Peduto Introduces ‘Safe Leave’ Policy For Abuse, Assault Victims « CBS Pittsburgh

 

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The City of Pittsburgh is about to join the ranks of other major American cities and offer paid safe leave for employees.

That leave would be for victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault, among other things. Organizations that advocate for victims of domestic abuse say the policy is long overdue.

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Stephanie Fox, a victim, says it’s definitely a step in the right direction, but more is needed.

“I’ve been stabbed with a screwdriver. I have cigarette burns all over me. I’ve had my teeth knocked out and my jaw redone. I have a bullet in the back of my leg,” she said.

Fox says she was in an abusive relationship for 14 years and lost half as many jobs because she couldn’t go to work.

 

Source: Peduto Introduces ‘Safe Leave’ Policy For Abuse, Assault Victims « CBS Pittsburgh

Plane crashes near Florida airport leaving at least two people dead | Fox News

At least two people were killed after a plane crashed Wednesday near the Daytona Beach International Airport.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported the aircraft belonged to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and had just lifted for takeoff from Daytona Beach International Airport during a training flight when it crashed.

Source: Plane crashes near Florida airport leaving at least two people dead | Fox News

MLK assassination: How Walter Cronkite covered the April 4, 1968 tragedy

 

On April 4, 1968, Walter Cronkite, then-anchor of the “CBS Evening News​,” went on air with a detailed report on the shooting and the nation’s reaction to the tragedy

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was standing on the balcony of the old Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, when he was shot dead 50 years ago today. King, an iconic pastor who led non-violent protests against racial inequality in the civil rights movement, later died at a hospital. He was 39.

That night, Walter Cronkite — then-anchor of the “CBS Evening News” — went on air with a detailed report on the shooting and the nation’s reaction to the tragedy.

The April 4, 1968 broadcast

“Dr. Martin Luther King, the apostle of non-violence in the civil rights movement, has been shot to death in Memphis, Tennessee,” Cronkite said. “Police have issued an all-points bulletin for a well-dressed, young white man seen running from the scene. Officers also reportedly chased and fired on a radio-equipped car containing two white men.”

“Dr. King was standing on the balcony of a second-floor hotel room tonight when, according to a companion, a shot was fired from across the street. In the friend’s words, the bullet exploded in his face,” Cronkite reported.

Source: MLK assassination: How Walter Cronkite covered the April 4, 1968 tragedy

 

Cops charge girl with bringing pocket knife to Indiana Co. high school | TribLIVE

 

Officials learned of the knife at 12:40 p.m. at Penns Manor High School in Cherryhill Township, in eastern Indiana County. Police said the knife was confiscated without incident.

The girl, whose age was not provided by police, is being charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds. The charge will be handled through juvenile court.

Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-837-5374, rsignorini@tribweb.com or via Twitter @byrenatta.

Source: Cops charge girl with bringing pocket knife to Indiana Co. high school | TribLIVE

BREAKING: At least one dead in shopping centre fire — emergency services scrambled

Smoke is pouring out of the “Perseus for Children” shopping centre on Semenovskaya Street.According to Russian media, the top four floors of the centre are ablaze.

At least one person is reported to have died in the fire.

The Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations says that the man was an employee of the shopping centre.

TRAPPED: There may be dozens stuck on the upper floors of the Perseus for Children mall

He died in an ambulance on the way to hospital.Five firefighters were injured tackling the blaze.

Two are being treated for heatstroke and another for smoke inhalation.

A man who escaped the fire said: “I was there with family.

Source: BREAKING: At least one dead in shopping centre fire — emergency services scrambled

‘Roseanne’ Ratings Climb, Hit 25 Million Viewers With Time-Shifting Record

 

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Roseanne’s ratings riches keep climbing, hitting a record haul for Nielsen’s live-plus-3 ratings growth.The new totals for the Mar. 27 premiere have the ABC comedy totaling 25 million viewers and a massive 7.3 rating among adults 18-49. Looking at just the audience, the 6.6 million viewer add-on from the premiere night is a time-shifting record. And that doesn’t even include the additional 4.3 million viewers who tuned into an encore telecast on Sunday night — or the growth it will see from Hulu and ABC streaming.

