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In brief: Gun pointed at legislator

Mon., Jan. 17, 2011

CHICAGO – Someone pointed a handgun at a member of the Illinois House, according to Chicago police.

Authorities said Democratic state Rep. Edward Acevedo wasn’t injured in the Friday night incident on Chicago’s West Side. Police said someone in a van pointed the gun at the legislator before the vehicle pulled away.

Acevedo has been in office since 1997 and is serving his seventh term. He is assistant majority leader of the Illinois House.

Police said no arrests have been made, and investigators did not have a motive.

Astronaut injured in bike accident

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NASA officials say an astronaut who had been slated for a spacewalk on the upcoming shuttle mission has been hurt in a bicycle accident.

The space agency said in a release late Saturday that Tim Kopra will be OK. But officials are still evaluating whether he’ll be able to perform his duties when the shuttle Discovery launches to the International Space Station on Feb. 24.

NASA did not release more details about Kopra’s injury, citing privacy concerns.

The 47-year-old Kopra lives in Houston and is a retired Army colonel. He was one of two astronauts scheduled to go on a spacewalk during Discovery’s mission to the space station.

Sargent Shriver taken to hospital

BETHESDA, Md. – Former Peace Corps director and vice-presidential nominee R. Sargent Shriver has been hospitalized outside Washington, according to a medical center spokeswoman.

Ronna Borenstein of Suburban Hospital in Bethesda said Sunday evening that she could not comment on the 95-year-old Shriver’s condition or say when he was admitted.

Shriver announced in 2003 that he had Alzheimer’s disease. He served as the first Peace Corps director in the administration of his brother-in-law, President John F. Kennedy. He also was Democrat George McGovern’s running mate in 1972.

Shriver’s wife and Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver died in 2009 at age 88. He is the father of former NBC reporter Maria Shriver, who is married to former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Museum to sell master paintings

CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Museum of Art plans to offer more than two dozen European old master paintings as part of an auction in late January.

The Plain Dealer reports it’s the largest sell-off from the museum’s collection in more than 50 years.

The museum’s chief curator said the 32 works don’t fit well with the Cleveland museum but could have a place elsewhere. They’ll be offered at Sotheby’s in New York over two days, starting Jan. 27. The auction house estimates the pieces are worth a total of roughly $700,000 to more than $1 million.

The most valuable paintings among them are two depicting an ancient Roman battle. They’re expected to generate $200,000 or more. Most of the works are by minor masters and are expected to bring in much smaller amounts.


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