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New Group of Astronaut Candidates Announced

June 6, 1987

WASHINGTON (AP) _ A new class of 15 candidates to become space shuttle astronauts reports to the Johnson Space Center in Houston in August for training and evaluation, including the first black woman in the program.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration announced the new candidates Friday, and said they were chosen from among 1,962 applicants.

The black woman is Dr. Mae C. Jemison, 31, a medical doctor in general practice with Signa Health Plans of Glendale, Calif. She was born in Decatur, Ala.

Seven in the new class are pilot candidates and eight will train to be mission specialists. The candidates include five civilians and 10 military officers and there is one other woman.

--- Navy Fitness Advocate Orders Full-Lenth Photos

WASHINGTON (AP) - Navy officers soon will have to pose for full-length photos come promotion time under a plan designed to give officers ″maximum incentive″ to get themselves in good physical shape.

Adm. Carlisle A.H. Trost, chief of naval operations, this week distributed a message to all Navy commands saying he was scrapping the service’s current reliance on head-and-shoulder pictures, effective Oct. 1.

″Personal appearance is a key factor in individual pride, professionalism and personal excellence,″ Trost said. ″To provide maximum incentive for members to comply with appearance standards, full-length officer photographs are now required.″


WASHINGTON (AP) - The sister of a Moscow engineer says a Voice of America broadcast about her brother may have helped motivate the Kremlin to serve notive that he and his family will be permitted to leave the Soviet Union.

Naum Kogan, 40, who suffers a kidney disorder that might require surgery, telephoned his sister in the United States Friday and gave her the good news, said the sister, Inessa Weintraub of San Diego.

In April, Rep. Bill Lowery, R-Calif., his wife Katie and Mrs. Weintraub were interviewed on Voice of America radio.

Asked what accounted for the Soviet decision to release her brother, Mrs. Weintraub said: ″I think the Voice of America did its part. There was a lot of activity around the case. I think everybody worked together.″

--- Objections Raised To Congressional Compromise On Drug Testing

WASHINGTON (AP) - A congressional compromise to limit the Reagan administration’s drug testing program for federal workers is drawing criticism from three Cabinet secretaries and the federal personnel director.

The proposal by Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., would ″virtually halt any government drug testing ... for any job, no matter how sensitive, or how seriously the public safety would be affected,″ said a statement issued Friday by the Justice Department.

The statement was issued by Attorney General Edwin Meese III, Health and Human Services Secretary Otis Bowen, Transportation Secretary Elizabeth Dole and Office of Personnel Management Director Constance Horner.

--- NOW Drafting Plan To Change Marriage Laws

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Organization for Woman says it is making plans to encourage states to revise their marriage laws to be sure woman have equal property rights with their husbands.

NOW President Eleanor Smeal said Wisconsin last year became the first state to enforce a law giving husband and wife an equal share in all marital property.

Smeal said her organization will concentrate on changing laws in states that assign property to the spouse whose name is on it, even if the other spouse’s money helped pay for it. --- Broadcast Groups Criticize FCC Indecency Standards

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Communication Commission is being urged to reconsider its new, broader standard for regulating indecent broadcasts.

A group of broadcasters, including the three major television networks, filed a petition stating that the new standard is ″vague and overbroad″ and that the FCC has given ″no meaningful guidance as to what constitutes indecency under that standard.″

The FCC in April that it would no longer limit its definition of idencency to the repeated use of comedian George Carlin’s ″seven dirty words,″ the subject of a 1978 Supreme Court decision.

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