Russian Spacecraft ‘Ceased To Exist,’ Burned In Earth’s Atmosphere
Aug08

Russian Spacecraft ‘Ceased To Exist,’ Burned In Earth’s Atmosphere

CNN A crewless Russian cargo space ship that had gone astray, has ‘ceased to exist,’ Russia’s space agency said Friday. The bulk of it burned up after re-entering Earth’s atmosphere. A few small fragments of Progress M-27M are expected to make it down to Earth. They shouldn’t crash down, but instead splash down. “Entry into the atmosphere occurred over the central Pacific Ocean,” Roscosmos said in a statement. The time of re-entry was 5:04 a.m. Moscow time (10:04 p.m. Eastern). Gone awry Progress M-27M, also known as Progress 59, was supposed to deliver supplies to the International Space Station, but overshot its mark. Russian ground controllers lost contact with the spacecraft soon after it launched on April 28. Though Roscosmos is still investigating the cause of the failed mission, preliminary evidence points to an accident in the third stage of the space craft’s carrier rocket, Russian state news agency TASS reported. Though the craft was not going to transport people, the failure will delay the return to Earth of some ISS crew members. They were scheduled to leave on May 14, but will have to sit tight until June. Roscosmos wants time to fully investigate the accident and carry out quality inspections on carrier rockets that have already been built and are waiting for launch. Food, fuel, oxygen The cargo ship was carrying more than 3 tons of food, fuel, oxygen, spare parts and scientific experiment hardware for the space station, according to NASA, but none of it is critical to ISS’ operation. Even if Russia hadn’t lost contact with the craft, the original plan was for Progress to burn up re-entering Earth’s atmosphere — albeit laden with garbage rather than a full load of equipment for the space station. The next planned resupply flight, which will be the seventh SpaceX commercial resupply services mission to the space station, is not scheduled to take off before June 19, NASA said. Roscosmos plans to launch a re-supply mission in late June or early July, TASS reported. Broadcast live streaming video on...

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CBP Laredo Field Office Hosts Informed Compliance Briefing On Cabotage
Feb26

CBP Laredo Field Office Hosts Informed Compliance Briefing On Cabotage

Special to The Laredo Sun LAREDO, Texas –U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Laredo Field Office this week held a briefing aimed at providing transportation industry representatives employing drivers with B1/B2 laser visas with a better understanding of cabotage to help ensure compliance with federal immigration laws and regulations. “We interact with our partners in the transportation industry on a daily basis and we held this first of many briefings and seminars aimed at ensuring that our industry partners are informed and well acquainted with U.S. immigration laws relative to the domestic and international transport of merchandise so that we can curb instances of cabotage and ensure compliance with federal law,” said Director, Field Operations David P. Higgerson, Laredo Field Office. Led by the Office of Assistant Chief Counsel and the Admissibility Unit from Laredo Field Office, the briefing, which drew an audience of more than 100 transportation industry representatives and a staffer from U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar’s office, focused on defining what cabotage is, reviewing permissible B1 truck driver activities, and discussing activities that require DHS employment authorization. Cabotage, in layman’s terms, is the domestic point to point U.S. carriage or hauling of goods in the U.S. by a B1 truck driver. Such domestic movement of merchandise by a driver holding a B1/B2 laser visa is a violation of the terms of that visa and can result in the cancelation of that document. Laredo Field Office officials explained that B-1 visa commercial truck drivers should refrain from the domestic U.S. transport of goods, even if those goods were foreign in origin. Admissibility Unit officials explained that obtaining an H-2B visa may be a better alternative for transportation industry companies to consider for their drivers. CBP Laredo Field Office indicated they would provide additional guidance at subsequent meetings and provide subject matter experts from various federal agencies who will explain the labor certification process, H-2B visa requirements and the petition process. After the meeting concluded, Laredo Field Office staff remained on hand to answer questions from transportation industry representatives on a one-on-one...

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District Attorney Announces 6th Annual Designated Driver Initiative
Jan29

District Attorney Announces 6th Annual Designated Driver Initiative

Special to The Laredo Sun LAREDO, TX – As part of a continuous commitment to reduce and prevent impaired driving, particularly during football season, the District Attorney’s Office is promoting its 6th annual designated driver initiative: Make the Right Call. On Super BowlSunday, February 1, between the hours of 8 p.m. to 12 midnight, the DA’s office will offer free taxi cab rides from any public establishment. The designated driver initiative is a proactive effort to keep Laredo roads safe and to prevent football fans from driving under the influence of alcohol. In 2013, 1,743 alcohol related traffic crashes occurred in Texas on football game days. Out of these crashes 41 people lost their lives because of drinking and driving. Local restaurants and bars will participate in promoting this initiative by displaying publicity posters, distributing promotional materials and encouraging patrons to call International Taxi for a free ride home. For the past five years, the District Attorney’s Office has partnered with International Taxi Company to coordinate this initiative. Last year, 19 people took advantage of this program and prevented crashes and fatalities by having a sober-ride game plan. Football fans can call 956.723.9177 for a free taxi ride as long as they call from any local establishment. Make the right call this Super Bowl Sunday. Enjoy the game, but most importantly drink...

