Capital, The (Newspaper) - January 29, 1986, Annapolis, Maryland
Capital Tomorrow's Clearing For sae paga 9. VOL. Cl NO. 24 JANUARY 25 Cents NATION MOURNS Explosion deals setback to America's space program CHRISTA McAULIFFE A taaehar doing bar Job. 'Christa was one of us' By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Until it was always somebody else a a a civil rights a soldier. in the long procession of shock and trage- dy visible in our living it vas one of as. We knew her by because she was one at as ordinary as a school teacher. So when Christa HcAuliffe and the six crew members died in that flaming hell it was no wonder that across the land Americans reacted first with then as if learning of a death in the family. was this generation's equivalent of 'Where were you when President Kennedy was said a high school teacher in 111. will always remember bearing this awful When the application of Sharon Christa social'studies teacher at Concord High School was chosen from 1U45 other she told her students that she hoped her flight would show children that if they dared to dream their dreams could come true. want students to under- stand the special perspective of space and relate it to she had written in her application. Nothing grand. A teacher proposing to do a teacher's Job. She aimed to keep a diary and do a little teaching from space. A Concord Alison was oae of the first to sa Page Col. AP photo THE FAMILY of teacher-astronaut Christa McAuliffe react in horror as they watch the shuttle explode after liftoff. From left are her and her Grace and Ed Corrigan. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CAPE Fla. Ships and aircraft searched the sea today for debris from shattered Challenger and the remains of the five men and two women who died in a that dealt a severe setback to America's space program. An investigation team was to meet today to start the long probe into why the billion seem- ingly on a perfect suddenly blew apart 74 seconds after liftoff raining fiery debris into the Atlantic Ocean. Some experts who studied televi- sion tapes of the disaster said they thought the problem centered in the external fuel containing more than a half-million gallons of liquid hydrogen and oxygen to power the orbiter aloft. The deaths were the first aloft after 55 successful U.S. man-in-space including 24 previous shuttle missions. The first citi- chosen for a space New Hampshire schoolteacher Christa was one of the victims. Eight including four Coast Guard searched throughout the night over the 50-by-100-mile rectangle where Challenger's wreck- age fell. Eight planes and helicopters resumed their hunt today at day- light. Lt. Joe Carr of the Coast which is coordinating the said several small pieces of wreck- age drifted ashore in the Cape Ca- naveral area overnight. He asked residents who find anything that might be a part of the shuttle to it in to the Coast Guard. The search area is between 50 and 130 miles southeast of Cape Canav- the water between 70 and 200 feet deep. Although the explosion occurred 10 miles high and 8 miles southeast V the launch the shuttle's nearly mph momen- tum propelled the wreckage much farther out over water. A few pieces or 10 feet were but most of the recov- ered items were thermal about of which covered the shuttle to protect it from re-entry said Col. John director of Defense Department contingency operations. INSIDE PAGE Replay stuns Reagan. N.H.town is in shock. Spectators are stunned. Students learn a lesson. World mourns the loss. PAGE There was no escape. Danger always present. Probe is under way. Long shutdown awaits. PAGE Our We must go on. PAGE Pressure was on NASA. Soap viewers complain. Museum plans exhibit. Ship was a test model. Silence in the Capitol. Soviets watch the liftoff. The debris will be examined in a hangar at nearby Patrick Air Force Base. The investigation could take just as it did after Ameri- ca's only other space program trage- the launch pad fire that killed three Apollo astronauts 19 years ago this week. The Soviets have lost four cosmonauts in flight. The Apollo in a grounded astronauts for 21 and yester- day's explosion is expected to halt space shuttle flights for many months. Jesse director of NASA's shuttle said a shuttle will not fly again until the cause of the accident is pinpointed and correc- tions made. