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  • A Google Exec Just Beat The World Record For Highest-Altitude Jump From The Stratosphere

    10/25/2014 11:23:49 AM PDT · by prisoner6 · 27 replies
    Business Insider Via Fark.com ^ | 10/24/2014 | JILLIAN D'ONFRO
    Google senior vice president Alan Eustace just beat the world record for highest-altitude space jump, The New York Times reports. A helium-filled balloon carried him 135,908 feet to nearly the top of the stratosphere — more than 25 miles — above the ground, before he cut himself loose and plunged toward the earth at speeds that peaked at more than 800 miles per hour.
  • The longest jump: Joe Kittinger held the highest sky divin record, then helped break it

    04/25/2014 7:39:45 AM PDT · by C19fan · 2 replies
    Yahoo ^ | April 24, 2014 | Jonathan Karl, Richard Coolidge and Jordyn Phelps
    Col. Joe Kittinger may be one of the most interesting people alive today. Not only did he set the record for the highest and longest skydive in history in 1960, but the 85-year-old retired Air Force colonel was also the first person ever to observe the curvature of the Earth from the edge of outer space, and the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean in a helium balloon. Kittinger sat down with “Politics Confidential” to discuss his life’s many adventures and what it was like to help break his own skydiving record in 2012 as part of...
  • First-Person-View Of Felix Baumgartner’s Space Jump (video)

    04/09/2014 7:20:23 PM PDT · by Signalman · 11 replies
    flixxy.com ^ | 4/9/2014 | flixxy.com
    Austrian skydiver and daredevil Felix Baumgartner jumped from 128,100 feet above the Earth’s surface on October 14th, 2012. Seven GoPro cameras recorded the jump and GoPro just released this incredible footage, showing from a new perspective of what it was like from Baumgartner's point of view.
  • Verdict: Richard Baumgartner guilty of 5 of 6 federal counts

    11/02/2012 1:03:53 PM PDT · by SmithL · 13 replies
    KNOXVILLE — A federal jury this afternoon convicted disgraced judge Richard Baumgartner on five of six counts of misprision of a felony. On their fourth day of deliberations, the 10-woman, two-man panel found the former Knox County Criminal Court judge guilty of lying to an Anderson County judge, a Knox County judge, a state prosecutor, a child support referee and the director of transitional housing at the YWCA.
  • Appellate court: Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood off the torture-slaying retrials

    10/25/2012 5:04:10 PM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 10/25/12 | News Sentinel staff
    Handing down a victory for Knox County prosecutors, the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals today ruled Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood must recuse himself from presiding over retrials for three defendants convicted in the 2007 torture-slayings of a young Knox County couple. A stay previously entered in the retrial of these cases will remain in effect until the chief justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court appoints a replacement judge or pending further orders of this court of the Supreme Court, Judge Robert W. Wedemeyer wrote in the ruling for the three-member panel. "Upon that appointment, the new trial judge shall review...
  • MSNBC Chyron Fail: Felix Baumgartner Traveled ‘Faster Than The Speed Of Light’

    10/15/2012 10:12:15 PM PDT · by Maurice Tift · 42 replies
    MEDIAite ^ | October 15th, 2012 | Andrew Kirell
    MSNBC might want to put some of its graphics producers through basic physics classes again.   During a brief report on Sunday’s epic Felix Baumgartner sky-dive from the stratosphere, during which the native Austrian broke the sound barrier, the cable network mistakenly labeled his feat as having traveled “faster than the speed of light.”    Despite the mistaken chyron, host Andrea Mitchell correctly reported that “Fearless Felix” was the first human to travel faster than the speed of sound without being inside a craft of some sort.
  • YouTube Broken by Space Jump

    10/14/2012 11:50:11 AM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 24 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | Aurelius
    YouTube.com has gone down thanks to Felix Baumgartner's historic jump from space. YouTube hosted Mr. Baumgartner's jump live and was sponsored by Red Bull. At its height, there were more than 7.5 Million people watching the same video at once. When Mr. Baumgartner was about to touch down after a successful jump, the site began to experience problems. A few minutes after, the entire website is having a server error, leading people to receive this message when they try to go to YouTube: Members of Twitter quickly took to the site to comment on YouTube's crash.
  • Felix Baumgartner will attempt to jump from stratosphere today

