Copper gets broken finger – saves his own life

The piece that Miller and Reddin took away from Graves

A police sergeant saved his own life by sticking his finger between the hammer and cylinder of a gun jammed into his stomach by a desperate suspect during a Brooklyn struggle. Police said the suspect pulled the trigger of the loaded .38 caliber revolver several times during the struggle before he was subdued.

Sgt. Michael Miller emerged with a broken finger.

The incident began about 4 a.m. after Miller and Officer William Reddin of the 81st Precinct’s anti-crime team, on patrol in an unmarked car, stopped a speeding livery car on Quincy St. and Malcolm X Blvd. in Bedford-Stuyvesant…

…When Miller felt a gun in the waist of one passenger during a frisk, he ordered him to put his hands behind his back…

The suspect attacked the cop, pushing the gun against his stomach. Miller used his right ring finger to prevent the suspect, identified as Eugene Graves, 30, of Madison St., Brooklyn, from firing. Reddin jumped into the fray and helped subdue Graves. His companion fled, cops said.

Graves was charged with attempted murder of a police officer, criminal possession of about 2 ounces of what cops believe to be crack cocaine, weapons possession, assaulting a police officer, menacing and resisting arrest.

It’s an old stunt that still works. Good for you Sgt. Miller – glad you made it, OK.

After Graves lands in the slammer – throw away the key.

Even in space, an old-fashioned fix can involve brute force

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Just give it a whack. Sometimes, it seems, even in the highest of high-tech circles, there is no substitute for good old brute force.

The question aboard the space shuttle Atlantis on Sunday was whether Michael J. Massimino would rock a handrail on the Hubble Space Telescope back and forth to fatigue a stripped bolt that was stubbornly holding it, or just give the rail a big yank to break it and the bolt off.

Beyond the rail were 111 screws. Beyond the screws were the internal electronics of the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph, the intended object of “brain surgery” on the fourth of five days of spacewalks meant to repair and upgrade the telescope…For the last three years, engineers and astronauts had been preparing a procedure to break into the instrument, capture all the screws and fix the power supply.

But first the spacewalkers, Dr. Massimino and Col. Michael T. Good of the Air Force, had to get the handrail off.

It was the third of four spacewalks in this mission, the last to the 19-year-old telescope, to be stymied by low-tech problems like bad bolts. Meanwhile, trickier jobs, like the repair on Saturday of the Advanced Camera for Surveys, have gone smoothly…

Adam Riess, a heavy Hubble user at the Space Telescope Science Institute and Johns Hopkins University who was watching on NASA TV, wrote in an e-mail message: “We always joke that they wait until they are out of TV view to use the hammers and crowbars.” He added, “I guess they really do!”

Every little bit helps. I go all the way back to kin who helped produce this critter – and tried to get officialdom to comprehend the essential problems that were built-in by mistake. So, the history of “repairs” and corrections are always of special interest.

We’re already well past any original projected lifespan – so, we’re all winners.