The next time you flush in the nation’s capital, you might consider this: You — or, more precisely, whatever you have flushed — will help generate clean energy, the Washington Post reports. District of Columbia Water, the facility that also treats sewage from much of the Maryland and Northern Virginia suburbs, this summer became the first utility in North America to use a Norwegian thermal hydrolysis system to convert the sludge left over from treated sewage into electricity.
“It’s a huge deal on so many fronts,” D.C. Water General Manager George S. Hawkins said after the official unveiling of the system earlier this month. “It’s a public utility leading the world in innovation and technology. We have private and public water companies coming from all over the world to see this.”
Armored truck driver moonlights as crook
Authorities found more than $500,000 after digging up the California back yard of an armored truck driver who had been convicted for his role in a $1 million heist.
Laura Eimiller, an FBI spokeswoman, told the Los Angeles Times that federal agents this month discovered the money in $20 and $100 bills hidden in a bin, after tearing up the Fontana back yard. The Times reported that “about $600,000″ was recovered.
“Last year when we arrested one of the suspects, we found $85,000 at the same house,” Eimiller said. “This is part of a 2014 robbery. We believe that thieves took about $1 million, so there is a good amount of money still missing.”
That 2014 robbery involved an armored truck driver who lived at the address. Earlier this year, he pleaded guilty to conspiracy and bank robbery, the Associated Press reported.
Here’s what authorities think happened, Reuters reported: Two truck driver were transporting a large shipment of cash for Bank of America in the summer of 2014, when they stopped in a Los Angeles parking lot and electronically opened the doors, according to federal officials. Next stop: the Fontana back yard, they said.
Travel Correspondent Pat’s take on Canada
“The Canadian Maritimes were nice. Got no haggis but did have an order of poutine, the most artery-clogging food I can think of with thick meat gravy and cheese. I recommend that poutine proprietors display the telephone numbers of heart surgeons at every dining room table; the cholesterol level of the typical serving probably rivals cans of animal fat.
“We were surprised at all the cropland and nice farms in the "valley" leading up into Moncton, New Brunswick. That booming city is equidistant from Montreal and Maine and has ready access to major Nova Scotia Atlantic sea ports. Everything coming from Nova Scotia by truck or rail goes through Moncton.
“Odd coincidence there: two couples we have grown close to while wintering in Dixie live three blocks from our hotel so we spent an evening with them. One guy is French Canadien who's family the British expelled from Nova Scotia; the other is a descendant from the same Carolina Tory stock as A-E. His family was given land on the Nova Scotia Western Shore midway between Digby and Yarmouth. They constantly kid each other about their ancestries.
“Was impressed with the Prince Edward Island agriculture featuring big 500-cow dairy farms, some of which Dutch immigrants operate. The island looks like the Wisconsin of Maritime Canada.
“Everything was neat, clean and well maintained except the Nova Scotia Atlantic shore north and east of Halifax. Houses were rather seedy and the area poor because commercial fishing is a dying industry in the North Atlantic. Halifax is thriving and reminded us of Seattle complete with nice, polite residents. Their tourist season shuts down almost completely Labor Day (Labour Day there).”
Al Bruce of Canisteo writes a weekly column for The Evening Tribune.