HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- After waiting 38 months for word from Washington, the Huntsville school board finally peeled open the results of its desegregation review: Fix more things. Try again later.
The U.S. Department of Justice didn't exactly refer to the city schools as a "dual system" based on race, but it came close enough to derail any efforts to end this city's 41-year-old federal desegregation order.
Most members of the Huntsville school board had hoped for better.
Partly spurred by a changing legal landscape, the board had taken the first step toward ending the Civil Rights era order, which requires federal approval for every new school, for every change in zone lines, for any program that could effect racial balance.
Yet most of the country has moved on.
HUNTSVILLE, AL - NASA is preparing to launch a new satellite called Glory on Wednesday that it hopes will help shed light on one of the perplexing mysteries about airborne particles: Are they good or bad for the Earth's climate?
The research so far indicates that these "aerosols" have reflected heat back into space, thus cooling the planet and mitigating the effect of greenhouse gases, scientists say. But calibrating the effect has been difficult because of the challenge of getting global data.