- - Friday, April 9, 2010

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Smithsonian, QVC reach jewelry deal

The Smithsonian Institution said Thursday that it has licensed its renowned gem and jewelry collection to create a line of bracelets, brooches and other baubles with the TV shopping network QVC.

The jewelry line, expected to launch this fall, will be based on the National Gem and Mineral Collection at the National Museum of Natural History, which includes the famous Hope Diamond and Marie Antoinette earrings among 375,000 specimens.

Curators will help oversee creation of the jewelry line.

FLORIDA

Spacewoman asked about career, hair

CAPE CANAVERAL — Discovery’s space station visit took a sudden pop-cultural turn Thursday when one of the four record-breaking female astronauts went on talk radio from orbit to chat about her career, iPod selections and even her hairdo.

Stephanie Wilson was a good sport as she answered questions from nationally syndicated talk-show host Tom Joyner, whose shows are broadcast on blackamericaweb.com. He noted that there are more women in orbit right now than ever before, then asked: “Did you get your hair done before you went up in space?”

Miss Wilson threw back her head and laughed.

“Of course, I always try to represent NASA as best I can,” she said. “So hopefully, I’m looking pretty good.”

MASSACHUSETTS

Manslaughter charge for Kerrigan’s brother

BOSTON — The brother of figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was charged with manslaughter in the death of their 70-year-old father in what prosecutors called a drunken rage during a trivial argument over use of the family telephone, the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office said Thursday.

Mark Kerrigan, 45, was indicted by a Middlesex Superior Court grand jury in the Jan. 24 death of Daniel Kerrigan.

He had been charged with assault and battery on an elderly person resulting in serious bodily injury.

NEW JERSEY

Artifact burial site raises concerns

LAKEWOOD — Environmental regulators are trying to decide what to do about an unlicensed religious artifact burial site.

A rabbi coordinated the dumping of 2,000 trash bags full of Jewish text and clothing on private land in Lakewood during Passover. Orthodox Jews are not permitted to discard the items, called shaimos, by normal means.

Some neighbors complained, calling it an illegal dump. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection issued a warning last week and ordered that the site be cleaned up.

The agency, however, said it is sensitive to the religion’s requirements. For now, it is allowing the bags to stay until it decides how to relocate them.

NEW YORK

Sex Pistols manager dies from cancer

NEW YORK — The former manager of the Sex Pistols and one of the seminal figures of the punk-rock era, Malcolm McLaren, died Thursday. He was 64.

A man who identified himself as his son Joe Corre said Mr. McLaren died of cancer in Switzerland.

“He was the original punk rocker and revolutionized the world,” Mr. Corre said in a telephone interview. “He’s somebody I’m incredibly proud of. He’s a real beacon of a man for people to look up to.”

The multitalented Mr. McLaren rose to fame as the colorful manager of the Sex Pistols, but the art-college dropout is also known for the infamous clothes shop he opened on London’s King’s Road with his then-girlfriend, Vivienne Westwood, in 1971.

The shop changed its name and focus several times, operating as SEX and World’s End and Seditionaries at various times before Ms. Westwood and Mr. McLaren split.

OHIO

Man with cleaver in Sikh temple shot

CLEVELAND — A man entered his Sikh temple in suburban Cleveland early Thursday, raised a meat cleaver near two members preparing for morning prayers, and was fatally shot by police, authorities said.

Police don’t think Ravinder Nijjar, 41, of Bedford, had a religious motive for his behavior at the temple, where he worshipped, Police Chief Greg Duber said.

Mr. Nijjar entered the worship area of the Guru Gobind Singh Sikh Temple in Bedford with a meat cleaver 10 to 12 inches long, the chief said.

The two men readying to pray fled and returned with officers, who were confronted within a minute by the man, again with the cleaver raised, the chief said. He kept moving toward officers and was shot.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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