Police Call Publisher Past Away Today

Born in Louisville, KY November 25, 1927. Gene Costin moved with his parents at the age of 12 to Los Angeles and loved this community. He lived a full and accomplished life. As a young man Gene devolped interests in politics and astronomy and closely followed developments in both areas throughout his life.

He was a passionate civil libertarian and supporter of many liberal causes and other charities. He was well known in the two-way radio communications business and renowned to radio hobbyists nationwide for Police Call, which he published under the name Gene C. Hughes.

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200 New Troops for Afghanistan

An increase to Canada's troop commitment in Afghanistan to 2,700 would represent the additional boots on the ground needed to run aerial drones and six Chinook helicopters, said Defence Minister Peter MacKay.

Foreign Affairs Minister David Emerson was in Afghanistan on the weekend for his first visit since taking on the portfolio.

While there, he said Canada may boost its numbers in the south by 200 "as more equipment arrives," appearing to link the troops to a new squadron of helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) expected to be in place early next year.

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NASA Changes Shuttle Dates

Space shuttle program managers today modified an official "change request" that, if approved, will move up the next two shuttle launchings by three days each, not six as initially requested.

As originally written, the CR would have moved launch of STS-125, a long-awaited mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope, from Oct. 8 to Oct. 2. The flight after that, STS-126, would have moved from Nov. 10 to Nov. 4 - election day in the United States.

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Air-to-Air Refuelling Returns to CF

The Air Force will soon have strategic air-to-air refuelling (SAAR) capability.  One modified CC-150T (tanker) Polaris aircraft is now being tested and evaluated at 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alta. for this purpose.

This operational testing and evaluation (OT&E) phase introduces increasingly difficult air-to-air refuelling sequences and missions under operational conditions. Lessons learned will be implemented to ensure the capabilities of the CC-150T (tanker) are used to their maximum potential.

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Canadian Soldier Killed by Roadside Bomb

A Canadian soldier killed at an undisclosed location southwest of Kandahar city was an "utterly fearless" corporal who volunteered for another tour in Afghanistan, his commander says.

An improvised mine exploded underneath Corporal James Hayward Arnal during a foot patrol shortly before midnight on Friday. The blast also injured another soldier, who is expected to return to work.

Other soldiers tried to save Corporal Arnal with emergency medical treatment but his injuries were too severe.

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US Navy's Fighter Jet Shortage

Navy's fighter jet shortage may be worse than expected

The Navy has uncovered problems with plans to extend the life of its F/A-18 Hornets that could exacerbate efforts to mitigate a shortage of strike fighter aircraft that is expected to vex the service until 2025.

Preliminary results from a continuing Navy review have found that keeping the A- through D-model Hornets flying longer will "require additional inspections, modifications and a longer time out of service," a Navy spokesman said Thursday.

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First Hubble Flight Hardware Arrives At Kennedy

The first major flight hardware for the fifth and final space shuttle servicing mission to NASA's Hubble Space Telescope is starting to arrive at the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., to begin preparations for its targeted October launch.

Three carriers, which are pallets that will hold equipment in space shuttle Atlantis' payload bay, were delivered to Kennedy Wednesday. They will be prepared for the integration of telescope science instruments, both internal and external replacement components, as well as the flight support equipment to be used by the astronauts during Atlantis' mission, designated STS-125 and SM4.

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Canadian Medic Dies in Afghanistan

At approximately 12:50 a.m., Kandahar time, on July 5, a Canadian soldier suffered critical injuries and later died when an explosive device detonated near a dismounted security patrol in Panjwayi District.

The fallen soldier is Private Colin William Wilmot, a medic serving with the Health Services Support Unit in Afghanistan attached to 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Battle Group. His home unit was 1 Field Ambulance, based in Edmonton, Alberta.

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Military to Investigate Soldier's Death

Corporal Brendan Anthony Downey did not die in a combat zone and his death is the subject of a military investigation but he will be honoured with a ramp ceremony to repatriate his body, say Canadian Forces officials.

Downey's body was discovered Thursday in the living quarters at Camp Mirage, a base in the Persian Gulf that is used as a staging area for Canadian airlifts to Afghanistan.

"The airman died on an overseas mission in support of the mission in Afghanistan and to the military it's irrelevant how or where somebody is killed," said Maj. Jay Janzen, spokesman for Task Force Afghanistan. "What's important is that we honour and respect our fallen comrades at all times no matter what the circumstance."

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Canadian Airman Dies

DND OTTAWA - At approximately 4:15 a.m. (EST) July 4, a Canadian Forces member was found dead in an accommodation room in the Theatre Support Element compound in the Gulf region.

Deceased is Corporal Brendan Anthony Downey, a Military Policeman from the Military Police Detachment in Dundurn, Saskatchewan

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NASA To Fix Damaged Launch Pad

With its protective bricks torn away by the recent space shuttle launch, the flame trench at Launch Pad 39A will be given a new layer of protection in time for the next space shuttle liftoff.

The flame trench channels the flames and smoke exhaust of the shuttle's solid rocket boosters away from the launching spacecraft.

A swath of about 3,500 protective bricks tore away from the walls of the structure when space shuttle Discovery lifted off May 31 to begin its STS-124 mission. None of the bricks bounced back in the area of the shuttle. Preliminary computer models of the exhaust pattern suggest no likelihood of loose bricks coming back to the mobile launcher platform or the shuttle.

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