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration had planned a record 15 shuttle flights this and Challenger was only the second. The making its 10th had on Page Col Tragedy hits home Three crew members trained in Maryland By LORRAINE AHEARN Staff Writer The midday rush in Annapolis jolted to a stop as the first reports of the Challenger disas- ter switchboards and drew shopkeepers and their custom- ers to television sets in wordless shock. whole restaurant became si- lent everybody was staring at the TV in said Linda a waitress at Etonian's was so Graphic footage of the space shut- tle explosion confirmed what early reports stopped short of that pilot and Naval Academy graduate Cmdr. Michael J. Smith and the six other crew members did not survive. For many Mary the na- tional tragedy hit particulatly close to home. Along with the both the scientist and school teacher aboard bad also lived in the state and received their professional train- ing here. At the controls of the ill-fated ship was the who graduated from the academy in 1967 and re- turned to Maryland for advanced flight training. The 36-year-old Judy was a classical pianist who earned her doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park. But the most familiar member of the crew was 37-year-old school teacher Sharon Christa who did graduate studies at Bowie State College and began her tetching career in Prince George's County Mrs. McAuliffe's presence as the first private citizen on a space mis- sion had heightened interest in the shuttle among students. Bombarded with replay after re- play of the burning some adults as well as students could barely put their thoughts into words the worst thing I ever said Chris bartender at Fran O'Brien's. all a little bit jumpy right Within minutes after the a.m. explosion the flag facing City Dock had been lowered to half-staff. Traff- ic on Calvert Street came to a halt as motorists listened to radio bulle- tins. St. Mary's High School student Gerard Shanley said be and class- mates spent a really OB Page Col. AFphMo SHUTTLE PILOT Cmdr. Mteheel J. Smith. Inset Is his photo In a Naval Academy yearbook. THE Calendar 26 CtfcSBlfkedAds columns Editorials _ 27 ....8 11-12 PfWWl obits 0 TaHrlilDn Ilittnoi .25 Ptok Levitts ordered to jail after bid fails By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Jeffrey a key fif tire to the sivinft and loan crisis that engulfed Maryland last is scheduled to go to prison tomorrow to begin ao IB- Booth santaacc tor ignoring a court order Unittog his spending to fl.600 a weak. ffis is to report Friday to aarrt tat first of is consecutive weakendt la Baltimore City Jatt. BeJttaere Jodfa Joseph H. H. Kaplan imposed the sentences Jts. I altar fiaftu that at CM Court Strings at eesjrt for vio- He set the new date and time for them to report to jail yesterday after the Maryland Court of Appeals dis- solved an order it had issued a week ago delaying the prison sentences The deUy was granted while the state's highest conn decided whether to bypass the Court of Special Ap- peals aod hear arguments on a petition filed by fee Levitts sUefiaf that Xaptaa did oat hare authority to limn spendtat- Tfaa Cewt of retwned the case yesterday to the fewer wbare are scheduled for Wh. Lena waj the pnatdpt jHuv owner at Old Court wttfftfa financial difficulties became known last touching off a run by depositors that spread to many of the 102 thrifts that were then covered by a private insurance fund. With half a billion dollars in depos Old Court was the largest with serious problems sod is the only oae bakof liquidated by the state Deposits have beea frown since Joe tat the state pUos to begto making payments to deposilari ea March 31 aod wffl continue to make Quarterly payments aatil all the is rvcarBM. The state has ffisd a ON mfflkm crrfl fraud lawratt sfatoat other Old Coart ewoers sod officers aod businetset controlled by them Kaplan imposed the tl.000 a week spending limit at the request of the state to preserve their assets until the civil Uwsvit is decided. Lerttt also was indicted on state criminal alleging that he stole fUl million to money belong- ing to dapostton of Old Court and aoathar the defunct First Pro- Savings and Loan Associa- tion. He is sehedoied to be arraigned OB the criminal charges the saoM day he is to begin serving Us jafl tarsi tor criminal contempt of At a hearing before Kaplan on Jao the state presented evidence that despite the spending the Lev- itts had written checks totaling of thousands of dollars for items such as country club dues and Amertean Expresi bUls for their two sons. a Don-practktof admitted exceeding the spending bat toU Kaplan he had heee misled by newspaper articles Into believing that he could exceed the limit for business purposes. SAL plan vote. 4. Pfff9 29.