- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 18, 2009


Noble: Danville, CA resident Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger III, who managed to guide US Airways flight 1549 safely into the Hudson River on Thursday.The flight had just taken off from LaGuardia Airport carrying 155 people when jet power was lost in both engines. Mr. Sullenberger guided the falling plane into the Hudson River so as to avoid striking the ground - which would have caused catastrophic damage and resulted in fatalities. For his heroic and masterful landing of US Airways Flight 1549 on Thursday, Chesley B. Sullenberger III is the Noble of the week.

Knave: Elko, Nev. resident James Killian who went 11 miles over the speed limit and used a technicality to get out of a speeding ticket. Mr. Kilian received a $62 speeding ticket for going 39 mph in a 25 mph zone last April. He argued in court that the ticket was unenforceable because the speed-limit sign in that area was too small and did not comply with 2003 uniform traffic codes for the state. The citation was dismissed by a justice of the peace, who agreed with Mr. Kilian. The county is checking all the traffic signs to make sure they meet with state standards. For speeding and using a technicality to evade punishment, James Killian is the Knave of the week.

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