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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - July 4, 2006, Aiken, South Carolina                                Tuesday July42006 Todays Weather Low High Full forecast I 6C Martina McBride tickets on sale today I Tickets are now on sale for multi platinum recording artist Martina McBride who will perform McBride during the 2nd Annual Rockin Rib and Music Fest 12A Sorenstam wins first Open title in 10 years Annika Sorenstam was able to seize control build a big early lead and finish with a 1under 70 to win her first Womens Open title in 10 years 11B Doctors brain rewired itself Doctors have proof that a man barely conscious for nearly 20 years regained speech arid movement because his brain sponta neously rewired itself 18A What are you reading Meet todays book lover Literacy is essential in todays fastpaced and hightech world In an effort to highlight readers and reading the Aiken Standard makes this space available each day to spark discus sions about literature Jan Kabakjian Aiken A Girl of the LImberlost by Gene StrattonPorter 15C AREA DEATHS Martha Andes Morgan Aiken J Dudley Pardue Aiken Cecil B Raborn Aiken Mildred Berty Gregory Seigler Aiken Ida Faulkner Williams Irmo Alan W Wolf Columbia Deaths and Funerals 14A Dear Movie TV Your L c i S 11 r Si wwwaikentodaycom Launch today NASA will attempt a launch today despite having a piece of foam fall off of Discovery Associated Press CAPE CANAVERAL Fla NASA gave the green light Monday night for a Fourth of July shuttle liftoff despite wor ries about a piece of foam that popped off Discoverys external fuel tank while the spacecraft sat on the launch pad Were go to continue with the launch countdown said Bill Gerstenmaier NASA asso ciate administrator The decision was sure to stir more debate about whether the space agency was putting its flight schedule ahead of safety Gerstenmaier said there was a very good discussion among the NASA officials who made the decision to launch but there were no dissenters when we went around the room no concerns raised He said the astronauts and NASA administrator Michael Griffin were also in on the dis cussion Griffin didnt raise any question or comments but he listened intently Gersten maier said The 3inch triangular piece of foam that appeared to come froirnrSMnchlong crack late Sunday or early Monday is far smaller than the foam chunk that brought down Columbia killing seven astronauts in 2003 Gerstenmaier held up the piece of foam which looked like a wedge of toast I dont think were taking any additional risk than we did in our original assessment in going ahead with a launch he said But managers spent most of Monday pondering the problem NASA has spent millions of dollars trying to prevent foam from breaking off at liftoff threatening the kind of damage it did to Columbia The foam loss on the launch pad is a rare occurrence Some outside experts said they were uncomfortable with the agencys decision going ahead although they didnt have all the information Paul Fischbeck a Carnegie Mellon University risk and engineering professor who has consulted with NASA on the AP photo This photo released by NASA shows an area highlighted where a piece of foam insulation from a strut fell off where it attaches to the external fuel tank of the Space Shuttle Discovery Tank expansion investigated NASA engineers believe a craek occurred near the oxygen feedline as the shuttles external tank expanded and contracted during the fueling process Foam in this area is manually applied after the external tank is assembled SOURCE NASA AP Also inside Baughman Staff reporter Tony Baughman takes a look at the education potential astronauts can get right here in Aiken 12A shuttles delicate heat protection system wondered why foam had broken off on the launch pad Its something you might want to understand before you launch he said The patch of foam fell off an area that covers an expandable bracket holding a liquid oxy gen fuel line against the huge external tank NASA engineers believe ice built up in that area from condensation caused by rain Sunday Rising rates higher gas prices make it harder to handle debt Associated Press NEW YORK Rising inter est rates and higher gasoline prices are putting the squeeze on consumers budgets and many are finding it harder to keep up with Iheir bills Credit counseling agencies say that consumers are coming in in droves seeking help My phones are going crazy said Howard Dvorkin president of the nonprofit Consolidated Credit Counseling Services Inc in Fort Lauderdale Fla Con sumers are carrying an exorbitant amount of debt and they dont have any savings to fall back on if things dont go right An important measure of con sumer financial distress late pay ments on credit cards ticked up in the first quarter according to figures from the American Bank ers Association The Washinglon DC based trade group said the percentage of bank cards 30 or more days past due increased to 440 percent in the January March quarter from 427 percent in the final quarter of 2005 The Federal Reserves deci sion last week lo raise short term interest rates for the 17th consecutive time will boost yet again borrowing costs for con sumers likely prompting more delinquencies on credit card bills as well as on auto loans and mortgages The slowing economy also is depressing income growth so a greater percentage of takehome pay is going toward necessities and less is left over for debt pay ment Among the consumers who recently put a call into Dvorkins counseling center was Andreia Marshall an assistant project manager for a builder in Delray Beach Fla Marshall said that after she broke up with her boyfriend her paycheck wasnt big enough to cover her apartment rent higher gasoline prices and other dayto day expenses Soon she started falling behind on her credit card bills It got lo the point where Payment past due Late credit cards payments are an important measure of consumer financial distress Percentage of bank cards 30 or more days past due 50 percent 440 Q1 2006 J 40 45 35 30 10 1990 1995 2000 2005 SOURCE American Bankers Association AP he credit card companies were calling she said Its over whelming you feel as if youre drowning and you feel bad about yourself Staff photo by Michael W Gibbons Firefighters cut through garage doors at General Tire Monday Fire erupts at local auto shop By ERIN BROOKS Staff writer The plumes of smoke that bil lowed out of a local auto shop on East Pine Log Road Monday evening were likely caused by a vehicle in the building that caught fire police say Aiken Department of Public Safety responded to General Tire which is located across Please see FIRE page 10A Wall That Heals will arrive today By ERIN BROOKS Staff writer The rumbling of more than 1000 motorcycles this after noon will signify the arrival of a highlyanticipated exhibition that is laced with memories and rich in American history The Dixie Thunder Abate the Palmetto Cruisers and a host of other riders from all over the state and the Southeast will escort the Vietnam Wall That Heals to Citizens Park between 2 and 3 pm today The Wall is one of three trav eling walls that journey through out the United States and this is the first time that this replica of the Washington DC wall will make a stop in Aiken It is going to be awesome said Ed Hammons event coordi nator and past detachment com mandant of the James L Ham mons Marine Corps League This will be one of the biggest things to ever happen in Aiken since some of the horse shows Riders will begin staging at the Flying J Truck Stop Exit 70 on 120 at noon The 18whecler carrying the wall will arrive shortly thereafter and the caravan will leave for Aiken at pm The Wall is expected to arrive at Citizens Park around or 3 pm Please see WALL page 10A Schedule of events July 4 11 am Dixie Thunder Aiken Chapter and The Pal metto Cruisers will leave from the Waffle House on Hishway 1 Exit22 fertile Flying J staging area Noon Dixie Thunder Abate he Palmetto Cruisers and all other riders will begin staging at the Flying J Truck Stop Exit 70 on 20 pm Riders will escort the Vietnam Wall That Heals to Aiken 23 pm The Wall will arrive at Citizens Park off Banks Mill Road July 5 AH day wall setup July 6 11 am opening cer emony including a flyover of six F18 jets in Missing Man Formation a performance by the Parris Island Marine Corps Band a Post the Colors cer emony and a special reading of all the names of local and South Carolina residents who were killed in action July 69 8 am to 8 pm reading of the names of all American soldiers killed in Vietnam Slaf Photo by Ginny Southworth Nick Willing with Aiken Parks and Recreation works on setting up lighting for the area where the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall will be this week   

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