Giffords undergoes surgery with husband in space

May 18, 2011 1:47:13 PM PDT
So Commander Mark Kelly docked the Space Shuttle Endeavor with the International Space Shuttle today - not long after doctors removed a protective helmet from the wounded head of his wife, Congresswoman Gabby Giffords.

These complicated docking and undocking procedures - happening with the spouses not even on the same planet. They appear to have a strong bond, Kelly and Giffords, and I'd be the last person to offer advice to any married couple. But I do know that, for me at least, space mission be damned, I'd be on terra firma for the operation if it were my wife going under.

I'm just sayin'.

Meanwhile, the operation is reportedly a success. Docs put a plastic implant inside Giffords head - which is considered a huge step forward in her recovery from the assassination attempt in Arizona last January.

We'll have the latest on her condition, tonight at 11.

Also at 11, we're following stories that some of us are pushing to be filed under a segment called "Men Behaving Badly."

First up is Arnold Schwarzenegger. And no, I'm not going to turn this into any joke-fest, although there are tons of them out there. It's just all so profoundly sad to me - especially for the child he fathered, a boy now 13 years old, and for Maria Shriver, the former California Governor's now-estranged wife.

Turns out that the housekeeper whom Schwarzenegger got pregnant - Mildred Patricia Baena ? was preggers at the same time that Shriver was pregnant with her four child. What a scene in that household, with Baena and Shriver each carrying babies fathered by the same man. And Shriver had no idea. Oy.

Next up is 62-year-old Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the head of the International Monetary Fund (at least for now) who is sitting in a small (but private!) jail cell on Riker's Island on charges he sexually assaulted and tried to rape a hotel maid.

The woman today testified before a grand jury investigating the allegations, as new evidence emerged that seemed to throw cold water on Strauss-Kahn's attorney's theory that this was consensual canoodling. The maid's coded room key shows she left the door to his room open after she entered to clean the room. Had she been interested in some sort of encounter, it seems highly unlikely that she would have propped the door open. Or maybe it's just me.

Meanwhile, a new poll in France shows that 57% of the people there believe Strauss-Kahn is the victim of a conspiracy. I'm sure he wishes he were being tried in France.

We'll have the latest news on both the affair d'Schwarzenegger and the allegations against Strauss-Kahn, tonight at 11.

We're also at one local middle school, where the Principal has brought in the cops to investigate inappropriate cell phone texts sent between students. Jen Maxfield is on this "sexting" story for us, at 11.

And our investigative reporter Jim Hoffer has a disturbing story about West Point, where, by coincidence First Lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to visit on Friday. Turns out, Jim's discovered a serious security problem at West Point. First responders at the famed military academy claim that, in an emergency, their response would be severely affected because of equipment that doesn't work.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast (how long will this rainstorm last?) and Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11.


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