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giant pit of despair

Published June 22, 2007 by lisaolisa

Microsoft is digging for a solution to the parking crunch on its growing Redmond campus… excavating a giant pit for an underground parking garage with the capacity for some 5,000 vehicles.

That’s nearly as many spots as Bellevue Square boasts and would make it one of the largest underground parking structures in the United States.

It will cover the equivalent of six downtown city blocks and go four stories deep.

Microsoft parking structure will hold 5,000 vehicles | Seattle Times

Twin boys watch as mom’s fiancee runs over dad

Published June 19, 2007 by lisaolisa

ROME, N.Y. (AP) — Nine-year-old twin boys watched in horror as their mother’s fiancee ran down their father with a van at a baseball field over Father’s Day weekend, according to statements to Rome police.

David Connolly, 55, was arraigned Monday on a charge of second-degree murder in the death of 36-year-old Dennis Pike.

“I was very upset because the kids were calling Dennis ‘dad’,” Connolly told police. “I have been raising those kids for the last seven months as if they were my own. I felt like I was reaching my boiling point.

“When I hit Dennis, I could not believe I did it,” Connolly said in his statement to police. “I wanted to scare Dennis and hurt him, but I didn’t want to kill him.”

Linda Potter, the twins’ mother, told police Connolly was jealous of Pike’s relationship with the boys.

“It was like David’s mind flipped today because there was never a problem before, and I can’t understand why his mind flipped like this,” said Potter, 47.

Connolly and Pike had never confronted each other before, Potter said. Potter said she had been with Pike “off and on” for 10 years and had the two boys with him, but they were never married. She started dating Connolly in November and they became engaged at Christmas.

According to statements to police, Pike took his sons to Harry Pinti Field to play baseball Saturday morning. The boys had spent the night with Pike and his girlfriend.

Connolly picked Potter up at work and the two drove to the field, where they found Pike and the twins.

When they arrived at the field, Connolly told Pike he didn’t want the twins hanging out with him, Potter said.

Connolly then threatened Pike with a baseball bat and they started to fight.

Throughout the brawl, the twins were crying as Potter begged the men to stop.

After an exchange of punches, Connolly and the boys got into the van. Pike hit the windshield with the baseball bat and that was when Connolly hit Pike with the van.

“Dennis must have fell and David ran over him again,” Potter said. “I kept telling David that I thought Dennis was under the van and to shut the van off, but David kept going. We had gone a few feet and David stopped the van and backed up. David stopped the van and backed up the van twice during this.”

Connolly worked as an independent delivery person for the Rome Daily Sentinel. Pike was a former building contractor.

Connolly is being held without bail in the Oneida County jail until an appearance Friday in Rome City Court

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20 decomposing Great Danes found in Bradford home

Published June 19, 2007 by lisaolisa

BRADFORD, Pa. (AP) — A real estate agent stumbled onto two decomposing Great Dane carcasses behind a nailed-shut door and called authorities, who found the remains of more than 20 more dogs.

The home was empty but had been occupied until several months ago by a woman who bred Great Danes, authorities said. Police were searching for the woman, who has been cited in the past for neglecting dogs.

The real estate agent, Jack Buckles, had gone to the foreclosed home last week to estimate how much cleanup it needed before it could be sold. When he went to a small building at the back of the property, apparently a kennel, Buckles said he found the bodies of two dogs.

"They had no way of getting out because the door leading to the kennel was nailed shut," Buckles told the Bradford Era.

Police were called to investigate. Armed with a search warrant and protective clothing and masks, they found 21 more carcasses, including bodies and bones of adult and younger dogs, on and near the property.

The dogs were estimated to have died three to nine months ago.

Work begins on Greek Peak water park

Published June 19, 2007 by lisaolisa

By Timothy Cama
Gannett News Service

VIRGIL — Greek Peak broke ground Friday for Hope Lake Lodge Resort and Indoor Waterpark, hoping visitors to the indoor water park will complement its skiing season visitors.

With a projected completion in December 2008, Hope Lake Lodge will feature a five-story condominium and hotel complex and a 40,000-square-foot indoor water park. It will create 186 full-time permanent jobs and 275 construction jobs, said Al Kryger, president and CEO of Peak Resorts, the company that owns Greek Peak.

Friday’s ceremony for the $38 million Hope Lake project included local, state and federal government representatives and some of the project’s lenders and investors.

Financing includes a $10 million loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development program and tax credits from Empire Zone certification.

With the addition of Hope Lake, Greek Peak would be a year-round resort destination. The ski area is operational from late November to mid-April.

Around 45 percent of the lodge’s 106 condominium units have been sold, said Kevin Morrin, executive director of snow sports and sales, and those pre-construction sales are the best deals residents will get.

Units will range in size from 426 to 1,277 square feet and will feature a kitchenette and fireplace in nine different room-design options.

The 40,000-square-foot indoor water park will have a wave pool, a three-story tube slide, 500 feet of body slides, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and hot tubs. The park will use more than 140,000 gallons of water.

Only hotel guests and condominium owners will be allowed access to the water park facilities, according to Morrin. There are discussions, however, about opening the water park to non-hotel customers during off-

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