- The Washington Times - Monday, October 23, 2000

Stiff wind delays Discovery landing

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Stiff wind prevented space shuttle Discovery and its seven astronauts from landing yesterday.

Mission Control told commander Brian Duffy that the crosswind was strong and steady and not expected to change. The crosswind at the 3-mile-long landing strip was gusting to 22 mph yesterday afternoon. NASA's limit for a safe shuttle touchdown is 17 mph.

Conditions were expected to worsen today, with rain moving in. The weather at the backup landing site in California, meanwhile, is marginal until tomorrow.

Discovery has enough fuel and power to stay up through Wednesday.

Web site to post college crime data

ATLANTA Ten years ago, Congress ordered the nation's colleges to make statistics about crimes on their campuses readily available. Thanks to the Internet, it's finally happening.

In the next few days, the U.S. Department of Education will post on its Web site three years of crime figures from the 6,700 public and private schools that receive federal money. The information will show, for example, that while one sex crime, seven robberies, 35 car thefts and 106 burglaries were reported last year at Georgia Tech, campus police at Agnes Scott College, in Decatur, Ga., received reports of just seven major offenses.

Federal officials created the database to fully put into effect the provisions of a 1990 law passed in response to the rape and murder of a Lehigh University student, Jeanne Ann Clery. After their daughter's death, Miss Clery's parents learned that 38 violent crimes had taken place on the Pennsylvania campus during the three previous years. But, as was the case on many other campuses, the crimes had never been disclosed.

Shipbuilding strike ends in Maine

AUGUSTA, Maine A 55-day strike at one of the Navy's largest shipbuilders ended yesterday as nearly two-thirds of the 4,800 Machinists Union members voted to ratify their new contract.

The workers were to begin returning to their jobs today at Bath Iron Works. The shipyard is one of two that build the Navy's most advanced Aegis guided-missile destroyers.

The 42-month contract includes wage increases of 4 percent, 4.5 percent and 5 percent in three steps, and cuts health care premiums, with average savings per worker of $400 to $500 in the first year, the union said. It doesn't include provisions that would have allowed workers to perform duties outside their regular jobs, a sensitive issue for the union.

The strike brought production to a standstill at the shipyard.

Cohen honors black Navy diver

The Defense Department took a moment Saturday to honor the first black man to achieve the Navy's highest status among deep-sea divers such as those who joined in the USS Cole rescue operation.

Defense Secretary William S. Cohen presented the department's second-highest civilian award to retired Master Chief Petty Officer Carl Brashear, who served in the Navy from 1948 to 1979. He became a master diver even after having a foot amputated because of injuries received during a rescue operation.

A reception was held to present Mr. Brashear the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service. The reception followed an advance screening of the film "Men of Honor," based on Mr. Brashear's military experiences.

Texas policeman wins bodybuilder contest

LAS VEGAS A Texas policeman with 2-foot-wide arms won the annual Mr. Olympia bodybuilding contest on Saturday.

"Can you imagine being pulled aside by this cop?" said Wayne DeMilia, president of the professional division of the International Federal of Body Builders, which hosts the competition.

Mr. DeMilia said Ronnie Coleman, a police officer from Arlington, Texas, was among 36 bodybuilders competing for the title, known as "the top event in bodybuilding."

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