Defending America’s Apollo Rocket Scientist

first_imgRevisionist historians who weren’t with this man keep trying to disparage his past. We set the record straight.The 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing takes place this month, and numerous celebrations are taking place around the country. The mission control center at Johnson Space Center in Houston has been refurbished like new, space museums are hosting week-long special events, and a new CNN documentary features long-lost Apollo memorabilia. Unfortunately, in spite of the spirit of happiness for one of the country’s finest moments, certain journalists who feel obsessed to cast America in a bad light are digging for dirt. A particularly heinous rumor has arisen again.PBS is issuing a new documentary called Chasing the Moon. In the series, space historian John Logsdon resurrects the myth that Wernher von Braun was a nasty, hard-to-work with individual, and worse, was a Nazi, or at least was complicit with Hitler’s Nazi war machine. Elizabeth Howell was quick to leap onto that narrative and perpetuate it in a whole article for, headlining her article, “‘Chasing the Moon’ Shows Nazi Past of Engineer Wernher Von Braun in Early Space Program (Video).” The video clip in the article shows various silent historical clips of von Braun, but the voice-over narration by Logsdon trashes von Braun’s reputation with name-calling, saying von Braun was “first of all, a pain in the ass” and was “difficult to deal with, a prima donna.” Worse, he alleges that “the government was well aware of his background under [Nazi leader Adolf] Hitler and his possible engagement with the S.S. [Nazi police] and being a registered Nazi.” Possible? Apparently even Logsdon is unsure about his facts. Then, the video clip seamlessly cuts to a fictional movie made in 1960 that shows an actor pretending to be von Braun cooperating with a Nazi official on the development of rockets to be used as weapons. But is this true?The video clip and Howell’s text balances the negative picture a tiny bit by quoting Freeman Dyson, who ameliorates the innuendos somewhat by pointing to von Braun’s peaceful motivations for his rocket program. “‘He advanced the whole field,’ Dyson said, adding that he shared von Braun’s belief that humanity wouldn’t be confined to Earth.” But then she links to a fictional 2018 play that makes up a fictional von Braun as (1) a man complicit with Nazi goals, and (2) a morally-careless individual, unconcerned with the damage his rockets caused during the war. As an added insult to America, the promoters of this narrative often disparage the whole United States government and its armed forces as secretly hiring a bunch of “German Nazis” in order to beat the Russians to the moon, as if the end justified the means.The disgraced president Richard Nixon is sometimes dragged into the picture by the naysayers, committing the association fallacy. Actually, it was Democrat president John F. Kennedy who launched the moon race and hired von Braun to lead the rocket development. Historical photos show von Braun giving Kennedy tours of the space facilities and sharing the progress of Kennedy’s charge to “land a man on the moon, and return him safely to earth” by the end of the decade of the 1960s. Von Braun is largely responsible for the success of that daring charge, commemorated even today by the phrase “moon shot” as an expensive, all-out commitment to a hard task. Unfortunately, Kennedy was assassinated in 1963 during the Mercury program, well before the Gemini and Apollo missions. He was followed by one-term Democrat president Lyndon Johnson (who named the Johnson Space Center in Houston after himself). As fate would have it, on the Apollo 11 landing date (July 20, 1969), newly-elected Richard Nixon got the photo ops for the first telephone call to the moon, basking in the limelight of a program he had little to do with. The Watergate scandal came years later.Such characterizations of von Braun are not only misleading, but contrary to the facts. Just being in Nazi Germany, and having his rockets conscripted by evil men, does not make von Braun himself an accomplice with them. John Logsdon, who perpetuates the negative stereotype of von Braun, appears to have done most of his research and writing after the Apollo missions, much of it after von Braun’s passing. Logsdon was later president of the Planetary Society, a special interest group saturated with Carl Sagan’s atheistic, evolutionary philosophy. Even so, Elizabeth Howell and committed egregious lapses of journalistic ethics by not giving alternative points of view to Logsdon’s. She could have consulted the writings of Ordway, Stuhlinger and others who had worked directly with von Braun during the entire manned space program. Sadly, because of decades of elapsed time after von Braun’s untimely death from cancer in 1977, he cannot speak in his own defense, and few of his co-workers remain alive to speak up for him.Artwork by J. Beverly Greene commissioned for this biography. All rights reserved.Our biography of von Braun (our Creation Scientist