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February 7, 2007 | This article was written and reported by Times staff writers Lianne Hart, John Johnson Jr., Karen Kaplan and Alan Zarembo.
After 19 years of marriage, three children and one magnificent shuttle flight into space, NASA astronaut Lisa Marie Nowak's life was beginning to unravel. The Navy captain had separated from her husband a few weeks ago and, according to papers filed in court, began stalking a female Air Force officer who was dating the astronaut whom Nowak longed for.
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November 11, 2009 | Sarah Lundy and Willoughby Mariano
Former astronaut Lisa Nowak turned to face the woman she was accused of attacking nearly three years ago after driving 1,000 miles across country: Colleen Shipman, who sat in the front row of a packed Florida courtroom. "I am sincerely sorry for causing fear and misunderstanding and all the intense public exposure you have encountered," Nowak said. Then Orange County Circuit Court Judge Marc Lubet accepted Nowak's guilty plea of burglary of a car, a third-degree felony, and misdemeanor battery.
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OPINION
February 14, 2007 | David M. Buss, DAVID M. BUSS is a professor of psychology at the University of Texas and author of "The Dangerous Passion: Why Jealousy Is as Necessary as Love and Sex."
WE BECAME ODDLY ENERGIZED when Lisa Marie Nowak, an astronaut with a sterling record, drove nearly 1,000 miles to attack Colleen Shipman, a woman Nowak believed was a rival for the man she loved. Nowak was charged with attempted murder, and her alleged "kill kit" contained a knife, 3 feet of hose, garbage bags, a BB gun and, most ominously, a steel mallet. Jealousy is possibly the most destructive emotion housed in the human brain.
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August 31, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Former astronaut Lisa Marie Nowak can remove an electronic monitoring bracelet from her ankle while she awaits trial on charges she attacked a romantic rival, a judge ruled Thursday. Nowak had argued that the bracelet was expensive, bulky, uncomfortable and prevented her from exercising, as required of a military officer. Judge Marc L. Lubet said that those claims did not matter, but that Nowak had behaved well enough over the last seven months to remove the device.
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February 12, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
About 70 diners attended a fundraiser at an Italian restaurant for Lisa Marie Nowak, the NASA astronaut charged last week with attempted murder in a scandal involving a fellow astronaut and his girlfriend. Silvestro's restaurant, which was bombarded with criticism after word spread that it was holding the fundraiser, plans to donate the dinner proceeds to Nowak's family. Co-owner Tony Bless said she had made a positive impression on his staff when she dined there last summer.
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March 23, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Former astronaut Lisa Marie Nowak's attorneys formally entered a not guilty plea to charges that she tried to kidnap a rival for a space shuttle pilot's affections. Nowak, 43, a mother of three and Navy captain, did not appear at the arraignment in Orlando. Nowak was arrested Feb. 5 after police say she drove from Houston to Florida to confront Air Force Capt. Colleen Shipman in an airport parking lot and then pepper-sprayed her. Shipman, who was dating astronaut William A. Oefelein, got away.
OPINION
February 12, 2007
Re "What makes an astronaut crack?" Opinion, Feb. 9 I am surprised and insulted by the tone of Homer Hickam's piece. Although I appreciate Hickam's "inside" point of view, I can't help but feel that he is suggesting we excuse Lisa Marie Nowak's behavior because she is a victim of "tremendous and unnecessary pressures" in her role as astronaut. The rigors of the job require that astronauts be able to handle terrific pressure under extreme circumstances. Not everyone is cut out to be an astronaut.
OPINION
February 8, 2007
Re "In San Francisco, mayor's troubles not just personal," Feb. 7 The contrast and similarity between San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and former Rep. Mark Foley could not be clearer. Both sought rehab, claiming some sort of immunity from the lousy choices they have made as if they had no ability to deal with their problems. Foley didn't touch anybody, but he resigned (or was hounded out of office, one could legitimately say). Newsom backstabs a close associate, drifts away from fulfilling his duties and continues his term, waiting for the tide to ebb so he can continue as a "darling" Democrat.
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February 7, 2007 | Michael Cabbage, Orlando Sentinel
Astronaut Lisa Marie Nowak could face serious legal trouble aside from the charges leveled against her in criminal court. As an active-duty Navy captain, Nowak is subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice. That means Navy authorities could claim jurisdiction and court-martial Nowak for conduct unbecoming an officer. Legal experts say that is not likely. Usually, the Navy defers to civilian authorities in these cases and takes appropriate action after the civilian legal process is complete.
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August 31, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Former astronaut Lisa Marie Nowak can remove an electronic monitoring bracelet from her ankle while she awaits trial on charges she attacked a romantic rival, a judge ruled Thursday. Nowak had argued that the bracelet was expensive, bulky, uncomfortable and prevented her from exercising, as required of a military officer. Judge Marc L. Lubet said that those claims did not matter, but that Nowak had behaved well enough over the last seven months to remove the device.
