Antonio Gibson’s career day shines a spotlight on Washington’s promising young core

After Antonio Gibson got the edge, after he knew he could outrace the defense to the pylon, he allowed himself a glance back. The rookie running back saw Dallas Cowboys safety Donovan Wilson. In moments like these, when he was putting the exclamation point on a win, Gibson usually threw up the peace sign. But this time, he switched the ball from his right hand to his left and waved, a farewell to the Cowboys, a hello to the national TV audience, a swaggering statement about what this team believes it can be.



a group of football players on a field: Washington Football Team running back Antonio Gibson waves goodbye as he runs past Dallas Cowboys safety Donovan Wilson during Thursday's win. (AP Photo/Roger Steinman)


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Washington Football Team running back Antonio Gibson waves goodbye as he runs past Dallas Cowboys safety Donovan Wilson during Thursday’s win. (AP Photo/Roger Steinman)

For all their miscues and mistakes, the Washington Football Team has proven to be a tough and resilient unit — and the promise finally shone through in the 41-16 Thanksgiving thumping. This was the clearest example yet that Coach Ron Rivera is molding the team in the image he said he would, and the play of several of his young players — Gibson, wide receiver Terry McLaurin, defensive end Montez Sweat — illustrated it.

What Gibson said after the game perhaps best embodies the mind-set of a team that, at 4-7, jumped into first place for the NFC East.

“Our record isn’t the best; our conference isn’t the best; but we’re still in it,” Gibson said. “That gives us hope. If we can make the playoffs, why not?”

After a career day — 25 touches, 137 yards, three touchdowns — Gibson couldn’t help but think back to November 2019. He was at Memphis then, and he set a school record against then-No. 14 Southern Methodist with 386 all-purpose yards, including a 50-yard receiving touchdown, a 78-yard rushing touchdown and a 97-yard kickoff return touchdown. He couldn’t believe the symmetry, another breakout game on another national stage against another team from Dallas.

“It’s the story of my life,” he said. “Every time the spotlight come on, it seems like God’s always watching on me. … The SMU game put me on the map.”

Four takeaways from Washington’s 41-16 blowout win over Dallas

Since then, no one embodies the progress and maturation of the team better than Gibson. Washington drafted Gibson in the third round as a project, a young weapon who had played a little running back and a little receiver in two seasons of Division I. Rivera compared him to Carolina’s Christian McCaffrey, the league’s highest-paid running back, and put him in the running backroom full time.

Early in the year, Gibson looked like a receiver playing running back. He missed holes; he misjudged linemen; he confused protections. Slowly, though, he made strides. His role expanded, and he lined up in two-back formations with J.D. McKissic. He used his athleticism to help the Air Coryell-based offense, uniquely dependent on running backs, turning check-downs into first downs.

On Thursday, Gibson’s progress was evident. He proved too tough for one tackler in

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Lunar Rovers on the Moon Become Washington’s Newest State Historic Landmarks

These vehicles are still on the moon today inspiring today’s future workforce.

A Boeing Lunar Rover conducts its historic mission on the moon.
A Boeing Lunar Rover conducts its historic mission on the moon.
A Boeing Lunar Rover conducts its historic mission on the moon.

Seattle, Washington, Oct. 23, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Seattle, Wash. – October 23, 2020 – Today, Greater Seattle Partners, the city of Kent and the Kent Downtown Partnership in King County, Wash. announced the historic landmark designation for the Lunar Roving Vehicles built at the Boeing Space Center and used in Apollo Missions 15, 16 and 17 in 1971 and 1972. These Lunar Rovers were the first “moon buggies” to allow humans to explore more of the Moon’s surface.

A virtual public hearing in front of the Washington State Advisory Council on Historic Preservation took place this Friday, October 23, 2 p.m. PST via Zoom. Washington became the third state in the country, behind California and New Mexico, to list lunar objects in its historic register.