of the Month) is worth reading as a defense against the misleading narrative. Here, let us repeat one section that defends him against the allegations he was a heartless Nazi collaborator:Von Braun was arrested and jailed by the Gestapo.He was charged with resisting the military use of his rockets, and trying to escape.Himmler’s awarding von Braun an honorary rank in the SS no more made him a Nazi than awarding Martin Luther King an honorary membership in the KKK would make him a white supremacist.The evil uses of his rockets occupied only a few months at the end of the war.During his release from jail, when the military used von Braun for his advice, he was escorted under military guard at all times and under strict orders what he could say or do.He used his influence to argue for more time (delaying tactics) and better conditions for the prisoners.When he tried to argue for better treatment of the prisoners, he was threatened that it was none of his business, and that he had better shut up or he would be wearing the same prison stripes.His lifelong dream was the peaceful exploration of space. He was devastated when he heard the news that his rockets had been used against Allied cities.After the war, he sought out the Americans, and willingly surrendered not only himself but his whole team. He knew this meant abandoning his fatherland (and who, in spite of evil leaders, does not have some heart for his own country?). He became a patriotic, energetic American citizen.As soon as he reached America, he was eager to help the American space program.He repeatedly gave a full accounting of all his activities during the war, when interrogated by the government and by suspicious critics.His record since the war speaks for itself. A leopard does not change its spots. If von Braun were anything less than a man of integrity, bad signs would have surfaced in the subsequent 32 years in America.The British Interplanetary Society awarded him an honorary membership right after the war. Surely if anyone had doubts about his motives and allegiances, it would be those who were victimized by V-2 rockets raining down on their city.Von Braun standing by the rocket engines that boosted Apollo astronauts to the moon.As far as von Braun being a “prima donna” who was hard to get along with, the testimony of many who worked with him flatly contradicts that picture. In fact, he was a model of leadership, teamwork, and motivation. His engaging and winsome manner attracted Walt Disney who used him for TV specials to explain space science to a generation of young people. It was clear throughout his life in America that his primary interest was in the peaceful exploration of space, as it had been in Germany. Von Braun should be remembered not just for Apollo, but for the historic Apollo-Soyuz docking with Russian cosmonauts, Skylab, the development of the Space Shuttle, and the entire rocketry program that culminated in the exploration of all the planets in our solar system. America’s first satellite had been launched aboard one of von Braun’s rockets on January 31, 1958.Our biography also quotes sources showing that von Braun became a born-again Christian during the Apollo program, when an engineer gave him a Gideon Bible and led him in the sinner’s prayer. After that, von Braun wrote passionately about the evidence for a Creator, and defended the right of school children to hear evidence that opposes evolution. The biography ends with quotes from his own writings that reveal the heart of this great rocket scientist. See also Bill Federer’s favorable biography of von Braun on WND that includes many of von Braun’s writings and expressions of his Christian faith.(Is it possible Federer used our biography as one of his sources?)A tree is known by its fruits, Jesus said. All of von Braun’s personal efforts (not actions taken by Nazis who conscripted his knowledge for their evil purposes) show good fruit. He ought to be highly esteemed this month as the Apollo program—his crowning achievement—is commemorated. Watch out for the naysayers. Read our biography of Wernher von Braun (1912-1977) and be prepared with the facts in advance to defend him.Read Henry Richter’s biography here (click image).Another biography worth reading this month is the story of Henry Richter, last surviving manager of Explorer 1, America’s first satellite. Explorer 1 was launched aboard one of von Braun’s Jupiter-C rockets, as shown in the video clip. Dr Richter, manager of the instruments aboard the rocket and developer of its space-to-ground communication system that led to the Deep Space Network (which he planned), turned 92 on June 14.Bonus: Listen to a new musical composition, the “Apollo March,” written by CEH editor David Coppedge to commemorate the moon landings. The 3-minute work, written to recapture the spirit of American awe at the crowning moments of the Apollo program, was premiered June 13-15 by the US Air Force Band of the Golden West. Hear it on Vimeo here or click the photo. (Visited 548 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Women stand tall at Mining Indaba