    10/14/2012 7:48:40 AM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 186 replies
    Red Bull ^ | Oct 14, 2012 | Vince Ferrer
    There will be a second attempt today for Felix to jump from a ballon at 120,000 feet and parachute, breaking the record for high altitude jumps. There should be a live feed on the website.
  • Skydiver Felix Baumgartner set to break sound barrier

    10/09/2012 5:33:50 AM PDT · by Katya · 31 replies
    BBC ^ | 9 October 2012 | The Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner will attempt to become the first human to break the sound ba
    The Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner will attempt to become the first human to break the sound barrier unaided by a vehicle. He is going to jump out of a balloon at more than 120,000ft (36.5km) above Roswell, New Mexico. In the near vacuum at that altitude, he should accelerate beyond about 690mph (1,110km/h) within 40 seconds. If all goes well, he will open a parachute near the ground to land softly in the desert, 10 minutes later.
  • Senate candidate Baumgartner won't apologize for telling reporter 'go (expletive) yourself'

    08/22/2012 1:42:53 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 29 replies
    KIROTV ^ | August 22, 2012
    State Senator and U.S. Senate candidate Michael Baumgartner issued an apology Tuesday, then retracted it after apparently sending a profane email to a reporter for the political blog Publicola. "Let me just say, Josh had it coming in this email, and I don't apologize," Baumgartner told KIRO 7's Graham Johnson on Tuesday afternoon. "Look, it's a naughty word. It doesn't amount to a whole lot." The email, which Publicola writer Josh Feit published on his blog, featured a photo of Baumgartner holding a gun and included the text, “Josh, this is Pat Feeks, a Navy SEAL killed last week in...
  • Skydiver Felix Baumgartner Completes 18-Mile Jump

    07/25/2012 2:53:48 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    abc ^ | 7/25/12 | GINA SUNSERI and KEVIN DOLAK
    Daredevil Felix Baumgartner this morning landed from his 18-mile dive back to Earth from the edge of space, in a plummet that reached a speed of more than 500 mph. Mission Control gave the go ahead this morning for the launch, saying "God Speed Felix" from Roswell, N.M., where the mission is being hosted. Baumgartner, an Austrian national, was lifted in a capsule carried afloat by a huge helium balloon. Click Here for Pictures: Felix Baumgartner's Dive The balloon took 90 minutes to get to 90,000 feet. The crane holding the capsule went up as fast as it could to...
  • Baumgartner suspends campaign to advise troops heading to Afghanistan (WA Senate race)

    06/10/2012 1:34:33 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 24 replies
    Vote Baumgartner ^ | June 5, 2012
    Senator Michael Baumgartner will suspend his campaign for US Senate for two days this week to travel to Georgia to advise an army battalion soon to deploy to Afghanistan. Baumgartner will lecture the 63rd Signals Battalion at Fort Gordon on counterinsurgency and the economy of Afghanistan. He will return to the campaign trail on Friday, June 8. “It’s a tremendous honor to be asked once again to help prepare our nation’s finest for the difficult challenges of fighting the war in Afghanistan,” Baumgartner said. Baumgartner, who holds a Masters degree in International Development from Harvard, served as an economics officer...
  • Judge Blackwood orders new trials in Christian/Newsom torture slayings

    06/06/2012 1:05:20 PM PDT · by SmithL · 19 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 6/6/12 | Jamie Satterfield
    KNOXVILLE — An order has been filed ordering new trials for the defendants in a January 2007 torture slaying, according to John Gill, special counsel to Knox County District Attorney General Randy Nichols. This comes despite a request from prosecutors that Special Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood recuse himself from the case of the killings of Channon Christian, 21, and Christopher Newsom, 23. . . . Late last month, the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled Blackwood's legal reasoning for granting new trials was faulty but left the door open for him to do so if he found different legal grounds.
  • State Supreme Court to review appeal request in Christian/Newsom slayings

