorists driving along a state highway in Gainesville, Georgia, Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch told reporters on Saturday.

Investigators searched Harbour’s home in Snellville, Georgia, and discovered a manifesto in which he stated his admiration for Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old who Florida police say confessed to fatally shooting 17 people on Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, according to Couch.

“We found handwritten documents written by Mr. Harbour and they were very disturbing,” Couch said. “He indicated that he idolized the mass shooter in the Parkland, Florida, shooting. … He called Nikolas Cruz a ‘hero’ and that Cruz gave him ‘courage and confidence.’”

“The remainder of the documents that I saw are very hate-filled in that regard,” he continued. “It appeared that he was targeting all Americans. Why? That I don’t know.”

Harbour used a handgun to fire at least 17 bullets from a wooded area along Georgia 365, roughly 60 miles northeast of Atlanta, shortly before noon on Friday before turning the gun on himself, according to police.

At least seven vehicles were shot, Couch said. Three people were injured in the attack, including two people who sustained gunshot wounds and another person who suffered minor injuries when a bullet shattered the windshield of her car. None of the injuries were life-threatening. 

While searching Harbour’s car, investigators found three handguns, a bolt-action rifle, a shotgun, a BB gun and “a lot of ammunition,” Couch said.

Police determined Harbour had no previous record of engaging in violent activities and his social media accounts suggested no affiliation with any “violent groups.”

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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Extraordinary Escape – Huge Boulder Nearly Crushes Car On Cliff-Side Highway

Not many people have narrowly escaped death by as thin a margin as this Taiwanese motorist who was almost crushed to death by a massive boulder crashing down onto the road just a few yards away from him.

This extraordinary video, recorded by chance on a camera mounted on the dashboard of a second car following behind, shows just how lucky the first driver was.

The boulder, weighing hundreds of tonnes and as almost as big as a house, rolled down the hillside near Keelung city in a landslide triggered by heavy rain.

Tropical Storm Kong-Rey pounded Taiwan earlier this week, leading to widespread flooding in the south that left three people dead, the government said.

Floodwaters rose to a depth of 10 feet and the storm also disrupted air and rail traffic, as well as forcing offices and schools to shut.

Several landslides have been recorded during the spate of wild weather, but this is the most dramatic to have been captured on camera.

Rocks began moving at the top of the hillside as the wet earth made them unstable.

The drivers below were apparently unaware of the danger – until the huge boulder smashed down onto the road causing a bomb-like explosion of mud and rock.

The debris smashes into the car, pushing it to the side in the video, posted on YouTube.

It shows the lucky motorist slamming on his brakes and having the presence of mind to switch on his hazard warning lights as the boulder rocked to a standstill beside his car.

It even teeters alarmingly over the vehicle before finally coming to a standstill.

He remains in the vehicle for a few moments, then steps out to stare at the boulder which had come so close to claiming his life. Amazingly, no one was injured.

In another incident, 19 people were injured when a train was derailed in the bad weather.

The six-carriage train, carrying around 250 passengers, hit the mudslides as it was approaching a tunnel in Pingtung county, the Taiwan Railway Administration said.

In 2009 at least 63 Taiwanese villagers were buried alive by mudslides triggered by typhoon Morakot which ravaged the country.

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The Ray: 18-mile stretch of road is a testbed for a "regenerative highway ecosystem"

What will the highways of the near future look like? This road project aims to create “a corridor that reconnects and restores us.”

One of the pioneers in corporate sustainability, Ray C. Anderson of Interface, not only led the change to a greener way of doing business during his lifetime, but his work also continues to inspire those looking to build a better world. He described his own environmental epiphany after reading Paul Hawken’s The Ecology of Commerce as a “spear in my heart, a life-changing moment,” when he realized he was “a plunderer” who no longer wanted to leave that legacy behind and who vowed to run his company “in a manner that takes from the earth only that which is naturally and rapidly renewable – not one fresh drop of oil – and to do no harm to the biosphere.”