first_img6 February 2013Susan Shabangu, South Africa’s minister of mineral resources, chose to highlight the role of women in the mining industry in her keynote address at the 2013 Investing in African Mining Indaba, currently under way in Cape Town.“Nothing is impossible for women,” she said on Tuesday. “We are here – we don’t need favours.”Shabangu paid tribute to Cynthia Carroll, the outgoing chief executive of Anglo American, saying she had been “an inspiration to women everywhere”.Acknowledging the need to develop skills and improve training in South African mining, Shabangu said she had been encouraged by the “substantial increase” in the number of students enrolling for engineering qualifications. Female enrolment had doubled since 1996.“This suggests that the base skill requirements for the sustainability of the industry are being built, but these skills must be nurtured and protected.”Susan Shabangu: standing for womenShabangu has been minister of mineral resources since 2009. Soon after leaving school, she became involved in politics, working as an activist and freedom fighter.She served as deputy minister of minerals and energy between 1996 and 2004. She spent the next five years as deputy minister of safety and security, before being appointed minister of mineral resources in 2009.She is a member of the national executive council of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party, and has repeatedly rejected the policy of nationalisation. In her Indaba address, she reiterated: “Nationalisation is not a policy of the ANC or the government” and that it would not be helpful or necessary to resuscitate the debate.Shabangu, Carroll and Bridgette Radebe are three women standing tall in an industry that has been dominated by men for centuries.Cynthia Carroll: Anglo’s first woman CEOCarroll is stepping down from her job as the head of Anglo American, one of the world’s biggest mining companies, in April. She was ranked as the 55th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes Magazine in 2012.An American, she is the first Anglo “outsider” – and the first woman – to reach the top. She is also the chairperson of Anglo Platinum.With a masters degree in geology as well as an MBA, Carroll started working as a geologist in North America in the early 1980s. She swiftly moved into management, taking up her first CEO post in 2002 with Canadian mining company, Alcan.In her keynote address at the Mining Indaba on Tuesday, Carroll said she remained passionate about South Africa and about mining, which was so critical to South Africa’s prosperity.Carroll quoted figures that show that mining directly contributed 9.2% of South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP), and helped to generate 18.7% of GDP in 2011. Around 13.5-million South Africans are dependent on mining-generated jobs.Acknowledging that “mining is an industry in crisis”, Carroll identified what she called “four truths” she believes are necessary for South Africa to face if it is to progress:There is no future without law and order: public order is the bedrock without which civilisation collapses.Anarchy benefits no one: the rule of law is as important in the workplace as it is in every other aspect of society.No one can defy economic reality: the need to be competitive is as applicable to countries as it is to companies.No country is an economic island: South Africa will only succeed if it fosters an environment that is conducive to business and attractive to international investors.Carroll’s resignation leaves only two female CEOs of FTSE 100 companies. She told the Guardian in October last year that she was against quotas: “You can’t … appoint women just to appoint women, just to satisfy a particular condition. What you want more than anything is to develop women in the organisation who will, when they get to the top, be fully capable of delivering and doing the job effectively.”Bridgette Radebe: champion of junior minersAnother high-profile pioneer in the industry is Bridgette Radebe, who started her career as a miner. Radebe now owns her own mining company, Mmakau Mining, and is a vocal champion for the rights of junior and emerging miners.Radebe was the first black South African deep-level hard rock mining entrepreneur in the 1980s. Her upbringing groomed her not only for entrepreneurship, but also for activism. In 1976 she joined a march on a mine to demand her family’s royalty payments for mineral rights leased to a Canadian mining company.She defied legislation which prohibited women from working as miners or owning mining rights and worked to build her career as a miner, and her company, Mmakau Mining, which has interests in platinum, coal and chrome. She is now one of Africa’s richest women.As president of the South African Mining Development Agency, Radebe represents the interests of junior and emerging miners. She is a founder and director of the New African Mining Fund, which has raised millions for the junior mining sector.At a panel discussion hosted by Brand South Africa on the eve of this year’s Mining Indaba in Cape Town, Radebe said it was essential that legislation be more strongly implemented if it was to give meaning to transformation. It was time that investors “comply with the rules of the game”.She said that her research had shown that only 2.7% of South Africa’s mining wealth is black-owned.Radebe was part of the team that drew up the Minerals and Petroleum Development Bill, and she was key in developing the Empowerment Mining Charter, along with the government, business and unions.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Ramphele’s party platform to ‘build SA’

