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Flight attendant suspended, arraigned

NEW YORK | A JetBlue flight attendant was suspended Tuesday after accusations that he cursed out a passenger over a plane’s loudspeakers, grabbed some beer from the galley and exited on the emergency slide. The attorney for the attendant, who has become an Internet sensation, said the rule-breaking passenger provoked him.

Steven Slater wore a slight smile Tuesday as he was led into a Queens courtroom to be arraigned on charges of criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and trespassing. The judge set his bail at $2,500, but it wasn’t clear when Mr. Slater might be able to post the money.

JetBlue Airways removed Mr. Slater from duty pending the investigation; the airline declined to comment on the specifics of the flight from Pittsburgh to John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Police and prosecutors said Mr. Slater, a 38-year-old airline industry veteran, lost his temper Monday afternoon after a dispute with a passenger, then fled the parked jet by deploying the emergency chute and walking across the tarmac to an unlocked door that led to the street.


Scarlett’s dresses need $30,000 repairs

AUSTIN | It’s time to find out whether fans of “Gone With the Wind” frankly give a you-know-what about the fabulous dresses worn by Vivien Leigh in the multiple Oscar-winning Civil War drama.

The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas in Austin said that if it cannot raise $30,000 to restore five of Scarlett O’Hara’s gowns, they may be too fragile to display at its exhibit to mark the 1939 movie’s 75th anniversary in 2014.

The center’s costume assistant, Jill Morena, said donations will go toward restoring the frocks — a green curtain dress, a green velvet gown, a burgundy ball gown, a blue velvet nightgown and Scarlett’s wedding dress — and buying protective housing and custom mannequins.

From wire dispatches and staff reports