“Kent Valley is rooted in rich aerospace history due to Boeing’s early presence and a world-class, specialized workforce that continues to develop innovative technology,” said Michael Lombardi, historian, Boeing. “This region’s impact on space exploration has global significance, and we’re pleased to honor the achievements of these Lunar Roving Vehicles and their brilliant engineers.”

This year marks the 51st anniversary of Boeing winning the NASA contract to develop these Lunar Roving Vehicles. In an engineering feat, Boeing built these vehicles in only 17 months for six astronauts to safely explore the Moon’s landscape. The most successful missions to the Moon were made possible through the Lunar Roving Vehicles.

“This was an historic opportunity to highlight a world-class innovation from Kent. These vehicles are still on the moon today; this recognition will share a piece of Kent with the region, state and even the world,” said Kent Mayor Dana Ralph.

Having the Lunar Rovers listed on our state’s register of historic places is a way to not only profile our region’s role in NASA’s historic Apollo Program, but also its continuing role in space exploration to inspire today’s future workforce. These historic contributions paved the way for future space exploration and technology.

Ranked number two in the nation for aerospace engineers, the Greater Seattle region has long been at the forefront of the space industry with market segments in Spacecraft & Launch Vehicles – Propulsion Systems & Fuels – Navigation & Control – and Computer Hardware, Software & Robotics. Today, there are more than 90 space-specific companies in greater Seattle including:

A detailed report of Washington’s Space Economy can be found here: https://www.psrc.org/sites/default/files/the_washington_state_space_economy-nov2018.pdf

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Washington’s mandatory sex-education referendum tests conservative power at the ballot box

This spring, as the coronavirus spread across Washington, a team of stalwart volunteers set up signature-gathering drive-thrus outside churches and stores. Their aim: to put a referendum on the November ballot overturning a new law that required public schools to teach comprehensive sexual health education.

Thousands of voters streamed to these impromptu drive-thrus. By June, more than 264,000 people had signed, more than double the number needed for the referendum to qualify for the ballot.

But in the roughly four months since then, the campaign has moved mostly online. Those who favor the sex education law have heavily outspent the people who want to overturn it. But the pro-sex-education campaign says misinformation has flourished online, especially on social media message boards and websites.

In November, with Referendum 90, Washington voters will have a chance to decide whether the law — passed by lawmakers and signed by Gov. Jay Inslee in March, but never enacted — will take effect. It’s the first time nationwide that sex education has appeared on a statewide ballot, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The law was sponsored and largely approved by Democrats; most lawmakers who oppose it are Republicans.

A vote to approve the referendum would mandate public schools teach sexual health education, though parents would have the choice to opt out; a vote against it means schools don’t have to offer any form of sex education if they don’t want to. 

The proposed referendum “really hit a chord with so many parents,” said state Rep. Luanne Van Werven, a Republican who represents most of Whatcom County and has helped lead the signature-gathering campaign against the law, known as Parents for Safe Schools.

Washington lawmakers added sex education requirements, but didn’t mandate it, in 2008. Back then, the state decided that if districts offer sex education, it must be age-appropriate and medically and scientifically accurate.

If the 2020 law goes into effect, lessons would become mandatory for all students starting in kindergarten. According to the law and state education department officials, young children would learn about finding trusted adults, making friends and other topics related to social-emotional wellbeing. Older children would learn about affirmative consent, sexual violence and sexually transmitted diseases. Lessons would be inclusive of all children, including LGBTQ students.

Those in favor of the law, including several prominent labor unions, civil rights groups and Democratic state officials, say a basic standard should be required statewide because all young people could benefit from information that helps them navigate relationships. “It’s about personal safety and making sure young people know they have a right to say ‘no,’” said state Sen. Claire Wilson, D-Auburn, who sponsored the bill.

Opponents, which include the state’s Republican party and several anti-abortion organizations, say the law diminishes the power of local school communities. Some also object to topics covered in certain sex education curricula.

Many Washington districts already offer some sexual health education, though it isn’t necessarily comprehensive: A recent state survey suggests that 93% of districts teach

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