in­dicted in deadly car chase

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HONOLULU (AP) — Be­fore Apollo as­tro­nauts went to the moon, they went to Hawaii to train on the Big Is­land’s lu­nar land­scapes.

Now, decades-old pho­tos are sur­fac­ing of as­tro­nauts scoop­ing up Hawaii’s soil and rid­ing across vol­canic fields in a “moon buggy” ve­hi­cle.

The Pa­cific In­ter­na­tional Space Cen­ter for Ex­plo­ration Sys­tems, a Hawaii state agency, is dis­play­ing the pho­tos at its Hilo head­quar­ters. Rob Kelso, the agency’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, found the im­ages at the John­son Space Cen­ter in Hous­ton.

As­tro­nauts from Apollo mis­sions 13 through 17 trained in Hawaii as did some back up crews, Kelso said.

Some train­ing was on Mauna Kea vol­cano, where gla­cial runoff crushed and re­fined rock into pow­der. As­tro­nauts also trained on re­cent lava flows.

To­day, ro­bots are tested on the Big Is­land for moon and Mars mis­sions.

In re­cent years, en­gi­neers have tested tech­nol­ogy to pull oxy­gen out of the is­land’s dirt, which is vol­canic basalt like the Mar­tian and lu­nar soil. Fu­ture mis­sions could use this tech­nol­ogy to ex­tract oxy­gen from the land in­stead of tak­ing it along. The oxy­gen could be used for breath­ing, to make fuel or for other pur­poses.

Kelso said sci­en­tists are also in­ter­ested in test­ing ro­bots at the Big Is­land’s lava tubes and lava tube skylight holes, which re­sem­ble sim­i­lar for­ma­tions re­cently spotted in high-def­i­ni­tion im­ages taken by satel­lites or­bit­ing the moon, Mer­cury, Venus and Mars.

Lava tubes are tun­nels made when lava forms a solid roof af­ter flow­ing steadily in a con­fined area for hours. Skylight holes are formed when part of the tube breaks.

CLEVE­LAND (AP) — A po­lice car chase that ended in a school­yard with two un­armed sus­pects dy­ing in a hail of 137 bul­lets is part of a wide-rang­ing federal in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the Cleve­land Po­lice Depart­ment’s use of deadly force and its pur­suit poli­cies.

Six of­fi­cers in the po­lice depart­ment were in­dicted Fri­day on charges re­lated to the chase, Cuy­ohoga County pros­e­cu­tor Tim McGinty said. Pa­trol of­fi­cer Michael Brelo, who the pros­e­cu­tor said stood on the hood of the sus­pects’ car and fired at least 15 shots through the wind­shield, has been charged with two counts of man­slaugh­ter. Five su­per­vi­sors have been charged with dere­lic­tion of duty for fail­ing to con­trol the chase.

McGinty cited a U.S. Supreme Court rul­ing this week that said po­lice can’t fire on sus­pects af­ter a pub­lic safety threat has ended. He said the other of­fi­cers on the scene had stopped fir­ing af­ter the Novem­ber 2012 chase ended.

“This was now a stop-and-shoot — no longer a chase­and-shoot,” McGinty said. “The law does not al­low for a stop-and-shoot.”

Driver Ti­mothy Rus­sell was shot 23 times. Pas­sen­ger Malissa Wil­liams was shot 24 times. No gun was found on them or in their ve­hi­cle. The chase be­gan when an of­fi­cer thought he heard a gun­shot from a car speed­ing by the po­lice and courts com­plex, jumped into his pa­trol car and ra­dioed for help. Po­lice don’t know why Rus­sell didn’t stop.

Brelo fired 49 shots. None of the other 12 of­fi­cers who fired shots were in­dicted, McGinty said Fri­day.

Man charged with im­ped­ing

marathon bomb­ing probe

BOS­TON (AP) — A friend of the broth­ers sus­pected of bomb­ing the Bos­ton Marathon was ac­cused Fri­day of ob­struct­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the deadly at­tack by delet­ing in­for­ma­tion from his com­puter and ly­ing to in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

The friend, Khair­ul­lozhon Matanov, 23, of Quincy, was ar­rested at his apart­ment. He later ap­peared in federal court, but en­tered no plea and was be­ing held un­til a de­ten­tion hear­ing Wed­nes­day.

In de­scrib­ing Matanov’s re­la­tion­ship with bomb­ing sus­pects Tamer­lan and Dzhokhar Tsar­naev, an in­dict­ment unsealed Fri­day re­vealed new de­tails about what the broth­ers did in the hours af­ter they al­legedly planted two home­made bombs that killed three people and wounded more than 260. About 40 min­utes af­ter the bombs went off, Matanov called Tamer­lan Tsar­naev and in­vited him to din­ner, the in­dict­ment said, and all three of them dined to­gether at a restau­rant that night.

Days later, af­ter the Tsar­naevs’ pho­tos were pub­licly re­leased, Matanov deleted ref­er­ences from his com­puter to videos and pho­tos of them, a photo of the MIT po­lice of­fi­cer who au­thor­i­ties say the Tsar­naevs killed days af­ter the at­tack and files that con­tained vi­o­lent con­tent or calls to vi­o­lence, the in­dict­ment al­leges.

Drug helps breast cancer

pa­tients keep fer­til­ity

CHICAGO (AP) — Doc­tors may have found a way to help young breast cancer pa­tients avoid in­fer­til­ity caused by chemo­ther­apy. Giv­ing a drug to shut down the ovaries tem­po­rar­ily seems to boost the odds they will work af­ter treat­ment ends, and it might even im­prove sur­vival, a study found.

“They’re re­ally ex­cit­ing find­ings” that could help thou­sands of women each year in the United States alone, said the study’s leader, Dr. Halle Moore of the Cleve­land Clinic.

“This has im­pli­ca­tions far be­yond breast cancer,” for young women with other types of tu­mors, too, added Dr. Clif­ford Hudis, breast cancer chief at Me­mo­rial Sloan Ket­ter­ing Cancer Cen­ter in New York City.

He is pres­i­dent of the Amer­i­can So­ci­ety of Clin­i­cal On­col­ogy, which fea­tured the study at its an­nual con­fer­ence in Chicago on Fri­day. More than 30,000 cancer spe­cial­ists from around the world are at­tend­ing.

Chemo­ther­apy of­ten causes pre­ma­ture ovar­ian fail­ure, or early menopause. Doc­tors think that ac­tive ovaries are more sus­cep­ti­ble to chemo dam­age, and that mak­ing them go dor­mant and stop­ping a woman’s monthly cy­cles might help shield them from harm.


This Dec. 1970 im­age pro­vided by NASA shows Apollo 15 com­man­der,Dave Scott and lu­nar mod­ule pi­lot Jim Ir­win train­ing on the Big Is­land, Hawaii. Be­fore many Apollo as­tro­nauts went to the moon, they came to Hawaii to train on the Big Is­land’s lu­nar land­scapes. Now, decades-old pho­tos are sur­fac­ing of as­tro­nauts scoop­ing up Hawaii’s soil and rid­ing across vol­canic fields in a “moon buggy” ve­hi­cle.

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