- - Monday, March 14, 2011


Policy change allows police to have goatees

DURANGO | Full beards are still banned, but police in the mountain town of Durango are now allowed to have goatees, though the department won’t say why the change was made.

The Durango Herald reported that several officers, including the chief, have been sporting the fuzzier look since the new policy took effect Dec. 17.

The Colorado State Patrol, Los Angeles Police Department and some other agencies bar its officers from having either beards or goatees.

The newspaper obtained the details of the new policy through an open-records request. Police Chief David Felice didn’t respond to requests for comment.


Space shuttle worker falls to his death

CAPE CANAVERAL | A space shuttle worker fell to his death Monday at the launch pad, the first fatality there in decades, NASA officials said.

Medics rushed to the pad, but were unable to revive him. He was identified as James Vanover, an engineer for United Space Alliance, a NASA contractor. Neither the company nor NASA released any details, including where he was working on the pad when the accident occurred Monday morning.

The chief executive officer of United Space Alliance, Virginia Barnes, said the company is providing full support to the accident investigation.

NASA spokesman Allard Beutel said work on space shuttle Endeavour was suspended for the day. The focus, for now, is on offering grief counseling to the work force, he said.

Endeavour is due to blast off April 19 on its final flight. The shuttle arrived at the pad last week.

Officials at the Kennedy Space Center think it is the first launch-pad fatality since 1981, just before the very first shuttle flight.


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