February 8, 2009 in Nation/World

Artist of ‘Hope’ fame arrested


The red, white and blue “Hope” posters bearing the image of Barack Obama brought worldwide fame to the Los Angeles street artist who created them and arguably helped their subject win the White House.

But Shepard Fairey, a guerrilla artist willing to go to jail for his distinctive graffiti, hasn’t gone entirely mainstream. Fairey was arrested Friday night in Boston on his way to the Institute of Contemporary Art for a kickoff event for his first solo exhibition, “Supply and Demand.”

Two warrants had been issued for Fairey on Jan. 24 after police determined he had tagged property in two locations with his street art campaign featuring Andre the Giant and the word “Obey,” said Boston police officer James Kenneally.

Fairey, a commercial artist and graphic designer, is expected to be arraigned on Monday.


Navy offloads grounded cruiser

The Navy offloaded fuel, water and personnel from a grounded, $1 billion guided missile cruiser so tugboats and a salvage ship can try again early today to free it from a rock and sand shoal.

The USS Port Royal ran aground on Thursday evening, about a half-mile south of the Honolulu airport where it was visible from several vantage points on Oahu.

No one was injured and no oil or other contaminants have leaked, said representatives of the Navy and Coast Guard, as well as state officials.

New York

Three found shot dead in apartment

Two men and a woman were shot and killed in an apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West side, police said Saturday.

The bodies were found in an upscale building Saturday evening with a semiautomatic gun nearby, police Sgt. Kevin Hayes said.

About four hours later, a man was shot dead outside another apartment building on the Upper West Side about a mile and a half away. It was unclear if the shootings were connected or when the first victims were shot.

Detectives were talking to residents of the 10-story co-op with decorative wrought-iron doors on a quiet residential block.

“It’s a pretty good block,” said Alice Cruz, a resident of the area who was among a small crowd outside the building Saturday night. “You get it (violence) even in the best neighborhoods.”

From wire reports

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