News BriefsHans Bethe, Father of Nuclear Astrophysics, Dies at 98
By William J. Broad
The New York Times
Hans Bethe, who discovered the violent force behind sunlight, helped devise the atom bomb and eventually cried out against the military excesses of the Cold War, died late Sunday. He was 98, the last of the giants who inaugurated the nuclear age.
His death was announced by Cornell University, where he worked and taught for 70 years. A spokesman said he died quietly at home in Ithaca, N.Y.
For nearly eight decades, Bethe pioneered some of the most esoteric realms of physics and astrophysics, politics and armaments, advising the federal government and emerging as the science community’s conscience.
During World War II, he led the theoreticians who devised the atom bomb and for decades afterwards fought against many new arms proposals.
Boeing CEO Forced To Resign over Affair
By Leslie Wayne
The New York Times
The chief executive of the Boeing Co., Harry C. Stonecipher, who was brought out of retirement 15 months ago to clean up the company’s tarnished image and restore credibility at the world’s second-largest aerospace company, was forced to resign Monday for having an affair with a female Boeing executive.
The resignation of Stonecipher, 68, came as a shock to both Wall Street investors and officials in Washington, who had been closely watching the company’s ethical travails. The company, which is the Pentagon’s No. 2 supplier, is struggling to recover from its role in an Air Force procurement scandal, the loss of important government contracts and the jailing of two former top executives.
Stonecipher, married and with grown children, was fired for having violated an internal code of conduct that he had imposed on all Boeing employees as he tried to improve the company’s actions and image. His predecessor, Philip M. Condit, was forced to resign in 2003 because of ethical lapses and poor business prospects that Stonecipher was hired to remedy.
Senate Rejects Dueling Measures To Raise the Minimum Wage
By Marilyn Geewax
Cox News Service WASHINGTON
The Senate on Monday rejected two very different measures that would have raised the minimum wage.
Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., proposed a measure to boost the wage in three steps over 26 months from $5.15 to $7.25 an hour, the first hike in eight years.
“I believe that anyone who works 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year should not live in poverty in the richest country in the world,” he said.
Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., offered an alternative that would have raised the wage to $6.25 in two steps over 18 months.
“You’re going to price a lot of people out of the (job) market,” he said. In contrast, his own amendment “keeps the balance” between the need to raise wages and the desire to hold down inflation.
Both senators were seeking to amend a bankruptcy reform bill. Under rules unanimously agreed to in advance, any amendment needed 60 votes for adoption, and neither proposal came close.
Kennedy’s amendment won the support of 46 senators, while 49 opposed it. Santorum’s was backed by 38 senators and opposed by 61.