Wednesday's intriguing people
Extraordinarily heavy security surrounds Abu Bakar Bashir's terrorism trial in Jakarta, Indonesia.
February 9th, 2011
11:24 AM ET

Wednesday's intriguing people

Abu Bakar Bashir

More than 1,200 police will be at the ready as radical Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir goes on trial on terrorism charges Thursday in Jakarta, according to reports from Indonesia.

Hundreds of the cleric's supporters were expected to rally outside the court Thursday, but only a few will be allowed inside the courtroom, the Jakarta Post reported.

Bashir, 72, faces charges including funding and inciting others to terrorism and planning and attempting acts of terrorism. Under Indonesia's anti-terrorism law, some of these charges carry the maximum penalty of death, according to a statement by the attorney general's office.

The charges stem from the discovery in February 2010 of a camp in Indonesia's Aceh province that was allegedly training agents for terrorist attacks on Western targets in Jakarta.

Bashir has been through two previous terrorism trials, over the 2002 bombings in Bali that killed more than 200 people and the 2003 JW Marriott bomb attack in Jakarta that left a dozen dead.

The courts found him guilty of relatively minor charges in the Bali case. He was released in June 2006 after serving 25 months in jail.

Janie Dowe

The tiny village of Grand Marais in Michigan's Upper Peninsula can thank Janie Dowe for its upset win in a Reader's Digest contest, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Dowe sent out 700 e-mails a day since October to rally votes for her town in the "We Hear You, America" contest, which paid a $40,000 grand prize.

Grand Marais, population 300, pulled in 1,281,724 votes, topping all comers.

The town will use the money for engineering and survey work for a proposed breakwater to save its harbor from erosion caused by Lake Superior's pounding surf, Township Supervisor Jack Hubbard told the Free Press.

Residents celebrated the news early Tuesday morning at Dowe's house.

"It was a roller coaster," she told the paper.

Mark Nappi

The head of United Space Alliance's Florida operations is trying to talk NASA into letting his company fly the space shuttles as a commercial operation after NASA's shuttle program ends this year.

"We thought this was a good option to be put on the table to be evaluated with all the other commercial options, since it's a vehicle that has really proven itself," said Nappi, according to an article on "It is safe. We have a lot of history, we understand how to operate it."

The company could start flying Endeavour and Atlantis twice a year beginning in 2013, Nappi said.

Still, the article says, he's telling his employees that the possible shuttle deal is "very much a long shot."

USA is asking NASA to fund a six-month study of the proposal's feasibility.

"We have a lot of work to do to even decide whether or not a business case exists," he said in the article. "We have a lot of work to do to see if NASA is even interested, and politically, that's just a big question mark that none of us could ever predict. It is probably still a low probability."

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  1. Free Julian Assange

    Anybody seen Osama Bin-whatever his last name is?

    February 9, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Free Julian Assange

    Julian Assange appears in court in London to fight possible extradition to Sweden

    February 9, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Free Julian Assange

    #LindsayLohan charged with theft of necklace from California jewelry store.

    February 9, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. adam

    We get the same benefits out of the space alliance flyin the shuttles as we do NASA just that the gov or should I say we don't have to pay for it. Still don't think its right to shut the space program down though still a lot we can learn

    February 9, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
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    Congrats grand marais!! Such a beautiful place!!!

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  7. leeintulsa

    Sure, sell the shuttles, we need the cash. Terrorism will always be around. In 80 years, we'll remember bin laden like we remember al capone now.

    February 9, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. All U children of a lesser god !!

    You're all a bunch of satan worshipers and dont even know it. Your own Leaders are Lucifarian worshipers and are into the occult,and you cant see it ! "People blinded so as not to see what is plain as day in front of their own eyes". A war-stricken and desperate world of complete un-godlyness. U The masses of the world blindy following your leaders(Political) off into destruction against the return of the KING (Jesus-Christ) in the battle of Armeggedon- your Leaders worship the falsegod JAO-BUL-ON.

    February 10, 2011 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
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