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Space shuttle Endeavour Mission Specialist Barbara Morgan, left, smiles as he sits with fellow Mission Specialist Benjamin Drew Jr., right, during an STS-118 crew news conference Wednesday in July in Houston. Endeavor is scheduled to liftoff next month on an 11-day mission to the International Space Station Wednesday. See Item No.1. Also, Idaho journalist Marcia Franklin endeavors to tell Morgan’s story here.
1. The Shuttle Endeavour is in position at the Kennedy Space Center - awaiting Wednesday’s launch to the International Space Station. It is a historic mission that hopes to pick up where Challenger left off - this time taking McCall school teacher Barbara Morgan into outer space here.
2. Idaho remains the busiest fire state in the nation with nearly 20 fires burning right now. Recently there has been a shift in fire activity, from the grasslands to the forests, which is usual for this time of year here.
3. A recent poll shows that Larry Grant, Democratic candidate for Congress in Idaho’s 1st Congressional District, has favorable ratings equal to Republican Congressman Bill Sali, but that Sali’s unfavorable ratings are a standout —Jill Kuraitis/New West here.
4. The coach of the NBA Denver Nuggets, George Karl, and his son Coby, a recent BSU graduate who just signed with the Los Angeles Lakers, will guest host the Ada County Democrats’ golf tournament here.
5. Best of Idaho Opinion: Dan Popkey/Idaho Statesman (Mansfield deserves scrutiny), Rachel Abrahamson/Boise Weekly (Bourne again), Jerry Helgeson/Idaho Statesman (Idaho’s astronaut teacher makes us proud), Pete Zimowsky/Idaho Statesman (Bikes, bugs don’t mix), Irwin Horowitz/New West Boise (Shooting stars and eclipses), and Tyler Wilson/Coeur d’Alene Press (Simpsons’ Movie exxxcellent).
6. Best of Idaho Blogs: Mountain Goat Report (Blogging Anonymously), Dogwalk Musings (Blues in the Night), Rocky Barker (Let burn debate blazes on), Dennis Mansfield (Message from a bleeding heart), and Palousitics (Advice to WSU’s Young Republicans).