- The Washington Times - Monday, April 15, 2002

Astronauts rewire space station
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Two spacewalking astronauts successfully rewired the International Space Station yesterday to extend the reach of its robot arm via a railroad.
It was the third spacewalk by the visiting crew of space shuttle Atlantis, with a fourth and final excursion planned tomorrow to finish installing a 44-foot girder equipped with a railcar and track.
Steven Smith and Rex Walheim yesterday released the clamp that had temporarily held the girder in place on the space station laboratory, before the structure was bolted down. Then they began the tricky connector work.
The rerouting of power, data and video cables paves the way for the station's 58-foot robot arm, designed to move like an inchworm, to step onto the railcar and be transported from one part of the outpost to another.

Father pleads guilty in hockey-rage case
LITTLETON, Colo. The father of a teen-age hockey player has pleaded guilty for his role in a January fight that broke out among parents watching their sons' game.
With his disorderly conduct plea, Daniel Madden, 40, of Arvada, Colo., must serve one year of probation, pay $100 in fines, attend an anger-management class and write a letter of apology to managers at the hockey rink.
The fight occurred Jan. 27 during the third period of a game in which there had been several on-ice confrontations among players from Arvada and the Ice Warriors of Arapahoe County.

Suspect charged in death of sheriff
LONDON, Ky. Kentucky State Police said yesterday that they had captured and charged a suspect in the death of a county sheriff running for re-election who was gunned down at a political rally where he had just finished a speech.
Pulaski County Sheriff Sam Catron, 48, was pronounced dead at the scene after an assailant on a motorcycle shot him in the face with a high-powered rifle Saturday night.
Danny S. Shelley, of Eubank, was arrested on the capital charge of the murder of a police officer. Mr. Shelley, 30, was arrested about five miles away when he wrecked a motorcycle that belonged to Jeff Morris, one of four persons challenging Sheriff Catron in the May 28 Republican primary.
Mr. Morris, who was at the rally, had not reported a motorcycle theft. State police authorities said Mr. Morris was not a suspect, but they were still investigating whether he knew the accused gunman.

Drug suspect, 12, released from hospital
NEW YORK A 12-year-old boy who fell ill after swallowing 87 heroin-filled condoms was released from the hospital yesterday, a hospital spokeswoman said.
The boy, who was not identified because of his age, arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport late Wednesday on a British Airways flight from London, according to reports.
Authorities say the boy was on a mission to smuggle the drug into the United States from Nigeria. He had to take a taxi to meet his delivery contact, who had mistakenly gone to LaGuardia Airport. On the cab ride to LaGuardia, the boy fell ill and asked to be taken to police.
The hospital would not say to whom the boy, a U.S. citizen, was released.

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