N.T.S.B. Says Delays Made California Boat Fire More Deadly

Laveta Brigham

The lack of a required night patrol aboard a scuba dive boat delayed the response to a fire that killed 34 people last year, the National Transportation Safety Board said on Tuesday.

The delay allowed the fire to grow unnoticed and “directly led to the high number of fatalities,” the board said.

A lack of smoke detectors in the lounge where the fire most likely broke out, as well as escape hatches in the bunk rooms that directed escapees into the lounge, which was on fire, were also found to have contributed to the delay and extreme loss of life.

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How Will Architecture and Design Shape Healthcare?

Laveta Brigham

Architecture is not a static thing; instead, the way we conceive of and build certain spaces evolves over time. Some events can prompt radical changes in the way certain spaces are designed — the ongoing pandemic might be one such moment. But there are other considerations afoot that are also prompting designers and architects to rethink sickness, health and the spaces used to address both.

In a new article for Metropolis, Kyle Chayka — no stranger to the convergence of design and philosophy — explored the way high-end healthcare is being re-imagined through the efforts of a number of

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W-B Area probing cracks in exterior of new high school | News

Laveta Brigham

Wilkes-Barre Area School District is investigating cracks discovered in the masonry exterior of the new high school under construction in Plains Twp., Solicitor Raymond Wendolowski said Tuesday.

The cracks are up by the roof of the structure and are not related to the foundation, Wendolowski said. Contractors will pay to fix any problems, so district costs should not exceed the project’s $121 million budget, Wendolowski said.

The investigation and potential repair work are not expected to delay the project, Wendolowski said. Construction began in April 2019 and is expected to be done by the summer of 2021.

The school board

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