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Subtropical Storm Alberto expected to strengthen, tropical storm warning issued for Gulf Coast area

Subtropical Storm Alberto continues to strengthen as a tropical storm watch has been issued for parts of Florida, Alabama and Mississippi drenching Memorial Day weekend plans for much of the Gulf Coast. 

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A tropical storm warning has been issued for parts of the Florida Gulf Coast including from Bonita Beach to the Anclote River as well as north near the Aucilla River to the Mississippi/Alabama border, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

A tropical storm warning means tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area.

Heavy rainfall is expected as the storm, with sustained winds of 40 mph, continues to move at 13 mph through the Dry Tortugas. 

A storm surge watch has also been issued for parts of Florida and the Mississippi/Alabama border, officials said

The latest forecast ends the tropical storm and storm surge watch for parts of Louisiana. 

'I think he was trying to kill me:' officer fights off assault by motorist during stop

A Norwood, North Carolina, police officer fought off an assault during a traffic stop Friday night near Norwood Elementary School, Norwood town officials told WSOC-TV.

Authorities said just before 9 p.m., Norwood Detective Michael Hodgson completed a traffic stop of a car, which quickly turned into a dangerous situation that left the officer fighting to stay alive.

Hodgson stopped a motorist for having a defective headlight, and was then pulled into the car by the motorist who sped away with the door still open, officials said.

Hodgson held on with his legs dangling outside of the moving vehicle at speeds estimated above 80 mph, while the driver continued to kick, punch and fight him, officials said.

“He was trying to physically harm me and/or kill me. I think he was trying to kill me,” Hodgson told Norwood officials in an audio recording obtained by WSOC-TV. "He had to have been rolling at least 70, 80, 90 miles an hour with my legs dangling out (of) the car."

The driver, Timothy Robinson, was in jail for less than 12 hours. He paid more than $112,000 to bail out, which is 15 percent of his $750,000 bond.

The driver admitted he had a weapon on him and surrendered it. Moments after being asked to step out of the car, the detective continued his search.

“I had my back turned to the driver side door and he charges me, slams me up against (sic), jumps in the car. He grabs my shirt and pulls me,” Hodgson said in the recording.Officials said the driver commented that “when they got to the bridge, they would both die tonight.”

“The suspect told Detective Hodgson, ‘I'm going to kill you tonight and I'm going to kill myself and I'm going to run us off the bridge," Norwood Police Chief James Wilson said.

Officials said as they approached the Rocky River bridge south of Norwood, the driver appeared to be intentionally directing the vehicle into the bridge, but Hodgson wrestled the steering wheel left as they approached the bridge to stay on the roadway, officials said.

At one point, Hodgson stunned Robinson with a Taser, got control of the steering wheel and forced the car off the road onto Highway 52 in Anson County.

Officials said the car went over an embankment, went airborne, clipped trees and came to a stop in a private backyard.

Hodgson pursued the driver and tackled him before officers assisted in the arrest.

“Last night, Norwood could have too been mourning the loss of another dedicated law enforcement officer,” said town administrator John Mullis. “By the grace of God, the event did not turn tragic. After interviewing Detective Hodgson, I am absolutely amazed at his thought processes as we ran through the previous event together.”

“Absolutely, this is a miracle,” Wilson said.

Robinson faces charges of assault to a law enforcement officer with a firearm, attempted first-degree murder, injury to personal property, resisting a public officer, kidnapping and trafficking in cocaine, among others.

Graduating senior in Pennsylvania upset school won't let her wear Army sash

A father is frustrated after being told his daughter couldn't wear a U.S. Army sash for her high school graduation.

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Wayne Kress' daughter Toni is graduating from Central Valley in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, on June 1, and she's already signed enlistment papers to join the Army. But the school won't let her wear an Army sash.

“I’m very disappointed in the school,” said Wayne Kress.

Administrators told her it’s because it doesn’t match the school colors.

WPXI did some digging through Central Valley's dress code as well as the graduation requirements, and didn't find anything about wearing a sash for graduation.

For Toni, it’s a matter of pride.

“This is such a huge accomplishment for me,” she said. “Volunteering to fight for this country.”

The school did not want to comment on the issue

Friend of serial pedophile's victims shocked he was set to be released

Serial pedophile Wayne Chapman's release from prison was put on hold this week after an emergency petition pushed courts to keep him in jail.

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Melanie Perkins, a friend of some of Chapman's victims, says she was shocked to hear he was supposed to be released this week.

