HULU IS ON THE BLOCK TO BE BOUGHT
By Harold Cates
I-5 bridge collapse survivor: ’You hold on’
Dan Sligh and his wife were in their pickup truck on Interstate 5 heading to a camping trip when a bridge before them disappeared in a ”big puff of dust.”
”I hit the brakes and we went off,” Sligh told reporters from a hospital, adding he ”saw the water approaching … you hold on as tight as you can.”
Sligh, his wife and another man in a different vehicle were dumped into the chilly waters of the Skagit River when the span collapsed Thursday evening. They were injured, but miraculously, authorities said it appeared nobody was killed in the bridge failure that raised the question about the safety of aging spans and cut off the main route between Seattle and Canada.
”We don’t think anyone else went into the water,” said Marcus Deyerin, a spokesman for the Northwest Washington Incident Management Team. ”At this point we’re optimistic.”
Sligh and his wife were taken to Skagit Valley Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The other man was reported in stable condition at United General Hospital in Sedro-Woolley, hospital CEO Greg Reed said.
Authorities are trying to determine what caused the bridge to collapse about 60 miles north of Seattle in Skagit County.
State Patrol detectives and the patrol’s commercial vehicle enforcement bureau troopers spoke to a commercial truck driver whose rig struck the structure.
”We do have the truck driver who remained at the scene. We’ve had initial conversations with him to get an indication as to what occurred,” said State Patrol Chief John Batiste.
Sligh said his shoulder was dislocated in the drop into the water, and he found himself ”belly deep in water in the truck.” He said he popped his shoulder back in and called out to his wife, who he described as being in shock initially as they waited for rescuers to arrive in boats.
Traffic along the heavily travelled route could be affected for some time.
”The I-5 corridor is totally disrupted,” said Gov. Jay Inslee, who went to the scene Thursday night.
He said work has already started to design detours, but state Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson asked people to avoid I-5 in the area for the next several days.
The National Transportation Safety Board was sending an investigative team.
Trooper Francis said a portion of the four-lane bridge over the Skagit River collapsed about 7 p.m.
Jeremiah Thomas, a volunteer firefighter, said he was driving nearby when he glimpsed something out of the corner of his eye and turned to look.
”The bridge just went down, it crashed through the water,” he said. ”It was really surreal.”
The bridge was about 50 feet above the water. Deyerin said it appeared that two vehicles – a car and the pickup with the travel trailer attached – fell into the river. He said the water depth was about 15 feet, and the vehicles half-visible in the water likely were resting on portions of the collapsed bridge.
Crowds of people lined the river to watch the scene unfold.
”It’s not something you see every day,” said Jimmy O’Connor, the owner of two local pizza restaurants who was driving on another bridge parallel to the one that collapsed. ”People were starting to crawl out of their cars.”
He said he and his girlfriend were about 400 yards away on the Burlington Bridge when they heard ”just a loud bang.”
”Then we looked over and saw the bridge was down in the water,” he said.
He pulled over and saw three vehicles in the water, including the camping trailer that landed upside-down, he said.
The bridge was not classified as structurally deficient, but a Federal Highway Administration database listed it as being ”functionally obsolete” — a category meaning that the design is outdated, such as having narrow shoulders and low clearance underneath.
The bridge was built in 1955 and has a sufficiency rating of 57.4 out of 100, according to federal records. That is well below the statewide average rating of 80, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal data, but 759 bridges in the state have a lower sufficiency score.
According to a 2012 Skagit County Public Works Department report, 42 of the county’s 108 bridges are 50 years or older. The document says eight of the bridges are more than 70 years old and two are over 80.
Washington state was given a C in the American Society of Civil Engineers’ 2013 infrastructure report card and a C- when it came to the state’s bridges. The group said more than a quarter of Washington’s 7,840 bridges are considered structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.
Democratic Rep. Judy Clibborn, who leads the transportation committee in the state House, said the bridge wasn’t one that has been a focus for lawmakers.
”It is shocking that I-5 would have something happen like this,” she said.
Clibborn said the collapse will call attention to the issues facing bridges — especially the old bridge over the Columbia River that connects Vancouver and Portland, Ore.
Sligh said his wife was ”doing OK” and that he had ”lots of cuts.”
”You’re kind of pinching yourself and realize you’re lucky to be alive.”
By MANUEL VALDES and MIKE BAKER
McDonald’s CEO Responds to 9-Year-Old Girl Who Claims Kids Are Being Tricked
Don Thompson, CEO of McDonald’s Corp., found himself on the grill after a 9-year-old girl accused the fast food giant of trying to ”trick kids into eating food that isn’t good for them.”
Hannah Robertson, 9, flew in with her mom from Kelowna, British Columbia, to attend McDonald’s annual shareholder meeting Thursday in Oak Brook, Ill., the company’s headquarters.
”Something that I don’t think is fair is when big companies try to trick kids into eating food that isn’t good for them by using toys and cartoon characters,” Robertson read during the question and answer part of the meeting. ”If parents haven’t taught their kids about healthy eating then the kids probably believe that junk food is good for them because it might taste good.”
Her mother, Kia, attended the meeting as a member of advocacy group Corporate Accountability International, headquartered in Boston and with offices around the world. Kia Robertson, 36, started ”Today I Ate a Rainbow” in 2009, described as an ”interactive nutritional game,” and is a nutrition blogger.
