07 August 2005

A Day To Celebrate Also To Not

British and Russian Naval officials and crews working together successfully freed the trapped mini sub containing 7 Russian sailors 600 feet below the surface of the Pacific. The sailors were rescued alive and well after their 3 day ordeal on the floor of the near arctic waters of the North Pacific. But all the news from today isn't happy. Annamarie Cruz Randazzo was found burned in an abandoned refrigerator. The 17 year old Florida honor student has been missing since July 21st. The last contact with the Annamarie had been that very night when she called her father to inform him that she was dropping off her friends and would be right home. Her car was located a few days later burned out. But her body wasn't located until yesterday after 2 men confessed to abducting and killing her.
Joshua Henninger, a 16-year-old acquaintance of Randazzo's, and Jeremy Chapman, 23, were each charged with second-degree murder and kidnapping Saturday. According to police, Randazzo went to Henninger's house after she dropped off her friends that night. There was an altercation, and one of the suspects struck her, police said. The pair tied Randazzo up, put her in her car and drove to an unknown location, where she was killed, police said. The two then drove her to the wooded area where her body was set ablaze in the abandoned refrigerator, police said. source
In other news, the space shuttle Discovery is preparing for an early morning return to Earth after a successful mission to the International Space Station. This mission was jammed packed with firsts that made history. Experiments conducted during the mission will contribute to the ability for future space missions to repair any damage created during the launch of the orbiter. The unprecedented maneuver that made the examination of the shuttle's heat shield, the unplanned but successful EVM by Astronaut Steve Robinson, the experiments involving bonding materials in zero gravity have all made this mission a victory for NASA. Now if they can only get the external fuel tank foam problem under control, perhaps they can get the ISS project completed before the shuttle is due to be retired. As I stated in the title of this post, A Day To Celebrate And Also One To Not. My condolences go out to the family of Annamarie Cruz Randazzo. And my praise goes out to the British and Russian crews which rescued the crew of the mini sub. And my praise also goes out to the crew of Discovery and the entire NASA family. Blogger's 1st Amendment Pledge If the FEC makes rules that limit my First Amendment right to express my opinion on core political issues, I will not obey those rules.

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