Anderson passed on in 2011, but his legacy of green is still strong, and one of the small ways he was recognized was through the dedication of an 18-mile stretch of I-85 in Troup County, Georgia, in his honor. Although the irony of naming a stretch of interstate highway after Anderson doesn’t go unnoticed, this corridor, dubbed The Ray, is now a testbed and pilot project showcase for technologies and solutions that “will transform the transportation infrastructure of the future.”

Some of these are high-tech projects, such as a solar road and a solar-powered electric car charging station, but others are just plain commonsense, such as tire pressure sensors, farming the shoulders and right-of-way areas along the road with a perennial grain, planting pollinator gardens, and building bioswales to capture pollutants from roadway runoff and mitigate their effects on the local waterways.

The Ray bioswales© The Ray Bioswales

This is how Executive Director Allie Kelly describes the vision for The Ray:

One recent discovery that has come out of the research of The Ray is an innovative method of cutting down on road noise while also producing clean quiet renewable energy. The results of a study undertaken with UK innovation consultancy Innovia Technology found that noise barriers made with photovoltaic material (solar panels), which can convert sunlight into electricity, can be an effective way of stacking functionality. Conventional solar farms are optimized for solar gain, as they can present the panels at the best angle to the sun for maximum output, but they also have a large physical footprint, which can be an issue in crowded urban areas. Solar noise barriers, on the other hand, don’t take up a lot of horizontal area, but they are not likely to match the efficiency of conventional solar arrays. What they do have going for them is the fact that these noise-reducing barriers can do double duty.

As Harriet Langford, president and founder of The Ray, said, “By changing the decision on the front end about what kind of materials we use, we can unlock additional value. If you can mitigate noise pollution and produce renewable energy at the same time, why wouldn’t you?” The solar barriers project is still in its infancy, and The Ray will be host to prototypes of solar barriers in order to drill down to the most effective materials and construction method to use for them.

“In this research we found that selecting the right solar noise barrier technology for the right situation is critical. Important factors include the required noise reduction, road orientation, local insolation, and the local value of electricity. The aesthetics are also critical, and especially in urban settings, significant value is placed on a better looking barrier. Although bolting standard crystalline silicon panels onto a concrete barrier is cheap and functional, it is somewhat inelegant and wasteful of materials. Thin film solar technologies such as a-Si, CdTe, or perhaps in the future tunable bandgap perovskites integrate the solar panel into one elegant (and optionally transparent) noise-blocking pane of safety glass. With their cost declining and efficiency increasing, we may see more of these technologies on our highways in the future.” – Andy Milton, Innovia Technology

Learn more at The Ray.

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Studies Identify “Energy Highway” (Meridian) System Within The Human Body

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It may seem counterintuitive, but there are many instances where science can actually hold us back from new discoveries and knowledge. Unfortunately, mainstream science is quick to discount anything which cannot be physically seen or felt, making notions like ‘energy points’ within the body seem like pure science fiction. But just because we can’t physically see something, does not mean it doesn’t exist. Nikola Tesla told us that “the day science begins to study non-physical phenomena,  it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence,” and hundreds of scientists around the world have been taking on this task for several years. Within the next few decades, the examination of non-material science is going to skyrocket, and we all stand to benefit. What we know as science is definitely changing.

One example where non-material science could benefit the human race is healthcare, as a number of publications have revealed the importance of mind-body connections, and how our thoughts, emotions, feelings, the perception of the environment around us and more are all connected to the health of our body and regulation of our immune system. A study published in the Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies titled “The Primo Vascular System as a New Anatomical System” is one that has recognized the importance of these concepts.

The medical community, for the most part, discounts healing therapies using this type of knowledge — knowledge which was present thousands of years ago in various ancient cultures. Acupuncture, a technique that manipulates the human meridian system in order to heal the body, has worked wonders for many people, yet our science has yet to explain how it does so. This is one example of many. Despite being unable to scientifically explain how these techniques function, few could deny that traditional Eastern medicine has proven successful for many people, or that it’s been crucial for curing various diseases. It has been used for thousands of years, and one has to assume that if it didn’t work, we would have abandoned the practice by now.