”It would be nice if you stopped trying to trick kids into wanting to eat your food all the time,” Robertson, who is in the fourth grade, went on to say. ”I make cooking videos with my mom that show kids that eating healthy can be fun and yummy. We teach them that eating a rainbow of fruits and veggies makes kids healthier, smarter and happier because that is the truth.”
Thompson thanked her for her question but also refuted Hannah’s accusations after her closing question, ”Mr. Thompson, don’t you want kids to be healthy so they can live a long and happy life?”
”First off, we don’t sell junk food, Hannah,” Thompson said. ”My kids also eat McDonald’s. When they were about your size, to my son who is with us today, who was a little bit bigger, he was a football player, and also they cook with me at home. I love to cook. We cook a lot of fruits and veggies at home.”
Thompson pointed out that McDonald’s serves fruits and vegetables, including apples in its Happy Meals and salads for $1, and is hoping to ”sell even more”.
A spokeswoman for McDonald’s declined to elaborate to ABC News on Thompson’s response to the girl.
Juliana Shulman, senior organizer at Corporate Accountability International, which started about 35 years ago, said Kia Robertson started working with the organization earlier this month for its campaign, ”Moms Are Not Lovin’ It” just before Mothers’ Day. The campaign aimed to stop what it called McDonald’s ”predatory marketing to kids.”
”They were really excited to partner with us and come with us to the shareholders’ meeting yesterday,” Shulman said of the Robertsons, adding that they returned home to Canada early on Friday.
Hannah’s mom broached the issue of childhood obesity in her question to Thompson.
”As a corporation you might not ”have to” think about the effects of your marketing…but as parents and grandparents there must be a part of you that knows it’s just not right,” Kia Robertson said to Thompson at the meeting. ”You are a leader in your industry, so you know very well that the fast food industry is changing – in order to keep up maybe it’s time for some genuine change at McDonald’s.
”CEO Thompson, don’t you think a good place to start would be to leave our children alone and let us parents decide what’s best for them?” she asked.
Shulman said her organization has 100,000 members and works with tens of thousands of health professionals as part of its campaign to help families eat healthier. The organization also brought mothers representing communities of color to the shareholder meeting, hoping to stop McDonald’s from targeting them.
”Yesterday was a unique chance to bring together these key constituencies who have concerns,” Shulman said.
Shulman said Corporate Accountability International is not a shareholder of McDonald’s. Some members of the organization own one share of the company and lent out their proxies.
”Our main goal is to protect people from irresponsible and dangerous actions around the world,” Shulman said, advocating for actions against Nestle, General Electric, and Philip Morris.
Shulman said the organization’s longest-running campaign is challenging big tobacco.
By SUSANNA KIM
McDonald’s CEO Responds to 9-Year-Old Girl Who Claims Kids Are Being Tricked http://global14.com/members/global14/activity/4746493
I was on twitter yesterday talking with one of my artist friends about this but I want to know.. Does sex appeal in hip-hop for females really matter anymore? sound like some old outdated bullsh*t to me and this is coming from a guy. You could flash a whole titty on your album cover.. That doesn’t motivate me at all to buy your music.. I’m trying to figure out if anyone would .. Is sex still selling?? lol.
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woman ”showing to much” in Hip Hop has always been overrated in my book, its okay to be attractive and sexy but it should not be the deciding factor in selling records, maybe its okay for RnB but female emcees should sell records based on content more than sex…… just my opinion….
im still listening to the greats, Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, Da Brat etc……
thank you ! @djmissvohn I look look at female emcees right now , theres Nicki Minaj who is kind of commended for her looks then you have artist like Rapsody or even if you want to be more current Angel Haze who may not be as physicially attractive or as voluptious as nicki may be in her features, but they hands down make some damn great records arguably better than nicki. I was curious as to if sex was still selling or not lol.
I liked Nicki when she was raw and uncut, her mixtape days, now with all of the implants and whatnot kinda devaluated her as an artist, in my opinion I liked her when she sold music not ass…. I understand that artists need to grow lyrically and image wise but when you depend on your looks and how much boob your showing to sell records thats a problem…. Da Brat was the first Female rapper to go platinum and i still dont know what her boobs look like!! Thats the type of female rappers i look up to as a female!!
lmfao! @ ”I still don’t know what her boobs look like”. but I def feel u on that 1. #Respect
Rihanna is #1 because of her sex appeal.
Hell Yeah sex appeal matters
but who does it matter to? does it matter to you? would you buy nicki minaj albums so long as she looked good?
It matters to people who don’t understand true talent, we have been condition to pay attention to looks and not skills/ talent.
I havent been conditioned, i think for myself…i dont care what the female emcee looks like, I just wanna hear good music!!
True but everybody is not the same
you’re right tho mr. october
I brought rapsody’s album when it dropped.. not cause she was sexy, because I like hip-hop lol.
I feel like females or even label heads feel like if they’re going to market a female in hip-hop she has to be sexy and its like…….no. LOL. no necessarily. this is HIP-HOP , people are looking like who gave a f*ck and ran and still sell records lol.
The #1 woman winning off of Sex Appeal is Rihanna! like Rose said…and trust she has that thang down to a science.
word I mean sex appeal with women in r&b makes sense but with rap artist.. i dont think it matters that much lol thank you all for your thoughts !
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