- - Saturday, April 18, 2009

Frank saplings may come to U.S.

NEW YORK — Saplings from the tree Anne Frank used to measure the seasons while hiding from the Nazis could be planted in 10 cities across the United States.

The Anne Frank Center USA wants to plant the trees in 10 U.S. cities to symbolize the growth of tolerance. The 3-foot saplings would come from an ailing horse chestnut tree in Amsterdam.

Possible locations for the trees include the planned Sept. 11 memorial in New York City, the White House, and the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. The center plans to issue a request for proposals for other sites.

Anne Frank was among the Jewish occupants of an Amsterdam building who were rounded up by the Gestapo. She died of typhus at age 15 in a concentration camp.

Gay rights groups honor Milk

NEW YORK — When Harvey Milk attended high school in suburban Long Island in the 1940s and later taught math and history and coached basketball there, he kept his sexuality a well-guarded secret.

“Like most men of his generation,” biographer Randy Shilts wrote in “The Mayor of Castro Street,” “Milk assiduously stuck to the double life he had carefully followed since his high school days.”

More than half a century later, the Long Island Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Services Network will honor the slain gay-rights activist posthumously to draw attention to gays and lesbians with small-town roots. Mr. Milk’s nephew, Stuart Milk, is accepting the award for his uncle on Saturday.

“Things have changed dramatically since the late 1940s when Harvey Milk graduated from high school,” said David Kilmnick, founder of the network of three organizations. “But there’s a lot more to be done.”

Mr. Milk, the focus of renewed attention this year when the biographical drama “Milk” won two Oscars, became one of the country’s first openly gay elected officials when he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977.

In November 1978, Mr. Milk and San Francisco Mayor George Moscone were fatally shot by Dan White, a disgruntled former city supervisor. Mr. Milk was 48.

Spring snow closes roads

DENVER — A slow-moving storm has dumped more than a foot of snow in parts of Colorado and Wyoming, and plenty more is on the way in some places.

A 140-mile-long stretch of Interstate 80 and many smaller roads in Wyoming were closed Friday. Authorities also have closed a a 30-mile stretch of Interstate 25 from Wellington, Colo., to Cheyenne, Wyo. There have been no reports of weather-related injuries, but officials have warned of whiteout conditions in northern Colorado and on mountain roads.

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