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Page 2 — THE CONWAY DAILY SUN, Thursday, July 7, 2011

Only four fliers for last shuttle launch

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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. (NY Times) — When NASA launches a space shuttle, there are either six or seven astronauts aboard. So why, on the 135th and final launching of the 30-year-old space shuttle program, will there be only four? The answer, perhaps not surprisingly, has to do with the Atlantis being the last flight: With no spare shuttle available to go and rescue the astronauts in case something goes wrong, the Americans would have to turn to the Russians to retrieve their crew from the International Space Station. And the Russian spacecraft — known as Soyuz capsules — hold only three astronauts, so two people would have to fly up and bring home the Americans one at a time. “This is a very low likelihood case,” said Atlantis’ commander, Capt. Christopher J. Ferguson of the Navy, during a news conference last week. But the agency’s safety experts have “done an extraordinarily thorough job of making sure we have a good plan to get home,” he said. The Atlantis is scheduled to leave from here at 11:26 a.m. on Friday, making its 33rd flight. But the forecast on Wednesday was for only a 30 percent chance of acceptable weather, so the launching could be delayed until Sunday or beyond.


Tomorrow High: 77 Low: 54 Sunrise: 5:10 a.m. Sunset: 8:29 p.m. Saturday High: 79 Low: 56

Today High: 79 Record: 97 (1993) Sunrise: 5:09 a.m.

I see nothing in space as promising as the view from a Ferris wheel.” —E. B. White

Tonight Low: 50 Record: 44 (1990) Sunset: 8:29 p.m.


DOW JONES 56.15 to 12,626.02 NASDAQ 8.25 to 2,834.02 S&P 1.34 to 1,339.22

records are from 3/1/74 to present

LOTTERY#’S DAILY NUMBERS Day 9-8-7 • 1-5-7-5 Evening 7-0-8 • 4-3-9-3

1,651 U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan.

Restive city of Hama tests will of Syrian government



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— courtesy

Libya rebels advance on two fronts

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BEIRUT, Lebanon (NY Times) — Fired up with zeal, activists say they have set up dozens of checkpoints in the Syrian city of Hama, alerting neighborhood groups with cries of “God is great” to the approach of feared security forces and throwing up barricades of burning tires and trash bins to block their path. Hama, the scene of the largest protests yet and haunted

by the memories of a ferocious crackdown a generation ago, has emerged as a potent challenge to President Bashar alAssad. In just days, the protests and the government’s uncertain response have underlined the potential scale of dissent in Syria, the government’s lack of a strategy in ending it, and the difficulty Mr. Assad faces in dismissing the demonstrations as religiously inspired unrest

with foreign support. Hama is still a far cry from the liberated territory that the most fervent there have declared, with perhaps more hope than evidence. But a government decision last month to withdraw its forces has ceded the streets to protesters, who have tried to create an alternative model to the heavy-handed repression that serves as a trademark of Baathist rule.

L.A. prepares for worst in freeway shutdown LOS ANGELES (NY Times) — You would think that Los Angeles, of all places, would know how to handle a catastrophe. But in just over a week, 11 miles of Interstate 405 — the north-south spine of the West Side of Los Angeles, which carries 500,000 cars every weekend over the Sepulveda Pass into the San Fernando Valley — is going to shut down for 53 hours, from late Friday night to early Monday morning. No cars, trucks or motorcycles will be allowed, to make way for the latest phase in a $1 billion widening project for a highway that serves

as an unhappy second home for commuters during rush hours. And they are calling it Carmageddon. City officials are warning of a traffic nightmare, urging people to stay home or get out of town with pronouncements that have taken on an increasingly alarming tone. “EXPECT BIG DELAY” reads the warning on electronic billboards on highways and streets from Bakersfield to San Diego. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has an official “Countdown to the Closure” clock on its Web site, ticking down to the weekend of July 16 and 17.

QAWALISH, Libya (NY Times) — Rebels opposed to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi seized control of this village in the mountains on Wednesday, extending their hold in western Libya and inching toward a supply route to the capital that they hope to sever. After a half-day gun battle, Colonel Qaddafi’s soldiers yielded the town in the early afternoon, firing rockets and mortars to cover their withdrawal. The ordnance exploded on the hillsides around the town with reverberating booms and plumes of dust and smoke that briefly kept the rebels away. But the rebels flowed in behind the fleeing troops, capturing more than a dozen of them and collecting the departed soldiers’ abandoned ammunition and equipment. Qawalish changed hands while rebels elsewhere reported making progress outside of Misurata, east of the capital, Tripoli, They said they were advancing toward the city of Zlitan. Those reports could not be independently confirmed.

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The Conway Daily Sun, Thursday, July 7, 2011  

The Conway Daily Sun, Thursday, July 7, 2011