"Wayne Chapman is a very dangerous man," Perkins said. "He’s also a very sick man."

Perkins says a few of her friends were sexually abused by Chapman, and believes the disappearance of her childhood friend Andy Puglisi, is also connected to Chapman.

"While there’s considerable circumstantial evidence against Wayne Chapman in the disappearance of Andy Puglisi, there’s, in fact, no body," Perkins said. "Andy’s remains were never found."

Chapman was convicted of raping young boys in 1977, and spent four decades in prison.

Two qualified examiners determined Chapman is no longer sexually dangerous, and he was set to be released.

The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts agreed to take another look at the case after attorney Wendy Murphy filed an emergency petition to appeal Chapman's release.

"Obviously we are very pleased," Murphy said. "The victims are relieved to put it mildly, and they’re also optimistic."

Those against Chapman's release are optimistic now that the Judicial Court will have a say in the decision, and Perkins is hoping that the convicted child rapist is never let out.

"If and when Wayne Chapman does get out and he does re-offend, this has all been recorded," Perkins said. "So that everybody knows what the warnings were ahead of time, and this is all evidence in terms of unfortunately whatever child might be next in his case."

Chapman will remain in prison until the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts decides whether he's no longer sexually dangerous.

The decision could come next week, and Chapman's attorney, the Department of Corrections, the Attorney General, and the District Attorney of Essex County need to file pleadings for the appeal by Wednesday at 5 p.m. After that, the justice will make a decision on the release.

Atlanta Special Agent in Charge dies of complications from role at World Trade Center

Atlanta Special Agent in Charge, David LeValley, died Saturday morning of complications from his role as a first responder at the World Trade Center. 

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WSB-TV confirmed the information Saturday morning with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

LeValley served as the special agent in charge of the Atlanta Division since November 2016. He previously served as the SAC of the Criminal and Cyber Division at the Washington Field Office.

LeValley became a special agent with the FBI in 1996 and was assigned to the New York Division.

He was called to serve his country following the attacks on 9/11 at the World Trade Center, where he spent several weeks being exposed to contaminants. LeValley died in the line of duty as a direct result of his work at the World Trade Center.

"LeValley’s death is a great loss to the entire FBI, but particularly to his family, the FBI Atlanta Division and the Atlanta community," the FBI said in a statement to WSB-TV "We are honored to have served beside him and are grateful for his leadership and sacrifice."

Amazon’s  first fulfillment center in Oklahoma expected to create 1,500 jobs

Amazon announced Saturday that it will open its first fulfillment center in Oklahoma City by the end of 2019.

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The 600,000 square-foot facility will be located in Oklahoma and will create more than 1,500 full-time jobs, according to a news release from the company:

“We’re excited to open our first fulfillment center in Oklahoma and in a city with an outstanding workforce and a commitment to providing great opportunities for employment,” said Mark Stewart, Amazon’s Vice President of North America Customer Fulfillment. “Amazon is committed to creating a positive economic impact in Oklahoma City and enhancing the customer experience throughout the region.”

The facility will be responsible for packing and shipping small items to customers.

Those interested in learning about working at an Amazon fulfillment center may visit

12-year-old's foot possibly bitten by shark in Florida

A 12-year-old boy was bitten on the foot by something, possibly a shark, while bathing on Daytona Beach, Fla., Saturday afternoon, Volusia County Beach Safety officials said. 

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The Gainesville boy was standing in waist-deep water around 2 p.m. at a beach when something bit him on the foot, “presumably a shark,” officials said. 

The boy’s injury was minor, officials said, but he was transported to a nearby hospital as a precaution. 

Beach safety officials said the beaches were crowded. 

RV crashes into building; 3 people hurt

An RV crashed into two cars and a building in Pittsburgh, Pa., on Saturday, injuring three people.

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At around 1 p.m., the vehicle suffered a mechanical failure while driving down Greentree Road, according to the city's Department of Public Safety. The driver lost control and the RV, and hit at least two cars on the road before slamming into the unoccupied building.

Photos: RV crashes into building, 3 people hurt [WPXI]

"Heard this horn, we were like, 'What?' And then boom, smash, crash," said Mike Westgard, whose car was one of those struck.

Bystanders and emergency responders helped pull the male driver and a female from the RV; the city did not identify them or give their ages.

"Heard some yelling. There was leaking gas, and we just scrambled getting the doors opened, make sure they get out safely," said John Westgard, Mike's son.

The pair in the RV were taken to Allegheny General Hospital in serious condition but have since been upgraded to stable.

