Monday, May 20 2013 10:14 PM EDT2013-05-21 02:14:25 GMT
A copy of a daily journal Allen's mother says her son kept, documenting school bullying
An ArkLaTex mother says her son was pushed to the edge by bullying, and took his own life as a result. More >>
An ArkLaTex mother says her son was pushed to the edge by bullying, and took his own life as a result. Now, she's speaking out in hopes of putting a stop to what she claims is an ongoing problem in the tiny McCurtain County town of Smithville, OK.More >>
As the space shuttle Discovery sat on the launch pad ready for liftoff, many East Texans recalled their role in Columbia's recovery effort. The Columbia incident was a tragedy East Texans will not forget, especially those involved in the recovery effort.
"From the standpoint of the university, we found out just how strong our alumni is... how strong our student body is - the pride that people put forth, and the cooperation. Professors were calling me and saying, 'Hey, I know that student so and so is helping in this program. Don't worry, I'll cut him some slack or I'll cut her some slack because I know this is important,'" says Bill Gardner, Project Coordinator for SFA's GIS Lab.
University personnel and students from the Hughes GIS lab at SFA tracked shuttle debris using the latest global positioning technology. Each person carryied away something different.
"We learned during that experience the importance of being prepared for such things. Those of us in the geo-spatial community have had an opportunity since then to look at the technology we embrace," says P. R. Blackwell with the Forest Research Institute.
For some, the Columbia disaster had a personal impact.
"Everybody had things going on in their lives at the time when it happened. I was in the middle of a nasty divorce, with child custody issues. And it was the shuttle accident that in a way that gave me the swift kick to be able to move forward with my life, to get back on track," says Gardner.
Now, with Columbia behind them, it's time to look to the future.
"I have a lot of respect for NASA, always have. I think they're ready, I think they've done the work that needs to be done to make the shuttle operation as safe as possible. Of course, nothing in this life is 100 percent safe," says Blackwell.
Gardner hopes the university's work was a big help for those who lost loved ones when Columbia broke apart.
"The one thing I hope to the families of Columbia is that the work that was done by our people here played a role in helping them with their grieving and healing process. And I'm sure I share in their efforts in seeing the next shuttle liftoff."
Tuesday, May 14 2013 12:47 PM EDT2013-05-14 16:47:12 GMT
HOUSTON (KHOU/CBS) – Neighbors near a prostitution sting said customers came so often they affected the flow of traffic. Two juveniles were among the female sex workers, and more than 100 other peopleMore >>
Vice officers made dozens of arrests in the last two weeks during an operation they called the Bissonet Initiative, named for the street the sting took place.More >>
Experts say the officer who killed a Long Island college student and a home invasion suspect on Friday was confronted with a split-second choice.More >>
As a grieving family prepared for the funeral of a Hofstra University junior killed by a police officer's bullet during a standoff with an armed intruder, some on Monday questioned whether police should have waited for...More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 5:50 PM EDT2013-05-19 21:50:26 GMT
A century and a half before social media and reality television made celebrities out of nobodies, Columbia had its own "it girl" whose notoriety could make the Kardashians, Hiltons and Real HousewivesMore >>
A century and a half before social media and reality television made celebrities out of nobodies, Columbia had its own "it girl" whose notoriety could make the Kardashians, Hiltons and Real Housewives jealous. More >>