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Shuttle’s return to Florida delayed

The return of Space Shuttle Discovery to its home port in Florida, riding piggyback on a modified Boeing 747 jumbo jet, was delayed yesterday because of potentially bad weather along its route, NASA said.

Discovery had landed at Edwards Air Force base in California on Aug. 9, completing NASA’s first shuttle mission since Columbia broke apart over Texas in February 2003.

After leaving Edwards on Friday, Discovery landed at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana to spend the night.



NASA said in a statement the shuttle and its carrier would stay there until today.

Oldest active-duty Navy SEAL retires

CORONADO, Calif. — The oldest Navy SEAL in uniform has retired at age 60 after a career that included a tour in Vietnam, 24 years in the reserves and a return to active duty to help reorganize the reserves.

Capt. William “Wild Bill” Wildrick signed on with the SEALs in 1968, before the highly specialized Sea Air Land commandos became a household name. He served all but two of his 39 years in the Navy with the SEALs.

Capt. Wildrick, who lives in La Jolla, was the last active-duty SEAL platoon officer who had served in Vietnam and the second-highest-ranking SEAL nationwide.

Reid resting at home after ‘mini-stroke’

LAS VEGAS — Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada spent yesterday with family and friends, canceling public appearances after he experienced a brief “mini-stroke” that aides said caused no complications.

“He’s resting for the weekend like most people do,” said his press secretary, Tessa Hafen. “He did reiterate he’s fine and OK.”

Mr. Reid, 65, revealed Friday that he had seen a doctor after feeling lightheaded Tuesday evening at his home in Searchlight, about an hour south of Las Vegas. He was told he had experienced a mini-stroke called a transient ischemic attack.

The senator expects to resume his normal schedule by the time Congress returns from its summer recess on Sept. 6, Miss Hafen said.

Man gets 30 years in son’s death

TAMPA, Fla. — A man who told friends he didn’t want his 3-year-old son to become a sissy was sentenced to 30 years in prison for killing the boy by slamming his head into a kitchen wall just weeks after the child’s return home from foster care.

Ronnie Paris, 22, was sentenced Friday after convictions last month for second-degree murder and aggravated child abuse.

His son, Ronnie, died Jan. 28, six days after the boy slipped into a coma with swelling on both sides of his brain.

Several witnesses testified during Paris’ trial that he sometimes got rough with the toddler and told friends he didn’t want a “sissy” for a son.

The boy’s mother, Nysheerah Paris, 20, said her husband beat the boy and slammed his head into a kitchen wall. She is charged with child neglect and could get 15 years in prison if convicted.

Boy collapses, dies at football practice

BESSEMER CITY, N.C. — An 8-year-old boy died after collapsing while doing exercises at the start of football practice, officials said.

Matthew Surcy collapsed and stopped breathing as he exercised with teammates at the start of practice Friday, his family said. Coaches and staff tried to revive the boy before emergency crews arrived and took over. He was pronounced dead at a hospital a short time later.

“It was not from a traumatic event. He was not tackled or hit or anything like that,” said Tommy Cleary, operations supervisor for Gaston Emergency Medical Services.

From staff reports and wire dispatches

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