Pasadena-Based Tetra Tech Gets $300 Million NASA Contract Nod

first_img Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News HerbeautyThese Fashion Tips Are Making Tall Girls The Talk Of The TownHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBollywood Star Transformations: 10 Year ChallengeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Yoga Poses To Overcome Stress And AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Reasons Why The Lost Kilos Are Regained AgainHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Gorgeous Looks That Have Been Classic Go-tos For DecadesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFinding The Right Type Of Workout For You According AstrologyHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News Pasadena-based Tetra Tech, Inc., has been awarded a $300 million contract by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to find out and repair whatever needs fixing at the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.In techno science-speak, the global consulting and engineering services provider company will investigate, design, and implement remedial actions at the two adjacent coastal Florida facilities.The five-year contract calls for regulatory documentation, contaminant investigation, remedial design, and groundwater and soil remediation, according to a Feb. 19 statement from the company.“Tetra Tech has been ‘Leading with Science’ to provide technical services to NASA at the Kennedy Space Center for the past 16 years,” Dan Batrack, Tetra Tech Chairman and CEO, said. “We are pleased to continue delivering innovative solutions to restore the properties at NASA sites.”Kennedy Space Center, originally known as the NASA Launch Operations Center, is one of 10 NASA field centers throughout the United States. Since 1968, Kennedy Space Center has been the federal agency’s primary launch center of human spaceflight, through the Apollo, Skylab, and Space Shuttle programs.Linked to the Kennedy Space Center by bridges and causeways is the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS), an installation of the U.S. Air Force Space Command’s 45th Space Wing.Since NASA was founded in 1958, management at the two entities have worked together in an integrated fashion, sharing resources, and even owning facilities on each other’s property.Tetra Tech supports support United States and global commercial and government clients focused on water, environment, infrastructure, resource management, energy, and international development. It has more than 17,000 associates worldwide. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  13 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Subscribecenter_img More Cool Stuff Make a comment Business Districts News Pasadena-Based Tetra Tech Gets $300 Million NASA Contract Nod By ANDY VITALICIO Published on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 | 7:30 pm Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. First Heatwave Expected Next Week Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDSlast_img read more

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Walmart shooting in El Paso among deadliest gun massacres in US history