first_img18 February 2013 South African activist, doctor and businesswoman Mamphela Ramphele officially announced the formation of a “party political platform” at Johannesburg’s Constitution Hill on Monday. Last year Ramphele announced that she would embark on a campaign to overhaul South Africa’s electoral system through the Citizens Movement which was launched to encourage active citizens in South Africa’s democracy. Ramphele resigned from her position as chairperson of Gold Fields last week. “Dr Ramphele has decided to retire as chairman to further her socio-economic and political work,” spokesperson Sven Lunsche said in a statement. “She has resigned from most of her private sector directorships and will relinquish all other remaining private sector directorships and positions to focus on these activities.” The activities involve the launch of the initiative under the name Agang, or in the Nguni languages of our country, Akhani, which can be interpreted in English as “Build South Africa”. “I am working with a group of fellow citizens to form a party political platform that will focus on rekindling hope that building the country of our dreams is possible in our lifetime,” Ramphele said in her speech.‘Hunger for a new beginning’ “Our consultations and conversations across the lengths and breadths of our country have confirmed a hunger for a new beginning. “I feel called to to lead the efforts of many South Africans who increasingly fear that we are missing too many opportunities to become that which we have the potential to become – a great society,” she said. She highlighted the need to restructure the country’s economy by improving education and training in order to tackle poverty and inequality. She also spoke of the need for an active citizenry to shape the country’s collective future. “This is an opportunity for citizens to take ownership of their own country’s destiny and shape it,” Ramphele said. “I invite all compatriots to work with us to build a South Africa we can all be proud of. We owe it to you, our children, and your children to leave them a legacy of a great country. “I have put up my hand. I ask you all to join this effort. Our children and grandchildren deserve nothing less. Our mothers and grandmothers deserve nothing less. All South Africans deserve nothing less,” she said. Ramphele is a former director of human development at the World Bank and became the first South African to be appointed as one of four managing directors of the World Bank in 2000. Her responsibilities included overseeing the strategic positioning of the World Bank Institute. She also became the first black woman to be appointed as a vice chancellor at a South African university when she was appointed the role at the University of Cape Town in September 1996. Ramphele served as a trustee of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, as the director of the Institute for a Democratic Alternative for South Africa and as a board member of the Anglo-American Corporation and Transnet. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

World’s most-logged geocache (GC189E5) is Geocache of the Week!

first_img SharePrint RelatedThe Most Found Geocache in the WorldMay 19, 2013In “Community”Geocaching country focus: CzechiaDecember 11, 2018In “Community”Underground — Geocache of the WeekFebruary 7, 2018In “Community” Geocache of the Week is the world’s most logged geocache. Any guesses?The Original Stash Tribute Plaque? No.The Geocaching Headquarters cache? No.Uh… Mingo? Nope.That cool giraffe cache in Berlin? Nein.Brazil’s APE cache? Not even close. Drumroll please… The most logged geocache in the entire world is, Prague bridges 1 – Karluv most in Prague, Czech Republic! The cache has just under 30,000 logs since it was published on January 1, 2008. Located on the northwest side of the famous Charles Bridge, the location is full of historical statues, and absolutely stunning. Have you logged this cache? Difficulty:1Terrain:1 Location:Prague, Czech RepublicN 50° 05.211 E 014° 24.544center_img TraditionalGC189E5by Benjo5 Swan LakeCharles Bridge from the northwestOne of many statuesThat’s a well-worn logbook!Night caching in the winterCharles Bridge at dawnCharles Bridge on an overcast dayView from aboveShare with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Roach doesn’t mind who Pacquiao faces next

