The space shuttle Atlantis STS-135, at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., seen in May, will be launched on Friday.
First, there was the article in the Business section telling us the cellphone is "the device more people are using as the Swiss Army knife of electronics." While apps are no doubt currently under development to turn our phones into knives, files, forks and corkscrews: the article was about the growing number of people who are using their cellphones to unlock doors. The article went on to advise, "...a homeowner may want to stash a physical house key outside in case the home internet connection goes down." Yep. Good idea. Keep a key handy.
An article about the approaching end of the space shuttle program warns of "Fears of decline" at NASA. Probably because the Russians are our new ride into space.
A great thing about the July 4th New York Times: As they do every year, they published the Declaration of Independence on the back page of the first section. Every year at this time, I remind myself that John Adams urged our republic to celebrate this event loudly. While the back page makes no noise, its message is loud and clear.
We're back at work after a boisterous 4th, and we hope you can join us tonight.