Source: ‘Roseanne’ Ratings Climb, Hit 25 Million Viewers With Time-Shifting Record

Dispatch: Officer-involved shooting in Miamisburg | Ohio

 

MIAMISBURG, Ohio (WDTN) – An armed robbery suspect is in the hospital with non-life threatening injuries after he was shot by police in Miamisburg Tuesday.

Police say investigators from Dearborn County, Indiana contacted law enforcement in Dayton about a man they believed was involved in an armed robbery in Indiana.

Officials tracked the man to the Red Roof Inn on Byers Road near State Route 725 Tuesday evening.

Police say they were working on a plan to take the man into custody when he unexpectedly walked out of his room.

According to authorities, when he saw officers, he started running.

Police say they opened fire when the man pulled out a gun and pointed it at officers.

Police describe the suspect as a 38-year-old man from Dayton. They say at this time, they are not releasing his name.

Officials say this is an ongoing investigation.

 

Source: Dispatch: Officer-involved shooting in Miamisburg | Ohio

Suspect In YouTube Shooting Angry That Her Videos Had Been ‘De-Monitized’

Police say a female suspect, identified as Nasim Aghdam, 39, died at the scene of the shooting. A San Francisco hospital received three wounded people from the incident, a spokesman says.

Updated at 3:40 a.m. ET on Wednesday

 

A photo provided by the San Bruno Police Department shows Nasim Aghdam. Law enforcement officials have identified Aghdam as the person who opened fire with a handgun, on Tuesday at YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, Calif.

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A woman with an apparent grudge against YouTube for what she claimed was censoring and “de-monitizing” her videos, opened fire at the video-sharing service’s San Bruno, Calif., headquarters, wounding several people before fatally shooting herself, according to police.

Police Chief Ed Barberini said the attack was carried out with a handgun and that it was being investigated as a domestic dispute.

Later, law enforcement officials identified the suspect as Nasim Najafi Aghdam, 39; however The San Jose Mercury News listed her age as 38.

The San Bruno Police Department is investigating a motive for this shooting. At this
time there is no evidence that the shooter knew the victims of this shooting or that
individuals were specifically targeted.
Anyone with any information related to this crime is urged to contact the San Bruno Police
Department at (650) 616-7100 or by email: sbpdtipline@sanbruno.ca.gov. Information
can be left anonymously.

Source: Suspect In YouTube Shooting Angry That Her Videos Had Been ‘De-Monitized’


4 Marines feared dead in helicopter crash near US-Mexico border | Fox News

 

A U.S. Marine Corps helicopter crashed Tuesday — killing its four crew members — during exercises along the U.S.-Mexico border near Plaster City, Calif., military officials said.

“We are currently still responding to what we have confirmed as a single helicopter incident,” said a Facebook post from the nearby Naval Air Facility El Centro.

The naval facility sent fire and security units as well as other helicopters to the scene of the crash, KYMA-TV reported.

Source: 4 Marines feared dead in helicopter crash near US-Mexico border | Fox News

Jeannette leads Westmoreland in overdose deaths, officials look to reverse trend | TribLIVE

 

The city had 21 fatal overdoses last year, surpassing the county’s largest municipality, Hempfield Township, which had 19. Yet Hempfield has more than 41,300 residents, more than quadruple Jeannette’s 9,300.

“When you look at the populations … it is amazing. Usually it’s Hempfield, Derry and Unity townships with the higher populations that have had the most,” Coroner Ken Bacha said.

