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2007-12-05 09:00:06

By A.J. Hostetler, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Va. Dec. 5--Astronaut Leland Melvin is getting some down time with his family as preparations continue for his launch aboard the shuttle Atlantis tomorrow afternoon. Melvin's sister, Cathy Clarke of Rustburg, said yesterday that she was looking forward to a family-only gathering at a barbecue dinner last night in Florida. Today, relatives will enjoy their last visit with Melvin before the launch from Kennedy Space Center. . . . The...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'