In Brief

March 28, 2009

Designs unveiled for black history museum

The Smithsonian Institution unveiled Friday designs showing six competing visions for the $500 million National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington. Six teams, including four with ties to Baltimore, submitted the designs as part of a competition to select the architect for the project, which is expected to open in 2015 on Constitution Avenue next to the Washington Monument. Architects will present their plans to a jury early next month, and a winner will be announced April 14. The design concepts will be on view through April 6 at the Smithsonian's Institution Building on the Mall, also known as the Castle, at 1000 Jefferson Drive S.W.

Ed Gunts

Afghan soldier kills two U.S. troops

KABUL: The U.S. military says an Afghan soldier shot and killed two U.S. coalition troops Friday in northern Afghanistan. A spokesman for U.S. forces in Afghanistan said the Afghan soldier killed himself immediately after the incident. The names of the troops were withheld pending notification of kin.

Associated Press

Thousands honor slain police officers

OAKLAND, Calif.: Mourners jammed the 19,000-seat Oracle Arena in Oakland on Friday to pay their respects to four Oakland police officers who were killed by a parolee after a routine traffic stop turned into a manhunt and gunbattle. Hundreds of law enforcement personnel and government officials joined family and friends of the slain officers, Mark Dunakin, John Hege, Ervin Romans and Daniel Sakai.

Los Angeles Times

Jury acquits doctor in abortion case

WICHITA, Kan.: One of the nation's few late-term abortion providers was acquitted Friday of misdemeanor charges stemming from procedures he performed, but moments after the verdict the state's medical board announced it was investigating allegations against him that are nearly identical to those the jury rejected. Prosecutors had alleged that Dr. George Tiller had in 2003 gotten second opinions from a doctor who was essentially an employee of his, not independent as state law requires.

Associated Press

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