Infrastructure Daily News 07.28.11

Transportation Sector

. July 27, Yeshiva World News – (New York) Massive water main break In The Bronx stops 4 trains, delays buses, vehicles submerged under water. A water main break in the Bronx in New York City caused problems for commuters, and residents. The 52- inch pipe broke around 4 a.m., and was reported around 7:15 a.m. July 27 in the vicinity of Jerome Avenue and East 177th Street. The water was shut off and started to recede in some areas, but it was still knee-high in many spots. Some water reached the Cross Bronx Parkway, but police were still allowing motorists to drive through. As a result of the break, service was suspended on the No. 4 subway between 167th Street and Bedford Park Boulevard. Delays and detours were also reported on the following bus routes: the BX1, BX2, BX3, BX18, BX32, BX36, BX40, and BX42. Motorists were advised to expect traffic delays and detours in the area. Emergency crews were on the scene. Source: Main-Break-In-The-Bronx-Stops-4-Trains,-Delays-Buses,-Vehicles-Submerged- Under-Water.html

. July 27, KSFY 13 Sioux Falls – (South Dakota) Flooding closes I-29 at 41st St. Southbound I-29 at 41st street in Sioux Falls, South Dakota was closed for hours due to flooding July 27. Traffic was detoured onto the 41st street on and off ramps, however, significant delays and traffic back-ups were reported, and the department of transportation was asking motorists to stay away from the area. Source:

. July 27, Associated Press – (National) FAA stats show fewer pilots break airspace rules. Authorities said fewer pilots are violating airspace restrictions this year, despite a recent weekend surge near the presidential retreat at Camp David, Maryland, the Associated Press reported July 27. Three violations were reported at Camp David the weekend of July 9 and 10. Military jets were scrambled in each instance. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) statistics show 122 airspace violations so far in 2011. At that pace, the total would be about 220 for the full year — the lowest since 2008, when tracking the numbers in detail began. The number of times fighter jets have been sent to investigate is also down this year. The North American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado dispatches interceptors if the FAA requests it. Airspace violations can be anything from flying into a closed area, to simply using the wrong radio frequency in a restricted area. Source: html

. July 27, New York Post and Associated Press – (New York) Bronx water main break causes problems for commuters and residents. A water-main break turned part of the Bronx into a sea July 27, flooding streets and causing headaches for commuters and residents. The 36-inch pipe from 1903 broke around 4 a.m. near Jerome Avenue and East 177th Street. It was brought under control at 9:20 a.m. but the damage already had been done. Cars were nearly submerged, the 4 train was shut down between 167th Street and Bedford Park Boulevard, bus routes were changed. The water damaged two nearby low-pressure gas lines, forcing Con Ed to shut off gas service for some. The bus routes affected include the BX1, BX2, BX3, BX18, BX32, BX36, BX40 and BX42. Officials said there was no need for residents to boil their drinking water. Source: RmoXamdQcImZ1wJmi4m0J

. July 26, Associated Press – (California) Woman arrested at Burbank airport with loaded gun. Authorities arrested a woman at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California after a loaded handgun was found in her carry-on bag. A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) spokesman said an officer saw the gun as it went through the Xray machine July 26. He said the woman was on her way to board a Southwest Airlines flight to Las Vegas. The woman was arrested on suspicion of possessing a concealed weapon, and taken to jail. The spokesman said passengers can travel with firearms, but they must be unloaded, packed in checked baggage, and declared to the airline. Source: html

. July 26, Government Computer News – (International) Air Force plans new radar system to track small pieces of orbital debris. The U.S. Air Force has been tracking spacecraft for decades, but its current generation of ground-based radars cannot track smaller pieces of space junk — objects that are only a few inches in diameter. That is the goal of the Space Fence program: track the cloud of small and potentially deadly bits of orbital litter. More accurate debris tracking increases the safety of space missions because it allows ground controllers to plan orbits around space junk or move spacecraft out of the way when debris drifts too close. Knowing when to move spacecraft is also important because it helps conserve fuel used for maneuvering. Space Fence is a ground-based phased array radar operating in the S band thatt is capable of detecting smaller objects at greater distances and through weather such as rain. The shorter wavelength of the S band will be an improvement over the current system, known as the very-high-frequency fence, which has been in service since the early 1960s, and uses longer wavelength radars. When Space Fence is operational, it will allow ground controllers to see as many as 100,000 objects, a big jump from the 20,000 objects currently tracked. Source: For more stories, see items 1, 3, 5, and 10

Postal and Shipping Sector

. July 27, Media Newswire – (National) St. Clair County man pleads guilty to mailing series of hoax anthrax letters. A St. Clair County, Alabama man pleaded guilty July 27 in federal court to mailing a series of hoax anthrax letters in Alabama in March and April last year, a U.S. attorney announced. Just before his trial was to begin, the suspect, 39, of Lincoln, pleaded guilty to 23 counts of mailing letters that contained a threat in the form of white powder that could reasonably have been perceived as the biological toxin, anthrax. He also pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to mail eight of the hoax anthrax letters. He acknowledged sending 15 hoax anthrax letters between March 6 and April 5, 2010. He also pleaded guilty to mailing another eight letters containing white powder April 24, 2010, and to conspiring with another man to mail those letters. His co-defendant pleaded guilty last year to the conspiracy charge. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the FBI, the Federal Protective Service, and the Talladega County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case. An assistant U.S. attorney prosecuted the case. Source:

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