Teen hurt in alleged hate crime leaving hospital
OAKLAND — An 18-year-oldNorthern California boy who was seton ﬁre on a public bus in what author-ities are calling a hate crime wasexpected to leave the hospital.Sasha Fleischman’s father, Karl,told KNTVin San Jose that his sonshould be home from St. FrancisMemorial Hospital in San Franciscoby Wednesday.Sasha suffered second and third-degree burns when the skirt he waswearing was set on ﬁre earlier thismonth on a bus in Oakland. Prosecutors have charged 16-year-old Richard Thomas, of Oakland, as anadult with hate crimes in the attack.Police say Thomas told investigatorshe was homophobic.Sasha’s family and friends say Sashaidentiﬁes as neither male nor female.Thomas’s attorney, William DuBois, has said his client is not homo-phobic and engaged in a prank thatwent wrong.
Space hosts busy Thanksgiving with launch,comet
Comet ISON, which was discovereda year ago, is making its ﬁrst spinaround the sun and will come the clos-est to the super-hot solar surface at1:37 p.m. EST. It may take a few hoursbefore astronomers know if the cometsurvived its brush with the sun. If itsurvives, and maybe even if it doesn’t,people in the Northern Hemispherewill have a good chance of seeing thecomet — or its remains — in the ﬁrsttwo weeks of December just beforesunrise and after sunset. It won’t bevisible with the naked eye onThursday, but NASAhas a ﬂeet of tele-scopes trained on ISON.
For the six people on board theInternational Space Station — includ-ing American astronauts MikeHopkins and Rick Mastracchio — it’stime for a traditional Thanksgivingfeast. But don’t expect them to becarving a succulent bird. In a videofrom space, the two astronauts showedoff their menu, all in small sealedpackets: irradiated smoked turkey,thermostabilized yams, cornbreaddressing, potatoes, freeze-driedasparagus, baked beans, bread, cob-bler and what Hopkins called hisfavorite dehydrated green bean casse-role. It comes with a view from spacethat is juicier than any turkey onEarth. “Though we miss our families,it’s great to be in space,” Hopkins saidfrom 260 miles above Earth in a tapedmessage.
:Residents of Florida’s Space Coastmay get to see a rocket thunderthrough the sky around dinner time if all goes well. Private ﬁrm SpaceX of Hawthorne, Calif., will try again tolaunch its Falcon-9 rocket between5:38 p.m. and 6:44 p.m. ESTfromCape Canaveral Air Station. The largerocket didn’t launch in a ﬁrst attemptMonday because of a technical glitch.The rocket is carrying a 7,055-poundtelecommunications satellite for aLuxembourg ﬁrm. This is part of agrowing trend of newer rocket ﬁrms —SpaceX is headed by PayPal founderElon Musk — launching more andsigning up non-government cus-tomers, said Harvard astronomerJonathan McDowell, who catalogueslaunches worldwide.
Ruling on hot sauce factory raises job worries
IRWINDALE — Ajudge has ordered aplant that produces the popularSriracha chili sauce to stop emittingannoying odors in a ruling that leftsome nearby residents worried about apossible loss of jobs at the factory.Judge Robert H. O’Brien on Tuesdayruled in favor of the city of Irwindale,where Sriracha recently relocated, say-ing sauce maker Huy Fong Foods muststop any operations that could becausing the odors and make unspeci-ﬁed changes to mitigate them.The company had no immediatecomment, but a few neighbors inter-viewed Wednesday dismissed the com-plaints and worried that jobs might belost if the plant is forced to close.
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Actor Ed Harris is63.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
Nearly 500 people died in a ﬁre thatdestroyed the Cocoanut Grove night-club in Boston.
“Great minds have purposes;others have wishes.”
— Washington Irving,American author (1783-1859)
“Late Show”orchestra leaderPaul Shaffer is 64.RapperChamillionaire is34.
A car drives past a wave breaking on Havana’s seafront boulevard ‘El Malecon,’Cuba.
Mostly cloudy.Highs around 60. Southeast winds 5 to 10mph...Becoming west in the afternoon.
Mostly cloudy in theevening then becoming partly cloudy.Lows in the upper 40s. Northwest windsaround 5 mph.
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The article “New car sharing company opens shop inMillbrae” in the Nov. 26 edition of the Daily Journal needsclariﬁcation. FlightCar is still operating but had its specialuse permit revoked by the Millbrae City Council.
, Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reachedthe Paciﬁc Ocean after passing through the South Americanstrait that now bears his name.
, the Confederate Congress admitted Missouri asthe 12th state of the Confederacy after Missouri’s disputedsecession from the Union.
American-born Lady Astor was elected the ﬁrstfemale member of the British Parliament.
, Captain Cyril Turner of the Royal Air Force gavethe ﬁrst public skywriting exhibition, spelling out, “HelloUSA. Call Vanderbilt 7200” over New York’s Times Square;about 47,000 calls in less than three hours resulted.
President Roosevelt, British Prime MinisterWinston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin began con-ferring in Tehran during World War II.
President John F. Kennedy dedicated the originalpermanent headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agencyin Langley, Va. Ernie Davis of Syracuse University becamethe first African-American to be named winner of theHeisman Trophy.
, Ernie Davis of Syracuse University became theﬁrst African-American football player to be named winner of the Heisman Trophy.
the United States launched the space probeMariner 4 on a course to Mars.
, an Air New Zealand DC-10 en route to the SouthPole crashed into a mountain in Antarctica, killing all 257people aboard.
a South African Airways Boeing 747 crashed intothe Indian Ocean with the loss of all 159 people aboard.
Officials recovered the body of CIAofficerJohnny “Mike” Spann from a prison compound in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan, after northern alliance rebels backedby U.S. airstrikes and special forces quelled an uprising byTaliban and al-Qaida prisoners.
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(Answers tomorrow)DRAFTHYENASMOKER PULPITYesterday’sJumbles:Answer:The finale of the bowling tournament was soexciting that you could — HEAR APIN DROPNow arrange the circled letters to form the surprise answer, assuggested by the above cartoon.
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Unscramble these four Jumbles,one letter to each square,to form four ordinary words.
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Recording executive Berry Gordy Jr. is 84. Former Sen.Gary Hart, D-Colo., is 77. Singer-songwriter Bruce Channelis 73. Singer Randy Newman is 70. CBS News correspondentSusan Spencer is 67. Movie director Joe Dante is 66. FormerNASAteacher in space Barbara Morgan is 62. Actress S.Epatha (eh-PAY’-thah) Merkerson is 61. Former HomelandSecurity Secretary Michael Chertoff is 60. Country singerKristine Arnold (Sweethearts of the Rodeo) is 57. Actor JuddNelson is 54. Movie director Alfonso Cuaron is 52. Rockmusician Matt Cameron is 51. Actress Jane Sibbett is 51.
The Daily Derby race winners are Big Ben,No.4,in ﬁrst place;Lucky Charms,No.12,in secondplace;and Whirl Win,No.6,in third place.Therace time was clocked at 1:48.42.
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