5 things to know Wednesday

the Snapchat lawsuit; Fed vetoes Alaska mining plan; Boeing 747 farewell; Harsh sentences for abusive prison guards; Men fled Russia, settled in Tacoma

The lawsuit against the app accuses Snapchat of allowing drug dealers to target teenagers

Lawyers say Snapchat has become the delivery system of choice for drug dealers to push their products into the hands of young people.

The Snapchat app allows agents to anonymously deliver drugs directly to teens. However, many of the pills are fakes – containing lethal doses of the synthetic narcotic fentanyl – 50 times more potent than heroin.

A Seattle law firm is pursuing the firm with a class-action lawsuit claiming it’s not a social media issue. It’s especially a Snapchat problem.

Matthew Bergman, an attorney for Seattle’s Social Media Victims Law Center, said his firm is representing the families of 52 children who have died from fentanyl overdoses – all of whom received the drug via Snapchat.

“It wasn’t an accident,” Bergman said. “That’s because Snapchat is designed to evade parental supervision and responsibilities.” Read more

Fed uses rare veto power to block Alaskan gold and copper mining plan

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Tuesday effectively vetoed a proposed copper and gold mine in a remote southwestern Alaska that is coveted but also supported by mining interests. largest sockeye salmon fishery in the world.

The agency’s move, heralded by Alaskan Native tribes and environmentalists who have long promoted it, deals a potentially devastating blow to the proposed Pebble Mine and comes while the previous major federal permit denial for the project remained unresolved.

Tuesday’s announcement only marks the 14th time in the nearly 50-year history of the federal Clean Water Act that the EPA has used its powers to ban or restrict activities due to potential impacts to the water supply. water, including fisheries.

EPA Administrator Michael Regan said his agency’s use of the so-called veto in this case “underlines the truly irreplaceable and priceless natural wonder that is Bristol Bay.” Read more

Boeing bids farewell to jumbo jet 747

Boeing said goodbye to an icon on Tuesday, delivering its last 747 jumbo jet.

Since its maiden flight in 1969, the 747 has served as a cargo plane, a commercial aircraft capable of carrying nearly 500 passengers, transport for NASA space shuttles and Air Force jets. One for the president. It has revolutionized travel, connecting international cities where there was no direct route before and helping to democratize passenger flights.

The final 747 is being delivered to Atlas Air.

“If you love this business, you’ve dreaded this moment,” said Richard Aboulafia, a longtime aviation analyst. “No one wants a four-engine airplane anymore, but that doesn’t erase the aircraft’s great contributions to the development of the industry or its remarkable legacy.” Read more

Washington Senate committee considers harsher punishments for sex abuse prison guards

Members of the state’s Senate Judiciary & Law Committee heard testimony Monday in support of a bill inspired by the KING 5 investigation into a Clallam County jailer who served more than a year in prison later sexually assaulting four women.

Five people have publicly urged lawmakers to support Senate Bill 5033, a law that would lead to more jail time for correctional officers who sexually abuse inmates. The bill, which has received bipartisan funding, proposes to increase the first-degree custodial sexual misconduct crime from a Class C felony to a Class B felony.

Michele Devlin, deputy criminal prosecutor for Clallam County, was the first to testify in support of the bill. She explained to lawmakers that she believes in the bill because it recognizes law enforcement must be held to a higher standard than the average person.

“This bill acknowledges the disproportionate power dynamics between an inmate and correctional officer,” Devlin said when speaking to lawmakers from afar. .” Read more

2 men from Russia to the US escaped persecution, settled in Tacoma

Last October, two neighbors, identified as Sergey and Maksim, were drafted into the army to fight in the conflict between their homeland and Ukraine.

But instead of fighting, they decided to run away.

In a 13-foot boat, the two men braved storms and raging currents to travel about 300 miles from Egvekinot, Russia, finally landing near Gambell, Alaska five days later. When they arrived, the couple was sent to Anchorage for processing.

Attorney Nicolas McKee is also helping the two men process their case through the system.

“Their story is unique because of their journey, their passion, their work to get here and obviously because the world cares about the war in Ukraine,” McKee said. “At the same time, we cannot lose sight of the fact that there are thousands of Sergey and Maksim people fleeing that persecution in many parts of the world every day.” Read more

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Edmund DeMarche

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