According to Western medicine, no known meridian system has a physical anatomical basis. The above study offers a different perspective, however:

In the early 1960s, only one hypothesis was proposed to explain the anatomical basis of the meridians. By using different experimental approaches during the past 10 years, the number of scientific papers that report the discovery of different anatomical and physiological evidence confirming the existence of an anatomical basis for the meridian system has increased. Morphological science is greatly challenged to offer a new biomedical theory that explains the possible existence of new bodily systems such as the primo vascular system (PVS). 

Researchers are calling it the Primo Vascular System, and, according to another paper published in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, “even today, the meridian system is still being investigated with well-known anatomical structures.”

This includes connective tissues called the fascia system, which are representative of the function of the meridian system being established and understood, as outlined by a study published in the journal Anatomical Record that mapped acupuncture points in serial gross anatomical sections through the human arm. It found “an 80% correspondence between the sites of acupuncture points and the location of intermuscular or intramuscular connective tissue planes in the postmortem tissue sections.” The study proposed that “the anatomical relationship of acupuncture points and meridians to connective tissue planes is relevant to acupuncture’s mechanism of action and suggests a potentially important integrative role for interstitial connective tissue.”

Korean researchers (of the first study cited above) believe the primo-vascular system is in fact the physical component of the Acupuncture Meridian System. They’ve also suggested that this system is involved in channelling the flow of energy and information relayed by biophotons (electromagnetic waves of light) and DNA. They propose that the anatomical basis for the PVS and this energy, also known as “Qi,” is “an electromagnetic wave that is involved very closely with the DNA in the PVS and that DNA “provides genetics information” and “functions as a store of information that can be obtained from the electromagnetic fields of the environment.”

They cite several studies showing that the PVS has been detected in various regions of the body:

The PVs have been found inside blood vessels and lymphatic vessels. The PVs inside lymph vessels freely flow in the lymph. The PVs and PNs flow in the third ventricle, fourth ventricle, cerebral aqueduct, and along the central canal of the spinal cord. The PVS has also been found on the arachnoid mater, cerebellum,  perinervium, and epinervium of the sciatic nerve. The PVs and PNs are present on the surfaces of the liver, stomach, small and large intestines, bladder, spleen, kidneys and omentum, abdominal cavity, hypodermal layer of the skin, superficial fascia, fat tissue, and cancer fascia. The PVs also enter internal organ tissues.

The researchers injected a special staining dye which coloured the meridians, revealing thin lines along these acupuncture points which were not present at non-acupuncture point sites (where there are no meridians). The researchers discovered that the meridian lines are not confined to the skin, but are in fact a concrete duct system through which liquid flows. They also learned that this liquid aggregates to form stem cells.

After all of their research (as seen in the publication), the scientists concluded that PVS allows communication between living organisms and the environment, and that it’s a system which spans throughout the entire body and plays a role in all biological life processes. They concluded that it receives signals in the form of electromagnetic waves from the environment, and internal signals from the body as well:

The PVS, which until now has been a missing body system, can explain many of the mysteries of life. The physical substrate for the meridian system is the missing point that can be used to combine the knowledge of ancient Chinese medicine and that of modern science into one successful unit.

It’s always interesting to look at ancient knowledge and teachings, particularly because so much has been and continues to be confirmed by modern day science. Every day, it seems, we discover why an ancient practice works on a scientific level; every day we validate something which previous generations simply understood to be valuable. And these ‘new’ discoveries of old knowledge support the notion that many more of these supposedly antiquated or pseudoscientific practices are in fact worthwhile.

There remain many phenomena for which we have no explanation. For example, a study published in the American Journal of Chinese Medicine, as seen in the the US National Library of Medicine, demonstrated that a women with special abilities was and is able to accelerate the germination of specific seeds for the purposes of developing a more robust seed stock. This is just one of many example where extraordinary things have been observed and documented yet cannot be explained scientifically.

