September 21, 2006 |
NASA clears Atlantis to land this morning NASA managers said yesterday that they would probably "never know for sure" what caused unexpected and mysterious debris to appear around the space shuttle Atlantis in the past two days. But after a day of inspections, they said the craft showed no sign of damage, and they cleared it to land this morning at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida after a 12-day mission to the International Space Station. The shuttle had two landing opportunities on successive orbits at 6:21 a.m. and 7:57 a.m. U.S. not happy as Thai general outlines his plans Thailand's new military ruler, winning crucial royal backing for his bloodless coup, announced yesterday that he would not call elections for another year.
September 21, 2006
The publicity blitz over the sexual awakening of former Democratic Gov. Jim McGreevey glosses over the one thing that mattered most to New Jerseyans: He was a lousy governor. McGreevey, who resigned in August 2004 with his revelation that he is a "gay American," obviously has found emotional and spiritual peace. Good for Citizen McGreevey. But his campaign to market his book, The Confession, cannot wash away the bad taste that lingers from McGreevey's failed tenure as governor.
August 28, 2006 |
Tom Bugler bends over a 2 1/2-inch-wide steel rod, with his blowtorch blazing and sweat beading above his dark glasses. A few deft tugs, and the metal assumes the shape of a bone laid in the Earth more than 65 million years ago. When he's finished, the rod will run up the back of a Tyrannosaurus rex's leg as smoothly as the seam on a pair of nylon stockings. Those long legs will then stand flexed and ready to charge, as befits the top carnivore of its time. It's taken more than 60 years for someone to fix this T. rex so it can stand in death the way it towered in life.
April 17, 2006 |
Talk about an unusual class assignment: Students in a forensic anthropology class at Rowan University got down and dirty as they excavated, six inches at a time, to find a dead body. Not a real body, but an anatomically-correct, plastic skeleton that had been carefully buried a year ago by two professors for a class project. Unlike the TV show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, which wraps up every case up in less than an hour, it took the class about two hours in the hot sun on Saturday before they struck pay dirt.
February 24, 2006 |
Skeleton athlete Kevin Ellis of Dallas injured his back in a recreational sled race late yesterday afternoon. Ellis, who was 17th in the skeleton competition last Friday, fractured and dislocated a mid-back vertebra. Jim Sterling, the U.S. Olympic team's chief medical officer, said in a statement that there was no paralysis. Athletes elected to committee Canadian cross-country skier Beckie Scott and hockey star Saku Koivu of Finland were elected as athlete members of the International Olympic Committee by their fellow competitors in the Olympic village.
February 18, 2006 |
A soft snow, glistening in the artificial light, fell on the frosty Alpine night. Children and adults, bundled up like spacemen, were full of good cheer. And sled after sled whooshed down the white hillside. It was beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Unfortunately for Eric Bernotas, it was like the Christmas when you get underwear instead of toys. The Malvern native, despite two solid runs down the 1,435-meter track, finished sixth last night in men's skeleton. Thrust into the lead role on the U.S. team when Zach Lund tested positive for a steroid-masking device, Bernotas had a combined time of 1 minute, 57.19 seconds.
February 16, 2006 |
Two days before the Olympic men's skeleton final, Eric Bernotas yesterday positioned himself as one of the favorites by winning both training runs at Cesana-Pariol. The Malvern native turned in times of 57.97 seconds and 58.16. He now owns three of the top five times from this week's six practice sessions. "I have to take it easy because I haven't had much rest," Bernotas said afterward. "I'm hoping it doesn't snow so we can have a consistent and fair race. " Light snow has been forecast for the mountains west of Turin today.
February 9, 2006 |
Eric Bernotas was hurtling dangerously downhill even before he discovered skeleton. Years before he stumbled into the esoteric sliding sport that would gain him a spot on the 2006 U.S. Olympic team, the Malvern native's life was in a reckless descent. Away from home for a first time as a West Virginia University student in the early 1990s, Bernotas, afflicted with a facial tic associated with Tourette's syndrome, fell into a deep depression. "My way of handling it was self-medication with alcohol and marijuana," Bernotas said in a recent phone interview from a Altenberg, Germany.
February 5, 2006 |
The U.S. governing body for bobsled and skeleton has fired skeleton coach Tim Nardiello, contending he ignored orders to keep his distance from the team during final Olympic tune-ups. The U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation sent the letter of dismissal by e-mail Friday to Nardiello. He was in St. Moritz, Switzerland, one of the world's classic bases for sliding sports, where the four U.S. racers are training. The 2006 Games begin Friday; the women's skeleton event is scheduled for Feb. 16, the men's Feb. 17. Nardiello told the Associated Press yesterday, "I'm very disappointed.