The Daily Journal from Flat River, Missouri on December 18, 1994 · 6
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The Daily Journal from Flat River, Missouri · 6

Flat River, Missouri
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Sunday, December 18, 1994
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ft Tfct DaJIf Jowiui, St VnacoU Co, Sunday, Dcnbr It, 1994 National Report Photos show chaos ipjearly, eeiverse WASHINGTON (AP) - Fourteen billion years ago, the universe was a chaotic collection of stellar fragments amid neat galactic clusters, according to telescope views that look back to near the beginning of time. Hubble Space Telescope photos released this week by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration are views of objects that are up to 14 billion light years from Earth, farther away than any other visual objects ever studied in detail. A light year is the distance light travels in a year, about 5.9 trillion miles. Astronomers believe that they are looking far back in time when they look at very distant objects. Light arriving at Earth from a star shows the way the star was at the time the light started its journey. Thus, a star that is 14 billion light years away is seen as it was 14 billion years ago. The pictures show fragments of galaxies and torn and shredded star groupings with ragged and irregular edges. Also seen are neat and apparently very old elliptical galaxies. This is in contrast to the young, nearby galactic clusters that can be studied by ground telescopes, astronomers said. These clusters contain many spiral galaxies in which stars are orbiting a central core in an orderly pinwheel formation. The Milky Way, which contains the sun, is a spiral galaxy. Nearby clusters also have elliptical galaxies, though they are far less common. But the universe up to 14 billion years ago was chaotic, messy and different Mark Dickinson of the Space Telescope Science Institute said views of galactic clusters 9 billion light years away showed many ellipticals and few spirals. "Ellipticals are remarkably ordinary in appearance, but spirals are few and far between and look weird, asymmetrical and distorted," said Dickinson. "There is a menagerie of strange objects that have no counterpart in today's universe." j ' ' Duccio Macchctio, who led an STSI team studying images of objects 12 billion light years away, said he also found ordinary, well-formed and very old elliptical galaxies, but no spiral galaxies. Instead, he said, there was a collection of "ragged objects" with no definitive shape. The new Hubble finding adds to the scientific debate about the age of the universe and the stars within it. A Hubble study announced in October put the age of the universe, based on the measured rate of expansion, at 8 billion to 12 billion years. Prior estimates pegged the "big bang" that may have started the universe at 16,1 lion to 20 billion years ago. now asuwiomcn wc wnjlz fronting, once again, the impossible dilemma of flndj, ing stars that are older than the universe. .v,Ll As a result, said astronomer Alan Dressier of (the., Carnegie Institution in Pasadena, Calif., the age ofa., universe "continues to be a topic of controversy." , ruj The faint objects up to 14 billion light yean away can be seen by telescopes on the ground only aslflito and fuzzy points of light. With the Hubble, 1 astronomers for the first time are getting viewa shorr.; enough to determine the shape and character of such') distant objects. . 'This is like being able to see noses and eyebre.! on what were just poorly seen blank faces," jsbU'J Dressier. TrAPWPl The Harley Davidson spirit . . ... 1 . . Motorcyclist on crusade for justice in hit and run crash ' "Old H i; L?h FULTON, Mo. (AP) An errant semi-trailer crushed Jay Durham's motorcycle, and mangled his body, returned. ( but it hasn't broken his spirit. ' Durham spoke in a telephone in- Durham lost a leg and nearly lost tcrview Friday from his neighbor's his life in April 1992 when he was . house. He no longer has a phone, hit from behind as he was riding one The accident put Durham in .a FARMINGTON UNITED FUND DONATION Morton Farley (right) of Crouch and Farley PC, CPA's, recently presented a check to Dean Ishmael (left), President of Farmington United Fund, Inc. The fund is a not-for-profit organization which raises money for area social services. " . . .." SUIT pbotoi by Barbara E. Huck FARMINGTON FUND CHECK Gary Jones (right), store manager at the J.CPenney Store in Farmington, recently presented a contribution to the Farmington United Fund, Inc. Accepting the check (at left) is Dean Ishmael, President of FUFI. of his beloved Harley Davidsons on Interstate 40 near Russellville, Ark. Durham, 48, believes he was hit deliberately by a trucker who then made no attempt to help the fallen motorcyclist. Durham says he remained conscious despite passing under the semi's wheels and saw the trucker stop only to pry Durham's motorcycle from his grill. "He just ran smooth over the top 'of me," Durham said. "He pushed my motorcycle 1,880 feet according to one report. I shouldn't be alive." Durham now mixes a gee-whiz feeling at still being alive with his anger over the event. He's made a crusade of trying to find the trucker, distributing thousands of fliers offering $10,000 rewards at truck slops across the country. "I'd sure hate to know I didn't even try and stop this guy," Durham said. "Somebody like this doesn't need to be out on the highway." Police in Russellville could not be reached for comment about the case Saturday. A telephone message left be featured on NBC's "Unsolved therapy I ever had," said Durhaih;'' with the detectives' division was not Mysteries." He was hoping the formerly of Canton, Kan. "It rhade show might help find the driver. me have peace of mind inside." - '' The TV show required several At some point, he'd like to fwgef' days of filming in Arkansas along a about the wreck. 20-mile stretch of highway,' and ' ;,u," brought back painful memories at "I'm not going to let it ruirT'ih'' first . life," he said. "I have a life. iWa "At first it was difficult, but ac- real person and I am going to get a"!' tually I think it was some of the best real job. Someday." wheelchair and "dependent on disability payments. " , Habla-EspsiEol?.; Spanish newspaper debuts in Arkansas Durham's right leg was' amputated, and he only recently had metal rods and screws removed from his left leg. The pain all over his body was so severe he became addicted to painkillers. ""I was up to 31 pills a day," Durham said. He said his girlfriend, Cindy Levari, helped him stop taking the drugs. , " - I stopped taking them because I didn't know what I was doing," he said. "I didn't know what was going on in my life." The former mechanical engineer and welder makes a little money as an artist of tattoos, paintings, drawings "Whatever I can do to honestly make a dollar, I do," he says. He's had to sell five of his six motorcycles to pay medical expenses. His attorney is helping guarantee the reward money, he said. Last week, Durham 's story was to ROGERS, Ark. (AP) El Sol de Arkansas made its debut Saturday. Miguel Castelo, a 37-year-old hairdresser and journalist, is the force behind the area's first newspaper written in Spanish, with news especially for the Hispanic community. With about 500 subscribers, Castelo said he hopes to eventually serve more ' than 30,000 readers, some of whom have been isolated for years from news of their native lands. Castelo said his weekly would mix the global headlines carried by FNS, the Spanish counterpart of The Associated Press, with stories chronicling local readers' weddings, parties, and their victories and defeats. ' 1 "I'm showing these people pictures of their weddings, and I'm pushing sports," Castelo said. "The problem with some (Hispanic week lies) is that they manipulate the news in order to sell ads, and they forget, about being serious about society." More importantly, he said, the , newspaper will routinely carry stories to help unregistered Mexican citizens obtain legal status. Gutters & More FREE ESTIMATES Seamless Gutters Soffit & Facia Siding Awnings Carports Patios, And More Quality Work Call Us First 4.31-Q4R7 Mineral Area Regional Medical Center . is pleased to announce the opening of the r Pnmasy Care Clink 1421 E. Main, Park Hills, MO For An Appointment - Please Call Michael Lee Anderson, D.0. 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