first_imgTallo returns with a bang Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLegendary boxing trainer Freddie Roach said Thursday he doesn’t give a single thought on whoever Manny Pacquiao fights next after the iconic Filipino boxer faces Australian Jeff Horn.Pacquiao (59-6-2) is set to defend his WBO welterweight belt against the undefeated Horn (16-0-1) in Australia on July 2, but Roach believes his student still has something left in his tank.ADVERTISEMENT Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCPcenter_img View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES Roach, however, doesn’t see Crawford as a potential opponent for Pacquiao who now operates as a welterweight.READ: Roach open to Pacquiao fighting McGregor in a boxing matchKeith Thurman, who holds the WBA and WBC Super World welterweight belts, is also a potential challenger for Pacquiao.A fight between Pacquiao and Thurman would see the three belts unified, but Roach did not delve into the matter.“My job is not to get him opponents, my job is to get him ready for the opponents,” said Roach.ADVERTISEMENT Roach added it’s not his responsibility on who Pacquiao faces next.READ: Roach unbothered by Pacquiao’s sluggish starts in sparringFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“Whoever Bob Arum gets, whoever he gets I am ready for him,” said Roach during Pacquiao’s training session at Elorde Gym in the Mall of Asia Complex.Terence Crawford, the reigning WBC, WBO, and The Ring super lightweight champion, once challenged Pacquiao after scoring a 10th round TKO victory over Felix Diaz. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

2014 NSWTA State Cup

first_img225 teams from across the state will converge on the Port Macquarie Regional Sports Stadium this weekend to compete in the 2014 New South Wales State Cup. Teams will compete across 14 divisions, ranging from under 20’s through to over 55’s at the three day event, which will be held from Friday, 5 December to Sunday, 7 December 2014. Approximately 4,000 participants will take part in the event, as well as over 250 referees, coming together to participate in one of the largest Touch Football events in the world.  Round games will commence on Friday morning, running through the weekend with the finals concluding the tournament on Sunday afternoon. The first Grand Finals will begin at 12.40pm on Sunday, with the Mixed Open final at 2.25pm, Women’s Open at 3.05pm and the Men’s Open at 3.50pm.Teams from Papua New Guinea and Japan will also participate in the event.Unable to make it to the 2014 New South Wales State Cup? You can watch selected games live throughout the event on the TFA YouTube channel. Stay tuned to the website daily as we provide links to the chosen games.Friday, 5 December8.30am – Canterbury Bulldogs v Newcastle City Knights (Women’s Open) – 9.40am – Western Suburbs Magpies v Parramatta Eels (Men’s Open) – 12.35pm – Penrith Panthers v Murwillumbah Mavericks (Men’s Open) – 1.45pm – Manly Sea Eagles v Murwillumbah Mavericks (Men’s 20’s) – 2.20pm – University of New South Wales Bullets v Papua New Guinea (Mixed Open) –, 6 December8.00am – Easts Roosters v Wests Magpies (Mixed Open) – – Canterbury Bulldogs v Wests Magpies (Women’s Open) – – Penrith Panthers v Canterbury Bulldogs (Men’s Open) – – Murwillumbah Mavericks v Wagga Wagga Vipers (Mixed Open ) – – Manly Sea Eagles v Wollongong Devils (Women’s Open) – – Hornsby Lions v Easts Roosters (Men’s Open) – Keep in touch with all of the latest news and information  from the 2014 New State Cup:Website – and  Facebook – – (#nswtasc14) Instagram – Related LinksNSW State Cuplast_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool attacker Shaqiri: Friends call me man who finished Mourinho

