Archive for Tuesday, July 24, 2001

Nation briefs

July 24, 2001



Storm delays shuttle return

Approaching showers delayed space shuttle Atlantis' return early today from a mission to install a new portal for spacewalkers at the international space station.

Although the sky over the landing strip cleared Monday night and the wind eased, a thick band of showers was quickly moving toward Kennedy Space Center from the southwest. NASA feared the rain might reach the space center before Atlantis.

Mission Control waited until practically the last minute before deciding to call off the 12:37 a.m. landing attempt. Shuttle commander Steven Lindsey and his crew were ordered to take another swing around the world in hopes the weather would improve for the second and final landing opportunity of the morning 1 1/2 hours later.


Nike recalls cross-trainers

Nike Inc. recalled about 425,000 pairs of Jordan Trunner cross-training shoes on Monday after it received six reports of people who were cut by a metal strip on the outside of the heel.

Five of the injuries required stitches, and resulted in the recall of the Trunner and Trunner Mid. The Trunner Bubble and Trunner 2000 are being recalled to prevent further injuries. The model numbers are located on white labels inside the shoe, above the UPC code.

Major athletic shoe and department stores nationwide sold the shoes from July 1999 through July 2001 for between $90 and $125.


Killer gets four life terms for shooting in gay bar

A man upset because his last name made him a target of anti-homosexual jokes was sentenced Monday to four consecutive life terms for opening fire in a gay bar in Roanoke, killing one person and wounding six others.

Circuit Judge Clifford Weckstein said Ronald E. Gay showed a "need for structure and supervision."

Gay, a 55-year-old drifter, had pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and six malicious wounding charges. In court and in interviews with police, the gunman said he was on a mission to kill gay people. Gay also told police he was upset over the slang connotation of his last name.

Washington, D.C.

Immigration panel offers recommendations

A panel of State and Justice Department officials is recommending that the Bush administration adopt a new "guest worker" program for Mexicans, a White House spokesman said Monday.

The plan eventually could lead to permanent legal status to some of the 3 million Mexicans now in the United States unlawfully.

The proposal, sent to the White House on Friday, would be "part of our continued effort to work with the Mexican government toward our shared goal of a more orderly, more humane, legal and safe migration," spokesman Scott McClellan said.

The working group, co-chaired by Secretary of State Colin Powell and Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft, "recommends creation of a new, temporary guest-worker program that would allow for some of the workers to achieve permanent resident status over a period of time," McClellan told The Associated Press.

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