Miami Bridge Collapses

Why did the ABC bridge have its pivot supports removed before the overhead support cables visible in the finished design were installed?

Days ago:
Community gathers to watch 950-ton bridge move across Southwest 8th Street

Leonor Flores ’98 is a project executive and one of 63 FIU alumni who work for MCM, the construction firm building the FIU-Sweetwater UniversityCity Bridge, which will further connect FIU and its northerly neighbor, the City of Sweetwater. She was excited to share her work with her family, especially Michelle, who is interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) in school.

Michelle said she might want to follow in her parents’ footsteps and go to FIU when the time comes, and that it was fascinating to see her mom’s work in action. “I’m interested in the architecture and the design of the bridge, and the math portion of it,” she said.

Said Leonor: “It’s very important for me as a woman and an engineer to be able to promote that to my daughter, because I think women have a different perspective. We’re able to put in an artistic touch and we’re able to build, too.”

The pedestrian bridge, which crosses Southwest 8th Street at the 109th Avenue intersection, will provide a safer crossing of the eight-lane thoroughfare for the 4,200 FIU students living in Sweetwater. Between its walkways and plazas, it will also provide 9,900 square feet of gathering and event space



Amarillo Police Shoot the “Good Guy With A Gun”

This is pretty much how you could imagine things would go wrong if you were caught disarming a crazed gunman before or as police arrive on the scene.

Garces and Blackburn are working with the city to ensure the medical bills are paid, but Garces hopes for one other item: More education for officers on deadly use of force.

“Train them better, man,” said Garces. “That guy didn’t know what he was doing.”

He asked to have the bullet taken out of his chest as a souvenir, a reminder of how quickly life can change.

“I got the gun,” he said. “I thought it was over. but they the cops shot me. The good guys shot me.”

In the wake of the Parkland school shooting, and the survivors tackling the NRA corruption problem in the USA, we’re also being fed the utter hooey that school teachers should have guns to keep children safe. The thought of my parents, or other teachers as carting a gun around school, is indescribable. English doesn’t have a single word to describe the feeling that you’ve left your dimension for an alternate evil mirror universe, but it’s possibly what rising fascism is supposed to feel like to people who question it.


Twitter Suspended Victim

Some days (most days) Twitter really sucks at limiting abuse, and supporting victims of the same.

And closer to home, a long time blogging and Twitter friend has been in the news, but I missed it. She was sexually assaulted by another well known figure in the Saskatchewan Twitter & political sphere. She was then questioned inappropriately by Saskatoon Police about the assault.


Conservative Party Should Be Sorry

The Conservative Party of Canada, in response to Omar Khadr being awarded a damages settlement for torturous conditions of his imprisonment, said, “No words,” on their Facebook post.

I’ve some words. A political party that was okay with leaving a child soldier to be tortured in an American prison, ought to have at least one word to say too, and that’s “sorry”.

What Omar K. was convicted for was wrong I think, but what the Canadian Liberal and Conservative governments did to him during his punishment, for being a child soldier, requires punishment for the government, for the people of Canada to allow an injustice to persist. This payout should give pause to Canadians who think there’s no repercussion for torturing a Canadian child who people hate.

Cicely Mcwilliam: Omar said for years that he didn’t throw the grenade and only relented to the states narrative so that he could be moved to a Canadian prison. He suffered torture and was denied a childhood both by his father and later by the US. That is why he both deserves an apology and compensation. [You’re] right a Liberal government and a Conservative government both failed to protect the rights of a Canadian child under the Convention on the Rights of the Child as well as the conventions related to child soldiers both of which Canada had championed.

I’m all for people fighting injustice. Conservatives and others see the injustice in a person who has [allegedly] killed someone getting more money from the government, than the victim’s family gets. I see that as an injustice. We shouldn’t fight the unjust amount going to a victim’s family, by denying the correction of another injustice, however.


Why all the Bodyslam Jokes on Twitter?

You may have heard people talking about Montanan Gianforte. He attacked a journalist.

Fox News reporter Alicia Acuna, field producer Faith Mangan and photographer Keith Railey witnessed the incident at Gianforte’s campaign headquarters in Montana, according to an account published on the Fox News website. After Jacobs asked Gianforte his question, Acuna wrote: “Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him.


SaskParty Runs a Corrupt Province

Is it any wonder the Premier attends oil industry luncheons, and speaks to them as if they are his constituents for whom he is seeking the best rates?