- The Washington Times - Monday, August 13, 2001

Discovery arrives at space station
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Space shuttle Discovery arrived at the International Space Station yesterday, bringing three new residents to the 240-mile-high outpost.
The linkup occurred above Australia's northwestern corner following a slight mechanical problem.
The docking ring that draws the two spacecraft together initially was misaligned, apparently because of a stuck spring. The shuttle astronauts quickly solved the problem, eliciting congratulations from Mission Control — and a relieved space station crew.
Inside space station Alpha, the three occupants floated to the strains of Strauss' "Blue Danube Waltz" — just like in the space station rendezvous scene from the movie "2001: A Space Odyssey."

Congressman remains in critical condition
JACKSON, Miss. — Three days after surgery to remove a blood clot from his brain, U.S. Rep. Floyd D. Spence remained in critical condition yesterday, and a brother said the family might have to consider whether to end life support.
Mr. Spence underwent surgery on Thursday, and his doctor had described the 73-year-old congressman's condition as "extremely critical."
"There has been no change in his condition," Craig Metz, spokesman for the South Carolina Republican, said yesterday.
Mr. Spence had been admitted to St. Dominic-Jackson Memorial Hospital on July 24 to be treated for facial nerve pain. Doctors detected the subdural hematoma on Thursday, and the procedure was performed the same day.

Army releases report on helicopter crash
HONOLULU — An Army investigation into a helicopter crash that killed six U.S. soldiers in February has failed to pinpoint the cause of the accident, according to findings released over the weekend in Hawaii.
But Maj. Gen. James M. Dubik, the troop commander in Hawaii who approved the report, faulted the pilot of one of two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters involved in the crash for inexplicably failing to keep a safe distance from the other helicopter, the report said.
The helicopters were preparing to land during a night training exercise amid "marginal" weather conditions on the north shore of Hawaii's Oahu island on Feb. 12.
Gen. Dubik said wind, rain and the fact that one of the helicopters was carrying an 8,000-pound Humvee vehicle all contributed to the accident.

Pennsylvanian claims anti-Southern bias
NEW STANTON, Pa. — A man says he has been discriminated against because of his national origin, which he describes as "Confederate Southern American."
In a lawsuit filed on Friday, Curt Storey, of Hunker, Pa., said Burns International Security Services fired him from his job as a security guard in May for refusing to remove pro-Confederate stickers from his lunchbox and pickup truck.
Mr. Storey, 62, who has Southern ancestors, wants to be reinstated to his $8-an-hour job along with back pay and damages.
Two small Confederate flags decorate Mr. Storey's lunchbox, and he has two other stickers on his truck, reading "Heritage not hate" and "The South was right."

Helicopter crash under investigation
LAS VEGAS — The sole survivor of a helicopter crash near the Grand Canyon that killed six persons remained in critical condition yesterday as family and friends of the victims returned home to New York.
Pilot Kevin Innocenti, 27, and five tourists from New York were killed in Friday's crash near the canyon's western end. Federal investigators have not determined the cause of the crash.

Boy attacked by shark released
PENSACOLA, Fla. — An 8-year-old boy who survived a shark attack was released yesterday from a hospital where he had been recovering from a light coma and surgery to reattach his arm.
Jessie Arbogast was placed into an ambulance at Sacred Heart Children's Hospital bound for his hometown of Ocean Springs, Miss., 96 miles from Pensacola.


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