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Archive for January 7th, 2011

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Jan

CBS to feature Irving school’s bullying program Sunday

In October, a CBS News crew spent two days filming at Irving Middle School and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for a “CBS Sunday Morning” show about the school’s anti-bullying program.

Now, those staff, students and parents may see themselves on TV Sunday morning, when the show airs at 8 a.m. on channel 11. Irving’s segment is expected to be about 10 to 12 minutes long.

They were interested in a program called Target Bullying Intervention — in which students who are facing disciplinary actions for bullying can choose to go through the program instead. Irving began using the program in 2005.

“We have no idea what actually will be used in this segment but our hope is that we continue to draw national attention to the fact that bullying can happen anywhere and that adults and kids alike need to be constantly vigilant and when they see bullying they need to speak up,” Irving Principal Hugh McDermott said in an email to parents. “We hope our efforts with the unique target bully intervention program here at Irving will illustrate that reducing bullying requires daily prevention and intervention efforts throughout the year.”

7
Jan

All four Antelope Valley bridges have cracks

It turns out the problems with brand new Antelope Valley bridges are more serious than have been portrayed by the city up to now.
A city document indicates all four of the Antelope Valley bridges — spanning O, P, Q and N streets — have evidence of spalling or concrete cracking and falling away.
All of those bridges are new — the oldest one opened in July 2007.
Mayor Chris Beutler went public Thursday with the news that the city had to close bike trails through the Antelope Valley Project area after a piece of concrete fell from the O Street bridge. However, the problem extends beyond just one bridge.
The public works employee who oversees the Antelope Valley Project, Kris Humphrey, said the bridges’ construction and inspection was all done by consultants, although after construction is finished, city employees do a final check. She said final inspections were done for water, wastewater and storm facilities, along with traffic signals and paving.
She also confirmed that the city has had some trouble with Antelope Valley’s pedestrian lights getting water in them. After some of the lights were vandalized, workers discovered water in them and other lights, either from natural condensation in pipes or water getting into them during construction.
Mayor Beutler has said the city will not be paying for the repairs, so who will? According to city documents, Hawkins Construction Co. was the primary contractor for two of the bridges (with multiple subcontractors) and United Contractors, Inc. and Park Construction were the prime contractors on the other two bridges.
The company in charge of both design and engineering for all of the bridges was Parsons Brinckerhoff of New York — one of the world’s largest transportation engineering companies. PB’s design subcontractors were engineering firm Olsson Associates, Erickson Sullivan (which did aesthetics like lights) and HWS Consulting.
PB’s construction subcontractors were Olsson Associates, The Schemmer Associates and HWS.
But Humphrey said it’s too soon to know who is responsible for the cracks under the bridges.
“This is not a black and white issue as there are many firms involved with the design and construction,” she said.

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