Sauced in Space: An independent panel appointed by NASA found occasions where some astronauts were apparently too boozy to fly and should have been grounded. It’s not clear whether the astronauts were drunk during shuttle flights or test flights. NASA’s “bottle to throttle” rule prohibits drinking before takeoff.
Um...sorry?: Mike Nifong, the prosecutor made notorious by the Duke Lacrosse case, admitted yesterday that there isn’t credible evidence to backup his year-old accusations that the players raped a stripper. A superior court judge is presently deciding whether to hold Nifong in criminal contempt of court for his handling of the case.
Oh Alberto: F.B.I. director Robert Mueller III told the House Judiciary committee yesterday that a 2004 confrontation was about the N.S.A.’s eavesdropping program. The account contradicts Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’s sworn testimony from Tuesday that there hasn’t been conflict about the program within the Bush administration. No surprise here: The Bush Administration’s support for the embattled attorney general has not wavered.
In the fetal position: Sure, we’re all happy it’s Friday, but something tells me no one is professing T.G.I.F. more loudly than the world of sports, which clearly needs to cry and/or hug it out all weekend long. The Slate sums up just how dismal its week has been.