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Poor Pluto

Pluto is dead,” said Mike Brown, a planetary scientist at the California Institute of Technology who spoke with reporters via a teleconference while monitoring the vote.

The vote involved just 424 astronomers who remained for the last day of a meeting of the International Astronomical Union in Prague.

“I’m embarrassed for astronomy. Less than 5 percent of the world’s astronomers voted,” said Alan Stern, leader of NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto and a scientist at the Southwest Research Institute.

Stern called it “absurd” that only 424 astronomers were allowed to vote, out of about 10,000 professional astronomers around the globe.

“It won’t stand,” he said. “It’s a farce.”

Stern said astronomers are already circulating a petition that would try to overturn the IAU decision.

You tell ’em, Mr. Stern!


A Ray of Sunshine

After following events of the last week and delving back into the details and botched investigation of the Ramsey case, a story like this is a welcome change.

About 1 a.m. Tuesday, Sharon went into sudden labor in the bathroom of their Canby home and yelled to her husband there was no time to get to a hospital.

In a matter of minutes, the baby was born. But instead of warming to a healthy pink, she was pale and struggling for air.

As paramedics raced to the Ellis home, Boe, 29, followed instructions from 911 operator Tammy Shaver. He cleared his daughter’s breathing passage, blew two puffs of air into her mouth and gently pressed on her chest to stimulate her heart.

Finally, Boe tapped on his daughter’s feet, and Bridget took her first light breaths as Pulford and fellow paramedics Val Codino and Tighe Vroman arrived.

They found the baby’s pulse and respiration were slow, so they left her connected to the umbilical cord and receiving oxygenated blood from her mother while they continued resuscitation. Over the next 18 minutes, they provided physical stimulation and supplemental oxygen.

But the paramedics all agreed that Boe Ellis saved his baby’s life and protected her from brain damage or other long-term effects.

Bridget Ellis was doing fine with her mother at Legacy Meridian Park Hospital in Tualatin, with her father and her 2-year-old sister, Brooke, all smiles.

Sharon Ellis, meanwhile, said she was still amazed at her husband’s calm response: “I thought for sure he would have passed out in a situation like that.”

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Stan Tribble Arrested

By the courtesy of a friend, I’ve just learned that Stan Tribble was arrested this morning on charges that he murdered his wife, Tracy Gostomski Tribble. Investigators believe that Tracy was killed sometime between 10:45 on May 2 and the morning of May 3.

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Thank you, Friend.

Update: Tracy Gostomski Tribble

Investigators held a press conference this afternoon, announcing the results of Tracy Tribble’s autopsy, and have reclassified her death as a homicide. A few interesting details were revealed.

  • Investigators said Gostomski-Tribble died of asphyxiation and that she was either strangled, smothered or she drowned in the Missouri River where she was found.
  • “She suffered multiple blunt force injuries, including at least three separate injures to her head, which are inconsistent with an accidental death,” Wilber said.
  • Wilber said he believes that Tribble was murdered between 10:45 p.m. on May 2 and the early-morning hours of May 3.
  • “We know Tracy was having a phone conversation with her husband’s sister that ended at around 10:45 p.m.,” Wilber said.
  • There is a $75,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the case. Wilber said that investigators specifically want to talk to someone who saw activity on the Missouri River bridges on the night and early-morning hours of May 2 and 3.

Stan Tribble is still a person of interest in the case. County attorney Matt Wilber would not comment on how cooperative Mr. Tribble has been with the investigation.

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Tracy Tribble: Resolution?

It’s about time. Three months after Tracy Gostomski Tribble disappeared from her Council Bluffs home, it appears that there is some activity in the case. Her battered body was later found floating in the Missouri River. Complete autopsy results have come in. Police are planning a news conference this afternoon, but will first apprise the family of any new information. As yet, no arrests have been made.

Are you sweating, Stan?