Source: Jeannette leads Westmoreland in overdose deaths, officials look to reverse trend | TribLIVE

2 firefighters dead after planes collide at Marion, Indiana, airport

MARION, Ind. — Two planes collided at a small Indiana airport Monday evening, killing two firefighters, the Grant County coroner told CBS affiliate WTTV. Officials identified the victims as Kyle M. Hibst and David Wittkamper, both 31-years-old from Elwood. They had served as volunteer firefighters at the Pipe Creek Fire Department out of Madison County.

The crash at Marion Municipal Airport, about 50 miles northeast of Indianapolis, involved a small private plane, which sustained fire damage after the collision, and a larger plane that had its tail completely severed off.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) says the planes involved were a Cessna 525 Citation Jet and a single-engine Cessna 150, WTTV reports.

The FAA believes the Cessna 150 struck the tail of the Citation while attempting to take off at 5:09 p.m. local time. The Citation had just landed, WTTV reports.

Source: 2 firefighters dead after planes collide at Marion, Indiana, airport

Britain’s Prince Philip, 96, enters hospital for hip surgery – ABC News

Queen Elizabeth II’s 96-year-old husband, Prince Philip, has been admitted to a London hospital for a previously scheduled hip surgery, Buckingham Palace said Tuesday.

The palace said the prince entered the King Edward VII Hospital in the afternoon and would have the surgery Wednesday. It said the hospital admission and surgery were planned.

Officials declined to provide additional details about the surgery and said “further updates will be issued when appropriate.”

The prince announced in May that he was retiring from most public duties after decades of royal service. The palace said at the time he had carried out roughly 22,000 solo royal engagements since Elizabeth ascended to the throne in 1952.

Source: Britain’s Prince Philip, 96, enters hospital for hip surgery – ABC News

‘Reckless’ Mustang driver hits 150 mph in chase, troopers back off | Fox News

The Colorado State Patrol were outdone Friday and gave up chasing a reckless driver in an old-model Mustang speeding at 150 mph.

But instead of stopping, the Mustang driver accelerated to 150 mph, leaving the troopers behind and unable to catch up or even read the vehicle’s license plates.

The interstate generally straight and is known for drivers testing their vehicles’ limits. It’s also among the most dangerous roads, where there are more fatal crashes than in any other spot in whole Denver.

Troopers reportedly did not continue the pursuit out of their safety concerns.

Source: ‘Reckless’ Mustang driver hits 150 mph in chase, troopers back off | Fox News

Half of European flights delayed due to system failure – BBC News

Almost 15,000 flights could be delayed after a failure in Europe’s air traffic co-ordination system.

The European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation said almost 15,000 scheduled flights in Europe “could have some delay”.

Contingency plans put in place have reduced the network capacity by another 10%, it said.

The problem is expected to be solved late on Tuesday evening.

The safety group, also known by its shorter name Eurocontrol, said there had been a failure in its Enhanced Tactical Flow Management System.

The system helps to manage air traffic by comparing demand and capacity of different air traffic control sectors.

Air traffic control itself has not been directly affected, and Eurocontrol said there “are no safety implications arising from this incident”.

“We have never had anything like this before,” a Eurocontrol spokesman told the AFP news agency.

Source: Half of European flights delayed due to system failure – BBC News

16-year-old boy dies after being shot in Duquesne | TribLIVE

 

Allegheny County Police said they believe the 16-year-old’s wound was self-inflicted in the 400 block of Hamilton Street before 7 p.m. Saturday.

First responders found the boy suffering from a gunshot wound to the head.

Trib news partner WPXI-TV reported that the boy was taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital, where he later died.

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-226-4701, brittmeyer@tribweb.com or on Twitter @BCRittmeyer.

Source: 16-year-old dies after being shot in Duquesne | TribLIVE

Police Seek Identity Of North Hills Serial Dine-And-Dasher « CBS Pittsburgh

 

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NORTH HILLS (KDKA) — Police want your help identifying a man suspected of eating and drinking at restaurants in the North Hills and then skipping out without paying the check.

