November 28, 2009 in Nation/World

In brief: Woman finds irony in rough patch

From Wire Reports
Associated Press photo

A woman in Methuen, Mass., sees an image of Jesus Christ in the residue on the bottom of her iron.
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Methuen, Mass. – A Massachusetts woman who recently separated from her husband and had her hours cut at work said an image of Jesus Christ she sees on her iron has reassured her that “life is going to be good.”

Mary Jo Coady first noticed the image Sunday when she walked into her daughter’s room. The brownish residue on the bottom of the iron looks like the face of a man with long hair.

Coady, 44, told a local newspaper that she hopes her story will inspire others during the holidays. Coady, who was raised Catholic, said she plans to keep the iron in a closet and buy a new one.

Feast follows shuttle’s return

Cape Canaveral, Fla. – Space shuttle Atlantis and its seven astronauts returned to Earth with a smooth touchdown Friday to end a flight that resupplied the International Space Station.

Within a few hours of landing, the astronauts feasted on turkey and trimmings with their families.

The new father on the crew, Randolph Bresnik, bolted out of NASA’s spaceport when the meal was over. He flew home to Houston a day ahead of his crewmates so he could see his newborn daughter and wife, who gave birth Saturday.

Commander Charles Hobaugh and his crew spent a week stockpiling the space station. They delivered big spare parts and performed three spacewalks to install equipment and carry out maintenance.

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