- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 5, 2000

Space station wings unfurl after problems

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Space shuttle Endeavour's astronauts slowly but successfully unfurled the second of the International Space Station's solar wings last night, finishing the largest structure ever deployed in orbit.

NASA had delayed spreading the second wing by one day after the first wing appeared too slack.

Commander Brent Jett Jr., using computer commands, carefully unfolded the second wing a few feet at a time in a procedure that took almost two hours.

The glimmering wing began generating electricity even before reaching its full 115 feet. To NASA's relief, it stretched tight.

"Great work, gentlemen," Mission Control said. "We think you've earned your solar wings."

Sleep-talk evidence to go before court

BOSTON Drifting somewhere along the border between reality and the world of dreams, the sleeping girl said, "Jorge, get off me. Jorge, get off me."
Prosecutors say it was evidence that was rightfully allowed at the trial of the man convicted of sexually assaulting the girl.
But defense attorneys say it was wrong to let the jury hear sleep talk, or "somniloquence." The defense argues that there is no evidence that people speak the truth in their sleep.
Now Massachusetts' highest court will decide, with the state Supreme Judicial Court hearing oral arguments tomorrow.
The case began when Jorge Almeida was convicted of indecent assault on two girls in Milford and given five years in jail. The father of one girl testified that he heard the other girl, who was sleeping at their house, having a nightmare.
"She was repeating, 'Jorge, get off me. Jorge, get off me,' in her sleep," the father testified. The girl herself also took the stand and accused Almeida of fondling her.

Bacon to head Refugees International

Kenneth Bacon, the chief Pentagon spokesman, has accepted a job as chief executive officer of Refugees International, a Washington-based advocacy group for displaced people that announced the decision yesterday.
Mr. Bacon, 56, has been assistant secretary of defense for public affairs since 1994. He will start his new job early next year, the board said.
Refugees International was founded in 1979 in response to the Cambodian refugee crisis. It has played a role in many refugee crises, including the plight of Kurds on the Iraq-Turkey border in 1991, the exodus of Rwandans to the former Zaire in 1994 and the expulsion of ethnic Albanians from Kosovo in 1998 and '99.

Former president Bush to have hip surgery

ROCHESTER, Minn. Former President George Bush will have hip-replacement surgery at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic today, a spokesman said.
The clinic would not say if the former president would be sedated for the procedure or how long he would be in the hospital. Mayo Clinic said it would issue a progress report sometime today after the surgery.
Mr. Bush has been in relatively good health since he left the White House in 1993, and made some campaign appearances for his son this year.

Men spend more time finding gifts for bosses

NEW YORK Men spend more time looking for gifts for their bosses than for their wives, but women spend more time shopping for their pets than their spouses.
According to a survey released yesterday by search engine and on-line advertising company FindWhat.com, picking a present for a boss was the second-hardest task for on-line shoppers in the United States after buying presents for mothers-in-law.
Men spent an average of three hours looking for something that might keep their names present at promotion time, but only 45 minutes looking for a present for their wives, according to the survey of 714 persons.
The FindWhat.com survey showed that women take an average of 90 minutes finding presents for their pets 15 minutes more than the time devoted to finding presents for their husbands.

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