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Mr. Owens provided the couple with a statement from Dolly Parton, who said she was sorry for any hurt or embarrassment they felt over the incident.


Possible Columbia shuttle part found in lake

NACOGDOCHES — Authorities say a piece of the space shuttle Columbia may have been found in a drought-stricken lake.

The shuttle broke apart and burned in February 2003, killing seven people and scattering shuttle pieces across East Texas.

Nacogdoches police on Monday announced that an item described as about 4 feet in diameter and “full of mud” was recovered from a lake that had seen its water levels drop because of the drought.

Sgt. Greg Sowell says the lower water level has exposed a larger than normal area on the north side of Lake Nacogdoches. He says a large, round object became visible and it’s very possible that the item was part of Columbia.

Police have notified NASA and provided photos. Any shuttle pieces are government property.


Indian tribe OKs same-sex marriage

BREMERTON — An American Indian tribe in Washington state has adopted a law recognizing gay marriage.

The Suquamish Tribal Council voted Monday to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples on its reservation near Seattle, at the request of a lesbian tribal member.

The Kitsap Sun reported the new law allows the tribal court to issue a marriage license to two unmarried people, regardless of their sex, if they’re at least 18 years old and at least one of them is enrolled in the tribe

At least one other tribe - the Coquille Indian Tribe on the southern Oregon coast - recognizes same-sex marriage. The Coquille was thought to be the first tribe to adopt a law recognizing gay marriages when it did so in 2008. Most tribal law doesn’t address the issue.

The Suquamish Tribe has about 1,000 enrolled members. Its reservation is off the shores of the Puget Sound.

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