Wednesday, November 16, 2005


Most in Pa. Oppose Casino Plan, Poll Finds

Most Pennsylvania residents oppose plans for a casino near the Gettysburg battlefield, a poll released by a Washington-based preservationist group shows.

The poll of 625 residents, commissioned by the nonprofit Civil War Preservation Trust, found that 65 percent oppose the proposed gaming complex, according to results released Monday. The poll was conducted late last month by Mason-Dixon Polling and Research Inc.

Putrid Flower Set to Bloom at Garden

The rare titan arum, also known as the corpse flower, will again grace the U.S. Botanic Garden's conservatory with its rotten odor.

The flower, the largest known to man, is four feet tall and growing every day. The Indonesian plant has a cult following in the botanical world, and when one blossomed in 2003, an estimated 10,000 people came to see its fleeting bloom, the Botanic Garden reported.

This plant, raised from a seed by the botany department of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History and recently moved to the conservatory at 100 Maryland Ave. SW, has never blossomed and is expected to reach full bloom by Sunday or Monday, then collapse after 24 to 48 hours. The garden is free and open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.


Input Sought on Black History Museum

The Smithsonian Institution is hosting a town hall meeting tonight to get public input on four potential sites for the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

The highly anticipated museum will be one of the last structures allowed in the Mall's newly designated no-build "reserve" area. The presentation tonight will discuss merits of the four potential sites: the Arts and Industries Building at 900 Jefferson Dr. SW; an area on the Mall bounded by Constitution Avenue, Madison Drive and 14th and 15th streets NW; a spot on 14th Street SW at the foot of the 14th Street bridge; and the Banneker Overlook site, at 10th Street SW at the foot of L'Enfant Promenade.

The meeting is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the National Museum of Natural History's Baird Auditorium at 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW.

Legless Man, 73, Dies in NE House Fire

A 73-year-old man with no legs was killed last night in a Northeast Washington bedroom fire, D.C. fire officials said.

The man was unconscious when firefighters from Engine Company 26 found him in bed in a house in the 1900 block of Lawrence Street, spokesman Alan Etter said. Etter said the man was not wearing his prosthetic legs. The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

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