As with meridian points and energy systems in the body, perhaps science is calling us to be more intuitive, more trusting, and more openminded. Perhaps a scientific explanation is not needed to confirm what people knew thousands of years ago and still benefit from today. It’s something to think about.

 From The Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences

The world below come from the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences.

“So, what is a meridian anyway? This is one of the first questions students of Chinese medicine want to understand. Simply put, a meridian is an ‘energy highway’ in the human body. Qi (chee) energy flows through this meridian or energy highway, accessing all party of the body. Meridians can be mapped throughout the body; they flow within the body and not on the surface, meridians exist in corresponding pairs and each meridian has many acupuncture points along its path.

The term ‘meridian’ describes the overall energy distribution system of Chinese Medicine and helps us to understand how basic substances of the body (Qi, blood and body fluids) permeate the whole body. The individual meridians themselves are often described as ‘channels’ or even ‘vessels’ which reflects the notion of carrying, holding, or transporting qi, blood and body fluids around the body.

It is tempting to think of the meridians of the human body the same way as we think of the circulatory system, as the meridians are responsible for the distribution of the basic substances throughout the body just like the circulatory system, but here is where the similarities end. Conventional anatomy and physiology would not be able to identify these pathways in a physical sense in the way that blood vessels can be identified.

It is more useful to consider the meridian system as an energetic distribution network that in itself tends towards energetic manifestation. Meridians can be best understood as a process rather than a structure.

Practitioners of Chinese Medicine must be as knowledgeable about these meridian channels as the Western Doctor is about anatomy and physiology of the physical body. Without this thorough understanding, successful acupuncture treatments would be difficult. A practitioner of Chinese Medicine must know how and where to access the qi energy of the body to facilitate the healing process.

There are twelve main meridians, or invisible channels, throughout the body with Qi or energy flows. Each limb is traversed by six channels, three Yin channels on the inside, and three Yang channels on the outside. Each of the twelve regular channels corresponds to the five Yin organs, the six Yang organs as well as the Pericardium and San Jiao. These are organs that have no anatomical counterpart in Western medicine but also relate to processes in the body. It is also important to remember that organs should not be thought of as being identical with the physical, anatomical organs of the body.

Each meridian is a Yin Yang pair, meaning each Yin organ is paired with its corresponding Yang Organ: the Yin Lung organ, for example, corresponds with the Yang large intestine.

Qi flows in a precise manner through the twelve regular meridians or channels. First, Qi flows from the chest area along the three arm Yin channels (Lung, Pericardium, and Heart) to the hands. There they connect with the three paired arm Yang channels (Large Intestine, San Jiao and Small Intestine) and flow upward to the head. In the head they connect with their three corresponding leg Yang Channels (Stomach, Gall Bladder and Bladder) and flow down the body to the feet. In the feet they connect with their corresponding leg Yin channels (Spleen, Liver, Kidney) and flow up again to the chest to complete the cycle of Qi.

  • Arm Tai Yin channel corresponds to the Lung
  • Leg Tai Yin channel corresponds to the Spleen
  • Arm Shao Yin channel corresponds to the Heart
  • Leg Shao Yin corresponds to the Kidney
  • Arm Jue Yin corresponds to the Pericardium
  • Leg Jue Yin corresponds to the Liver
  • Arm Yang Ming corresponds to the Large Intestine
  • Leg Yang Ming corresponds to the Stomach
  • Arm Tai Yang corresponds to the Small Intestine
  • Leg Tai Yang corresponds to the Bladder
  • Arm Shao Yang corresponds to the San Jiao
  • Leg Shao Yang Channel corresponds to the Gall Bladder

The arm and leg channels of the same name are considered to ‘communicate’ with each other in Chinese medicine. Thus, problems in a given channel or organ can be treated by using various points on the communication ‘partner’. As an example: a problem with the lungs can be treated by using points on the Spleen channel as they are both Tai Yin channels.

