Last mission to repair the Hubble telescope Hubble space telescope discoveries have enriched our understanding of the cosmos. In this special report, you will see facts about the Hubble space telescope, discoveries it has made and what the last mission's goals are.
For their own good
Fifty years ago, they were screwed-up kids sent to the Florida School for Boys to be straightened out. But now they are screwed-up men, scarred by the whippings they endured. Read the story and see a video and portrait gallery.
Fill out this form to email this article to a friend
Musgrave takes trucks crown
By BRANT JAMES
Published November 20, 2005
HOMESTEAD - Ted Musgrave avoided two late-race accidents and finished 19th on Saturday morning at Homestead-Miami Speedway to win the NASCAR Truck series championship.
At 49, he is the oldest champion in NASCAR's 57-year history. Dennis Setzer, 18th in the race, finished 55 points behind and a series runnerup for the third straight year. Todd Bodine won for the third straight race. Zephyrhills native David Reutimann earned the pole and led the first 21 laps but blew an engine after 24 laps, finishing last in the race and 13th in points.
QUEUED UP: Carl Edwards won the pole for the Ford 400 - today's Nextel Cup finale - at 176.051 mph. Edwards is third in points, 87 behind leader Tony Stewart . He and fourth-place Greg Biffle (102 back) were the only two of four with a chance of winning to qualify well. Stewart will start 20th; second-place Jimmie Johnson (52) starts 32nd.
OLD TRICKS: Both Ryan Newman and Kasey Kahne used year-old, phased-out Dodge Intrepids - instead of the sometimes balky new Charger - to qualify second and third, respectively. "We needed to try something," Newman said. "We've struggled this year at the mile-and-a-half tracks in dirty air in race conditions. We won't know the answer until the checkered flag falls (today), but it was an executive decision (by Penske Racing)."
WATER, WATER: Edwards had plenty to occupy those potentially nervous moments.
"I had a flood (Friday) night, so I have stuff to do," he said. "I definitely have chores I could do to keep myself busy. I left the darn sink running all night. And the people here at Homestead are so gracious that they leave you a water line hooked up so you never run out of water."
Rather than ride the soggy coach back home to Charlotte, Edwards said he might indulge in a first open-water flight to the Bahamas. A new instrument-rated pilot, he's never attempted such a flight, but he thinks girlfriend, former Olympic swimmer Amanda Beard, could be a handy co-pilot.
"I've been planning this flight to the Bahamas and it's been kind of a chore for all of my friends and family. They're trying to get all of the paperwork done and everything," he said. " ... I'm taking a strong swimmer with me, Amanda, in case something goes wrong over the water."
WEATHER OR NOT: NASCAR officials monitored the weather closely, hoping for a window in which to race between forecast showers today (50 percent chance, according to weather.com) and Tropical Storm Gamma's scheduled arrival on Tuesday.
"We'll do everything we can to go racing (today)," NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston said. "Typically, we run on the next clear day if we have a problem."
If Gamma continues its projected path, that could be Wednesday. If it develops into a hurricane, tens of thousands of fans and tons of equipment would have to be evacuated. The truck race was postponed Friday night because of rain, but a Cup event has not been so affected since 2003 at Atlanta, run Oct. 27 after being rained out the day before.
DEATH IN THE FAMILY: John Reiser, the 67-year-old father of Matt Kenseth's crew chief, Robbie Reiser, died after a long bout with cancer on Saturday. John Reiser was a former Late Model champion in Wisconsin and was general manager of Roush Racing's Busch and truck teams through May.