- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 16, 2003

Debris search expands to New Mexico
HOUSTON The board investigating the Columbia shuttle disaster toured the Louisiana plant where the external fuel tank was built, while searchers scoured the mountains east of Albuquerque, N.M., yesterday, two weeks after the shuttle broke up 39 miles above the Earth.
Investigators also revealed yesterday that two more Columbia control jets, at least four in all, continued to fire in a desperate attempt to stabilize the shuttle during its final minutes.
The jets fire automatically when flaps on the shuttle's wings and tail are inadequate to control any abnormal motions encountered at supersonic speeds. The information was coaxed from the final 32 seconds of ragged data sent from Columbia as it was breaking apart, investigators said.
The last voice communication from the shuttle's seven astronauts came as Columbia streaked across New Mexico on Feb. 1.
At about the same time, people near New Mexico's Sandia Mountains reported hearing a whooshing sound, said Peter Olson, a spokesman for the New Mexico Department of Public Safety. He said there also was radar evidence that debris could have fallen there, but he didn't have details.
The shuttle broke apart about two minutes after it passed overhead.
Most of the debris so far has been found in East Texas, where rain hampered the search again yesterday.

Journals remove details from studies
DENVER Editors of the world's leading scientific journals announced yesterday they would delete details from published studies that might help terrorists make biological weapons.
The editors, joined by several prominent scientists, said they would not censor scientific data or adopt a top-secret classification system similar to that used by the military and government intelligence agencies.
But they said scientists working in the post-September 11 world must face the dismaying paradox that many of their impressive breakthroughs can be used for sinister purposes.
The new editing methods will be voluntary and will differ among the 32 publications and scientific associations that agreed to the effort. Those organizations include the journals Science, Nature, Proceedings of the National Academies of Science, the New England Journal of Medicine and the Lancet. Most major advancements are revealed to the world through those journals.
The new policy emerged from a Jan. 9 meeting at the National Academy of Sciences.

Moseley-Braun attacks President Bush's policies
DES MOINES, Iowa Former Illinois Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun said yesterday that her White House bid would offer a sharp contrast to President Bush's policies on Iraq and federal spending.
"I believe we should not go to war unilaterally, by ourselves, and I'm very clear that we should not have budget deficits," she said at a campaign event.
The former Illinois Democrat this week plans to take the first step toward running for president in 2004, joining a crowded field of contenders.

Massachusetts senator released from hospital
BALTIMORE Presidential hopeful Sen. John F. Kerry left Johns Hopkins Hospital yesterday to recover from prostate cancer surgery at home in Washington.
Mr. Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, left the hospital about 11:35 a.m. and was picked up by his wife, Teresa Heinz, aides said. He underwent surgery Wednesday to remove his cancerous prostate gland. The cancer was diagnosed in December.

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