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Keynote speakers focus on history

(11/11/09 10:09pm)

Eastern Michigan University commemorated Veterans Day with a keynote address held Wednesday afternoon at the Student Center Auditorium. The address featured retired Marine Major General William Henderson, EMU professor Steven Ramold and Alexander Jefferson, a Tuskegee Airman. Though all of the speakers come from significantly different backgrounds, each stressed the importance of remembering the experiences of veterans in addition to respecting the efforts of today’s vets.

Cut the carp: Michigan fights invasive fish species

(11/15/09 5:59pm)

DETROIT — A group of federal agencies criticized in the past for failing to move quickly to stop Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes announced Friday that they're taking every precaution to keep them out, even poisoning thousands of fish next month to prevent any leaping, dangerous bighead or silver carp from escaping the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal. The carp are voracious feeders and breeders and eat all the plankton that other fish rely on.

Despite controversy, 9-11 trials move ahead

(11/15/09 6:01pm)

MIAMI — Confessed terrorist mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four other alleged 9-11 plotters will face a federal trial in New York City, Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday in an announcement that left intact the war court at Guantanamo. Charges against the alleged al-Qaida kingpin have not yet been filed in Manhattan, N.Y, the scene of the attack on the World Trade Center. But the decision to bring to civilian court the mass murder case of nearly 3,000 people on Sept.

NASA mission discovers watery surprise on moon

(11/15/09 6:02pm)

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — The moon is a wet place, NASA scientists announced Friday at a Mountain View, Calif., press conference, unveiling their long-awaited analysis of a mile-high plume of debris kicked up by the impact of the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite. "We saw real crystalline ice and lots of water vapor, as well as other species," such as sodium and perhaps even carbon dioxide, methane, ethanol and sodium dioxide, said Anthony Colaprete, the principal investigator for NASA's Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite. "It's been a ‘Holy Cow!’ moment every single day since the impact," as NASA's analysis of the debris plume continues, he said. Scientists say the discovery of ice and water vapor transforms our perception of this celestial neighbor, long thought to be a dry and barren place.