Photographic exhibitpays homage to towers
New York's World Trade Center, destroyed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, is memorialized in a new exhibit at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.
"Twin Towers Remembered" presents 60 photographs of the 110-story landmarks taken during three decades by Camilo Jose Vergara.
His images reveal the buildings from virtually every conceivable angle, perspective, and distance, in nearly every weather condition, at every time of day, and, ultimately, from construction through destruction. The images show how the buildings stood out from the skyline of lower Manhattan and illuminate the architects' and engineers' work in all its complexity.
The exhibit continues through March 10. Admission to the museum, open daily, is free. Call (202) 272-2448 or visit www.nbm.org for more information.
Police hall of fameto move to Space Coast
TITUSVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The American Police Hall of Fame and Museum is moving from downtown Miami to this city on Florida's Space Coast in hopes of drawing more visitors.
Walt Johnson, executive director of the Space Coast Economic Development Association, says the nonprofit organization that runs the police museum has bought property on Challenger Parkway, immediately west of the Astronaut Hall of Fame.
"It's a project we've been working on for six months," Johnson says. "We put a team together that showed them they could take advantage of the tourism corridor leading to Kennedy Space Center."
The police museum has outgrown its Miami location, says Donna Shepherd, executive director of the National Association of Chiefs of Police.
The 41-year-old museum does not have the space it needs to list all the names of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, she says.
The move into a larger space will also make it possible to update the exhibit with interactive and computerized displays featuring crime stoppers, a futuristic crime-solving lab, sleuthing challenges, a virtual courtroom and simulators on tactical driving and shooting, Shepherd says.
Organizers need to raise $3 million to $5 million for the project, slated to open May 15, 2003, coinciding with Police Memorial Day.
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Permanence sought forLondon Ferris wheel
LONDON (AP) -- It was meant to be in place for just five years.
But London's giant Ferris wheel, raised with great fanfare to mark the millennium, has proved so popular that organizers have applied for permission to make it a permanent fixture.
The 450-feet-high structure, officially named the British Airways London Eye and located on the south bank of the River Thames opposite the Houses of Parliament, dwarfs the Big Ben clock tower and is the fourth-tallest structure in the capital.
More than 7 million people have ridden on the wheel since it opened to the public in March 2000 and demand remains high for tickets to travel in the wheel's glass pods, which afford an unparalleled view across London.
"Few people could have predicted that enormous success of the London Eye," said David Marks of Marks Barfield Architects, the company that designed the wheel.
Originally, Lambeth Council in south London granted temporary planning permission for the structure to remain in place for five years. Organizers have now applied to the council to make it permanent. They say permanent planning approval will attract investment to improve the wheel as well as local facilities.
The $51 million wheel has 32 passenger capsules, each carrying up to 25 people, accommodating up to 15,000 people per day. The trip lasts half an hour.