- - Tuesday, July 19, 2011

FLORIDA

Shuttle leaves space station last time

CAPE CANAVERAL — The last space shuttle is headed home.

Atlantis left the International Space Station on Tuesday and slipped away after a partial lap around the station. Ten pairs of eyes pressed against the windows, four in the shuttle and six in the station.

All that remains of NASA’s final shuttle voyage is the touchdown, targeted for the pre-dawn hours of Thursday back home in Florida. Its return ends the 30-year run of a vessel that kept U.S. astronauts flying to and from orbit longer than any other rocket ship.

As a final salute, the space station rotated to provide never-before-seen views of the complex. Atlantis flew halfway around the outpost, cameras whirring aboard both craft to record the historic event.

HAWAII

Japanese tea ceremony held at Arizona Memorial

PEARL HARBOR | Symbolizing how far the two countries have come, U.S. organizers on Tuesday hosted an ancient and ritualistic Japanese tea ceremony steeped in tradition at the watery grave of Pearl Harbor.

It was the first time the centuries-old art form emblematic of Japan was performed in the USS Arizona Memorial, which sits on top of the battleship, which sank in the Japanese attack 70 years ago.

Organizers hoped the highly choreographed ritual will promote world peace and reconciliation between the U.S. and Japan, which were enemies but have been strong allies for more than 50 years. Such ceremonies encourage contemplation, reflection and respect for others.

They are also events of peace: Samurai in medieval Japanese times would remove their swords and place them outside before entering a tearoom.

IOWA

Man arrested in attack at congressman’s farm

LEON — Police announced Tuesday that they had arrested one man and issued a warrant for another suspected of being involved in a weekend home invasion at Rep. Leonard Boswell’s farm outside Lamoni.

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