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April 16, 2014 at 7:25 AM

Wednesday Memo: Sinking ferry … Faked kidnapping … Boeing morale drop

South Korean coast guard boats attempt to rescue passengers of a ferry that overturned Wednesday. Hundreds are missing in the massive search operation. (AP)

South Korean coast guard boats attempt to rescue passengers of a ferry that overturned Wednesday. Hundreds are missing in the massive search operation. (AP)

Ferry accident: Dozens of ships and helicopters have been working for hours to rescue people from a ferry that sank off the southern coast of South Korea this morning. The ferry was  carrying 462 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island. At least four people were confirmed dead and 55 injured — and hundreds are missing.

What were they thinking? Two men known for making prank videos in the past, faked a kidnapping at Carrie Blake Park in Sequim and posted the video on YouTube. One of the men is the father of the child and the mother was in on the prank, but the people in the park were angry and so are police. City Attorney Craig Ritchie says the men could be charged with dangerous conduct or with failing to obtain a permit.

Drop in morale: Boeing announced in December that it was “repositioning” the research and technology engineers — repositioning them right out of the state. The transfer is damaging talent and morale, according to some internal documents reviewed by The Seattle Times. “More and more negativity — people out looking for jobs,” reported one Flight and Systems Technologies sub-unit manager in March. “Negativity is spreading throughout the team — numerous people — not just a few.”

Weather: Rainy skies are predicted to continue through the week, but it might dry out and warm up a little in time for your Easter egg hunt, according to the National Weather Service.

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