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Laredo Animal Care Facility Offers Public Spay And Neuter Clinic
Dec07

Laredo Animal Care Facility Offers Public Spay And Neuter Clinic

Special to the Laredo Sun LAREDO.- – We want to thank the public, pet stakeholders and humane pet groups and local veterinarians for promoting spay and neuter services to have pets adopted and/or fostered. This is important as we need to take better care of our pets and as well reduce the serious stray problem. Strays are often neglected, hurt and most of the time they are not vaccinated against rabies and are a threat to themselves and people. Because of the pet overpopulation and the serious stray pet problem, the City of Laredo is conducting a spay and neuter clinic. Partnering with several humane groups and stakeholders we are inviting the public to attend, however you must register first. What: City Spay/Neuter Clinic When: Wednesday, December 10, 2014 7:00 a.m. Persons must register their pet in person on Monday, December 8, 2014 from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. at LACF (20 appointments will be issued on a first come, first serve basis) Where: City of Laredo Animal Care Facility 5202 Maher Avenue Costs: $25 if vaccinated and registered if not $52 (includes rabies vaccine and microchip registration) For further information call the City of Laredo Health Department Animal Care and Control Facility at (956) 717-5762. For information on adoption and foster care contact: Laredo Animal Care and Control Facility at (956) 717-5762 Laredo Animal Protective Society at (956)724-8364 or log on to http://www.petadoptlaredo.org/events.html or on Facebook at...

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Mom Will ‘Never Be the Same’ After Son’s Murder by Online Gaming Partner
Dec03

Mom Will ‘Never Be the Same’ After Son’s Murder by Online Gaming Partner

ABC News The American mother of a 14-year-old boy killed by an online gaming partner in Britain says she did everything she could to protect her son: She limited his access to electronics, installed parental controls and forbade him from using the same server as a boy she had grown suspicious of. However, though Lorin LaFave, 47, said she warned both British police and her son, the boy, Breck Bednar was murdered by someone he met online on Feb 17. Computer engineer Lewis Daynes, 19, pleaded guilty last month to Breck’s stabbing murder that day in Daynes’ house in Grays, Essex, England. The teenagers had been playing games online for several months, despite LaFave’s efforts to put an end to their relationship. Police discovered Breck at the house with knife wounds. They gave first aid but the Christian school student was declared dead by medical staff a short time later. Daynes was arrested at the scene and charged with murder. Last month, in an unexpected turn of events, he pleaded guilty of stabbing Breck. Now, LaFave originally from Waterford, Michigan, but now living in England, is behind an effort to raise awareness about what she says are dangers of online gaming. “I want Breck’s tragedy to help open the eyes of everyone to recognize the dangers of online predators,” she said in a statement. “It is a very real danger today.” “People think it only happens to anti-social kids, but it’s just not true,” she told ABC News. ABC News PHOTO: Lorin LaFave talks to ABC News about the murder of her son, Breck Bednar. LaFave described Breck, a member of the British air cadets, as a relaxed and warm-hearted boy who had plenty of friends. He was passionate about computing and played online games with his friends after school, according to his mother. He also played online with Daynes. At the time, LaFave thought Breck was growing out of the gaming world, that we would finally be interested in girls and go back to enjoying time with his family. Nevertheless, LaFave was aware of Daynes’ existence and had been suspicious of him for months. One day, LaFave got a text message from her ex-husband saying Breck had not showed up, although he was supposed to stay with his dad for the weekend. Breck evidently had gone to meet Lewis Daynes, instead. A few hours after the text message, Breck’s siblings started receiving messages from friends saying their brother had been killed. According to LaFave, Daynes took photos of Breck and posted them on social media. The reports were soon confirmed by police, and LaFave said she broke down and will...

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Joint Efforts By Laredo Sector Border Patrol Agents, Laredo Police  Yield Arrest Of Two Previously Convicted Murderers
Dec02

Joint Efforts By Laredo Sector Border Patrol Agents, Laredo Police Yield Arrest Of Two Previously Convicted Murderers

Special to the Laredo Sun LAREDO, TEXAS – Working in collaboration, Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents and Laredo Police officers apprehended and processed two men previously convicted of first-degree murder for immigration violations following an ill-fated alleged re-entry attempt. “This unity of effort between Border Patrol agents and Laredo Police to apprehend and process these convicted murderers for immigration violations exemplifies the whole of government approach to border enforcement embodied by the South Texas Campaign,” said South Texas Campaign Commander Robert L. Harris. The incident unfolded on Nov. 24 when Laredo Police officers encountered and detained the two undocumented Mexican nationals, ages 36 and 38, both of them brothers from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico at a near-downtown intersection during a routine traffic stop. Laredo Police officers requested the assistance of Border Patrol agents. During processing of the men, Border Patrol agents discovered that the brothers had previously been convicted of first-degree murder in Cook County, Illinois and served six and 10-year sentences. Both were removed to Mexico upon completion of their sentences. Both brothers were processed for immigration violations in connection with this incident. Laredo Sector Border Patrol is part of the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal...

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