And it turns out, he may have struck again Monday night.

The manager of the North Park Lounge in McCandless believes man who skipped out on the bill is the same man whose picture was posted by Indiana Township Police on Facebook.

 

Indiana Township Police believe a man has skipped out at Il Pizzaiolo, B.J.’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, Bonefish Grill and the Middle Road Inn.

“He just ordered a coffee and then all of sudden he was gone,” said Middle Road Inn owner Natalie Fezza. “And I was like, ‘No, he didn’t leave!’ So we were waiting and waiting, and we left his stuff sit, and he was gone.”

Police report that he drives a gold Honda CRV, has a tinted license plate frame and smokes Marlboro Red.

Indiana Township Police are looking for any information that might help identify this guy.

Source: Police Seek Identity Of North Hills Serial Dine-And-Dasher « CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH DRUG BUST: Police seize over $100k in narcotics, weapons in Pittsburgh drug bust; 3 arrested

Three people are facing charges after over $100,000 worth of narcotics was seized during a drug bust in Pittsburgh’s Fineview neighborhood Friday night, Pittsburgh police said.

According to a news release, police located and seized the following items from the home:

  • Three firearms (one 9 mm handgun and two .40 caliber handguns)
  • 2 kilograms of cocaine
  • 50 bricks of heroin
  • 18 grams of raw heroin
  • 1 ounce of loose cocaine
  • 43 grams of fentanyl
  • 10 ounces of marijuana
  • 2 ounces of crack cocaine
  • Hundreds of unused stamp bags of heroin

Police also found approximately $18,000 in cash, along with hundreds of rounds of ammunition, authorities said.

Source: PITTSBURGH DRUG BUST: Police seize over $100k in narcotics, weapons in Pittsburgh drug bust; 3 arrested

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Police: Driver failed field sobriety test after car crash | News | tribdem.com

Two people were transported to Memorial Medical Center on Sunday, following a three-vehicle crash on Broad Street.

Johnstown Fire Department Assistant Chief Bob Statler said the crash occurred after a Volkswagen sedan rear-ended a Jeep that was at Broad Street’s Fourth Avenue intersection preparing to turn.

 Both injured passengers were traveling in the Jeep, Statler said. Another sedan was also struck but sustained minor damage.

The Volkswagen’s driver was taken into custody

Source: Police: Driver failed field sobriety test after car crash | News | tribdem.com

Religion argument on Easter leads to 6-hour standoff in Hempfield, police say | TribLIVE

 

An argument over religion on Easter Sunday allegedly prompted a Chicago man to pull a handgun on two people at the Hempfield Heights Apartment complex that led to them calIing 911 and state police responding.

Antoine D. Drew, 39, was arraigned Monday before Hempfield District Judge Mark Mansour on multiple criminal charges.

Mansour ordered Drew held in the Westmoreland County Prison on $100,000 bond. with tentatively setting a preliminary hearing on April 13.

Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-2860, ppeirce@tribweb.com or via Twitter @ppeirce_trib.

Source: Religion argument on Easter leads to 6-hour standoff in Hempfield, police say | TribLIVE

Hundreds of schools closed as teachers rally in Oklahoma, Kentucky

 

Hundreds of schools were closed Monday morning in Oklahoma and Kentucky while thousands of teachers rallied at their state capitols, CBS News correspondent Omar Villafranca reports. They’re demanding higher pay and increased school funding.

Art teacher Laurissa Kovacs says her kids aren’t even getting the basics at Puterbaugh Middle School.

“The chairs are in awful condition,” Kovacs told Villafranca. “They’re broken and they literally hurt the kids to sit down. If you look through the stacks, you can just see how many of the broken areas and cracks that will pinch you and jagged tops.”

Kovacs says she’s had to bring in folding chairs from home to give her students a proper place to sit. She can’t take the frustration any longer.

