Northwest Briefly: Sea-Tac to get five full-body scanners

  • Fri Jan 8th, 2010 10:38pm
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SEATAC — Sea-Tac Airport expects to install five full-body scanners this year.

They are part of the 150 the Transportation Security Administration plans to distribute at the nation’s airports to step up passenger screening.

The full-body scans allow screeners to see through clothing to spot weapons.

Spokeswoman Teri Anne Betancourt told KIRO Radio TSA agents will decide who to scan at airport security checkpoints.

Yakima: Foot may belong to a bear

The Yakima County sheriff’s office said that what appeared to be a human foot found at the county landfill may actually be the foot of a bear.

The Yakima coroner took possession of the foot after it was found Friday afternoon.

The department said a forensic pathologist examined the foot more closely and determined it was possibly the foot of a bear. The foot will be transported to Seattle for a closer examination by an anthropologist.

Further search of the landfill has been suspended.

Vancouver, Wash.: Wake for soldier

A wake was scheduled Friday at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Vancouver for the DuPont man who was one of seven killed Dec. 30 in suicide bomb attack on a CIA base in Afghanistan.

Dane Clark Paresi was a former Fort Lewis Special Forces soldier working as a security contractor.

The Portland, Ore., native will be buried today at Willamette National Cemetery.

Sequim: Two dead in plane crash

A Clallam County sheriff’s spokesman said the owner of a small experimental plane and his passenger died when the single-engine aircraft crashed near the Sequim Valley Airport.

Spokesman Jim Borte identified the plane owner and pilot as 68-year-old Carroll Larson of Sequim. He said the passenger was 61-year-old Robert Reandeau Sr., also of Sequim.

According to witnesses, the pilot was practicing “touch and go” landing maneuvers Friday afternoon before the plane nosed down near the end of the runway and crashed in a muddy field.

Fort Lewis: Soldiers deploy to Iraq again

With Friday’s deployment ceremony Fort Lewis is preparing to send another 500 soldiers to Iraq.

This will be the third Iraq deployment for the 5th Air Defense Artillery Regiment.

The Army said it operates a system to counter rocket, artillery and mortar attacks.

Seattle: Body found in brush along I-5

The King County Medical Examiner’s Office is trying to identify a body found by state Transportation Department workers clearing brush Thursday along I-5 east of Federal Way.

The sheriff’s office said the body was in an advanced state of decomposition.

Seattle fire boat rescues 2 kayakers

Two men attempting an overnight kayak trip from Bainbridge Island to Seattle capsized in Puget Sound and had to be rescued.

One had a cell phone and called for help about 2 a.m. Friday. The Coast Guard and Seattle Fire Department boats started a search.

Battalion Chief Alan Cox said the two were spotted about two miles offshore and pulled aboard a fire boat. The two men in their 20s had been in the water nearly an hour.

One was able to walk ashore. The other was taken by stretcher to Harborview Medical Center to be treated for hypothermia.

Gates Foundation picks new director

A day after its previous agriculture leader was sworn in to take over the United States Agency for International Development, the Bill &Melinda Gates Foundation has announced a new director for agriculture development.

Sam Dryden, a managing director of New York-based Wolfensohn &Co., will take over the program on Feb. 1.

Dryden has 25 years of experience as an investor and entrepreneur in the life sciences. He has served on a number of international boards and commissions focused on agriculture and economic development.

Dryden replaces Dr. Rajiv Shah, who was sworn in on Thursday as the administrator for USAID.

D.C.: Murray leads Senate China trip

Patty Murray and two other U.S. senators are traveling to China to meet with leaders of that country.

Murray, D-Wash., chairs the U.S.-China Inter- Parliamentary Group, which promotes dialogue between the U.S. Senate and the Chinese government.

Also going on the trip are Sens. Roland Burris, D-Ill., and Kit Bond, R-Mo., who is vice chairman of the inter-parliamentary group.

Associated Press