Aid SUNDAY. MAY 18. 1997 T AIR FORCE COURT-MARTIAL NATION THE SALINA JOURNAL Bomber pilot to request discharge HERITAGE CENTER First female B-52 pilot, charged with adultery, wants discharge By SHARON COHEN 1 he Associate! Press MINOT, N.I). The nation's first female B-52 pilot will ask to resign with an honorable discharge rather lhan face a court- martial on charges of adultery, her lawyer said Saturday. IstLt. Kelly Minn, 2(i and single, was due to be court-martialed Tuesday at Minot Air Force Base on charges of adultery and frater- V SPACE STATION Mir gets generator, astronaut New oxygen generator, American astronaut arrive at space station By The Associated Press SPACE CENTER, Houston — Russia's run-down Mir space station got a new oxygen generator Saturday and a fresh American astronaut ready to help with i - e- pairs. Within 12 hours of Atlantis' arrival, NASA astronaut Jerry Linenger was hack on the shuttle, his ride home after four months on Mir. And Michael Foale and his two new Mir-mates were assured of sufficient air. "I stand relieved of duties on the Mir," Linenger said. "It's good to be back on U.S. soil." The long-distance delivery by Atlantis was perfectly timed and executed. After a flurry of glad-to- see-you's, the 10 astronauts and cosmonauts on the linked ships quickly moved the new generator into Mir to replace a broken unit, accomplishing the job hours earlier than planned. Mir's crew had been relying on only one functioning generator instead of the usual two, and that unit was hardly reliable — a clogged filter caused it to temporarily shut down two months ago. An attached pump, in fact, malfunctioned shortly after Friday night's docking, and the generator had to be put on standby until the latest problem could be resolved. Shortly after the new generator- was hauled into Mir as a backup for the one on standby, Linenger and Foale officially swapped places. Linenger, a 42-year-old doctor, giggled as he radioed down a list of the transferred items that will return to Earth with him next Saturday. "It's a pleasure to be talking so simply and directly without a few days' delay like we have operating on Mir," he told Mission Control. V TELEVISION Canceling of report questioned By The New York Times ABC News management abruptly canceled a report about abuses by Congress that was scheduled to . be broadcast on its newsmagazine program "20/20" on Friday night, and one participant in the report contended that the network had acted out of fear of alienating ini'inbors of Congress. ABC Nows executives dismissed the contention as groundless, saying the report was pulled simply because its reporting was inadequate. The "20/20" report, based on a book to be published next week by Ronald Kessler, a former Washington Post reporter, had been scheduled for Friday and was promoted on earlier ABC shows. Among its points, the report contained revelations about spending on expensive furniture lor committee chairmen and sexual excesses by members of Congress. Kessler said he learned Friday morning that the two top ABC News executives, chairman Koone Arledge and president David Wesiin, viewed the report Thursday and ordered that it be shelved. Kessler .said staff members from "20/20" wore shocked by the decision because the report was to be the program's lead story. The executive producer of "20/20" did not return phone calls seeking comment. tmation in connection with two affairs the Air Force says she had over the past year. One was with an enlisted man who is single, the other with a married civilian. She also is charged with lying to investigators and disobeying an order to stay away from the married FLINN man. Flinn's lawyer, Frank Spinner, said he would submit her request to resign with an honorable dis- charge in lieu of a court-martial early next week. If convicted on all charges, she could face dismissal and up to nine and a half years in prison. "She is a human being and she has feelings," Spinner said in a telephone interview. "She sees her dreams coming to an end. She is not smiling, happy but she's at peace with herself." A resignation in lieu of court- martial with an honorable discharge is highly unusual. There have been none in the last three years, Pentagon spokesman Maj. Ron Lovis said. Flinn was at the base but Spin- ner said she would not comment. He said she wanted to spare her and the Air Force from the embarrassment of a trial. "We think a trial would be just as embarrassing to the Air Force as it would be to Kelly," he said. The Air Force had no immediate comment and was working on a response, Lovis said. Capt. Mark Phillips, a spokesman at the Minot Air Force Base, said the judge in charge of the court-martial, Col. Dennis Kansala, had received Flinn's request for a continuance on her case until June 2. 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