Source: Hundreds of schools closed as teachers rally in Oklahoma, Kentucky

Teen who fell into sewage pipe rescued after frantic search

 

LOS ANGELES — A 13-year-old boy who apparently fell into a drainage pipe at a park while spending Easter with his family has been rescued after a frantic search. CBS Los Angeles reports Jesse Hernandez was found just before 5:30 a.m. local time, nearly 13 hours after he was first reported missing. Investigators believe he was playing in the area with other children when he fell through the roof of a 20-foot concrete building into a drainage sewage system below.

“A tremendous team effort over the past 12 hours resulted in the best outcome, Jesse Hernandez was found alive this morning,” the Los Angeles Fire Department said in a statement.

More than 100 members of the Los Angeles Fire Department and personnel from several agencies assisted in the search.

“From start to finish, this was an unprecedented team effort,” the fire department said.

Source: Teen who fell into sewage pipe rescued after frantic search

Dog license, rabies vaccination canvassing in Westmoreland County begins Tuesday | TribLIVE

 

When state dog wardens fan out across Westmoreland County over the next two weeks to check whether more than 40,000 dogs have current licenses and rabies vaccinations, they won’t choose communities haphazardly, according to Kristen Donmoyer of the Department of Agriculture.

 Checks will begin Tuesday and continue the week of April 9.

“Most residents are cooperative, but not all. If a person is uncooperative, the warden can’t just barge in,” she said. “People can tell us to take a hike or get off their property.”

In those instances, the warden leaves a request for the homeowner to provide the required information by mail.

Source: Dog license, rabies vaccination canvassing in Westmoreland County begins Tuesday | TribLIVE

Man dies after crashing bike into wall in Cambria County | WJAC

SCALP LEVEL BOROUGH, Pa.. – A 22-year-old Windber man died Friday in a bicycle accident.According to Coroner Jeff Lees, Matthew B. Thacker was riding his bike on Main Street in Scalp Level Borough when he went down a steep hill, lost control and struck a wall.

Thacker was not wearing a helmet, and died as a result of a head injury and the death was deemed accidental.

Source: Man dies after crashing bike into wall in Cambria County | WJAC

Local soldiers prepare for deployment to Iraq | WeAreCentralPA

The men and women salute in honor of their country at the Punxsutawney Community Center Wednesday morning.  The same group will soon put their lives on the line. They’re the 665 Engineer Utilities Detachment and they will be deployed to Iraq

The army reserve soldiers will be overseas for about a year, completing construction related missions.

“It is a bittersweet moment because the soldiers are going and but yet they’re going to do something that’s worthy,” says the 665th Detachment Commander, CPT John Kennelly.

Source: Local soldiers prepare for deployment to Iraq | WeAreCentralPA

First it was Confederate monuments. Now statues offensive to Native Americans are poised to topple across the U.S.

A battle to take down a statue of President William McKinley in the small Northern California city of Arcata reflects a growing debate around the country on monuments that honor those who helped bring about the deaths of Native peoples.

No other city has taken down a monument to a president for his misdeeds. But Arcata is poised to do just that. The target is an 8½-foot bronze likeness of William McKinley, who was president at the turn of the last century and stands accused of directing the slaughter of Native peoples in the U.S. and abroad.

Source: First it was Confederate monuments. Now statues offensive to Native Americans are poised to topple across the U.S.

‘NYPD Blue,’ ‘LA Law,’ ‘Hill Street Blues’ creator Steven Bochco dead at 74 | Fox News

Steven Bochco, who wrote and produced some of the most memorable shows in television history, died Sunday after a lengthy battle with leukemia.

Though best-known for his cop dramas, Bochco was also behind the more comic “Doogie Howser, M.D.” and the high-profile flop “Cop Rock,” which attempted to marry gritty police work with Broadway show tunes.

