ST. LOUIS — A decade-long dispute between the Archdiocese of St. Louis and a local Polish parish has taken a big step forward with a state judge’s ruling that the parish has rightful control of its assets and property. Judge Bryan Hettenbach of St. Louis Circuit Court, sided with St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, which under a 19th-century agreement granted the congregation control of its finances. The diocese said it will appeal. (New York Times)
Satellite rescued from wrong orbit
DENVER — Air Force ground controllers delicately rescued a $1.7 billion military communications satellite last year that had been stranded in the wrong orbit and at risk of blowing up - all possibly because a piece of cloth had been left in a critical fuel line during manufacture. During the 14-month effort, the satellite had to be coaxed more than 21,000 miles higher to its planned orbit. The Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite is the first of six in a $14 billion system designed to give the military more communications capacity. (AP)
Details emerge in shooting of teen
SANFORD — Calls made to police show that a black teenager, Trayvon Martin, was terrified as he tried to get away from the white neighborhood watch volunteer who shot him, and that the volunteer was not defending himself as he has claimed, the teen’s family said Saturday.