Party Lines Political Notebook

Henry FrederickBy HENRY FREDERICK
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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Mayor Adam Barringer is the scheduled guest speaker for Thursday's Southeast Volusia Republican Club luncheon at the Smyrna Yacht Club.

Adam BarringerWith a flurry of locals announcing their campaign intentions, this seems like as a good a time as any for the first-term mayor to announce what he'll do in the big 20012 election campaign. Maybe he will, and then again, maybe he won't.

Making the Grade

space shuttle EndeavorPhoto by NASA/Kim Shiflett / Space shuttle Endeavor awaits its final launch scheduled for Monday at Cape Canaveral.

Grade: A

The countdown is on for Monday’s 8:56 a.m. EDT liftoff of the space shuttle Endeavor. In one of the most expensive, but rewarding undertakings our government has ever directed, the space shuttle program is first class as it winds down to its final missions.

After Endeavor, space shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to lift off for the final time on June 28.

Of all the shuttle launches, though the two that stand out are the tragic ones. Challenger blew up just 73 seconds after launch, killing all seven astronauts on board, and on Feb. 3, 2003, Columbia disintegrated during re-entry, killing its crew of seven. 

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