Kristin Smart case: Cal Poly SLO students to hold vigil


More than 250 supporters attend a candlelight vigil for Kristin Smart in front of Paul Flores’ family home in Arroyo Grande in November 2020. Cal Poly students are planning to hold a candlelight vigil for Smart on Tuesday, April 13, 2021.

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When Michelle Mueller heard Tuesday that a murder suspect had been arrested in connection to missing Cal Poly student Kristin Smart, the news hit close to home.

Mueller, a first-year student at the San Luis Obispo university, said that she knew she wanted to do something to honor Smart, who disappeared nearly 25 years ago.

So Mueller organized an impromptu candlelight vigil in Smart’s memory.

“We wanted to honor her and her legacy since it is strongly believed that she was murdered here,” Mueller said. “We all know about the whole story. … That could have been literally any single one of us — my friends,

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‘Like science fiction,’ Seattle startup sends laser-equipped robots to zap weeds on farmland

When vegetable farmer Shay Myers needs to weed 30 acres of organic onions, he’s typically hired a crew of around 30 people for a day of work that can be tedious, including sometimes using pocket knives to carve away weeds around the onions. This season, he hopes to use two robots instead.

Myers is an early user of a Seattle-based robotics company’s “autonomous weeder,” a tractor-sized machine that uses lasers to kill weeds.

The first sight of the machine in a field of crops “was like science fiction,” said Myers, who grows hundreds of acres of onions, asparagus, sweet potatoes and other vegetables in Idaho and Oregon. He expects the machines “should pay for themselves in two or three years.”

Seattle-based Carbon Robotics this week revealed the latest iteration of its nine-foot-long robot designed to weed fields of row crops, replacing human labor or herbicides. With 12 cameras and eight

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Connect For Education Announces Partnership and Distribution Agreement with EVA Aviation in Japan | State

HERNDON, Va., April 20, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Connect For Education, Inc. (C4E), a leading provider of online learning technologies, today announced a partnership with EVA Aviation to promote, develop, and distribute C4E’s EdTech platforms and online courseware in Japan.

The agreement includes distribution of C4E’s latest learning platform – C4E Bridge – and the forthcoming platform, C4E Studio. These advanced platforms allow course creators and educators to easily create, manage, and publish learning content for online, blended and in-person instruction.

“This partnership is an important step in the global expansion of C4E’s products and services,” said Dongsook Whitehead, Founder and President of Connect For Education. “We are proud to partner with EVA Aviation in introducing our innovative learning and teaching platforms as well as highly interactive courses in Japan.”

EVA Aviation, an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) engineering firm in Japan, will market

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