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Shuttle launch plan to be assessed today

Published Oct. 16, 2005

The commander is feeling better, but not well enough to fly the space shuttle Atlantis into orbit. Atlantis and its five-man crew had been scheduled to begin a secret military mission between midnight and 4 a.m. Thursday, but the flight has been delayed twice by an infection in the upper respiratory tract of mission commander John O. Creighton. Creighton was feeling better Thursday, but not well enough to persuade NASA officials that the launch could safely proceed today. NASA now plans to try for a launch Saturday between midnight and 4 a.m., but will reassess that plan today. The weather Saturday is not expected to favor a launch. NASA officials initially said the delay was the first in the manned space flight program attributable to astronaut illness, but after a closer review of the records, found it was the second. In 1969, the Apollo 9 mission was delayed three days after the three crew members got sick.Selma sues group of protesters

SELMA, Ala. _ The city has filed suit against a group that organized protests over the dismissal of a black school superintendent, accusing the demonstrators of breaking laws and increasing racial tension. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in state court after a federal judge rejected a similar complaint, seeks an order barring the Best Educational Support Team from further "reckless conduct" that disrupts education and government services. The demonstrators are demanding an extension of the contract of School Superintendent Norward Roussell, whose job ends in June.

S.C., Michigan abortion bills approved

Legislatures in South Carolina and Michigan have given final approval to bills requiring parental consent for teen-agers seeking abortions. The bill passed Wednesday by the South Carolina House requires consent by a parent or other guardian for girls younger than 17. A spokesman said Gov. Carroll Campbell backed the bill but wanted to "read the fine print" before signing it. In Michigan, Gov. James Blanchard said he would veto the consent bill, which applies to girls younger than 18 and passed the House by a 65-42 vote. The bill's supporters acknowledged they lacked the necessary 74 votes for an override in the 110-member House.

Judge rules against tribe in custody case

SANTA ANA, Calif. _ A judge has reversed himself and decided that a teen-ager's native Indian tribe has no right to dictate who will adopt her 8-month-old baby. The ruling Wednesday by Orange County Superior Court Judge Robert J. Polis gave Jodi Argleben, 19, the right to choose who will rear her daughter, Rebecca. A final decision almost certainly will be delayed by appeals. But Argleben has sworn that she will rear Rebecca herself rather than surrender her to the Aleuts in the small village on Kodiak Island, Alaska, where the teen-ager was born. Polis had ruled Jan. 19 that the 1978 Indian Child Welfare Act gave the tribe the right to make sure Rebecca is placed with an Aleut family.

Abortion-protest injunction is reinstated

BOSTON _ The state's has reinstated an order barring demonstrators from blocking abortion clinics, but the group Operation Rescue said it will obey a "higher law" and continue to protest. The Supreme Judicial Court ruled Thursday that the injunction places only minimal limitations on protesters and does not threaten their First Amendment rights.

Barry leaves Florida rehabilitation center

WASHINGTON _ District Mayor Marion Barry has left a Florida rehabilitation center to start what is being called the second phase of his treatment for alcoholism, a spokeswoman said Thursday. Barry, who had been a patient at the Hanley-Hazeldon Center in West Palm Beach since Jan. 21, was moved to the Fenwick Hall treatment center off the coast of South Carolina. The spokeswoman's statement said throughout that Barry was suffering from alcoholism and made no mention whether he had any problems with cocaine abuse.