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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - May 20, 1997, Tokyo, Japan IT PACIFIC STARS AHD STRIPS TUESDAY, MAY 20,1997* Woman foces'cpurt-martial on adultery charges, and ,officials say such discharges are rare.TL A • + j T> *c quest mat will include lettersThe Associated Press ^ ^ ^ ^ ^^ w^MINOT, N.D. — Lawyers for know her as well as/her perfor-the nation's first female B-52 mance reviews,pilot scrambled Sunday to craftpa case to persuade the AirForce to grant her a rare honor-able discharge so she can avoid"It's just all me things thatsay, 'This is the \ight thing todo,'" Spinner said.The last-minute \man$uvercourt-martial on adultery came as preparations! projceed-charges. ed for Tuesday's cou%martialFrank Spinner, attorney for at Mnot Air Force Base in a1st Lt. Kelly.Flinn, said he isassembling a package^to pre- case that has attracted nationalattention and stirred debatesent Monday to the Air Force over military rules. The presid-supporting the resignation re- ing judge, Col. Dennis Kansala,has detiied two defense re-quests to delay the trial."The judge has already sent apretty clear message that hewants to press on unless there'sa real good reason not to," saidbase spokesman Capt. MarkPhillips.Flinn, 26 and single, decidedSaturday that she will ask to re-,sign with an honorable dis-charge rather than be court-martialedjMi charges includingadultery anoMvjng in connec-tion with two affairs the AirForce says she had over the lastyear.Recent history indicates thather chances for success are charge," Spinner said,slim. Air Force officials say tl^t-^~Meanwhile, Donald and Maryhonorable discharges ^re^very ^ Flinn left their home in Ros-rare in lieu of court-martials. well, Ga., on Sunday for MinotBut Spinner ^said he's opti- t0 be with their daughter,mistic Flinn's record and the, Finn's brother will join themcircumstances will bolster her Monday,request as it is routed^through <<This wag her dream. Thisseveral commanders before wag her aspiration to becomeif?g £•****» ^ Secreta^ an astronaut. TUat is being tak-Sheila Widnall Iniaj,unusual bf0thermove last week, Widnall said r" ,;,4-* T- «»\<\ Q««H«Vshe would consider letting the Donald Flinn Jr. said Sunday,pilot resign with an honorable The Air Force says Fhnn haddischarge afflrire with an enlisted man"The mitigating, extenuating who is single and a civilianfactors warrant this kind of dis- whose wife is enlisted.The Associated PressAmerican astronaut Hichaul Foale appears^ be enjoying his transition to guest researcher onftussta's SCir space station as he is assisted into his SokoS spHcesuit by cosmonaut VasilyTsib§iev, the space station commander. Foal© is replacing H&S& astronaut Jerry Linenger.Leeds a eroodsay safe butdomingThe Associated PressSPACE CENTER, Houston —The eaptains of the orbitingMir-Atlantis complex said Sun-day the patched Russian spacestation is safe, for now anyway,but could use a good springcleaning.Atlantis commander CharlesPrecourt said he's satisfied withconditions on the 11-year-oldMir for astronaut MichaelFoale, who just began a Wi-month tour of station duty.Foale is settling into his^newhome with help from his prefle-cessor, astronaut Jerry Lin-enger, who will be aboard NA-SA's shuttle when it undocksWednesday night after five. days of linked' flight. Foale isthe fifth U.S. astronaut to liveonMir. v .*,.,During Linenger's fouramonths on Mir; the stationcaught fire, overheated, leakedfumes, tost use of a couple oxy-. gen generators and accumulat-ed too much carbon dioxide inthe air.Mir commander Vasily Tsib:liey said the situation has im-proved greatly in recent weeks.The repair equipment ferriedup on Atlantis will help."You see I'm alive andhealthy, smiling, so the condi-tion of the station is just th$^same way," Tsibliev told a tele-vision interviewer. "Of course,we've got now quite a bit of car*go and equipment that's old andoutdated, and we've either gotto throw it away or take it awayfrom the station."Precourt said except for theaddition of two new modules,Mir looks pretty much like itdid when he visited two yearsago — cluttered.- "They've had a lot moreequipment delivered so there'snot really that much more freespace," he said."One of the problems theyhave is trying, to find, space towork."To make more room on Mir,the astronauts and cosmonautsare unloading dirty clothes andgarbage for return to Earth thisSaturday on Atlantis.Other station stuff comirifback on the shuttle: a brokenoxygen generator, burned oxy-gen-producing canister, sciencesamples, even a guitar.Among the supplies beingmoved from Atlantis into Mir:thousands of gallons of waterand dozens of experiments, in-cluding 64 beetles to sbe ob- The council, an umbrellagroup for colleges, universitiesand educational associations,included the figures in its 15thannual report on "Minorities in,Higher Education."Looking at college attain-ment, the report said that 26percent of whites 25 to 29 hadfinished at least four years ofcollege in 1995. For blacks, therate was015 percent. The rate ofalmost 9 percent for Hispanicswas lower than in the 1980s.A special section on Asian-Pacific Americans sought todispel the myth of their being a"model minority."Students frotoi that group"are perceived as ... diligenthigh achievers who persevere... despite socioeconomic andlinguistic obstacles," the reportsaid.It said, however, the stereo-type conceals a wide range ofeducational experiences. Thereport noted the lack of even ,'afifth-grade education in 1990for large numbers of ^ome" groups, such «as Hmong, Cam-bodians and Laotians.One killed, 20 injuredbalcony collapses at grac\The Associated PressCHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. —A second-floor balcony filledwith people seeking a goodview of the University of Vir-ginia's graduation ceremoniescollapsed Sunday, killing oneperson and injuring about 20.The balcony of the columned,red-brick building designed byThomas Jefferson gave, way 15minutes before the commence-ment got under way at 10 a.m.on the university's central lawn.Those on the balcony fellabout 15 feet onto a brick walk-way. Many of the injured hadbeen, standing on the walkwaybeneath the balcony, said a uni-versity spokesman.Twenty people were treatedat the University of VirginiaMedicaL Center. One persondied during emergency sur-gery. A second person was incritical condition.There were about 40 j»eopleon a section of^lhe balconywhen the floorf began slippingaway from an iron support rodanchored into the roof over-head, witnesses said. It tookabout a minute for the 15-toy-10-foot section to collapse, andmost people had clambered off°of it by then.The broken support was partof the original building,signed by Jefferson.