10/2/2005:

Intermediate Word:  titian (a) red-haired  (b) king-sized  (c) characterized by quick temper  (d) forerunner
Difficult Word: - fess  (a) to reveal  (b) aristocrat's diagonal sash  (c) to speak  (d) horizontal band on escutcheon

NASA to Unveil Plans to Send 4 Astronauts to Moon in 2018 - Space.com  NASA briefed senior White House officials on its plan to spend $100 billion and the next 12 years building the spacecraft and rockets it needs to put humans back on the Moon by 2018. NASA has been working intensely since April on an exploration plan that entails building an 18-foot (5.5-meter) blunt body crew capsule and launchers built from major space shuttle components including the main engines, solid rocket boosters and massive external fuel tanks.
        

KATRINA EARTHQUAKE RISKS

Major quake could be worse than Katrina - MSNBC  Left:  Rescue workers walk past the Northridge Meadows Apartments that collapsed during the earthquake in Los Angeles in this Jan. 17, 1994 file photo.  As many as 18,000 people dead.  More than $250 billion in damages.  Hundreds of thousands of people left homeless.  That's not the latest estimate of Hurricane Katrina's toll on the Gulf Coast. That's a worst-case scenario if a major earthquake were to hit Los Angeles. The figures are hypothetical, from a model published in May by government researchers studying the Puente Hills fault under the city.  Scientists warn that there's little doubt a major quake will hit California in coming years or decades, though many scenarios are not as disastrous as Puente Hills. As was the case with Katrina, experts say the federal government hasn't done enough to prepare. California has been hit by significant quakes about every 15 years over the past century.  Experts say there's a better-than 60 percent chance that a quake with a magnitude around 6.7 will hit Southern California or the Bay Area within decades. "There's very little mitigation going on, and it's because it's so expensive to do, just like it was so expensive to fix the levees," said Chris Poland, head of Degenkolb Engineers in San Francisco.  




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