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool attacker Shaqiri: Friends call me man who finished Mourinhoby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool attacker Xherdan Shaqiri has revealed friends have labelled him as the man who got Jose Mourinho sacked. The Swiss scored two goals to help Liverpool beat Manchester United 3-1.Mourinho was subsequently fired as United on Tuesday and Shaqiri has received some messages from his friends about the impact of his goals.”I had a lot of messages from my friends when it happened,” Shaqiri said in an interview with The Guardian.”There were a lot of good messages about the United game at first and then, when the news came out about Mourinho, I had messages saying: ‘That’s your fault!’ But this is football sometimes.”I don’t think it was just because we won that game that United wanted to change their manager.”There were other reasons but it means the game goes down in history. It will always be in my history too.” last_img read more

Kentucky Basketball: John Calipari Tells Colin Cowherd He Has To “Go To Church, Ask For Forgiveness” For His John Wall Criticism

first_imgJohn Calipari talks to Colin Cowherd about John Wall.John Calipari Colin Cowherd John WallColin Cowherd likes to criticize John Wall. The ESPN personality does it often on his radio show. For an in-depth look at Cowherd’s distaste for the Washington Wizards’ star point guard, you can read this by the Washington Post‘s Dan Steinberg. This morning, Wall’s college coach, John Calipari, went on Cowherd’s ESPN radio show. During his appearance, Calipari discussed Cowherd’s criticism of his former player. He doesn’t like it. The 56-year-old Wildcats’ coach joked that Cowherd has to “go to church” and “ask for forgiveness” for his Wall hate. Calipari to Colin Cowherd on John Wall hate: “You’ve gotta go to church, ask for forgiveness, let it go.”— Dan Bodner (@DanBodnerKSC) June 5, 2015Here’s video of the interview, courtesy of Sports Grid.This is why Kentucky fans love Calipari so much.last_img read more

Video: Here Is Your First Look At Cardale Jones In A Full Buffalo Bills Uniform

first_imgA closeup of Cardale Jones warming up for an Ohio State football game.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 19: Quarterback Cardale Jones #12 of the Ohio State Buckeyes warms up before the game against the Northern Illinois Huskies at Ohio Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Andrew Weber/Getty Images)Today is the NFLPA Rookie Premiere, which gives fans the opportunity to see recent draftees in their new uniforms for the first time ever.Here’s a look at former Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones, a fourth-round selection of the Buffalo Bills. The Bills haven’t had a long-term solution at quarterback since the Jim Kelly era. It may take Jones some time to acclimate himself to the professional level, but Rex Ryan and company are hoping he can eventually prove himself worthy of being a starter.last_img

Houston Astros Reflect On World Series Win Their Spirit as a Team

first_img Listen 00:00 /00:18 00:00 /00:16 X Several athletes have turned down invitations to the White House in the past. What if the Astros are invited? Pitcher Lance McCullers has been thinking about that. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: – / 4The team has been reflecting on their season, and met with reporters Friday afternoon at Minute Maid park, moments before taking part in the downtown parade in their honor. Outfielder George Springer says first baseman Yuli Gurriel has had a tough time making amends for a gesture perceived as racist earlier in the series. Share Gurriel took off his batting helmet and nodded his head when he faced Los Angeles Dodgers starter Yu Garvish in game seven of the series, in an apparent effort to make further amends. Members of the Astros have been reflecting on their win. Third baseman Alex Bregman is ready for more. 00:00 /00:17 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listencenter_img Listen The Houston School District cancelled Friday classes so that students, staff and their families could attend the parade. Houston officials had to extend the parade route honoring the World Series champions after more fans than expected showed up. X Third baseman Alex Bregman figures he’s in, if the team is asked to Washington. Listen 00:00 /00:05 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more