Source: ‘NYPD Blue,’ ‘LA Law,’ ‘Hill Street Blues’ creator Steven Bochco dead at 74 | Fox News

Woman At Stephon Clark Vigil Is Struck By Sheriff’s Vehicle

The activist, Wanda Cleveland, 61, was there to remember the death of an unarmed black man at the hands of Sacramento police officers. But during the vigil for Stephon Clark, she was struck by a Sacramento County Sheriff Department vehicle.

The collision occurred on Saturday night. One video shared on Twitter shows people carrying signs of protest around sheriff vehicles. A voice on a megaphone says, “Back away from my vehicle” four times. Another voice can be heard saying, “Back away from my car” before the activist is knocked down to the curb.

Source: Woman At Stephon Clark Vigil Is Struck By Sheriff’s Vehicle

PITTSBURGH SNOW: Winter weather advisory in effect, widespread snow expected

Severe Weather Team 11 is finalizing the changing forecast, for Channel 11 Morning News starting at 4:30 a.m.

Despite it being the start of April, a quick-moving snowstorm will race eastward from the Ohio Valley through the mid-Atlantic and southern New England into Monday morning.

To the north of the storm’s track, a narrow swath of snow is expected. The band of accumulating snow will be no more than 100-150 miles wide, so a 25-mile north-to-south distance could mean the difference between a coating of snow and up to a half a foot.

Quick-hitting snow April 1

“This snow event will last 8 hours or less in any one community, but that will be enough time to whiten the ground with some areas also facing slick travel,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said.

Most communities along the path of the storm will receive 3-6 inches, but there can be localized amounts up to 8 or 9 inches in parts of central Pennsylvania.

Source: PITTSBURGH SNOW: Winter weather advisory in effect, widespread snow expected

Source: https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/easter-snowstorm-to-slow-travel-from-plains-to-mid-atlantic/70004557

Tiangong 1: Chinese satellite falls to Earth, mostly burns up on re-entry

China’s defunct space station re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere after 8 p.m. ET Sunday, mostly burning up over the central South Pacific

The disintegrating lab hurtled from orbit toward the South Pacific waters at about 8:16 p.m. ET, Space.com reports.

Scientists say the disintegrated debris that survived the fiery descent was likely small and relatively harmless, reports NPR’s Rebecca Hersher.

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UPDATE: confirmed reentered the atmosphere over the southern Pacific Ocean at ~5:16 p.m. (PST) April 1. For details see http://www.space-track.org  @US_Stratcom @usairforce @AFSpaceCC @30thSpaceWing @PeteAFB @SpaceTrackOrg

Below are some questions and answers about the station, its re-entry and the past and future of China’s ambitious space program

No one knows for sure. However, on Friday, before updating the latest time window, the Aerospace Corp. said the debris would most likely descend into the Pacific Ocean.

When the space station’s fall was forecast for noon EDT on Sunday (Aerospace has since moved its forecast back four and a half hours), an expert told Space.com that Tiangong 1 would likely begin its re-entry over Malaysia, and rain debris into the Pacific Ocean.

Earlier, the Aerospace Corp. also said it could land along a strip of the U.S. that includes the southern Lower Peninsula of Michigan. That prompted Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder to activate the state’s Emergency Operations Center to monitor the station.

Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, Michigan’s deputy director of emergency management and homeland security, said “the chances are slim that any of the debris will land in Michigan, but the state is monitoring the situation and is prepared to respond quickly if it does.”

What will happen and how great is the danger?

China’s chief space laboratory designer Zhu Zongpeng has denied Tiangong was out of control, but hasn’t provided specifics on what, if anything, China is doing to guide the craft’s re-entry.

Based on Tiangong 1’s orbit, it will come to Earth somewhere between latitudes of 43 degrees north and 43 degrees south, or roughly somewhere over most of the United States, China, Africa, southern Europe, Australia and South America. Out of range are Russia, Canada and northern Europe.