"(The RV driver) was flying through the air," said Lorree Bell, who saw the crash. "He was sideways, ready to tip over. I didn't think he was going to make it. I thought he was going to flip."

A driver of one of the vehicles struck by the RV was taken to AGH in stable condition.

Rescuers also saved a dog and a caged cat from the wrecked RV. Both animals were unhurt.

No charges have been filed.

Video allegedly shows jailer use Taser on inmate strapped to chair

Surveillance video obtained by WSB-TV allegedly shows a jailer in Polk County, Georgia, Tasing an inmate who was strapped to a chair.

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The inmate, Brandon Coffman, allegedly received burn scars from the incident, which took place in July 2016, according to WSB-TV. 

Once the Polk County sheriff saw the video later that year, he fired supervisor Harry Dallas Battle, the man allegedly seen Tasing Coffman, and asked the GBI to investigate, WSB-TV reported.

The GBI charged Battle with two felonies, which a grand jury declined to indict, the news station reported.

Coffman has filed a civil suit against Battle, according to WSB-TV.

“Torture. This is absolutely torture,” Coffman’s attorney Harry Daniels told the news station. “There’s no way around it. It’s torture.”

Jack Browning, the District Attorney for Polk County, said he plans to re-present the criminal case to another grand jury in July.

Battle would not comment on the situation, the news station said.

Researchers use robots to grow mini-kidneys to help cure disease

Researchers at the University of Washington are growing organs that may someday safe your life.

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Benjamin Freedman is a scientist—but he may not be if it weren’t for his uncle.

“The thing that really got me into it was my uncle had kidney disease at the time and I was thinking we’ve got to use these stem cell technologies to find a better therapy for people with this disease,” Freedman told us from inside his lab at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

For the last decade Freedman has been researching kidney disease and in 2015 he had a breakthrough. Using microscopic stem cells and with help from robots he grows thousands of kidneys every day.

The robots insert a compound into stem cell samples—38 at one time. The trays containing the cells mixed with the compound are then put inside an incubator that’s kept at 98 degrees.

It takes three weeks to develop a mini-organ, and they’re so small you can only see them under a microscope that magnifies the images by roughly 1,000.

“If we zoom in each one of these wells contains several of these mini kidney organoids, these small structures,” researcher Nelly Cruz explained, showing us the images on a computer.

So what do Freedman and his team do with them? The answer is twofold.

“We’re using these little mini organs for clinical trials in a dish to try to figure out what drugs can cure different kidney diseases,” he told us.

The other application may be even more impressive: The wait for a kidney transplant is long and arduous and even those lucky enough to receive a compatible one will eventually reject it.

“It’s not like if you get a kidney transfer they last forever, you have to get another after 10 or 15 years. Because your body rejects it no matter what you do,” Freedman explained.

But this technology is essentially growing a kidney just like the one you have, a clone—only healthy.

“Our bodies will be very happy with our own cells; they will just reject cells from other people,” said Freedman.

They've done some implanting in animals but haven’t had positive results.

"Not so far,” Freedman said, yet that’s not so far off either.

"If we do well I think we could potentially start trials in humans in about 10 years."

That's about the time his uncle will need a new kidney; he waited five years for his first and that was five years ago.

"Oh, if this works it will change for him and many others. There are so many people in need of these transplants," Freedman said.

Hormel recalls more than 220,000 pounds of Spam

Hormel has recalled 228,614 pounds of canned pork and chicken products sold throughout the United States and Guam after metal objects were found in them by consumers. 

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The recalled Spam and “Hormel Foods Black-Label Luncheon Loaf” were made from Feb. 8 to Feb. 10 and include “EST. 199N” on the bottom of the can, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

The recall affects 12-oz. cans of “Spam Classic” shipped throughout the United States with a best by date February 2021 date and production codes: F020881, F020882, F020883, F020884, F020885, F020886, F020887, F020888 and F020889; and 12-oz. cans of “Hormel Foods Black-Label Luncheon Loaf” shipped to Guam with a best by date of February 2021 and production codes F02098 and F02108.

There were reports of minor oral injuries to consumers who ate the tainted product. The inspection service did not get any other reports of injuries.

The products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase. Hormel consumer response can be contacted at 800-523-4635.

Florida woman passes note saying boyfriend holding her captive, deputies say

Volusia County deputies arrested a man after his live-in girlfriend passed a note to staff at a DeLand animal hospital saying he was threatening her, according to an arrest report. 