In addition to the twelve regular meridians there are ‘Extraordinary Meridians’ that are not directly linked to the major organ system but have various specific functions:

1) they act as reservoirs of Qi and blood for the twelve regular channels, filling and emptying as required

2) they circulate jing or ‘essence’ around the body because they have a strong connection with the Kidneys

3) they help circulate the defensive Wei Qi over the trunk of the body and, as such, play an important role in maintaining of good health

4) they provide further connections between the twelve regular channels

The meridian system of the human body is a delicate, yet intricate web of interconnecting energy lines. If a person masters an understanding of this meridian system they will know the secrets of the flow of Qi energy in the body.”

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At least 6 people killed as Amtrak train derails onto highway outside Seattle, Washington (VIDEO)

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Six people have died after an Amtrak train with over 70 people on board and 5 crew derailed on a bridge in Washington state, according to authorities. The train was making its first-ever run along a faster new route.

Seventy-eight passengers and five crew members were aboard the Cascade 501 train when it was moving at more than 80 mph derailed about 40 miles from Seattle before 8 am, Amtrak said, according to the Associated Press.

The death count is expected to rise, a US official told AP.

The Pierce County sheriff’s office has released photos of the mangled train cars dangling off the overpass and blocking the highway.

The train was traveling from Tacoma to Olympia and derailed just west of DuPont, in Pierce County. An airlift helicopter is on its way to the scene, according to KIRO 7.

Seventy-seven people have been transported to area hospitals after the derailment.

Passenger Chris Karnes said those on the train were forced to kick out train windows to exit, as the emergency doors were not functioning correctly.

“We had just passed the city of DuPont and it seemed like we were going around a curve,” Karnes said, as quoted by CBS News. “All of a sudden, we felt this rocking and creaking noise, and it felt like we were heading down a hill. The next thing we know, we’re being slammed into the front of our seats, windows are breaking, we stop, and there’s water gushing out of the train. People were screaming.”

“The tracks for this line were supposed to be upgraded to be able to handle higher speeds,” Karnes continued. “I’m not sure what happened at this juncture.”

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has thanked the first responders at the scene, and called the incident an “ongoing and serious situation.”

The derailment occurred during morning rush hour, and shut down the southbound lanes of Interstate 5, according to the Washington Department of Transportation. Drivers ha

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ve been advised to avoid the area.

The derailed cars are blocking the south-bound lanes of I-5, causing a three-mile backup of vehicles on the interstate, according to local media. I-5 has been closed until further notice.

Amtrak train 501 was part of a service that launched Monday morning. Trains 504 and 509 have been canceled, Amtrak said.

According to multiple reports, the train was traveling at a speed of over 80 miles per hour when it derailed.

It will take “all day or a couple of days” to clear the area and finish the investigation, Trooper Brooke Bova of Washington State Patrol told reporters. The highway will likely remain shut for the remainder of Monday, she added.

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Monterey County California Highway Patrol Officer Faces Child Sex Charges – Again

A former Monterey County California Highway Patrol officer has again been charged with sex crimes involving children, this time out of Washington state. 

Jacob Duenas, 36, has been charged with four counts of first-degree child rape that allegedly took place in 2000, according to a Wednesday article in the News Tribune in Tacoma, Wash.

Duenas previously served as a CHP officer based in Salinas, where in 2008 he later pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor counts of molesting two girls, 13 and 14. 

Duenas was fired by the CHP, sentenced to three years’ probation and required to register as a sex offender. 

In April 2015, he was arrested in Chico on a warrant for molesting a 10-year-old boy and pleaded no contest, receiving a sentence of 180 days in jail and five years probation, according to the Chico Enterprise-Record. 

Duenas also previously testified during his father’s trial for the murder of Duenas’ mother in Shasta County. 


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WATCH: Cops Use K9 to Take Down Unarmed Man for Dancing on the Highway


Houston, TX — Houston police are once again under fire for the manner in which they handled a motorist during a traffic stop. It’s no secret, when nervous, people exhibit strange behaviors. But one Houston resident decided to dance his way through apprehension. Houston police weren’t amused, apparently, and sicced their K9 officer (an attack dog) on the motorist to get him into custody.

