- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 5, 2002

Astronauts begin Hubble revamping
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. A pair of astronauts from space shuttle Columbia carried out the first of five ambitious spacewalks dedicated to improving the Hubble Space Telescope yesterday, and hung a new solar-power array on the orbiting observatory.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration reported that the first of the two new winglike structures to be added on this mission had passed an "aliveness test," and television pictures from space showed the array in motion.

Saroyan's ashes laid to rest
FRESNO, Calif. The ashes of writer William Saroyan were laid to rest Sunday 20 years after his death in the town that inspired his stories.
Half of Mr. Saroyan's ashes were sent to Armenia after he died at age 72 on May 18, 1981. The other half had been sitting in obscurity on a Fresno chapel's shelf.

Country songwriter Howard dies at 74
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Harlan Howard, the country songwriter who wrote "I Fall to Pieces," "Busted" and more than 100 other hits, died Sunday. He was 74.
Mr. Howard, known as "Mr. Songwriter" in Nashville, wrote such country hits as "I've Got a Tiger by the Tail," "The Key's in the Mailbox" and "Heartaches by the Number."

Catholic priests ousted in sex scandal
LOS ANGELES Up to a dozen Roman Catholic priests in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles have been removed from duty as fallout from a child-molestation scandal roiled the church in the United States, the Los Angeles Times reported yesterday.
The Times reported that within the past two weeks, Cardinal Roger Mahoney dismissed up to a dozen Southern California clergymen who were either asked to retire or otherwise leave their ministries.

Scientists claim nuclear breakthrough
Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute say they have created a reaction like nuclear fusion the energy source of the sun.
Using a device described as the size of three stacked coffee cups, they zapped tiny dissolved bubbles with sound waves, triggering a flash of light and superhigh temperatures, the scientists report in the journal Science.
Researchers said the experiment, which they called "bubble fusion," created two signs of nuclear fusion: a burst of subatomic particles called neutrons and the production of tritium, an isotope of hydrogen.

Coroner describes dog victim's wounds
LOS ANGELES A coroner testified yesterday that the victim of last year's fatal dog mauling in San Francisco was bitten or clawed everywhere except the soles of her feet and the top of her head.
Dr. Boyd Stephens, the chief medical examiner in San Francisco, showed graphic pictures of the injuries to Diane Whipple.
Marjorie Knoller is accused of second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and possession of a mischievous dog that killed a person. Her husband, Robert Noel, is also accused of the latter two charges.

Missile-defense success exaggerated, GAO says
The Pentagon and contractors exaggerated the success of the nation's first missile defense test in 1997, ignoring a flawed sensor that had trouble distinguishing a warhead from a decoy, congressional investigators said yesterday. The Pentagon called the findings outdated.
Contractors TRW and Boeing, who jointly built the system that was tested, played down the problems, as did a Massachusetts Institute of Technology review team, according to investigators from the General Accounting Office.


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