    05/16/2012 10:13:30 AM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 5/16/12 | Jamie Satterfield
    The Tennessee Supreme Court on Tuesday signaled a willingness to at least consider the state Attorney General's Office's bid to appeal a decision ordering new trials in the January 2007 torture slayings of a Knox County couple. Rather than dismissing at the onset the state's request to appeal Special Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood's ruling upending convictions in the slayings of Channon Christian, 21, and Christopher Newsom, 23, the state's high court is inviting debate on the issue instead. In an order released Tuesday, the court is requiring attorneys for the defendants at issue in the case to respond to the...
  • Former Judge Richard Baumgartner faces 7 federal counts of failing to report felonious activity

    05/16/2012 9:54:32 AM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 5/16/12 | Jamie Satterfield
    Once a revered Knox County Criminal Court judge, Richard Baumgartner on Tuesday shuffled into a federal courtroom in shackles, accused of covering up the drug-trafficking crimes of the mistress he met via a Drug Court program he helped found. Baumgartner, who sent thousands of people to prison in his nearly two-decade-long tenure as judge, was arrested Tuesday as he drove away from his East Knox County farm and hauled into U.S. District Court with shackles on his feet and a chain wrapped around his belly and connected to handcuffs. He said little during his appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Clifford...
  • Thousands of retrials possible on former Judge Baumgartner cases

    04/19/2012 6:53:22 PM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies
    WATE-6 ^ | 4/19/12 | JESSA LEWIS
    KNOXVILLE (WATE) - There's potential for much more fallout from the downfall of ex-Knox County Judge Richard Baumgartner. His addiction to pain pills means a number of people convicted in his courtroom will get new trials. That includes the four defendants in the Christian-Newsom murders. Most recently Paul Jerome Johnson, Jr., learned he'll get a new trial after being convicted in the death of a toddler. Hundreds, if not thousands, of guilty pleas accepted in Baumgartner's courtroom could face re-trial. "Literally, I could be talking about 1,000 cases. So it is very, very serious, not only in the manpower that it will take,...
  • Court won't take up Christian-Newsom retrial appeals

    04/13/2012 9:25:54 PM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies
    AP via WATE-6 ^ | 4/13/12
    KNOXVILLE (AP) - The Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals has said that it won't take up an extraordinary appeal involving a lower court's decision to throw out convictions in the murders of a Knoxville couple who was kidnapped and sexually tortured. Friday's split court decision is a setback for Knox County prosecutors who were hoping that they wouldn't be forced to retry cases heard by a judge who is said to have been high on prescription drugs.
  • TN man gets new trial in child rape; judge on drugs

    04/12/2012 9:39:54 PM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies
    AP via WSMV-4 ^ | 4/12/12
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A man convicted of child rape in Knox County has been granted a new trial after arguing that a pill-addicted judge presided over the original trial. Jayson Bailey was convicted in April 2010 on four counts of child rape. Former Judge Richard Baumgartner sentenced him to 38 years in prison.
  • Guilty plea in robbery after Christian-Newsom murders

    04/11/2012 6:07:08 PM PDT · by SmithL · 16 replies
    WATE-6 ^ | 4/11/12
    KNOXVILLE (WATE) - LeMaricus Davidson pleaded guilty Wednesday to robbing a Pizza Hut a day after the Christian-Newsom murders, in which he faces a second trial. Davidson, who had a felony record, could receive eight years for the robbery. He pleaded to charges of aggravated robbery, aggravated assault and possession of gun. He will serve his term concurrent with whatever sentence he's expected to receive for the slayings of Channon Christian and her boyfriend, Chris Newsom.The couple was carjacked on January 7, 2007, taken to Davidson's rental house, tortured and killed, according to investigators. Davidson is again facing the death penalty in the case. He and three defendants were...
  • Richard Baumgartner fallout: Judge grants new trial for man convicted of killing toddler

    04/11/2012 5:51:58 PM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 4/11/12 | Jamie Satterfield
    KNOXVILLE — A judge today granted a new trial for a man convicted of killing a toddler. In the continuing fallout over former Knox County Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner's pill addiction and resulting crimes, Paul Jerome Johnson Jr. will be retried in the July 2008 beating and strangulation of 18-month-old Joseph De'Jon Manning. Johnson was convicted in a July 2010 trial presided over by Baumgartner. However, Baumgartner resigned before ruling on Johnson's motion for a new trial. Such motions are routinely filed after trials and generally denied, paving the way for appeal. Special Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood ruled today...