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Here is the INS side of the story:
In response to the discovery of the document destruction, those who had filed applications and petitions at the California Service Center but had not yet received a receipt for their applications were urged to call a hotline at the Center to inquire about the status of their cases (1-949-831-8427). Applicants and petitioners who had received receipts during the period in question could also call the hotline to check the status of their cases. Where cases could not be found, applicants were then assisted in reconstructing their cases for processing by the Center. Also, INS re-mailed to applicants all requests for additional information that were sent out during the period in which the shredding took place.
My prayers for the families of the seven astronauts, Rick Husband, Michael Anderson, David Brown, Kalpana Chawla, Laurel Clark, William McCool and Ilan Ramon. May they rest in peace. When Challenger blew up, I was in the 10th grade and had a lot of interest in space travel. I was shocked by the accident but my thoughts were about its implications for space travel and not for the astronauts and their families. I am much older now as is the space program. So my thoughts today are for the people. I think the space program has reached a stage where this is not as big a setback as the Challenger disaster.
There is lots of coverage of the catastrophe in the blogosphere. Check Seth Johnson, InstaPundit, Rand Simberg or many others.
Since I am a later riser, I miss morning news. I was asleep at the time of the terrorist attacks on September 11 and was awakened by a phone call from my very scared wife (who was in New Jersey). I still remember the shock as my wife told me about the attacks. I was also asleep yesterday and the news of the shuttle breakup was the first thing I heard when I woke up in the afternoon.
Another view of the Atlanta skyline at night…
The Atlanta skyline at night…