CF100: 2016 05 29 – Inflatable Rooms & Campaign Tussles

Each week the Orlando Sentinel asks two questions of 100 community leaders in Central Florida. Those with access to the online Sentinel can read all of this  week’s 100-word responses here . For those without access, my responses are below. Selected responses appear in the Sunday edition while the on-line comments are available a day or two before. My BEAM post was selected this week… and fortunately the issues it addressed were already resolved.

What was the biggest story of the week?

What a disappointment for the space lovers among us that the deployment of the newest NASA experiment has run into trouble. With the popularity of the Tiny House movement, it was charming to see the recently developed BEAM (Bigelow Expandable Activity Module) on its way to the International Space Station. Essentially an inflatable room, BEAM is made of Kevlar and other materials to make it resistant to micrometeorites. It was moved successful into place but inflation has halted and engineers are working to address the issues.

What will be the biggest story in the coming week?

Rumor has it that disagreement over how to handle Florida is responsible for the departure of political consultant Rick Wiley from the Trump campaign. While this may be just one of a number of issues that Wiley and campaign manager Corey Lewandowski tussled about, it highlights what the months ahead hold for those of us in Florida. Florida will be critical for the campaigns and this is likely not the last tussle about which we will be hearing.


The series focuses on state and local news.

Read the Sentinel’s introduction to the series

Read my first post on the series.

My posts related to this can be found using the categories in the right sidebar. Click either Central Florida or Current Events.

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