The Daily Populous

Friday April 6th, 2018 evening edition

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0 She loved Washington's national parks, so she left them $1 million.

TACOMA, Wash. - Washington state's three national parks are planning upgrades thanks to a $1 million donation from the estate of a woman who loved the outdoors, according to Washington's National Park Fund.

Mount Rainier and Olympic national parks plan to use the money for a computer dispatch system that will allow operators to monitor rangers in the wilderness.

“This funding comes at a pivotal time for Washington’s three largest national parks,” Sarah Creachbaum, Olympic National Park's superintendent, said in a statement.

“Our country’s national parks have experienced many financial challenges in recent years and there is a significant maintenance backlog.

Washington's National Park Fund, a philanthropic partner of the state's national parks, has given $4 million to the parks in recent years.

"Not only will it provide immediate vital support to Washington’s national parks, it ushers in a new level giving for WNPF. »

We’re fighting the wrong trade battle with China. The future is clean energy.

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Last year, the world added more solar power capacity than coal, nuclear, or gas-fired power capacity combined.

That’s one of the bombshells from “Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2018,” which UN Environment, the Frankfurt School, and Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) released Wednesday.

They have taken the lead in other strategic clean energy industries, notably electric vehicles (EVs) and batteries. »

Ousted leader Park gets 24 years in prison

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SEOUL, April 6 (Yonhap) -- Former President Park Geun-hye was sentenced to 24 years in prison and 18 billion won in fine on Friday in a massive corruption scandal that toppled her from power early last year.

Park was convicted of 16 counts of corruption, including bribery, coercion and abuse of power. »