Bob Jones

Positive bounce

National | SPACE: After a disastrous 2003, NASA gets New Year's wish: a successful Mars landing
by Bob Jones
Posted 1/17/04, 12:00 am

For the rest of America, the New Year was already two days old. But for dozens of NASA scientists gathered in Pasadena, Calif., on Jan. 3, the old year-the bad year-was not yet fully in the past. The loss of the space shuttle Columbia, which disintegrated in mid-air on Feb. 1, 2003, had cast a pall over the entire space program. NASA desperately needed a big success to assure its own future, and that meant sticking the landing-on Mars.

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Welcome to America

National | IMMIGRATION SECURITY: New fingerprinting and photograph rules at U.S.
by Bob Jones
Posted 1/17/04, 12:00 am

Under the soaring roof of Washington's Dulles International Airport last week, friends and loved ones did what they always do at airports: They waited. Each time the doors swung open, disgorging new passengers into the arrivals hall, eager families leaned forward in search of weary, familiar faces just in from their trans-Atlantic flights. One man held a single, peach-colored rose. A "Welcome Home" balloon hovered in mid-air over a waiting family.

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Seasonal SARS?

International | HEALTH: China health officials respond quickly on reports of a new SARS case, but its reappearance raises fears that the deadly virus could show up regularly
by Bob Jones
Posted 1/17/04, 12:00 am

In the holiday rush, few Americans took note of China's announcement on Dec. 27 that a 32-year-old television producer in the southern province of Guangdong had exhibited symptoms of SARS, the new, fast-spreading respiratory disease that claimed nearly 800 lives last year.

But on Jan. 5, the bad news became official: SARS was back. Chinese health officials confirmed their earlier suspicions, and some experts began talking about a recurring SARS "season," much like the annual appearance of colds and flu.

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