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Jeremy Floyd, 39, is accused of beating his 28-year-old girlfriend and threatening her at gunpoint for two days, deputies said. 

According to deputies, Floyd beat his girlfriend Wednesday, causing her to stay in bed all day Thursday with a head injury. 

On Friday afternoon, his girlfriend was able to persuade him to let her bring her dog to DeLand Animal Hospital—but he insisted on accompanying her with a loaded handgun, deputies said. 

Once at the veterinary hospital, the woman slipped a note to the staff there that said, “Call the cops. My boyfriend is threatening me. He has a gun. Please don't let him know.”

A staff member called law enforcement and a DeLand police officer detained Floyd, a convicted felon, and took his gun.

The Sheriff’s Office then took over the investigation because the incident happened in Volusia County.

Angie Pye, CEO of Volusia County's Beacon Center, said the woman's quick thinking may have saved her life.

"If they had alerted him in some way, this might not have been as peaceful, you know, somebody may have gotten hurt," Pye said. 

Florida man found with 36 roosters arrested for breeding, training them to fight, police say

Dixie Ruzzo said her quiet county road was anything but, with dozens of roosters next door.

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“In the morning, and then in the afternoon, at night. That's all you heard,” she said

The commotion prompted suspicion. 

“I said, ‘I think they're having cock fights over there,’” Ruzzo said.

After a two-month investigation, deputies arrested Jose Urueta-Guillen for allegedly breeding and training roosters how to fight.

Animal Services rescued 36 roosters. The animals had to be separated into separate pens so they wouldn’t kill each other. 

“I think that's terrible. That's not what that rooster was for,” Ruzzo said. 

Urueta-Guillen is now facing numerous animal abuse charges.

Some of the roosters had serious injuries, but Animal Services said staff will nurse them back to health.

Ceiling of historic church built in 1700s collapses

The interior ceiling of a historic church collapsed Friday afternoon. 

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The Rev. Adam Randazzo at the Living Faith United Methodist Church in Ipswich told Boston 25 News that late Friday afternoon, the interior ceiling collapsed and fell into the interior of the church.

"My heart sunk and I was just praying nobody was in here," Randazzo said. "The entire ceiling let go and is sitting on all the pews and shook the foundation."

Randazzo said at the same time Thursday, the church would have been filled with people, but luckily, no one was inside when the incident happened Friday.

The church was built in the late 1700s and is the oldest church in Ipswich.

Randazzo said the church recently invested in a brand new piano and miraculously, that was the only spot inside where the ceiling did not collapse. 

The Ipswich building inspector has ordered that no one enter the church, which means there will not be any services for awhile.

"We're gonna worship God ... no matter where we go, we're not just in a building," Randazzo said. 

Thanks to other members of the faith community, the church will still be hosting it's Sunday service. The Episcopal church, just a few doors down from Living Faith United Methodist Church, offered their space for this congregation's Sunday service.

FBI special agent in charge dies of complications from role at World Trade Center

Atlanta Special Agent in Charge David LeValley died Saturday morning of complications from his role as a first responder at the World Trade Center during 9/11. 

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LeValley served as the special agent in charge of the Atlanta Division since November 2016. He previously served as the SAC of the Criminal and Cyber Division at the Washington Field Office.

LeValley became a special agent with the FBI in 1996 and was assigned to the New York Division.

He was called to serve his country following the attacks on 9/11 at the World Trade Center, where he spent several weeks being exposed to contaminants. LeValley died in the line of duty as a direct result of his work at the World Trade Center.

"LeValley’s death is a great loss to the entire FBI, but particularly to his family, the FBI Atlanta Division and the Atlanta community," the FBI said in a statement to Channel 2 Action News. "We are honored to have served beside him and are grateful for his leadership and sacrifice."

Read and sign the online guestbook for David LeValley

Family sues district after daughter, 5, sexually assaulted on bus by fifth grade student

A family is suing the Jackson Local School District in federal court for a 2016 incident in which their 5-year-old daughter was sexually abused by a fifth grade student on a bus, according to the lawsuit.

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The 11-year-old boy had been disciplined for throwing a lit match on the bus and was supposed to sit in the front right seat alone, the family’s attorney told WJW.

But that didn’t happen.

“The driver is unable to see the seat right behind him,” Mills told WJW. “So then over a period of a couple weeks, the kindergartner is subjected to sexual assaults. It is horrific. It is one of the most horrifying cases I have ever handled.”

The boy was charged with gross sexual imposition, according to WJW. A police report indicated video on the school bus showed the sexual assaults.

