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NASA to honor Armstrong at National Cathedral

Published: Thursday, September 13, 2012 @ 9:17 AM
Updated: Thursday, September 13, 2012 @ 9:17 AM

Dignitaries, community and political leaders, members of the Armstrong family and members of the NASA family, including current and former astronauts, will pay respects to Neil Armstrong  in a memorial held at the  Washington National Cathedral today. The Ohio native and  the first man to walk on the moon died Aug. 25. The memorial will start at 10 a.m. EST and be broadcast live on NASA Television and streamed online by the agency's and National Cathedral's websites, according to a realease by NASA.

Armstrong has a history at the Cathedral. He, along with fellow astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, presented the National Cathedral with a moon rock brought back during their Apollo 11 mission. The presentation took place in a July 21, 1974 service commemorating the fifth anniversary of the first lunar landing. The iconic Space Window that later would display the sliver of lunar rock also was dedicated at that service.

Information provided by NASA.

Sources: US to ban Americans’ travel to N. Korea

Published: Friday, July 21, 2017 @ 7:58 AM

North Korea.
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U.S. officials Friday said the Trump administration will ban American citizens from traveling to North Korea.

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The Associated Press, citing anonymous sources, said that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson decided to implement a “geographical travel restriction” for North Korea, which would make the use of U.S. passports to enter that country illegal. Sources told the AP that the restriction would go into effect 30 days after a notice is published in the Federal Register.

The move comes in the wake of the death of university student Otto Warmbier, who passed away after lapsing into a coma in a North Korean prison.

Unaccompanied teen passenger removed from overbooked flight

Published: Friday, July 21, 2017 @ 7:51 AM

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A teen who was flying by himself alone was removed from an overbooked flight, and his mother said that he was left alone at the gate.

The Guardian reports that Casper Read, 15, was to fly from London Gatwick to Toulouse, France Thursday.

Read had boarded the plane and took his seat when another passenger said that Read was in his spot. Read was told he was the one who would have to get off the overbooked EasyJet flight, The Coventry Telegraph reported.

The teen, who had flown alone only one time prior, texted his mother, who needed help from airport staff members to find her son.

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Stephanie Portal was able to convince the airline to allow her son on the final flight from the airport to Toulouse, despite being told that it, along with the three other departures to that location, were all overbooked.

Portal told the Guardian, “It’s crazy. They left him alone in departures. Luckily, I had still not got on board my train to London and could come back and find him. If I had not been there I don’t know what would have happened - he’d have had no money for the train back or anything.”

The airline is investigating why he was permitted to board the flight. A spokeswoman told the Guardian he should have been told at the gate that he was not going to have a seat.

She also told the Guardian that there are procedures in place to help unaccompanied minors but they were not followed this time. That is also being investigated.

EasyJet said it usually doesn’t have a problem with overbooking, and that there are on average, five people who do not show up on every flight.

Police: Teens record, taunt drowning man in Florida; no charges filed

Published: Thursday, July 20, 2017 @ 6:38 PM

Police: Teens Record, Taunt Drowning Man In Florida; No Charges Filed

For the family of 31-year-old Jamel Dunn, the only thing harder than dealing with his loss is knowing someone could have helped.

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Only after his body was discovered floating by the edge of the water in Bracco Pond Park in Cocoa, Florida on July 12 did his family discover someone recorded his drowning and didn’t help.

“It was very disturbing,” said Dunn’s sister, Simone McIntosh. “They’re laughing and joking in the background saying, ‘No, we’re not going to help you.' It’s horrible.”

The two-and-a-half-minute video was released by the state attorney’s office on Thursday.

In the video, police said a group teenage boys can be heard yelling things like, “We’re not going to help you and you never should have gotten in there.”

When Dunn falls below the surface of the water for the final time, one of the teenagers can be heard saying, “We could have helped.”

Someone is then heard talking about marijuana.

“We identified all five of them,” said Cocoa Police Department spokesperson Yvonne Martinez.

Dunn’s loved ones said they are devastated by the recording and shocked criminal charges won’t be filed.

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“For you to record and not get on the phone and call is just cruel,” said the victim’s fiancée, Rondanielle Williams.

While the state attorney’s office could find no moral justification for the incident, there wasn’t sufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution under Florida statutes.

Still no deal in the Senate on GOP health care plan

Published: Friday, July 21, 2017 @ 7:39 AM

Republican Senators headed home for the weekend still at odds over the details of a GOP bill to overhaul the Obama health law, as Senate leaders vowed to press ahead early next week with a first procedural vote on the matter, though it still isn’t clear what exactly the GOP might vote on in an effort to break the deadlock on this top agenda item of President Donald Trump.

“The Democrats did their bill on their own, and obviously it’s got flaws that I think everyone would recognize; Republicans are beginning to feel like we’re getting into that same mode, if you want to be honest,” said Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), who said he worried that the GOP plan was being slapped together without an overall grand plan.

With a procedural vote expected next week on a motion to start debate on the bill, it wasn’t even clear for Senators what GOP leaders would offer on the floor as an alternative to the House-passed health care bill.

“I’m not yet decided,” Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) told a group of reporters pursuing him in the hallways of the Capitol. “It depends what’s in the bill.”

And on that point, GOP leaders didn’t have an answer on the details.

GOP Senators were being pursued every-which-way-possible at the Capitol complex, as reporters sought the latest update on the health care bill.

Down in the basement of the Capitol, as Senators arrived for votes, Democrats would walk by – and sometimes not one reporter would move; a few seconds later, a Republican Senator would walk off the subway, and was immediately mobbed by reporters.

“I think they want to talk to you,” a smiling Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) said as reporters descended upon him and Sen. Mike Rounds (R-ND), who sold insurance for many years in his home state.

“With the Obamacare model that’s in place today, you’re going to have increases in deductibles and co-pays,” Rounds argued to reporters, though GOP Senators haven’t rallied around what their full answer should be to reverse that.

“You just have people committed to trying to fix this problem,” said Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), who has repeatedly made clear his frustration with how GOP leaders have tried to put together this bill.

And that has led some Republicans to openly worry about how the GOP is forging a final plan.

“It’s feeling a little bazaar like – like a bidding war right now,” Corker said.

Demonstrating some of the frustration of the moment, Corker even suggested that his party go back to the idea of repealing large chunks of the Obama health law – without anything to replace it.

“I am beginning to feel that the best way to do it would be just to repeal – set a two or three year transition period, and force both parties to get together,” Corker said.

But there did not seem to be enough GOP votes for that idea.

“Senate Republicans complain of chaos in healthcare effort,” was one headline in my morning email inbox – as it’s not clear which way the GOP is going on health care reform at this point.

In the House, GOP lawmakers could only sit back and wait.

“I’m hopeful that we’ll see the Senate try to regroup, look at the issue, and try to work it out,” said Rep. Steve Russell (R-OK).

“I continue to trust that the Senate will do their job,” said Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA).

Not only is there some frustation with the Senate among GOP lawmakers, but a little with the White House as well.

“I really lay a lot of the blame on the Trump Administration itself,” said Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH).

“The President hasn’t really shown leadership and guidance on what the plan should be, and it’s left several different groups to work together to try to fashion one,” Turner said.