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FAA moves managers to 'shake up culture'

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday replaced three high-level managers in the nation's air traffic control system following embarrassing incidents of controllers sleeping on the job and making potentially dangerous mistakes.

In a shake-up of the system, new managers were appointed to key positions that oversee the operation of airport towers and regional radar centers that handle planes flying at high altitudes as well as approaches and departures, the agency said.

A new manager was also appointed to run a regional radar center near Cleveland. The previous managers are being reassigned.

"This sends a powerful message, and it's the right message," said Gregory McGuirk, an associate professor of air traffic management at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla. "It's one way to shake up the culture."

Earlier this month, a controller working an overnight shift at the Cleveland center was suspended for watching a DVD movie while he was supposed to be directing air traffic.


Four days of events to dedicate King site

WASHINGTON -- The foundation building the new national memorial to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is planning four days of events and an Aug. 28 dedication, which could be attended by as many as 250,000 people, the foundation announced this week.

The dedication is scheduled to take place on the 48th anniversary of the day King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial, just northwest of the spot on the Tidal Basin where the new memorial is being erected.

The dedication will take place at 11 a.m. in West Potomac Park, near the site of the memorial, which is on Independence Avenue, southwest of the World War II Memorial.

The $120 million memorial, 14 years in the making, features a 30-foot, 8-inch granite sculpture of King set amid the cherry trees on a 4-acre site on the northwest shore of the basin.

The memorial will also have an inscription wall, water features, landscaping and a bookstore and visitors center.

-- Washington Post


Distant Web viewer warns geyser visitors

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -- Warning signs in multiple languages and the risk of getting cooked like garbanzo beans in a pressure cooker didn't stop some 30 tourists from taking a way-too-close look at Yellowstone's famous Old Faithful Geyser.

Fortunately, someone was keeping an eye on them -- by webcam, hundreds of miles away in Wisconsin.

Before the geyser's next eruption, the viewer called Yellowstone and a ranger herded them to safety. The ranger also handed out $125 tickets to several people, including the tour group leader.

A video posted on YouTube showed four members of the group strolling right up to the opening of Old Faithful, followed by the rest of the group.

Some posed for photos within easy reach of the searing hot water that bubbles out of Old Faithful for several minutes ahead of each eruption.

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