- The Washington Times - Monday, June 3, 2002

NASA again delays space shuttle launch
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. NASA has again delayed the launch of the space shuttle Endeavour on a mission to the International Space Station, this time until Wednesday, the space agency said yesterday.
Twice last week, Thursday and Friday, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration tried to launch Endeavour, only to be frustrated by bad weather.
Today was set as the new launch date, but a faulty engine valve prompted a delay until tomorrow so ground crews could replace it. But that operation will take longer than planned, so the space agency has moved the date to Wednesday, between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Foreign correspondent dies of cancer at 79
NEW YORK Flora Lewis, author of one of the most widely-read U.S. newspaper columns on foreign affairs, died of cancer yesterday at her home in Paris, the New York Times reported. She was 79.
Her window-on-the-world syndicated column first appeared in Newsday, featuring articles on the 1967 Arab-Israeli war and the war in Vietnam.
In 1972, she joined the New York Times and was soon made the head of the paper's Paris bureau. According to the daily, Executive Director A.M. Rosenthal said at the time: "Flora is the world's greatest correspondent."

Shark attacks teen off Florida island
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. A shark bit the foot of a teen-ager swimming about 200 feet off Florida's St. George Island, police said.
The 16-year-old boy underwent three hours of surgery after the attack on Friday and is recovering well, said Jay Abbott, chief of St. George Island Fire and Rescue.
Mr. Abbott would not release the name of the Birmingham, Ala., teen, who was vacationing on the island with his family. He was released from a Panama City hospital on Saturday.

U.S. teens risking skin cancer for tan
CHICAGO Despite publicized warnings about the risks of skin cancer from too much sun exposure, most U.S. teen-agers do not use sun block and will endure sunburns to obtain a desired tan, researchers said today in the journal Pediatrics.
Boston University researchers surveyed more than 10,000 children of nurses across the United States participating in the Nurse's Health Study, which began in the late 1980s.
Only 34 percent of the teen-agers, aged 12 to 18, reported using sunscreen routinely; 83 percent had suffered at least one sunburn, and 36 percent had endured three or more sunburns over the previous summer.

Naked man arrested after car chase
SAN DIEGO A naked man in a Jeep caused a truckload of trouble in front of a shopping mall yesterday, running over one officer on a motorcycle before surrendering after police opened fire during a car chase.
Officers surrounded the Jeep at about 5:30 a.m. PDT near a San Diego shopping complex after briefly pursuing the driver for indecent exposure.
After a brief stop, the driver had sped off, striking the motorcycle officer, who was treated at the scene for minor injuries. Police did not release the name of the man.

Purchase bans fail to cut teen smoking
CHICAGO Strict enforcement of laws barring minors from buying cigarettes fails to curtail teen-age smoking and may play into marketing ploys designed to persuade youths that smoking makes them appear more mature, researchers said today in the journal Pediatrics.
Efforts to crack down on underage cigarette purchases at stores are routinely subverted by teen-agers who turn to parents, friends, strangers, or resort to stealing, said researchers at the University of California, San Francisco.
Their report, an analysis of eight previous studies, said youth smoking rates actually rose in some communities where authorities sought to bolster age restrictions on who can buy cigarettes.

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