Harrison Ford

Looking ahead

Looking Ahead | News to watch in the weeks to come

Issue: "Return of the Lion," May 17, 2008

The Hat is back

May 22: Nearly two decades in the making, the fourth installment of the Indiana Jones series finally hits the big screen when the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull debuts in theaters worldwide. Though 65, Harrison Ford dons his famous bullwhip and fedora to reprise a role that only added to his immense fame.

Memorial Day

May 26: The Pentagon stepped up its lobbying efforts for funding ahead of Congress' Memorial Day recess in hopes of getting important Department of Defense appropriations approved before lawmakers skip town. "We stop paying soldiers on the 15th of June and we have precious little flexibility with respect to that," said Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Michael Mullen.

President Bush at the Air Force Academy

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May 28: Tickets to see President George W. Bush speak at the U.S. Air Force Academy's commencement ceremony didn't last long. The Colorado Springs, Colo., Chamber of Commerce handed out all 500 publicly available tickets in just hours. Bush will also speak at Furman University's commencement on May 31.

Unfriendly skies

May 30: American Airlines may point the finger at the Federal Aviation Administration for late inspections that grounded 46 percent of flights aboard the nation's largest airline in early April, but it's the FAA that holds the cards. The FAA set the end of May as American's deadline to pass 19 inspections of its aircrafts after the FAA revealed the carrier had been late in checking the safety of its fleet.

Shuttle countdown

May 31: One hundred twenty-two down, just eight to go. When the space shuttle Discovery lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., for its 13-day mission in space, it will leave NASA with just an octet of planned launches before NASA closes the book on the space shuttle era. While in orbit, Discovery will dock with the International Space Station to deliver a Japanese science module the size of a Greyhound bus.


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