The Jackson Schools superintendent would not comment because it is an active lawsuit, according to WJW. The boy and his family have since moved out of the district.

Video game simulating active shooter scenario draws backlash

A video game that gives the player the choice to be an elite SWAT team member or take the role of an active shooter during a mass casualty event is drawing national and international backlash. 

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“Active Shooter,” developed by Revived Games and offered through the Steam video game platform, is a point-of-view simulation game that allows the player to lead a team to extract civilians and neutralize the shooter, or play as the mass shooter, according to its description

“I have been stormed with accusations and heavy (criticism) from people across the globe,” the video game publisher, Acid, wrote. “First of all, this game does not promote any sort of violence, especially any sort of a mass shooting. Originally when this game started its course of the development, I (had) planned on having SWAT only based game-play. Then I thought about adding more gameplay to it by adding additional roles: of the shooter and the civilian. While I can see people's anger and why this might be a bad idea for the game, I still feel like this topic should be left alone. After receiving such high amount of critics and hate, I will more likely remove the shooters role in this game by the release, unless if it can be kept as it is right now.”

In addition to commenters on the video game storefront on Steam disgusted with it, a petition on trying to stop its release has garnered more than 5,350 signatures. 

Infer Trust, a United Kingdom charity, asked Valve, the company behind the Steam game store, to drop the title ahead of its June 6 release. 

"It's in very bad taste,” an Infer Trust spokeswoman told the BBC. “There have been 22 school shootings in the U.S. since the beginning of this year. It is horrendous. Why would anybody think it's a good idea to market something violent like that, and be completely insensitive to the deaths of so many children? We're appalled that the game is being marketed."

The video game developer also has made other titles including “Tyde Pod Challenge” and “White Power: Pure Voltage.” Neither game has anything to do with laundry detergent fads or racism.

WATCH: Punches fly when man refused beer on American Airlines flight to Florida

A fight broke out between two passengers on an American Airlines flight headed to Miami from Saint Croix on Wednesday.

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Passenger Bill Bolduc captured the fight during American flight 1293 on his cell phone and posted a series of videos on YouTube on Friday.

The two passengers begin arguing during the food and beverage service, because a flight attendant refused to serve one of the men another beer.

The flight attendant can be heard in the background saying, “Please sit down, I’m not bringing you any more beers.”

The second man tried to help and that’s when things got violent, Bolduc told WPLG.

“Hitting the chair, swearing, yelling at other passengers, spitting at people at some point,” Bolduc said.

FBI officials told WPLG that he threatened to kill the other man and spit blood on him. 

The two men began punching and other passengers jumped in to try to separate them. 

In one of the videos, other men stand up to try to help the passenger calm down, telling him to “chill” and “relax” while he banged his head on the overhead compartment.

At some point, everyone returned to their seats and the plane landed safely at the Miami International Airport, according to WPLG. The man was taken into custody by Miami-Dade Police. No flight attendants were hurt.

American Airlines stated it is proud of how the flight crew handled the situation. 

WSVN reports that the FBI is now investigating.

Olivia Munn discusses Aaron Rodgers’ family issues for the first time

Olivia Munn has opened up about ex Aaron Rodgers’ family issues nearly one year after their split.

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Munn appeared on Sirius XM’s “Andy Cohen Live” and said she only met the NFL Green Bay quarterback’s parents “a couple of times.” 

“Before he and I started dating, he hadn’t spoken to one of the brothers and his parents for eight months,” Munn told Cohen, according to Bravo TV

US Weekly reports that Munn and Rodgers dated for three years before their split in 2017.

Rodgers’ brother, Jordan, got the final rose on ABC’s “The Bachelorette” during the show’s 2016 season. 

She told Cohen that she encouraged Rodgers to work on his family relationships. At one point, she said that she helped him draft bullet points to guide a conversation.

“I just think it’s really important to try to mend things in a family. And I encourage that,” Munn told Cohen. “But at the end of the day, I do believe that family and fame and success can be really complicated if their dreams are connected to your success.”

While they were together, Munn was blamed for causing the rift between Rodgers and his family, 24-7 Sports reports.

Rodgers is currently dating professional racing driver Danica Patrick.

Alan Bean, NASA Apollo moonwalker, dies at 86

NASA astronaut Alan Bean, the fourth person to walk on the moon, has died at the age of 86.

