- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 15, 2007

Wrestler’s wife, son laid to rest

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Wrestling dignitaries were among those paying their respects yesterday at funeral services for the wife and 7-year-old son of professional wrestler Chris Benoit.

Former wrestler Marc Mero, known as “Johnny B. Badd,” and Jim Ross, the World Wrestling Entertainment announcer known as J.R., both attended the services.

Mr. Ross called the deaths “a real tragedy” before services began at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.

Nancy Benoit and Daniel Benoit died three weeks ago when the wrestler strangled his family, then killed himself in their Atlanta-area home. Authorities say Benoit put Bibles next to their bodies and hanged himself on the cable of a weight machine.

Mrs. Benoit’s parents, Paul and Maureen Toffoloni, live in Daytona Beach.

Benoit’s father has said private services for him were to be held in Canada. It was unknown yesterday whether those services have taken place.

NASA misspells shuttle name

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA moved Space Shuttle Endeavour a step closer to liftoff without an essential part: the “u.”

The spacecraft arrived at its launchpad at the Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday, and officials welcomed it with a banner reading “Go Endeavor.”

The shuttle’s name, however, is spelled the British way, with a “u.” It’s named after the first ship commanded by 18th-century British explorer James Cook.

The banner was up for about 90 minutes before being replaced by one with the correct spelling, but with photographers on hand for the arrival of the shuttle, cameras captured the mistake.

Endeavour’s launch is scheduled for Aug. 7.

Man accused of shooting zebra

RED OAK, Texas — An 18-year-old man was arrested Friday and accused of killing a zebra named Zambi in a drive-by shooting.

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