About 1,000 graduating seniors from Renton and surrounding high schools got a late-night helicopter ride over Renton, part of their graduation-night celebration.
The idea was to keep them busy – and safe – on what can become a dangerous night of unsupervised partying.
“We look at potentially keeping 1,000 DUIs from happening,” said Michael O’Leary, owner of AirO Inc., which offered the four-minute flights through the grad-night packages typically organized by parents of the seniors.
But the noise from those dozens of helicopter flights over six nights has generated enough complaints from those trying to sleep that O’Leary will meet with Mayor Denis Law about the future of the flights.
“Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” is considered an American classic and one of the first great American novels, and it’s taught in classrooms as such. But Mark Twain’s book has stirred controversy since its 1885 publication. Initially for its coarse nature. More recently for its colored description of the American South during the slavery years.
A 41-year-old convicted sex offender living in Renton would face life in prison if he’s convicted of any of three rape charges that have been filed against him, according to the King County Prosecutor’s Office.
Kenneth Demone Sims, who lives in an apartment complex in the 200 block of Lind Avenue Southwest not far from where the rapes occurred, would face life in prison under the state’s “Two Strike” law for sex offenders.
The City of Renton is hosting a Benson Hill Community Celebration on Saturday (June 21).
The event is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cascade Elementary School ballfields, 16022 116th Ave. S.E., Renton.
Derek Strom knew his class was making a totem pole. But he didn’t know what the finished totem would look like. Neither did Kristen Brenneman, Strom’s second-grade teacher at Sierra Heights. Both were pleased with the results.
Teams from seven local retirement homes gathered in their uniforms in the cafeteria of Renton Senior Activity Center Monday for a rousing baseball tournament.
But although they were playing indoors, there wasn’t any danger of broken windows.
It was beanbag baseball, so instead of bats and balls, the seniors tossed beanbags at a plywood target painted with a picture of a catcher.