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But organizations that already serve meals outdoors say the ban is a ploy to get the homeless out of high-traffic areas, like the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, home to many of the city’s museums.

Mr. Nutter says the true aim is to offer better and safer food to the hungry. He says the city will set up a temporary space for serving meals at City Hall’s northwest corner and offer free food-safety classes for organizations that want to serve meals.

The ban will take effect following a 30-day comment period.


Brooke Astor auction to offer 800 personal items

NEW YORK | A New York auction of the late philanthropist Brooke Astor’s personal items will include designer jewelry and a wide range of furniture and decorative arts.

The highlights include paintings of her favorite subject - dogs.

Sotheby’s said Thursday some 800 items will be offered Sept. 24-25 from Astor’s Park Avenue duplex and a mansion in Westchester County.

The proceeds will benefit her favorite charities. They include the New York Public Library, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Animal Medical Center in Manhattan. Other highlights include Chinese lacquer furniture dating to the Qing dynasty and old master drawings.

Astor died in 2007 at age 105.


1 critical after fire at Golden Nugget

LAS VEGAS | Arson investigators in Las Vegas are probing a fire that critically injured a man on the unoccupied 22nd floor of the downtown Golden Nugget hotel.

Las Vegas fire spokesman Tim Szymanski says firefighters found the unconscious man in a guest room in the hotel’s Rush Tower after fire sprinklers doused flames at about 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

The 22nd floor is among several being renovated, but officials say it’s not clear if the man was a worker or an intruder.

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