The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, May 10, 2013.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, May 10, 2012.
By United Press International
Ex-astronaut in kidnap case is out of Navy

Ex-astronaut in kidnap case is out of Navy

WASHINGTON, July 29 (UPI) -- Lisa Nowak, a former astronaut once accused of trying to kidnap a romantic rival, is no longer in the Navy, the service announced.
Former astronaut to remain on probation

Former astronaut to remain on probation

ORLANDO, Fla., May 25 (UPI) -- A Florida judge says he has denied former astronaut Lisa Nowak's request to end probation early in a battery case against a female military officer.

Navy mulls punishment for ex-astronaut

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Ex-astronaut Lisa Nowak faces possible military imprisonment for attacking a former U.S. Air Force captain over a love interest, authorities said.
Ex-astronaut pleads guilty in assault case

Ex-astronaut pleads guilty in assault case

ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Lisa Marie Nowak, the former NASA astronaut accused in Florida of attacking a romantic rival, pleaded guilty to reduced charges in Florida Tuesday.
Nowak lawyer says pepper spray not used

Nowak lawyer says pepper spray not used

ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Former U.S. astronaut Lisa Nowak's lawyer says prosecutors failed to turn over a report that could help clear her of attempted kidnapping and assault charges.

Kidnapping charge for Nowak questioned

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Defense lawyers for Lisa Nowak say an attempted kidnapping charge lodged against the ex-astronaut in Florida should be tossed following sworn statements.

Couple in Lisa Nowak case set to marry

ORLANDO, Fla., July 10 (UPI) -- Colleen Shipman and Billy Oefelein, victims in the kidnapping plot allegedly formed by former U.S. astronaut Lisa Nowak, say they are getting married.

Ex-astronaut's trial set for Dec. 7

ORLANDO, Fla., June 24 (UPI) -- A judge in Florida has set a Dec. 7 trial date for former U.S. astronaut Lisa Nowak, charged in a bizarre love triangle assault case.
No insanity defense for ex-astronaut Nowak

No insanity defense for ex-astronaut Nowak

ORLANDO, Fla., May 15 (UPI) -- A representative for former astronaut Lisa Nowak's attorney, Donald Lykkebak, says an insanity defense will not be used in Nowak's Florida criminal trial.
Oprah adopts puppy from shelter

Oprah adopts puppy from shelter

CHICAGO, March 3 (UPI) -- A Chicago animal shelter says that talk show host Oprah Winfrey has adopted an 8-week-old blonde-colored cocker spaniel.

Split ruling in astronaut case

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Prosecutors may use evidence seized from ex-astronaut Lisa Nowak's car in her trial for allegedly attacking a romantic rival, a Florida court appeals has ruled.

Court mulls evidence in love triangle

ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 22 (UPI) -- A Florida appeals court is deciding whether statements a former astronaut made to police and items seized from her car can be used if her case goes to trial.
'Love-struck' astronaut's case continues

'Love-struck' astronaut's case continues

ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Prosecutors say items found in former NASA astronaut Lisa Nowak's car trunk should be admitted as evidence in an alleged attack on a romantic rival in Florida.
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Lisa Nowak
Astronaut Lisa Nowak was charged with attempted first-degree murder on February 6, 2007. Police say that Nowak drove 900 miles and donned a disguise before confronting a woman she believed was a competitor for the affections of Navy Cmdr. William Oefelein, an unmarried fellow astronaut. Nowak is shown waving an American flag as she walked out of the Operations and Checkout Building to board the NASA Astrovan en route to the Space Shuttle Discovery for mission STS-121 at Cape Canaveral, Florida on July 4, 2006. (UPI Photo/Pat Benic/Files)

Lisa Marie Nowak (née Caputo) (born May 10, 1963) is a former American naval aviator naval officer and NASA astronaut. Born in Washington, D.C., she was selected by NASA in 1996 and qualified as a mission specialist in robotics. Nowak flew aboard Space Shuttle Discovery during the STS-121 mission in July 2006, where she was responsible for operating the robotic arms of the shuttle and the International Space Station.

Nowak gained international attention on February 5, 2007, when she was arrested in Orlando, Florida, and subsequently charged with the attempted kidnapping of U.S. Air Force Captain Colleen Shipman, who was romantically involved with astronaut William Oefelein. Nowak was released on bail, and initially pleaded not guilty to the charges, which included attempted kidnapping, burglary with assault, and battery. Her assignment to the space agency as an astronaut was terminated by NASA effective March 8, 2007. On November 10, 2009, Nowak agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to charges of felony burglary of a car and misdemeanor battery.

Nowak remained a U.S. Navy captain until August 2010, when a naval board of inquiry, composed of three admirals, voted unanimously to reduce Nowak in rank to commander and to discharge her from the navy under "other than honorable conditions".

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