- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 17, 2002

NASA to send teacher to space
NASA said yesterday that it plans to send a teacher to space, almost 20 years after the Challenger explosion snuffed out its Teacher in Space program and killed its pioneering participant, Christa McAuliffe.
Barbara Morgan, 50, will be sent on a space-shuttle mission when the core elements of the International Space Station are in place in 2004, NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe said. He did not specify a date.

Study: More hospitals can do angioplasties
CHICAGO Angioplasties can be done safely on heart attack victims at hospitals that do not have cardiac-surgery departments, according to a new study.
The finding could help make the life-saving procedure available to many more patients across the country. About two-thirds of U.S. heart attack patients each year do not get angioplasties because they are taken to hospitals without such units.
The study, led by Dr. Thomas Aversano, a Johns Hopkins University Hospital cardiologist, involved giving three months of angioplasty training to staffers at 11 hospitals without cardiac units.

Bombed destroyer returning to service
The USS Cole, left with a gaping hole in its side from an attack by a boatload of Muslim suicide bombers, is ready to return to action after 18 months and $250 million in repairs, a Navy spokesman said yesterday.
The destroyer will leave the shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss., on Friday for the Navy base at Norfolk to go back on assignment.

Pioneering publisher dies in Texas
FORT WORTH, Texas Staley Thomas McBrayer, a former newspaper publisher credited with revolutionizing the industry by inventing the newspaper offset press, died Sunday in Fort Worth. He was 92.
"He pioneered suburban newspaper publishing," said Otha Spencer, author of "Staley McBrayer and the Offset Newspaper Revolution." "It saved the small newspaper."
For years, the offset-press process used to print books was believed incompatible with printing a newspaper.
With the Vanguard web offset press introduced in 1954, Mr. McBrayer moved the industry from "hot type" printing of metal plates to a "cold type" process using photographic images, which drastically cut time and costs. A plaque in Fort Worth marks the site of that first press.

Nader, debate panel resolve lawsuit
Former presidential candidate Ralph Nader announced yesterday a settlement of his lawsuit against the presidential-debates commission for barring him as a spectator from a debate in Boston between Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore.
Mr. Nader, the Green Party candidate in 2000, said the Commission on Presidential Debates, along with its security consultant, had each written him a letter of apology and agreed to pay about $25,000 in legal fees each.
The suit was settled Monday, on the eve of the scheduled start of a trial on it in U.S. District Court in Boston.

Photographer sentenced in morgue-photos case
CINCINNATI A commercial photographer was sentenced to 2 years in prison yesterday for taking pictures of corpses posed with various objects in the county morgue.
Judge Norbert Nadel also sentenced former Hamilton County Deputy Coroner Dr. Jonathan Tobias to five months in prison and 250 hours of community service for letting Thomas Condon photograph the bodies.

Study links cocaine to retarded babies
CHICAGO Mothers who use cocaine during pregnancy put their children at risk of mental retardation and other developmental problems, a study said yesterday.
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University monitored 218 cocaine-exposed babies for two years and compared their progress with that of 197 unexposed children born at the same Cleveland hospital in the mid-1990s.

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