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The hill that started it all is in the Arbor Heights neighborhood in West Seattle.

Each day, young twins Lou and Jim Whittaker made their way down that hill between their home and Fauntleroy School, where they went to grade school, or Lincoln Park, where they paddled around Puget Sound in canoes and rafts they cobbled together. Each trip home meant a hike up the hill.

“We were up and down that hill all the time, so maybe that’s where it all began,” Jim Whittaker said. “That’s how we came to be in such good shape.”…  More info


Months of training have ended for Christchurch schoolgirls Chloe Thompson and Beth Vanderhaven, who will create history in the 2009 Speights Coast to Coast at the weekend.

They are the first schoolgirl team to enter the two-day race and have just enjoyed a two-week respite from their tough training regime.

Their training diary follows: …  More info

subaviator-fast-sub-plane_mediumSubAviator Systems has designed a new two seater submarine designed for advanced marine exploration. Made from a lightweight composite and designed like an underwater airplane complete with wings, the SAS Aviator submarine uses electric power to travel up to 5.2 knots and descend up to 1,000 feet deep in sea water. The Aviator can make up to four one hour training dives in a single day or stay underwater for up to five hours at a time on a single longer mission. …  More info


Retailers across the country are yanking shoes, toys, Valentine’s gifts and other children’s goods from shelves to comply with a strict lead law that took effect Tuesday.

The repercussions of the hotly debated Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, which bans the sale of children’s products containing dangerous amounts of lead and chemicals called phthalates, began rippling through the industry as manufacturers realized the law wasn’t going away….  More info