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Tower that supported moon race torn down

By Times wire
Published August 8, 2005

CAPE CANAVERAL - A 179-foot steel tower that supported rocket launches during the moon race in the 1960s was demolished Saturday at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The site was last used for a Department of Defense rocket launch on April 6, 1978.

The cleanup is being jointly handled by the 45th Space Wing, Environmental Protection Agency and Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

TODAY'S SHUTTLE LANDING: NASA-TV at was to begin its coverage at 2 a.m. TV coverage was to begin at 4 a.m.

99-pound speed eater wins bratwurst title

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. - Sonya Thomas, at 99 pounds, gobbled her way to another speed-eating title over the weekend by attacking a Wisconsin staple: the bratwurst.

The woman known as "The Black Widow" on the competitive-eating circuit downed 35 brats in 10 minutes to win the first Johnsonville Brat-Eating World Championship. She edged out her nearest competitor by half a brat to win.

The previous bratwurst-eating record was 191/2 brats in 10 minutes.

Thomas, a Burger King manager from Alexandria, Va., is ranked second by the International Federation of Competitive Eating, which sanctioned Saturday's contest during Brat Days.

Wildfires spread in Washington, Montana

POMEROY, Wash. - Residents of at least 150 homes in southeastern Washington were forced to evacuate as a fire that had charred as much as 27,000 acres moved north out of the Umatilla National Forest onto private land.

"At the moment it's zero percent contained, burning vigorously in timber, grass and brush," said John Townsley of the Northwest Fire Coordination Center in Portland, Ore.

The cause of the fire, which started Friday, was not yet known.

In central Washington, a 1,075-acre wildfire near Lake Wenatchee that had threatened 140 homes was 50 percent contained, said Patrick Lonergan, spokesman for the Central Washington Area Incident Management Team. He said he expected that fire to be fully contained by Wednesday.

Elsewhere, 10 houses near Alberton, Mont., were evacuated Saturday.

The fire was one of four that started Thursday along Interstate 90 in western Montana that had burned a total of 3,300 acres.

[Last modified August 8, 2005, 02:45:22]

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