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FLORIDA

Retired astronaut killed in jet ski crash

PENSACOLA — Officials say a retired astronaut died in a jet ski crash off Pensacola Beach.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials said Capt. Alan G. Poindexter, 51, was riding on a jet ski with his 22-year-old son Sunday afternoon when his 26-year-old son crashed into them with another jet ski.

The Pensacola News Journal reported that Zachary Poindexter hit the rear of the jet ski, knocking his father into the water.

Wildlife agency spokesman Stan Kirkland said Mr. Poindexter was pulled from the water and taken to the beach where friends performed CPR. He died a short time later at a hospital. Zachary Poindexter and his brother Samuel were not injured.

The fish and wildlife agency is investigating the crash.

Mr. Poindexter piloted Space Shuttle Atlantis in 2008.

MICHIGAN

Talking urinal cakes deployed in DUI fight

DETROIT — Michigan hopes to keep drunks off the road with the help from a special message in men’s bathrooms featuring an attention-getting woman’s voice.

Talking urinal-deodorizer cakes have been distributed to Michigan Licensed Beverage Association members Wayne County, including Detroit, state officials announced. A recorded message will remind men who step up to the urinals to call a cab or a friend, if needed, to get home safely.

“Not only do we want to turn some heads and get people talking, we hope everyone takes the message to heart,” Michael L. Prince, director of the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning, said in a statement.

Bay, Ottawa and Delta counties also are getting the devices. The motion-activated messages are part of a statewide Fourth of July education and enforcement effort. The federally funded drunken-driving crackdown runs through Sunday. It also includes stepped-up patrols in 26 counties involving multiple agencies.

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