WASHINGTON – The National Park Service plans to remove an inscription from the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington and replace it with a full quotation from the civil rights leader.
Critics had said the paraphrase didn’t accurately reflect King’s words.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced the plan Friday. The memorial’s architect had hoped to simply add words, without removal, to place the phrase in context.
The inscription reads: “I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness.”
The full quotation is different: “Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter.”
NEW YORK – A hotel marketed specifically toward gay travelers is opening in the heart of New York City.
The hotel will be called THE OUT NYC. It’s being touted as a “straight-friendly” gay boutique resort.
It’s set to open March 1 in the Times Square area.
Developer Ian Reisner says it will be a place where gay travelers “can feel 100 percent welcome.”
He’s hoping gay couples will want to get married there.
Reisner also hopes the 105-room hotel will become a center of gay life in the city.
MEXICO CITY – The U.S. State Department recommends Americans avoid travel to all or parts of 14 of 31 Mexican states in the widest travel advisory since Mexico stepped up its drug war in 2006.
The state department advises against any nonessential travel to Chihuahua, Coahuila and Tamaulipas, all bordering the U.S, and the central state of Durango. It advises caution in three other border states, as well as states in central and western Mexico where cartels have been warring.
The advisory this week said U.S. citizens have been victims of drug violence, including killings, kidnappings and carjackings.
The previous warning in April 2011 recommended avoiding travel in just two states and parts of seven others.
THOIRY, France – A count who operates a zoological park on the grounds of his chateau outside Paris says some of his animals just can’t take the cold this winter.
Paul de la Panouse wasn’t surprised to see his ostriches and giraffes prefer the indoors, given where they come from. But even the elephant couldn’t take Europe’s brutal cold snap, despite its thick hide.
So Parc de Thoiry has been closed for five days, even though the bears, hippos, tigers and zebras couldn’t care less and are happily prowling the 370-acre (150 hectare) grounds, including its frozen lakes.
“Ice skating,” he said, regarding his giraffes and ostriches, “it’s not for them.”
PRAGUE – Two artists have used wax from the thousands of candles that Czechs lit to mourn the death of President Vaclav Havel to create a large heart honoring him.
Lukas Gavlovsky — whose 7-foot-tall (2 meter), multicolored art work went on display in Prague on Friday, says it is meant “to celebrate (Havel’s) ideas, his greatness.”
Gavlovsky created the heart with his colleague, Roman Svejda, and dozens of volunteers.
Havel, a dissident who helped his nation shed Communism, was long associated with hearts. He ended his signature with one, and when he left office in 2003 a neon sign of a heart shone from Prague Castle.
The new art work, placed in front of the National Theater, will remain there until April 10.
Havel died on Dec. 18 at age 75.