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August 25, 2007 | Sarah Lundy and Sarah Langbein, Orlando Sentinel
It had been almost seven months since Lisa Nowak and Colleen Shipman came face to face in a dark parking lot at Orlando International Airport. Friday they met again, this time before a television audience that tuned in to watch the latest developments in their courtroom drama. Amid a throng of national media, Nowak -- whose arrest ended her career as a NASA astronaut -- apologized to Shipman, her former romantic rival and the woman she is accused of terrorizing.
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June 30, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Former astronaut Lisa Marie Nowak didn't wear diapers during her 950-mile road trip to confront a romantic rival, her lawyer said Friday, disputing one of the more bizarre details to emerge from the case. "The biggest lie in this preposterous tale that has been told is that my client drove from Houston, Texas, to Orlando, Fla., nonstop, wearing a diaper," Donald Lykkebak said after filing motions to suppress evidence in Nowak's criminal case.
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May 5, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The lawyer for former NASA astronaut Lisa Nowak was granted an additional 60 days to consider filing a claim that Nowak was insane when she drove across the country in a diaper reportedly to try to kidnap her romantic rival. At a hearing in Orlando, Circuit Judge Marc Lubet also granted defense lawyer Donald Lykkebak's request for copies of tapes recorded of Nowak at the time of her arrest. He was given the extra time to review those tapes. Nowak will be tried beginning Sept.
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April 6, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The judge presiding over the trial of fired astronaut Lisa Marie Nowak asked lawyers Thursday to limit media contact, and temporarily sealed some documents. Nowak is accused of trying to kidnap a woman she considered a rival for a space shuttle pilot's affections. The case has drawn international attention, and Orange County Circuit Judge Marc L. Lubet said he was "just trying to keep the media frenzy down to a dull roar."
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March 23, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Former astronaut Lisa Marie Nowak's attorneys formally entered a not guilty plea to charges that she tried to kidnap a rival for a space shuttle pilot's affections. Nowak, 43, a mother of three and Navy captain, did not appear at the arraignment in Orlando. Nowak was arrested Feb. 5 after police say she drove from Houston to Florida to confront Air Force Capt. Colleen Shipman in an airport parking lot and then pepper-sprayed her. Shipman, who was dating astronaut William A. Oefelein, got away.
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March 8, 2007 | Lianne Hart, Times Staff Writer
Astronaut Lisa Marie Nowak, charged with attempted kidnapping after confronting a rival for another astronaut's affections at an Orlando, Fla., airport last month, was fired by NASA on Wednesday. She is the first astronaut ever dismissed by the space agency. NASA's decision does not reflect the agency's belief in her guilt or innocence, spokesman James Hartsfield said.
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April 6, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The judge presiding over the trial of fired astronaut Lisa Marie Nowak asked lawyers Thursday to limit media contact, and temporarily sealed some documents. Nowak is accused of trying to kidnap a woman she considered a rival for a space shuttle pilot's affections. The case has drawn international attention, and Orange County Circuit Judge Marc L. Lubet said he was "just trying to keep the media frenzy down to a dull roar."
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June 30, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Former astronaut Lisa Marie Nowak didn't wear diapers during her 950-mile road trip to confront a romantic rival, her lawyer said Friday, disputing one of the more bizarre details to emerge from the case. "The biggest lie in this preposterous tale that has been told is that my client drove from Houston, Texas, to Orlando, Fla., nonstop, wearing a diaper," Donald Lykkebak said after filing motions to suppress evidence in Nowak's criminal case.
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March 3, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Prosecutors in Orlando charged an astronaut with trying to kidnap a romantic rival, but they declined to file an attempted murder charge recommended by police. Lisa Nowak, 43, was charged with kidnapping with intent to inflict bodily harm, burglary with an assault using a weapon and battery. Police said Nowak drove from Houston to Orlando on Feb. 5 to confront a woman she viewed as a rival for a space shuttle pilot's affection.
OPINION
February 14, 2007 | David M. Buss, DAVID M. BUSS is a professor of psychology at the University of Texas and author of "The Dangerous Passion: Why Jealousy Is as Necessary as Love and Sex."
WE BECAME ODDLY ENERGIZED when Lisa Marie Nowak, an astronaut with a sterling record, drove nearly 1,000 miles to attack Colleen Shipman, a woman Nowak believed was a rival for the man she loved. Nowak was charged with attempted murder, and her alleged "kill kit" contained a knife, 3 feet of hose, garbage bags, a BB gun and, most ominously, a steel mallet. Jealousy is possibly the most destructive emotion housed in the human brain.
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