Bean’s family has released the following statement on NASA’s website:

Family Release Regarding the Passing of Apollo, Skylab Astronaut Alan Bean The following is an obituary article released on the behalf of Alan Bean’s family: Alan Bean, Apollo Moonwalker and Artist, Dies at 86 HOUSTON, Texas — Apollo and Skylab astronaut Alan Bean, the fourth human to walk on the moon and an accomplished artist, has died. Bean, 86, died on Saturday, May 26, at Houston Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. His death followed his suddenly falling ill while on travel in Fort Wayne, Indiana two weeks before. “Alan was the strongest and kindest man I ever knew. He was the love of my life and I miss him dearly,” said Leslie Bean, Alan Bean’s wife of 40 years. “A native Texan, Alan died peacefully in Houston surrounded by those who loved him.” A test pilot in the U.S. Navy, Bean was one of 14 trainees selected by NASA for its third group of astronauts in October 1963. He flew twice into space, first as the lunar module pilot on Apollo 12, the second moon landing mission, in November 1969, and then as commander of the second crewed flight to the United States’ first space station, Skylab, in July 1973. “Alan and I have been best friends for 55 years — ever since the day we became astronauts,” said Walt Cunningham, who flew on Apollo 7. “When I became head of the Skylab Branch of the Astronaut Office, we worked together and Alan eventually commanded the second Skylab mission.” “We have never lived more than a couple of miles apart, even after we left NASA. And for years, Alan and I never missed a month where we did not have a cheeseburger together at Miller’s Cafe in Houston. We are accustomed to losing friends in our business but this is a tough one,” said Cunningham. On Nov. 19, 1969, Bean, together with Apollo 12 commander Charles “Pete” Conrad, landed on the Ocean of Storms and became the fourth human to walk on the moon. During two moonwalks Bean helped deploy several surface experiments and installed the first nuclear-powered generator station on the moon to provide the power source. He and Conrad inspected a robotic Surveyor spacecraft and collected 75 pounds (34 kilograms) of rocks and lunar soil for study back on Earth. “Alan and Pete were extremely engaged in the planning for their exploration of the Surveyor III landing site in the Ocean of Storms and, particularly, in the enhanced field training activity that came with the success of Apollo 11. This commitment paid off with Alan's and Pete's collection of a fantastic suite of lunar samples, a scientific gift that keeps on giving today and in the future,” said Harrison Schmitt, Apollo 17 lunar module pilot and the only geologist to walk on the moon. “Their description of bright green concentrations of olivine (peridot) as ‘ginger ale bottle glass,’ however, gave geologists in Mission Control all a big laugh, as we knew exactly what they had discovered.” “When Alan's third career as the artist of Apollo moved forward, he would call me to ask about some detail about lunar soil, color or equipment he wanted to have represented exactly in a painting. Other times, he wanted to discuss items in the description he was writing to go with a painting. His enthusiasm about space and art never waned. Alan Bean is one of the great renaissance men of his generation — engineer, fighter pilot, astronaut and artist,” said Schmitt. Four years after Apollo 12, Bean commanded the second crew to live and work on board the Skylab orbital workshop. During the then-record-setting 59-day, 24.4 million-mile flight, Bean and his two crewmates generated 18 miles of computer tape during surveys of Earth’s resources and 76,000 photographs of the Sun to help scientists better understand its effects on the solar system. In total, Bean logged 69 days, 15 hours and 45 minutes in space, including 31 hours and 31 minutes on the moon’s surface. Bean retired from the Navy in 1975 and NASA in 1981. In the four decades since, he devoted his time to creating an artistic record of humanity’s first exploration of another world. His Apollo-themed paintings featured canvases textured with lunar boot prints and were made using acrylics embedded with small pieces of his moon dust-stained mission patches. “Alan Bean was the most extraordinary person I ever met,” said astronaut Mike Massimino, who flew on two space shuttle missions to service the Hubble Space Telescope. “He was a one of a kind combination of technical achievement as an astronaut and artistic achievement as a painter.” “But what was truly extraordinary was his deep caring for others and his willingness to inspire and teach by sharing his personal journey so openly. Anyone who had the opportunity to know Alan was a better person for it, and we were better astronauts by following his example. I am so grateful he was my mentor and friend, and I will miss him terribly. He was a great man and this is a great loss,” Massimino said. Born March 15, 1932, in Wheeler, Texas, Bean received a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of Texas in 1955. He attended the Navy Test Pilot School and accumulated more than 5,500 hours of flying time in 27 different types of aircraft. He is survived by his wife Leslie, a sister Paula Stott, and two children from a prior marriage, a daughter Amy Sue and son Clay.
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