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Weyerhaeuser to participate in jet biofuel research

BY Brae Canlen

Weyerhaeuser has announced plans to enter a consortium that will study the feasibility of producing fuel for U.S. commercial and military jets from wood and wood waste in the Pacific Northwest. 

The Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance consortium, led by Washington State University, will be funded by a five-year, $40 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The study aims to address the urgent national need for a domestic biofuel alternative for U.S. commercial and military air fleets, according to the announcement. The project also will focus on increasing the profitability of wood-based fuels through development of high value, bio-based co-products to replace petrochemicals used in products such as plastics. 

"The consortium is designed to capitalize on the unique contributions of the participants, and Weyerhaeuser is pleased to be part of that," said Dan Fulton, Weyerhaeuser president and CEO. "Sustainability is absolutely critical to the successful production of feedstocks and aviation biofuel on an economical scale, and we’re proud to bring more than a century of forest science and innovative solutions to the effort." 

As a subcontractor to the WSU-led grant, Weyerhaeuser will focus on three areas: 

• Determining the feasibility of sustainable production of woody feedstocks for use in biofuel and value-added products; 

• Understanding how to more cost-effectively collect currently under-utilized harvest material; and 

• Exploring ways to convert woody biomass lignin components into value-added bio products. 

As part of its involvement, Weyerhaeuser will establish a new research site near Springfield, Ore., to better understand the effect of forest management practices on soil, water and wildlife. The site is intended to provide information on the effect of biomass removal, compaction and fertilization on soil, water and wildlife. Weyerhaeuser scientists Greg Johnson and Scott Holub will lead the study. 

Weyerhaeuser also will work with collaborators to understand how to develop more cost-effective ways to collect currently underutilized harvest residuals for emerging bio-fuel and bio-product applications. Gevan Marrs is the lead Weyerhaeuser scientist on the aspect. 

Another aspect of the study will involve lignin, the second most abundant polymer in nature, used mainly today in basic applications, such as being burned for green energy in the pulp mills or as an additive in cements. Weyerhaeuser will study ways to create high-value bio products from residual lignin. John Westland is the Weyerhaeuser lead on the lignin study.

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Suspicious store clerk ends crime spree

BY Brae Canlen

A Home Depot sales associate in Deerfield Beach, Fla., helped end an organized crime operation that defrauded the retailer of more than $97,000 in merchandise, according to an article in the Sun Sentinel.

Authorities arrested Bobby Joe Ellis Staley, 34, who they claim was able to make fraudulent purchases by duping the company that handles credit card accounts for Home Depot into adding him as an authorized purchaser.

Staley made many purchases at Home Depot stores in Broward and Miami-Dade counties during the months of September, October and November 2010, according to investigators.

"He’d buy expensive items like impact windows and power tools," Detective John Calabro of the Broward Sheriff’s Office’s told the Sun Sentinel. "Some of his transactions were up to $25,000." Most of the store employees thought Staley was legitimate except for one sales associate, who got suspicious and notified authorities, according to the police affidavit.

In addition to the alleged fraudulent transactions in Broward and Miami-Dade counties during the three months in 2010, investigators from Palm Beach County said they had arrested Staley many times in 2009 on similar charges.

The suspect was arrested and charged with one count of organized scheme to defraud and 12 counts of unlawful use of credit cards. He was held on a bond of $12,000 at a Sept. 29 court appearance.

According to the affidavit, investigators determined that Staley had been arrested at least 40 times throughout South Florida and Southwest Florida, on charges including grand theft, credit card fraud and issuing worthless checks. He has 34 convictions, the document said.

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d.rutter says:
Oct-11-2011 12:16 pm

Old time justice solves
Old time justice solves problem..... You steal... lose hands... You lie ...lose tongue..... 40 times WHAT?

M.FEIJAO says:
Oct-03-2011 05:45 pm

Staley had been arrested at
Staley had been arrested at least 40 times. Do you think he's ever gonna stop?

E.GRISHAM says:
Oct-03-2011 02:55 pm

Gotta love it. 34 Convictions
Gotta love it. 34 Convictions and they let him out on $ 12,000.00 bail which means he will only have to come up with $ 1,200.00 for a bail bondsman. After stealing $ 97,000.00 from one company alone do you think he will have trouble posting bail?. Justice at it's best! No worries just white collar crime...unless it's your company he stole the $ 97,000.00 from!!!!

T.Calistro says:
Oct-03-2011 02:47 pm

40 arrest and 34 convictions.
40 arrest and 34 convictions. Doesn’t that just speak volumes for our justice system.

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Pending home sales slow

BY Brae Canlen

Pending home sales, an index that tracks contracts signed but deals not yet closed, slipped 1.2% in August 2011, according to figures released Sept. 29 by the National Association of Realtor (NAR).

Results were mixed across the country, with the Northeast seeing the biggest declines. NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun blamed this Northeastern decrease on Hurricane Irene, which “seriously disrupted” sales in the closing weekend of August. “But broadly speaking,” he said, “contract signing activity has been holding in a narrow range for many months.”

The pending home sale index, at 88.6 in August 2011, is 7.7% higher than last year, however, when it stood at 82.3 in August 2010.

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