Originally published on Mon August 29, 2011 1:46 pm
The International Space Station may have to fly solo this fall. All of the astronauts, NASA said today, might have to leave the station in late November if Russian spacecrafts can't make trips to the station.
The AP reports:
If Russian Soyuz rockets remain grounded beyond mid-November, there will be no way to launch new crews before the current residents are supposed to leave.
A Russian supply ship was destroyed during liftoff last week. The rocket is similar to what's used to launch astronauts.
Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) said before Hurricane Irene rolled over the mid-Atlantic and up through New England that the Federal Emergency Management Agency does more harm than good because "all they do is come in and tell you what to do and [what you] can't do" and add billions of dollars to the federal deficit.
Plus, he added, the agency did not perform well after Hurricane Katrina pummeled New Orleans' levees six years ago — devastating that city.
Wisconsin politics — which hasn't been pretty of late — has made its way into a local Labor Day parade. The organizers of the Wausau Labor Day parade announced they would not let Republican lawmakers take part in the Sept. 5 display. The parade is organized by 30 local unions.
Whatever you think about the merits of boxing as a sport for adults, pediatricians say children have no place in the ring.
Citing the risk of injuries, including concussions, the American Academy of Pediatrics and its Canadian counterpart, the Canadian Paedeatric Society, have come out in opposition to boxing as a sport for children and adolescents.
Pediatricians should strongly discourage parents from letting their kids box and suggest sports "that do not encourage intentional head injuries," says a new policy statement from the two national groups for pediatricians.
Among the many photos and videos taken by people up and down the East during and after Hurricane Irene passed through are three clips taken Sunday in Mount Holly, Vt., as local firefighters rescued a couple from their vehicle.
WPTZ-TV of Plattsburgh, N.Y., has them posted here. It says they were taken by "u local contributor Melody Bothers Katrobos."
If you follow me on Twitter, you already know that I spent all day Saturday watching The Weather Channel. It started very early in the morning when I woke up nervous and headed out to the living room. The hurricane hadn't even made landfall yet, but they already had a guy on the beach who had been assigned to watch over a wooden pier to see if it would collapse. "I appreciate The Weather Channel's nonstop coverage of America's Pier," I said to practically nobody, since practically nobody was awake.
Spending had dipped 0.1 percent in June from May. That had raised concerns about whether consumers — who buy about 70 percent of all goods and services — might pull an already weak economy down further.
Our pal Linda Holmes over at Monkey See knows much more about these types of things than we do, but we do want to take a quick break from natural disasters and other heavy news to note that megastar Beyonce Knowles apparently stole the show at Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards by cleverly revealing to the world that she and Jay-Z are expecting a child.
Colin Powell isn't a fan of Dick Cheney's new memoir.
On CBS News' Face the Nation this weekend, former Bush administration secretary of state Powell said that Bush-era vice president Cheney takes some "cheap shots" and "overshot the runway" in the book that goes on sale this week.
Larry Powell is superintendent of 325 schools in Fresno County, Calif. Powell is giving back $800,000 over the next three years. He wants to preserve education programs from budget cuts. He'll work his final three years before retirement making less than a starting teacher's salary.
Some Baltimore residents were getting robocalls from the mayor around 4 a.m. Saturday reminding them that Hurricane Irene was on the way. The city's automatic phone calls were supposed to stop by 9 p.m. Friday, but a glitch kept them going through the night.
The remnants of Hurricane Irene moved north Monday into Canada, leaving behind a path of destruction after raking the mid-Atlantic and northeast, where residents faced damaging floods triggered by hours of torrential rains.
While Irene's maximum wind speed might not compare with other legendary hurricanes, the storm had tremendous reach. A couple of days after it beat up on North Carolina, it still had enough strength to pummel Vermont and other parts of New England.
An aging anti-corruption crusader in India has ended a two-week fast. He and the government reached a compromise on dealing with officials and politicians who demand bribes. Millions were riveted by the standoff.
Japan's finance minister moves to the prime minister's office after the country's ruling party voted him in Monday. Yoshihiko Noda is known as a fiscal hawk. Noda will be Japan's sixth prime minister in only five years.
Hurricane Irene destroyed houses, flooded cities and caused billions of dollars of damage. But the destruction was less than expected because Irene turned out to be less powerful than forecasters predicted.
Our last word in business today is tempest in a teapot. I know it's a cliche, but there is really no other way to describe the storm brewing over a change that the British tea maker Twinings made to its Earl Grey recipe in the UK. The distinctive flavor of Earl Grey comes from bergamot oil. Bergamot is a kind of orange, and Twinings recently jazzed up the 180-year-old recipe with some extra citrus flavor.
Vermont became an unexpected casualty of Hurricane Irene. The storm dropped up to seven inches of rain Sunday — flooding streams and sending rivers crashing over their banks. In the state highway system alone, 12 bridges were washed out.
We've all heard the theory that some students are visual learners, while others are auditory learners. And still other kids learn best when lessons involve movement.
But should teachers target instruction based on perceptions of students' strengths? Several psychologists say education could use some "evidence-based" teaching techniques, not unlike the way doctors try to use "evidence-based medicine."
On a recent morning, John Pierce walked across the sprawling hospital campus of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. On the lawn, he spotted people who have come to define the place in recent years.
"[They were] having physical fitness-type tests," Pierce says. "There were people with notebooks and things, like they record when you do your sit-ups and pushups — but these were a number of double amputees."
Pierce is the historian for the Walter Reed Society, which makes him an expert on the historic American hospital in Washington, D.C.
Cities have been tearing down crumbling, vacant houses for decades. The money for municipal demolition bills usually comes out of city budgets, but in Cleveland the housing crisis has started to change that equation.
Bill Beavers has lived on Cleveland's Dove Street since 1967. But on a frecent sunny morning, Beavers is sitting on a neighbor's front porch, watching something he has never seen on his block before.