Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Shuttle fleet's home counts down to an uncertain future

Drive along Highway 50 into Titusville, just across the Indian River from NASA's Kennedy Space Center, and you’ll pass a Space Shuttle Inn, Shuttle Car Wash, and Space Coast Pawn & Jewelry. One of the town's two high schools is called Astronaut High. There's an elementary school called Apollo

Now, as NASA prepares to ground its shuttle fleet permanently — just four more launches are planned, including one early Monday — Titusville's 45,000 residents are left to wonder what's next.

NexTorch K1

NexTorch K1 flashlight
vid. done by GearBuyersGuide on youtube

Led SSC P9
Output 15 lumens
Runtime 150 Minutes
Battery Single AAA cell
Distance 98 feet/30 metres
Material: Aerospace grade aluminum 6061-T6 and stainless steel
Finish: II hard-anodized
Lens: Acrylic
Dimensions: 2.48" x 0.53" / 63 x 13.4mm (Head diameter 0.56" / 14.3mm)
Weight: 0.53oz / 15g (Battery excluded)

Gunmen attack Mexican army housing

only 2 troops hurt, thx god. So can some one answer me has the SHTF in mexico. i mean, when something happens between the drug cartels and the mexican government i think thats the worse it could get!!. no no no it gets worse and worse, bigger attacks, more kidnappings, more decapitations, etc. etc

Iran cleric: Tehran will strike Israel if attacked

"A top cleric with Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard has reiterated warnings that Tehran would strike archenemy Israel if the Jewish state and its Western allies attacked Iran.'

im not really sure what he's thinking lol. if the u.s and israel attacks iran their wouldnt be a iran left to mount an attack!!!

FBI use's billboard to catch bad guys

Crime fighting doesn't get much simpler than this: When Virginia drug suspect Edward Myricks eyed his photo on a giant digital billboard, he knew his run from the authorities was over.
"We posted his photo on billboards in Newark (after learning the suspect had traveled there), and when he saw the billboards he turned himself in on March 11," Chris Allen, an FBI spokesman, says.

The FBI's use of digital billboards to help capture elusive criminals has expanded from a one-city test in 2007 to a growing network that now covers more than 40 states this year. Allen says the billboards can be directly tied to solving 35 cases in the past two years.

"It is a real force multiplier," Allen says. "We can put 10 agents on a case. But when we put information on a billboard, all of a sudden we have 500,000 sets of eyes looking for what we are looking for."

The FBI also credits the billboard project with leading to the apprehension of serial bank robber Chad Schaffner, who was captured in September after he was featured on billboards in several Southeastern states. Last month, he pleaded guilty to a robbery spree in Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Indiana and Illinois.

The number of cases solved with the help of digital billboards is probably higher than 35 because tipsters don't always mention where they saw information about a suspect, Allen says.

"That is a remarkable number of cases solved," he says. "It outpaces the Internet and rivals (the TV show) America's Most Wanted in the ability to help us make arrests."

Outdoor advertising companies, including Clear Channel Outdoor, Adams Outdoor Advertising and Lamar Advertising Co., donate billboard space to the FBI, Allen says.

The digital billboards make it possible to get information out quickly, says Jeff Golimowski, spokesman for the Outdoor Advertising Association of America.

There are about 1,800 digital billboards across the USA, Golimowski says. Although that represents fewer than 1% of about 450,000 billboards in America, he says many of those signs are in highly populated areas.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has a similar plan with the Outdoor Advertising Association of Georgia, which also is partnering with the FBI, says the billboard association's Executive Director Conner Poe.

Some local law enforcement agencies have forged partnerships with local companies, such as the Janesville, Wis., Police Department and Lamar Advertising, which operates about a half-dozen digital billboards there


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