- - Wednesday, January 12, 2011

CALIFORNIA

First gay museum opens

SAN FRANCISCO | The nation’s first museum about gays, opening in San Francisco’s Castro District, showcases a variety of items ranging from Harvey Milk’s pink-framed sunglasses to manuscripts and sex toys.

The 1,600-square-foot museum, which opened Wednesday, chronicles the evolution of what organizers call the liberation of the gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Milk’s sunglasses displayed in the GLBT History Museum are a tribute to the late San Francisco supervisor, who was the first openly gay politician elected in California.

GLBT Historical Society Executive Director Paul Boneberg told the San Francisco Chronicle the society has a five-year lease for a formerly empty storefront.

The society is relying on donations and volunteers to keep the museum open.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Latest suspicious package not a threat

Days after a parcel ignited at a Washington postal facility, authorities returned Wednesday to the same neighborhood because of a suspicious package that was determined later not to be a threat.

Firefighters gave the all-clear about 45 minutes after they were called to a building in Northeast Washington, D.C. fire department spokesman Pete Piringer said.

The facility handles mail but isn’t run by the U.S. Postal Service, said Michael Romano of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. It’s a different location from the one that received a fiery package last week, he said, though both are on the same street.

Authorities in the District and Maryland are still investigating three packages that ignited last week.

GEORGIA

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