Based on its size, only about 10 percent of the spacecraft will likely survive being burned up on re-entry, mainly its heavier components such as its engines. The chances of anyone person on Earth being hit by debris is considered less than one in a trillion.

“This is a big thing the size of a school bus. Most of the stuff in it will just burn up in the atmosphere,” Mordecai-Mark Mac Low, curator of astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History, told CBS New York.

Ren Guoqiang, China’s defense ministry spokesman, told reporters Thursday that Beijing has been briefing the United Nations and the international community about Tiangong 1’s re-entry through multiple channels.

How common is man-made space debris?

Debris from satellites, space launches and the International Space Station enters the atmosphere every few months, but only one person is known to have been hit by any of it: American woman Lottie Williams, who was struck but not injured by a falling piece of a U.S. Delta II rocket while exercising in an Oklahoma park in 1997.

Most famously, America’s 77-ton Skylab crashed through the atmosphere in 1979, spreading pieces of wreckage near the southwestern Australia city of Perth, which fined the U.S. $400 for littering.

The breakup on re-entry of the Columbia space shuttle in 2003 killed all seven astronauts and sent more than 80,000 pieces of debris raining down on a large swath of the Southern United States. No one on the ground was injured.

In 2011, NASA’s Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite was considered to pose a slight risk to the public when it came down to Earth 20 years after its launching. Debris from the 6-ton satellite ended up falling into the Pacific Ocean, causing no damage.

China’s own space program raised major concerns after it used a missile to destroy an out-of-service Chinese satellite in 2007, creating a large and potentially dangerous cloud of debris.

What is Tiangong 1 and what was it used for?

Launched in 2011, Tiangong 1 was China’s first space station, serving as an experimental platform for bigger projects such as the Tiangong 2 launched in September 2016 and a future permanent Chinese space station.

The station, whose name translates as “Heavenly Palace,” played host to two crewed missions that included China’s first female astronauts and served as a test platform for perfecting docking procedures and other operations. Its last crew departed in 2013 and contact with it was cut in 2016. Since then it has been orbiting gradually closer and closer to Earth on its own while being monitored.

The station had two modules, one for its solar panels and engines, and one for a pair of astronauts to live in and conduct experiments. A third astronaut slept in the Shenzhou spaceships that docked with the station, which also contained facilities for personal hygiene and food preparation.

How advanced is China’s space program?

Since China conducted its first crewed mission in 2003 – becoming only the third country after Russia and the U.S. to do so – it has taken on increasingly ambitious projects, including staging a spacewalk and landing its Jade Rabbit rover on the moon.

China now operates the Tiangong 2 precursor space station facility, while the permanent station’s 20-ton core module is due to be launched this year. The completed 60-ton station is set to come into full service in 2022 and operate for at least a decade.

China was excluded from the 420-ton International Space Station mainly due to U.S. legislation barring such cooperation and concerns over the Chinese space program’s strong military connections. China’s space program remains highly secretive and some experts have complained that a lack of information about Tiangong 1’s design has made it harder to predict what might happen upon its re-entry.

A mission to land another rover on Mars and bring back samples is set to launch in 2020. China also plans to become the first country to soft-land a probe on the far side of the moon.

Source: Tiangong 1: Chinese satellite falls to Earth, mostly burns up on re-entry

Visitors sit beside a model of China’s Tiangong-1 space station in 2010, at the 8th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai in southern China’s Guangdong Province. As forecast, China’s defunct Tiangong 1 space station re-entered Earth’s atmosphere Sunday. Kin Cheung/AP

Penguins beat Canadiens 5-2 to clinch playoff berth | News & Observer

Patric Hornqvist picked up his 200th career goal and the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins clinched their 12th straight playoff berth with a 5-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.

March 31, 2018 11:17 PM

Updated March 31, 2018 11:18 PM

Source: Penguins beat Canadiens 5-2 to clinch playoff berth | News & Observer

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