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McCullough bridge work planned

NORTH BEND, Ore. - It has arched majestically over Coos Bay since 1936, and the McCullough Bridge is seen by some as the grand dame of Oregon coastal bridges.

But the old gal is about to get a facelift.

It shares the fate of many other bridges created by master bridge builder Conde McCullough as U.S. 101, the Roosevelt Highway, was built along the coast.

Years of sea air have slowly corroded the structure, and state planners are trying to reverse the damage before it is too late.

Jared Castle, a spokesman for the Oregon Department of Transportation, said ODOT will begin coating the bridge's concrete limbs in zinc this fall or by winter of 2008 to protect them from further corrosion.

He said the agency has done similar work on other coastal bridges since the 1990s.

The whole project should take 10 years.


Naval workers to help retire USS Kitty Hawk

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard workers will be traveling to Japan to help retire the historic USS Kitty Hawk and maintain the aircraft carrier's replacement.

Launched in 1960, the USS Kitty Hawk is the oldest aircraft carrier in active service and one of only two still powered by steam boilers. Stationed at Yokosuka Naval Base since 1998, it will be decommissioned and replaced by the nuclear-powered USS George Washington in 2008.

Maintaining nuclear-powered reactors is a specialty at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, whose people do the same work on aircraft carriers in San Diego.

Up to 600 of the Bremerton workers will make annual four-month treks to Yokasuka to maintain the repair the George Washington, said Capt. Dan Peters, shipyard commander. A permanent detachment will also be established.


Priest admits to children, affairs

ANCHORAGE - A priest being sued for child support has admitted to fathering children, carrying on affairs and hiring prostitutes, according to a deposition filed with the court.

A transcript of the deposition was filed in Superior Court on Friday at the end of a hearing conducted to hear several motions in a lawsuit filed by two children fathered by the Rev. James Jacobson, 83, a retired Jesuit priest who worked in Yup'ik villages in the Yukon-

Kuskokwim Delta for about 15 years, until 1976. He currently lives in a Jesuit home in Spokane.

Besides damages, one son is seeking nearly $325,000 in child support and the other is seeking more than $270,000. Other plaintiffs are the mother of one of those men (the other woman has died) and a woman who accuses Jacobson of raping her decades ago when she was 16.

Among motions Judge Peter Ashman will decide this month is whether the statute of limitations on bringing a lawsuit had expired and whether Jacobson's vow of poverty and transfer of earnings and other assets to his religious order, and its obligations to provide for him, can make it liable for unpaid child support.