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.

Confessed attempted rapist reveals chilling details of plans to rape real estate agents

Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 2:01 PM

A Pennsylvania judge has upheld the sentence of a Bucks County man who pleaded guilty to an attempted rape charge in 2013.

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Frank Yeager, 33, was sentenced to prison for up to 20 years and later appealed, contending that his lawyer did not question whether his confession was legal.

Yeager revealed he regarded his search for potential rape victims as “full time work,” police said.

He wrote in a note, “I truly enjoy the hunt and cannot wait for my prize.” He compiled a list with more than 200 names, addresses and personal information about targets, according to Lehigh Valley Live, and was was fixated on raping real estate agents.

Judge H. Geoffrey Moulton Jr. upheld Yeager’s sentence and portrayed him as a full-blown psychopath who was obsessed with rape, Penn Live reported.

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Yeager plotted for five months to rape a real estate agent by luring her to a property, and even waited in the home for her with the lights off.

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Fireworks recall underway over ‘burn hazard,’ could explode unexpectedly

Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 5:50 PM

TNT is recalling the fireworks pictured here. Red White & Blue Smoke Fireworks could explode unexpectedly, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
TNT Fireworks

A fireworks recall is underway just in time for the Fourth of July.

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TNT Fireworks is recalling Red White & Blue Smoke Fireworks, which were sold at Walmart, Target and other stores.

The product can explode unexpectedly, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

“The Blue Ammo Smoke effect could rapidly dispel from the bottom of the tube in an explosive manner posing a burn hazard,” the company said on its website.

The pyrotechnics were sold in four states, Ohio, Illinois, Vermont and Wisconsin, between May and this month.

The company said it is offering a refund or a replacement for those who bought the defective fireworks.

Owners of giant rabbit that died on United Airlines flight threaten lawsuit

Published: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 @ 6:14 AM

United Airlines suffered another problematic PR situation Monday, with the threat of a lawsuit surrounding the death of a giant rabbit who died onboard a flight last month.

Darius: 4'3" long and 50 pnds of Rabbit. 130cm and 23kg

The 3-foot-long rabbit named Simon — who was en route from his breeder in London to his new owners in Iowa — was found dead in his crate after the plane stopped in Chicago.

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According to ABC News, although the airline apparently reached an agreement with the breeder on Monday, the would-be owners, a group of Des Moines-area businessmen who had bought Simon and intended to display him at this summer’s Iowa State Fair, are threatening legal action. Simon had been expected to grow to as much as 40 pounds, which would have made him the world’s largest rabbitCBS News reported.

The would-be owners are not only upset about his death but also are questioning why he was cremated so quickly.

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Their attorney, Guy Cook, said they are "requesting that United Airlines re-evaluate its policies with respect to the transportation of pets and ask that they take responsibility for this incident," ABC News reported.

United spokesman Charles Hobart said the airline is reviewing a letter from the owners' attorneys and "takes its responsibilities in transporting pets seriously," ABC News reported.

Read more here.

– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Police who dragged passenger from United flight stand by use of force

Published: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 @ 7:29 AM

The police report from the aviation security officers who were recorded on video dragging a passenger off an United Airlines flight earlier this month has been released.

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The officers said David Dao was aggressive and said they used “minimal but necessary force to remove the subject,” WGN reported.

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United had randomly selected Dao to leave the flight to allow employees fly to their work destination in Louisville.

Police reports said Dao told officials, “I’m not leaving this flight that I paid money for. I don’t care if I get arrested,” WGN reported.

The report was written by Officer Maricio Rodriguez Jr., The Chicago Tribune reported.

Video of Dao’s removal caused an uproar across the country after going viral.

One of the officers said in the report that Dao was “swinging his arms up and down with a closed fist.” He added that the passenger was “flailing and fighting” when Officer James Long tried to remove him and that is what caused Dao to hit his own head on a seat divider, The Tribune reported.

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Dao, according to the report, returned to the flight and the flight crew said he had been “spitting blood” in the galley.

It was later discovered that Dao had a concussion, a broken nose, a sinus injury and lost two front teeth, The Tribune reported.

A total of four officers, Rodriguez, Long, Stephen Smith and Sgt. John Moore, are suspended with pay. Long, who is seen dragging Dao down the aisle had returned from a multi-day suspension for not guarding an airport entrance, WHAS and WGN reported.

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Moore had also faced suspension during his tenure with the department for not being at work and not telling his bosses, WHAS reported.

The airline apologized multiple times after the incident came to light. It also has changed how and when passengers can be removed from a flight.