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NASA Officials Promise To Comply With Recommendations


Senior officials of NASA said on Tuesday that they were making progress in addressing the five technical recommendations made so far by the independent board investigating the crash of the shuttle Columbia.

But they would not say what the agency was doing about an issue the board has called just as important a cause of the disaster as mechanical failure: the management culture at the National Aeronautics and Space Agency.

“There will be no attempt whatsoever to argue or defend a recommendation from the Columbia Accident Investigation Board,” said Frederick Gregory, NASA’s deputy administrator, who was visiting the Kennedy Space Center here to join the initial meeting of a new advisory panel that is supposed to critique the preparations to return to flight.

But when asked about the board’s inquiry into how information has flowed within NASA, Gregory replied, “At this point we have not received any comments officially from the accident investigation board” on the subject of management.

Poll Finds Strong Optimism Among Hispanics in U.S.


A new survey of Hispanics in the United States finds they are far more optimistic about life in the United States and their children’s prospects than are non-Latinos, despite the fact that many are much poorer and many do not intend to gain the full benefits of citizenship.

The New York Times/CBS News poll found that nearly 70 percent of foreign-born Hispanics say they feel closer to the United States than with their country of origin, although many continue to send money to family members even though they rarely visit their home countries.

Latinos of Mexican origin account for about two-thirds of the nation’s Hispanics, making immigration flows from Mexico and comparisons with Mexico’s economic situation a pronounced feature of the porous and fast-evolving Hispanic population that has become the nation’s largest minority group.

Smaller Latino communities link their backgrounds to Puerto Rico, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, Cuba and other countries.

SCO Seeks Linux User Fees


The SCO Group Inc., a small Utah software company that claims it owns the rights to key elements of Linux, Tuesday demanded that users of the freely distributed operating system pay $700 for each server running Linux or face lawsuits.

SCO chief executive Darl McBride likened his company’s plans to sue Linux users to the litigious tactics of the recording industry, which recently said it would sue people who illegally swap copyrighted music files over the Internet.

The new licensing plan, revealed one day after the Linux company Red Hat Inc. asked a federal judge to force SCO to reveal the substance of its claims to Linux, raised the stakes in the growing battle over who owns Linux, the open-source operating system created and improved by a far-flung community of computer programmers.

“If there was any doubt before that this is all out war against Linux, there sure isn’t any longer,” said Gordon Haff, a senior analyst with Illuminata Inc., a consulting firm in Nashua, N.H.