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.
March 3, 2007 |
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.
February 14, 2007 |
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.
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.
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.