Mars Spirit Rover gets unsolicited cleaning of solar panels. Aliens with dirty rag, spray bottle demanding at least a dollar
Mars scientists and engineers are elated about a dust-busting blast that has struck the Spirit rover at its Gusev crater exploration site. Rover scientists suspected something was up at the Gusev site when Spirit's wheel tracks were disappearing. Onboard cameras could look down and see the tracks vanishing. Rover team members assumed that the site was experiencing a heavy dust loading in the atmosphere.
Turns out that a Martian whirlwind dubbed a dust devil likely zoomed over the robot high up in the Columbia Hills. That fleeting flyby effectively cleaned Spirit's solar arrays, giving the robot a new lease on life. Engineers report that the rover's power reading quickly shot up to almost as high as when the rover landed on Mars over a year ago. -space.com
Man robs bank, walks across
parking lot to restaurant, has a beer and a sandwich while cops search
After his meal, Archambault hailed a taxi cab and asked to be taken to Ogden. The cab was en route when authorities contacted the driver and told him about the suspected bank robber in the back seat.
"When he told me he had a gun, I just pulled over and I told him, 'Hurry up and get out of here if you want to get away."' the driver said. Police officers were waiting at the cab's destination, and he was arrested when he stepped out. -4utah.com
With just hours to go before
he's released, Man escapes from prison
Authorities from the correctional center, along with Woodfin police and the Buncombe County Sheriff's Department, have been searching for Colvin but have not had any leads. - citizen-times.com
Talk about hard love, Florida
mom abandons 3yearold in woods to teach her survival skills
Glover told police she was headed to Tampa about 3 a.m. Tuesday with her two daughters when she ran out of gas in some woods near Orlando International Airport. At the time, it was raining, temperatures had dropped into the 40s and the wind was blowing about 20 mph, according to weather reports.
Glover left the car with her two children, leaving their jackets in the car, and forced the 3-year-old to walk barefoot beside her as she carried the infant, Torres said. She left the 3-year-old behind when she became too weak to walk farther.
At about 4 a.m., she knocked on the door of Bryan and Christa Carter, about three miles from her car. While his wife, Christa bathed the infant in warm water, Bryan Carter and Glover rushed out and found the 3-year-old about a quarter-mile from Carter's house. "She was very weak, very cold, in a hypothermic state. She was just kind of grunting and laying there face down on the ground,"' said a physician's assistant. -sun-sentinel.com
Compiled by Ahmed Ashiful Haque
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Right. Last week, I raised a question about juvenile executions. Returning RS member Hammad Ali seems to have a lot of strong opinions on the matter. So let's see what he's got to say:
"First of all, I am rather undecided when it comes to capital punishment. When the evidence is not strong enough, I am strongly against capital punishment. It is never ok to take away something that we cannot restore at a later time, in case we realise that an error had been made in the judgement. No matter how heinous the crime, if at least one person is not convinced of the accused being guilty, it is better to think of something other than the death penalty. However, if there is strong evidence, and the crime is more than just a random murder, the criminal should be sent to the gallows. This is especially applicable for all those twisted minds that have a penchant for chopping their victims even after death. Such people are not to be protected by any sort of human rights, because they give up human status the minute they act out such brutalities.
Let us move on to the topic of juvenile executions. I maintain much the same opinion about the matter when the evidence is not foolproof. Doubtful cases, whether juveniles or adults, should be put in custody. If ever there is a development in the case, their destiny will once again be open to discussion in the court. In cases when the criminal is surely found guilty, I believe we should take into consideration the gravity of the crime. Not all murders are of the same calibre. Stabbing a peer in the midst of a heated argument is not equivalent to deciding to open fire on a class full of students. The former, while still wrong, could well be cured through proper treatment. The latter, I doubt, will ever improve. Anyone can lose temper, but you do not start manslaughter just for that reason. A young man, who, caught in the moment, hurts someone fatally, deserves a chance. Those who decide that killing in video games in just not fun anymore, and hence try it in real life, do not. Of course, all this is my own opinion. Some may think I am being too soft, but I know from experience what a little love will do to a teenager. Some may think I am being too harsh, but again I know what monsters often lurk deep within some people."
If anyone has anything to add to that, please mail me. Otherwise, next week, I'll be moving on to a topic raised by another reader. Till then, take care.
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By The Girl Next Door
1. A rancher is
building a straight fence by stringing wires together, between posts
twenty-five meters apart. If the fence is 100 meters longn how many
posts should the rancher use?
When the man closed
the door, his wife, who had overheard the conversation asked him, "She
asked for $50?!? Does she realize that the porch goes all the way around
the house?" The man replied, "She must have, she was standing
right on it."
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