The Daily Populous

Saturday July 14th, 2018 night edition

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But those week-long stays during the Apollo program didn't establish a lasting human presence on the moon.

A lunar base could even become a thriving off-world economy, perhaps one built around lunar space tourism.

We can afford to get it wrong, and not kill everybody," former astronaut Chris Hadfield recently told Business Insider.

But many astronauts and other experts suggest the biggest impediments to crewed moon missions over the last four-plus decades have been banal if not depressing.

A tried-and-true hurdle for any spaceflight program, especially for missions that involve people, is the steep cost.

The Trump administration's immediate goal is to get astronauts to "the vicinity of the moon" sometime in 2023.

The political tug-of-war over NASA's mission and budget isn't the only reason people haven't returned to the moon. »

Woman charged with attempted murder in beating of man, 92, with brick

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LOS ANGELES -- A 30-year-old woman was charged with attempted murder Thursday for allegedly beating a 92-year-old man with a brick last week, CBS Los Angeles reports.

The L.A. County District Attorney's Office says Laquisha Jones, of Los Angeles, has also been charged with elder abuse, infliction of injury.

The felony complaint includes special allegations that the defendant personally used a deadly and dangerous weapon, the brick, during the beating and that she badly injured the victim, identified as Rodolfo Rodriguez. »

After Donald Trump Promised To Release Tape Showing The ‘Sun’ Misquoted Him, White House Refuses To Release It

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But when asked to release the tape, the White House balked.

Trump also claimed that the White House press team would release the tape proving he did not criticize May, but when Yahoo News contacted the press shop for a copy of the tape, they did not release it.

Instead, the White House only pointed to the positive things Trump said about May, with no mention of the tape. »

Disney would dominate the US box office if it buys Fox

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Thanks to "Black Panther," "Avengers: Infinity War," "Incredibles 2" and "Deadpool 2," Disney (DIS) and Fox (FOXA) together control nearly half of the domestic market share so far in 2018, according to Box Office Mojo.

The two studios controlled about 35% of the domestic box office last year, according to Box Office Mojo.

Disney would inherit Fox Searchlight, a production and distribution arm of Fox that has been cleaning up at the Academy Awards. »

PTSD rate among prison employees equals that of war veterans

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Prison employees experience PTSD on par with Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, a new study from a Washington State University College of Nursing researcher found.

Working conditions in a prison can include regular exposure to violence and trauma, and threats of harm to the workers and their families.

Previous studies have shown that prison workers have some of the highest rates of mental illness, sleep disorders and physical health issues of all U.S. workers. »