first_imgTim Brown/iStock(NEW YORK) — Another mass shooting took place in America — this time, at a Walmart in Texas — that changed the infamous rankings of the deadliest mass shootings in the nation’s modern history.On Saturday morning, 20 people were killed and 26 others were injured as a result of a shooting at an El Paso store.That tally makes it the deadliest shooting in the U.S. since the shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, a year and a half ago.The list of the deadliest mass shootings spans 53 years and seven states. The shooting at the El Paso Walmart marks the fourth shooting of the deadliest 12 across America that took place in Texas.Six of the 12 deadliest shootings in the country have taken place in the past five years, as the shootings at the Las Vegas music festival, Pulse nightclub, Sutherland Springs church, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the San Bernardino regional center, and now the Walmart in El Paso, have all occurred since 2015.Four of the five worst gun massacres on the list — including the deadliest, at a concert in Las Vegas — occurred in the past two years.The country “has experienced an increase in mass casualty attacks” wrought by mentally troubled individuals “who commit mass murder in furtherance of some perceived grievance or ideological cause,” John Cohen, a former counterterrorism coordinator for the Department of Homeland Security and a consultant for ABC News, said after the massacre in Las Vegas, in which 58 people were killed. ABC News has compiled a list of the 12 deadliest mass shootings, which includes some incidents that had the same death tolls. Any suspects who were killed in the incidents are not included in the death tolls.1. Route 91 Harvest Festival, Las Vegas – 58 deaths – Oct. 1, 2017 Stephen Paddock, from Mesquite, Nevada, was identified by authorities as the shooter holed up in a Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino hotel suite, packing as many as 19 guns. Around 10 p.m. he opened fire on thousands of country music concert attendees across the street below, killing 58 people; more than 500 others were injured.2. Pulse nightclub, Orlando, Florida – 49 deaths – June 12, 2016Around 2 a.m. Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old former security guard, opened fire and killed 49 people who were in an Orlando gay nightclub called Pulse. During the rampage, Mateen, a U.S. citizen, was killed by responding police in a shootout. His ISIS-inspired hate crime injured more than 50 other people. Law enforcement sources told ABC News that Omar Mateen’s wife, Noor Mateen, had tried to dissuade him from committing the act. She was charged with aiding and abetting him, as well as committing obstruction. Noor Mateen has pleaded not guilty.3. Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, Virginia – 32 deaths – April 16, 2007 Virginia Tech senior Seung-hui Cho, 23, purchased a 9-mm Glock handgun on March 13, 2007, and a .22-caliber gun within a week before he started shooting people at the Blacksburg campus, including five professors and 26 fellow students. The South Korean–born Cho began his rampage in a dorm room, where two students were shot and killed. According to police, he rearmed at his dorm room and left a note before going out and killing 30 more people in four classrooms, He then turned a gun on himself.4. (tied) Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, Connecticut – 26 deaths – Dec. 14, 2012Adam Lanza was 20 years old when he entered Sandy Hook Elementary School wearing a bulletproof vest and armed with a semiautomatic rifle and two semiautomatic handguns — a Glock and a Sig Sauer. He breached the school by shooting out a window pane of the front office, then gunned down and killed 26 people, including 20 first-graders and six adult school staff members. Not included in the death count is Lanza’s mother, Nancy Lanza, who police say was slain before he arrived at the school, as well as Adam Lanza, who took his own life at the school.4. (tied) First Baptist Church, Sutherland Springs, Texas – at least 26 deaths – Nov. 5, 2017 At least 26 people were killed and 20 others were injured when a shooter opened fire at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs. Further details of the shooting in the rural community, about 30 miles southeast of San Antonio, were not immediately clear.5. Luby’s Cafeteria truck ramming and shooting, Killeen, Texas – 23 deaths – Oct. 16, 1991After slamming his Ford Ranger truck into the window of Luby’s Cafeteria, 35-year-old George Jo Hennard said, according to The Killeen Daily Herald, “This is what the women of Bell County made me do.” He then started firing his guns and murdered 23 people and left 20 more wounded. Ten of Hennard’s victims were killed by single shots to the head. Once police responded, Hennard retreated to a restroom, where he killed himself.6. McDonald’s, San Ysidro, California – 21 deaths – July 18, 1984James Oliver Huberty entered the fast food restaurant armed with a long-barreled Uzi, a pump-action shotgun and a handgun and took the lives of 21 adults and children and injured 19 others, including an elderly person and a baby, according to The San Diego Tribune. An hour after the shootings, a police sharpshooter killed Huberty, reported the Tribune. Before he went out to commit mass murder, he reportedly told his wife, “I’m going hunting … hunting for humans,” according to The New York Daily News.7. Walmart, El Paso, Texas – 20 deaths – August 3, 2019The suspect was identified by authorities as Patrick Crusius, 21, of Allen, Texas, and he was “taken into custody without incident” and without any law enforcement officers firing their weapons, according to El Paso Police Department Sgt. Robert Gomez. He later told investigators he wanted to shoot as many Mexicans as possible, two law enforcement officials told ABC News.The wounded ranged in age from a 2-year-old to an 82-year-old victim.The officials also said an assault-style rifle, similar to an AK-47, was secured at the scene along with several magazines.At a news conference on Saturday night, El Paso police chief Greg Allen said that 20 people had died and 26 more had been injured. Allen said authorities are examining what he called a “manifesto” they believe was written by the shooter and shows a possible “nexus” to a hate crime.8. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, Florida – 17 deaths – February 14, 2018A former student who had been expelled from a Florida high school returned to the campus and opened fire both inside and outside of the school, at times firing through the glass windows of classroom doors.Authorities arrested 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, who had been expelled from Marjory Stoneman over disciplinary problems, in the aftermath of what has become the deadliest school shooting since an attack on an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012.There were 17 people killed in the Valentine’s Day shooting and more than a dozen others were injured, some critically.9. (tied) University of Texas, Austin, Texas – 14 deaths – Aug. 1, 1966U.S. Marine sniper Charles Joseph Whitman lugged a cache of rifles, pistols and a sawed-off shotgun up to the observation deck of the university’s landmark clock tower. He then fired at will, striking unsuspecting students. He killed 14 people and wounded at least 30 others.Whitman’s terror was ultimately foiled after police officers Ramiro Martinez and Houston McCoy shot him dead.Including the murders of his wife and mother, whom he killed earlier that day, the death toll stands at 16.9. (tied) Inland Regional Center, San Bernardino, California – 14 deaths – Dec. 2, 2015Husband and wife Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, dressed in tactical gear and armed themselves with assault rifles and pistols when they entered a mandatory Christmas party at a social services center where Syed worked, fatally shot 14 of his unarmed colleagues and left at least 17 others injured.The couple then fled the center and died in a hail of bullets on a San Bernardino street when police caught up to their car.On the day of the attack, FBI agents later confirmed, the couple researched ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi online.9.(tied) Edmond Post Office, Edmond, Oklahoma – 14 deaths – Aug. 20, 1986Patrick Henry Sherrill, 44, was a part-time postman who returned to his office a day after receiving a poor performance review. Armed with three handguns, he entered the federal building through the back and shot anyone in sight. He murdered 14 fellow postal workers 10 minutes before fatally shooting himself in the head. Authorities later determined Sherrill was angry that he might lose his job.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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‘Funny’ Water

