- The Washington Times - Monday, August 24, 2009


Air Force tests missile from coast

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE | The Air Force says it has successfully launched an unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile from a California base, firing it to targets in the Pacific Ocean.

Sgt. Benjamin Rojek said the ICBM was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 9:01 a.m. Sunday. He said it carried one unarmed re-entry vehicle that hit its target near the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, about 4,200 miles away.

The Air Force said the launch was an operational test to check the weapon system’s reliability and accuracy.

Test data will be used by United States Strategic Command planners and Department of Energy laboratories.


NASA clears shuttle launch

CAPE CANAVERAL | NASA has cleared Space Shuttle Discovery for liftoff Tuesday, and the weather is looking even more promising.

After meeting Sunday afternoon, managers decided Discovery is in good flying shape. All of the testing for a replaced shuttle power controller came back favorable.

Forecasters say there is an 80 percent chance the weather will cooperate for Discovery’s early morning flight to the International Space Station. That’s better than previous forecasts.


Insurance adjusters probe prison riot

BURGIN | Officials said Sunday that investigators and insurance adjusters have started probing what’s left of a Kentucky prison in the wake of a fiery riot that injured 16 people and forced 700 inmates to be relocated.

The damage assessment could take several days, and a probe into what prompted Friday night’s melee would likely start later in the week, Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet spokeswoman Jennifer Brislin said.

“This is not a quick thing,” Ms. Brislin said. “They continue to assess the entire situation.”


Man stabbed in dispute over dog

ANNVILLE | A central Pennsylvania woman has been charged with fatally stabbing her live-in boyfriend of five years during a dispute that reportedly began as an argument over her decision to feed their dog before serving him dinner.

Fifty-five-year-old Pamela Poorman is charged with killing 51-year-old Larry Coletti on Thursday night in Annville Township. Police say the couple had come home with takeout food and began arguing, then physically fighting. Ms. Poorman told police she picked up a knife to scare Mr. Coletti and then stabbed him. She later said she was being beaten and “had to stop it.”

Ms. Poorman was taken to Lebanon County Prison without bail.


Novelist Elmer Kelton dies at 83

SAN ANGELO | Western novelist Elmer Kelton, whose novel “The Good Old Boys” was made into a TV movie starring Tommy Lee Jones, has died. He was 83.

Myrtis Loudermilk, a director at Johnson’s Funeral Home in San Angelo, told the Associated Press that Kelton died Saturday of natural causes.

Mr. Kelton wrote 62 fiction and nonfiction books. “The Good Old Boys” was made into a 1995 TV movie starring Jones for the TNT cable network. Mr. Kelton also was known for “The Man Who Rode Midnight” and “The Time It Never Rained.”

His first novel, “Hot Iron,” was published in 1956, and he recently finished his last book, “Texas Standoff,” due out next year. Another novel, “Other Men’s Horses,” will be released this fall. The Western Writers of America voted Kelton “Best Western Author of All Time” and gave him its Spur Award seven times.


Green Bay hires first black police officer

GREEN BAY | Green Bay has a black police officer for the first time in the 152-year history of its Police Department.

Solomon Ayres starts the first phase of a 17-week training regime this week. He said he expects some resistance from both black and white residents. But he said he thinks his life experiences will help defuse difficult situations and make him open to different points of view.

Fran Jonet, president of Green Bay’s Police and Fire Commission, said hiring a black recruit is a long-awaited step in the right direction.

Census figures show that blacks make up about 2.5 percent of Green Bay’s more than 98,000 people. Its police department has 177 officers, including 15 women, four American Indians or Alaska natives and one Hispanic.


Landowners debate wind-farm proposal

GLEN ROCK | The prospect of wind-energy development in the northern Laramie Range is stirring debate among residents of the area.

A representative of Wasatch Wind of Heber City, Utah, says the company is in the early stages of studying the area for a possible wind farm.

Richard Grant Jr., a Glen Rock-area rancher, says he welcomes the chance to get into wind energy. He says it would diversify his income and enable his family to continue ranching.

On the other side is the Northern Laramie Range Alliance. The group formed this spring to fight against a segment of a proposed transmission line that would cut across the range. The group also is opposing plans by Wasatch or other wind developers to build a wind farm in the mountainous area. Group members say the area is home to multiple uses and is inappropriate for a major wind farm.

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