Darrious Kendrick Brown, a 45-year-old resident, was driving a Nissan Sentra just before 1 a.m. near the 7400 block of Homestead Road when police first attempted to pull him over. Instead of complying, Brown took off, eventually pulling over on I-45 when he apparently noticed police had laid out spike strips to disable his tires.

As police surrounded him, and with helicopters flying overhead, they got on their loudspeaker to begin ordering Darrious to exit the vehicle and walk backward towards their vehicles and patrolmen. Seizing upon the opportunity to relish the limelight, Brown busted a move and began dancing after every command given to him by the officer on the loudspeaker.

The comical way in which Brown was acting gave the officers all the justification they needed to punish him for his silly ways. They warned Brown they were going to release the attack dog if he didn’t get on the ground and lay down, and they kept their promise.

By our count, there were at least five officers on scene, not including the one with teeth capable of tearing human flesh, but the only officer brave enough to take down the unarmed dancing motorist was the dog police chose to send in.

Just before they sent in the dog, Brown turned and faced the officers, and in what could have been a scene from any B-movie, the young man pleaded for mercy saying, “Ya’ll really going to do that to me?” As he was backing away, the dog was sent in, while Brown goes behind a vehicle out of view from the recording camera.

Screams could be heard coming from Brown’s direction, and later, another segment of the video shows the dog remained clamped down on his leg. Police took Brown into custody and he’s in jail now, charged with felony evading arrest.

While presumably very funny for those watching the scene, it’s no laughing matter if one is being attacked by a vicious dog. As TFTP has reported on numerous occasions, when police use dogs, bad things happen to citizens. The use of police dogs has led to numerous needless injuries—on entirely innocent people—like air conditioner repairmen and grandmothers.

There’s absolutely no way for police to have known if Brown were under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or was simply going through a manic episode, for example. And while it’s obvious he was not complying with officer commands, the question remains, is non-compliance a valid reason to potentially kill a man with a dog. After all, there were half a dozen men standing around who could have easily subdued Brown.

As TFTP reported in October, the use of K9 attack dogs can be costly for a police department subsequently caught up in a civil lawsuit. Attorneys for Reginald Chatman are suing Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy Gerald “Jerry” Wengert for $135,000 as compensation for dog-bite injuries he sustained to his left hip, knee and leg during a 2014 arrest in Tamarac.

Should a citizen naturally fight back when a dog is attacking them, surrounding officers will likely fire their guns on the citizen as hitting, stabbing, or shooting a K9 attack dog is seen under the law as “assault” on a police officer.

Visually, the use of K9 dogs on citizens may lead many to recall when, during the 1960’s civil rights movement, dogs were used on mostly minority citizens in an effort to punishing protesters for speaking out for equal rights and against racism. Little has changed from that time until the present. The so-called authorities will use dogs to punish citizens, regardless if they’re going through a manic episode, may be high on drugs, or simply trying to clown around, and they’ll use “officer safety” to hide behind their sadistic methods.

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Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper Charged With Four Felony Counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor

WEST PLAINS, Mo. – A Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper has been placed on unpaid leave, after being charged with four felony counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Justin Watson, 46, also umpires high school baseball games for the Mountain View-Birch Tree School District. He faces an additional felony charge of sexual contact with a student. Police arrested him Wednesday night.

According to the probable cause statement used to charge Watson, a Highway Patrol trooper was assigned to investigate accusations that Watson was in a sexual relationship with a male high school student from Mountain View. The trooper says the student told him sexual contact with Watson began after he was 17-years-old. The victim says Watson used the boy’s phone to take pornographic images, then sent them to his own phone. Court documents say that a forensic examination found the pictures were taken at Watson’s home in Mountain View.

A spokesman for the Missouri Highway Patrol in Jefferson City confirms that Watson is a trooper with Troop G based in Willow Springs. He did not immediately know how long Watson had been with the Patrol.

Online court records say a warrant has a been issued for Watson’s arrest.


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