first_imgUniversity of Georgia Cooperative Extension agents, like Adam Speir in Madison County, Georgia, often get calls from homeowners who are concerned about the quality of their well water. Water from municipal sources is routinely monitored for safety, but water from private wells isn’t monitored unless homeowners take steps to ensure that it’s safe.“Most often, clients will describe their water as ‘funny.’ Either the water smells funny, maybe it has a funny color or it might even be that there is something funny floating in the water,” Speir said.These are serious concerns. UGA Extension provides answers through water testing by the UGA Agricultural and Environmental Services Laboratories (AESL), which offers over 30 different water tests.The most common well-water complaints involve high mineral content, bacteria contamination and “rotten egg” smells,” Speir said.Proof of high mineral content may show up in bathroom fixtures that become stained orange, green, red, gray or black. Homeowners may also notice a metallic taste or smell. The minerals typically found in high concentrations are iron, manganese and magnesium. “This is a common issue for several reasons, especially in deeper drilled wells. In Madison County, we sit on top of bedrock that is composed of many of these minerals. Our groundwater is often acidic, dissolving these minerals from the surrounding bedrock,” Speir said.Shallow, bored wells — those less than 50 or 60 feet deep — typically do not have these issues. These wells don’t have access to water in deeper bedrock, where the water has dissolved these minerals. Several options are available for treatment: water softeners, oxidation or aeration pumps, chlorinators and greensand filters.Bacteria are common in nature, and it’s fairly common in groundwater and can cause contamination. Most bacteria are harmless to human health, but some are capable of causing human disease. The AESL Soil, Plant and Water Laboratory tests for two indicator bacteria, total coliforms and E. coli. Bacteria contamination is most commonly seen in shallow, bored wells. The presence of coliform bacteria indicates the intrusion of surface water, organic material from the surface, cracks or failures in wellhead protection, or failures in the well casing that allow surface water intrusion. The presence of E. coli indicates contamination by human or animal feces from sewer or septic systems, wildlife or livestock. The risk of human illness is much greater with E. coli contamination than with total coliform. Maintaining good surface wellhead protection and the structural integrity of well casings is important to preserve water quality. “If bacteria are present, UGA Extension recommends disinfection through shock chlorination and boiling your water for a minimum of five minutes before using it for drinking or food preparation,” Speir said. “If you are installing a new well, make sure it’s not located close to septic drain fields or animal manure.”If well water smells like rotten eggs, the problem could be the result of hydrogen sulfide gas and could indicate bacteria contamination or organic matter in the water, he said. If the smell is only present in hot water, the magnesium corrosion rod in your hot water heater could be converting naturally occurring sulfates into hydrogen sulfide. “It’s difficult to do a lab test for hydrogen sulfide, but treatment options include a shock chlorination to help disinfect the well, replacing the hot water heater’s magnesium rod with an aluminum or zinc rod, or installing an appropriate water treatment system,” Speir said. Other well-water issues can be tracked back to high levels of nitrates from failed septic systems or nutrient runoff, lead and copper contamination as a result of metal pipes in older homes, or even pesticide contamination.  One single test can’t detect all the possible contaminants in well water. UGA Extension recommends the basic water chemistry test performed at the AESL. This test determines hardness, pH levels, and concentrations of 16 minerals and metals.If your well water hasn’t been tested in three or more years, start with a comprehensive water chemistry analysis. UGA recommends that well owners in Georgia’s Piedmont and Blue Ridge regions test annually for uranium, and well owners in the southern Coastal Plain region, below the fall line, should test for arsenic. Well water should be tested for safety if you experience flooding; suspect contamination; notice changes in color, odor or taste; or have problems with the well structure.For information on collecting and submitting well water for testing, contact your local UGA Extension office, visit aesl.ces.uga.edu, or call AESL at 706-542-7690.last_img read more

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IMCA Mods, Southerns are at Ark-La-Tex for Firecracker 40

first_imgVIVIAN, La. – IMCA Modifieds and Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods are on the card when Ark-La-Tex ushers in the Independence Day celebration with the Tuesday, July 3 Firecracker 40.Modifieds run for $2,000 to win and a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth. Southern SportMods chase a top check of $1,000.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Razor Chassis Southern Region and Louisiana State points will be awarded.There is no entry fee for either division. Pit gates open at 5 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 8 p.m.More information is available from Jason Ingalls at 903 452-9168 or from Chase Allen at 214 810-7223.last_img read more

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Earth Quake near Upper Halfway

first_imgView Larger MapNatural Resources Canada reports there was a small earth quake in the Fort St. John area Wednesday afternoon.The earth quake was centered approximately 90km west of Fort St. John, near the Upper Halfway and occurred at approximately 3:39pm Wednesday.- Advertisement -The earth quake was only a 3.0 magnitude and there are no reports of any damage or injuries.last_img

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