February 12, 2007 |
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.
March 23, 2007 |
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.
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.
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.
February 7, 2007 |
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.
August 31, 2007 |
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.