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Ballast made Lamma IV ‘sink like Titanic’

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Ballast that added 30 per cent to the weight of the Lamma IV made the vessel “sink like the Titanic” after its collision with the ferry Sea Smooth, an inquiry into the National Day sea tragedy heard yesterday. Naval architect Dr Neville Armstrong also criticised storage of the boat’s life jackets, which he said resembled “somebody’s lunch”. Armstrong, a commission-appointed expert, said the 8.25 tonnes of lead and seven tonnes of unspecified material were installed in the stern of the Lamma IV in 1998 to stabilise it. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Naval expert suggests separating roles to avoid inspection errors

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The person who approves a ship’s drawing plans in the future should also be the one who inspects the ship, a naval expert testifying at the commission of inquiry into the Lamma ferry disaster said on Wednesday. Australian naval architect Dr Neville Armstrong said this requirement would prevent mistakes similar to those made when inspecting the Lamma IV, which collided with another vessel, the Sea Smooth, causing flooding and the death of 39 passengers on October 1 of last year. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Thicker plating may have bought more time before Lamma IV sank: expert

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Passengers on the Lamma IV could have had “marginally more time” to escape if the ferry had been built with thicker side plating, a naval expert has said. The vessel started to sink just 96 seconds after the crash with the Sea Smooth, Australian naval architect Dr Neville Armstrong yesterday told the inquiry into the October 1 accident. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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5 great movies about deception

<!– google_ad_section_start –> LOS ANGELES (AP) — When scandalous tales of fraud involving superstar athletes Lance Armstrong and Manti Te’o were exposed in the last week, connections to films were immediate and obvious. The story of Notre Dame Football hero Te’o falling for a fake dead girlfriend on the Internet called to mind the documentary “Catfish.” And disgraced cyclist Armstrong, who has finally admitted to doping in winning the Tour de France a record seven times, is already the subject of a biopic that’s in the works. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Analysis: Antidoping Agencies Wait as Lance Armstrong Decides Next Move

Lance Armstrong said in an e-mail that he would be spending quiet time with his family before deciding what will be next on his to-do list, which antidoping officials hope is testifying.

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8 Juiciest Bits From Night Two of Lance and Oprah

How much did he lose? What did his kids have to say? The Armstrong-Winfrey inquisition continued Friday night, yielding these major bombshells.

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Oprah’s Best Lance Moments, Part 1

Lies, lawsuits, and even more lies. A look at the highlights of the extraordinary Armstrong interview.

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‘I didn’t feel bad about it,’ Lance Armstrong tells Oprah

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Lance Armstrong finally admitted he doped, but he was light on the details. He mused that he might not have been caught if not for his comeback in 2009.   <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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The Lede Blog: Live Updates on Armstrong’s Oprah Interview

The Lede is rounding up online reaction to Lance Armstrong’s interview with Oprah Winfrey on Thursday night in real-time, with additional fact-checking and context provided by Juliet Macur and Sarah Lyall.

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Lance Armstrong Admits Doping, and Says He Will Testify Against Cycling Officials

Lance Armstrong said in a TV interview set to air Thursday that he was planning to testify against several powerful people in cycling who knew about his doping and possibly facilitated it.

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AP source: Armstrong tells Oprah he doped

<!– google_ad_section_start –> AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says Lance Armstrong confessed to Oprah Winfrey during an interview Monday that he used performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the interview is to be broadcast Thursday on Winfrey’s network. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Analysis: What Would Lance Armstrong and Usada Gain With Confession?

Lance Armstrong wants his lifetime ban from Olympic sports lifted. What he may know could help in other doping investigations.

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Moon Rocks From Apollo 11 Are Discovered in Minnesota National Guard Storage Area

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Many of the lunar rocks given away following the Apollo 11 and 17 missions have gone unaccounted for and periodically turn up in weird places. NASA When Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins came back to Earth on July 24, 1969, they brought 22 kilograms of lunar rocks home. President Nixon gave out many of those rocks as gifts, including a little desktop display and plaque that went to each state. Over the years, some of those rocks were lost, and now, five of them have been found — in a storage area belonging to the Minnesota National Guard. As the Star Tribune’s Paul Walsh reports: Moon rocks from mankind’s first landing more than 43 years ago have been discovered tucked away in a government storage area in St. Paul, and officials are at a loss to explain how they ended up there. The five encased rocks — little more than pebbles — are part of a desktop display that includes a small state of Minnesota flag that was among the 50 from every state that made the trip aboard Apollo 11. Each state received a moon rock display from President Richard Nixon to commemorate the mission that put Neil Armstrong on the lunar surface on July 20, 1969. “The Apollo 11 moon rocks were found amongst military artifacts in a storage area at the Veterans Service Building in St. Paul,” said Army Maj. Blane R. Iffert, former state historian for the Minnesota National Guard. “When I searched the Internet to find additional information about the moon rocks, I knew we had to find a better means to display this artifact.” The rocks will be transferred to the Minnesota Historical Society in a ceremony on Wednesday. The desktop display case, with close-ups of the plaque and moon pebbles (Minnesota National Guard) Rocks from the Apollo 11 mission are notorious for their ability to disappear into archives, basements, or the wrong hands. As Alexis Madrigal reported in 2010 upon the discovery of a set of moon rocks in Hawaii in 2010, lunar rock hunters had ascertained the locations of 42 of 193 lunar-rock gifts from the Apollo 11 mission. “The moon rock situation finds NASA in the awkward position of losing control of its own legacy,” Madrigal wrote. “Though the rocks and their presentation are a fascinating moment in the agency’s history, the legions of bureaucrats and politicians who received them do not appear to have quite the same level of interest in space-age history.” H/t @paleofuture

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Cash pressures for Ballymena firm

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One of Northern Ireland’s oldest and best known construction companies, the Patton Group of Ballymena, says it is facing cash pressures because of the downturn in construction.

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Lance Stripped of Tour Titles

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Can we move on now? The International Cycling Union decided Monday that it would not appeal the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s decision in the doping case against Lance Armstrong.

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Lance Armstrong stripped of seven Tour de France titles – video

Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, says the sport’s world governing body, the UCI

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Lance Armstrong speaks at Livestrong 15th anniversary: ‘I’ve been better, but I’ve also been worse’ – video

Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong tells supporters of his cancer-fighting charity he has been through a ‘difficult couple of weeks’

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Joel Achenbach: Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong was genuinely modest. Never did he boast of his accomplishments. He didn’t regale people with his heroism in finding a way to land the Eagle amid the boulders of an alien world with his fuel running out. Read full article > >

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Neil Armstrong 1930-2012: Neil Armstrong, First Man on Moon, Dies at 82

Neil Armstrong became a global hero as the first human to set foot on an extraterrestrial body.

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Neil Armstrong, first man to step on the moon, dies at 82

Neil Armstrong , the astronaut who marked an epochal achievement in exploration with “one small step” from the Apollo 11 lunar module on July 20, 1969, becoming the first person to walk on the moon, died Aug. 25 in the Cincinnati area. He was 82. Read full article > >

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