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Attorney: Hit-and-run driver didn’t cause crash that killed woman on MLK Jr. Boulevard – Columbus Ledger-Enquirer


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Jovonne Williams, 36, faces vehicular homicide and other related charges in the March 4, 2017 hit-and-run death of Kassandra "Kassie" Hollinhead, 35, on Martin Luther King, Jr., Boulevard. Williams is represented by defense attorney William Kendrick.
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Fleeing driver charged with vehicular homicide in hit-and-run, police say – Columbus Ledger-Enquirer


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A 36-year-old woman was charged with vehicular homicide in the Saturday night hit-and-run on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard that killed 35-year-old Kassandra Kassie Hollinhead, Columbus police said. Jovonne Williams, who authorities identified as
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Family of MLK Boulevard hit and run victim speaks to News 3 – WRBL

COLUMBUS, Ga. The Columbus Police Department is still investigating the accident Saturday night on Martin Luther King Boulevard and Murray Street, which took the life of 35-year-old Kassandra Hollinhead. According to a police report, Hollinhead was leaving the Citgo gas station on Martin Luther King Boulevard Saturday night. While crossing the street, Hollinhead was hit by a car traveling west. She was then hit by another car traveling east. Hollinhead was pronounced dead at the scene.

No death in that circumstance is a pretty sight, and we, in the coroners office, do our best to make it as easy as we can on the families and to take care of the deceased, Muscogee County Deputy Coroner Charles Newton said.

Police said the second driver, Jovonne Williams, left the scene after hitting Hollinhead. They said she was driving a white, 1995 Ford Explorer. According to police, both drivers were not drinking at the time.

Less than 20 feet from where Hollinhead was struck, balloons flutter in the wind and messages of remembrance adorn the ground. Family and friends poured in to celebrate the life of Hollinhead.

Hollinheads aunt, Esther Schmitt said Kassandra was able to put a smile on anybodys face, and was a hardworker who loved everyone.

The smile, Schmitt said. The charm. The charisma that she had about herself for a young lady her age. There wasnt anybody she met that she didnt attract to herself. I just thank God for her being a part of my family.

Hollinheads second cousin, Derrell Anthony said Hollinhead was living with him at the time. He said that when she would leave to go somewhere, she would tell him that she would be back. That did not happen Saturday night.

Im used to you roaming my floor in my house, but youre not there anymore, Anthony said. We made plans that when she got in the house that we were going to go in her room and watch a movie like the prior night. I was listening for the door to open so I could come out of my room, go to the room I was letting her use, but the noise I heard instead was her being hit.

For family and friends, they will miss Hollinheads loving nature, but look forward to the day that they will be able to see her once again.

Hollinheads body is expected to be sent to Atlanta on Monday for an autopsy.

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The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Undergraduate …

Martin Luther King, Jr. came to Boston University in 1951, searching for a multicultural community and a setting for his study of ethics and philosophy. He became Dr. King by earning a Ph.D. in systematic theology here in 1955.

During these years, Howard Thurman was named dean of the Universitys Marsh Chapel. King not only attended sermons there but also turned to Thurman as his mentor and spiritual advisor. Among the lessons that inspired him most were Thurmans accounts of a visit to Mohandas Gandhi in India years earlier. It was Thurman who educated King in the mahatmas ideas of nonviolent protest. As the bridge between Gandhi and King, BUs progressive dean helped sow the seeds of change in the U.S. and beyond.

Boston University preserves the legacy of our greatest alumnus in several ways. Our library houses thousands of Kings personal papers and correspondence. On Marsh Plaza in front of the chapel, you can see an inspiring sculptural tribute to his famous words, Free At Last. And everywhere on our campus, you can hear what we still consider to be the strongest statement of Kings lifes work: the enormous variety of voices and viewpoints that ring out on our campus.

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New library branch stays true to Martin Luther King’s legacy – Columbus Dispatch

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Of the 23locations that make up theColumbus Metropolitan Library system, only one is named after a person.

The Martin Luther King branch on East Long Street opened a year after thecivil rights leader was gunned down in Memphis in 1968. King’s father spoke at the dedication about justice and civil rights, telling an audience books are worth nothing unless you read them.

The branchis deeply rooted in thepredominantly black, history-rich Near East Side. So designing a replacement for the now-outdatedbranchhas been important for library officials, community members and architectJonathan Moody.

“It’s absolutely special to me,” said Moody, president of the nation’s largest black-owned architecture firm, Moody Nolan.

“For me, more than anything, this is what I went to school for … to match the significance, if you ever can, of Martin Luther King. Not just the surface ‘I Have a Dream,’ but a deeper dive into the vision.”

Moody, 33, also helpeddesign the Shepard and Parsons library branches. But he routinely visits the Martin Luther King branch. He knows the community.He knowsthe library’s importance.

“I really get excited about the library’s vision of trying to address broader community issues … poverty, childcare, kindergarten readiness, third-grade reading,” he said.

The library is in contract to buy land owned by the state of Ohio just west of theexisting library for the new building, amonglast of 10 branches to be rebuilt.

Here, according to an artist’s rendering, sweeping glass panels will face Long Street, witheach portion of the building reflecting the neighborhood and King’s ideas.

Moody visited other branches,spoke to residents and read King’s books.

The proposed building will double the current size when completed next year. Three main building sections,linked together, are a reference toKing and other civil rights leaders who “before any event or march or movement would kneel to pray and then get up and link arms,” Moody said. “That idea of connection we always thought was really powerful for what it could mean for alibrary, for a community.”

Inside a large reading room, King’s image and others will be cast from aprojector onto a glass panel.

Moody was mindful, however, not to have King’s presence overshadow the library. “It is not a museum,” he said.

A meeting with students of nearbyEast High School drew a variety of praise for the modern design: “Marvelous.””A work of art.””It will brighten the neighborhood.” “I’d want to hang out there.”

Reita Smith, 80, who has been active in area preservation efforts, including nearbyPoindexter Village, said the modern design would not have been her first choice, but she values the appeal it has to young people.

“When we attract young people of the future, they are drawn to what is modern, what is open. It is looking to the future,” she said.

“I feel like we have a wonderful supportive community,” she said. “They are very welcoming and they love their library.”

But there arecritics.

Neighborhood resident Carl Howard, 53, said he thinks thearchitecture should reflect thepast. He called Moody’s visiona “corporate glass and steel monolith” that is “vastly out of character with the community.”

Moody heard those concerns. A stone exterior, including stone-patterned glass, matches many of the area’s commercial buildings. And a front-facing reading room is a nod to the many front porchesoverlookingLong Street.

Butit’s thebold design thatdominates, and is justified byKing’s own words: “History is a reality, and the reality of where we are requires a radical restructuring of the architecture of society,” Moody said, paraphrasing from one of King’s books. And another: “We must be both creative dissenters to challengers and push for new norms.”

The currentMLK branch hasa largenumber of novels and scholarly books written by African-American authors. Those, along withoriginal artwork and the “African Treasure Chest,” a collection of sculpture, pottery, textiles, masks and toys allfrom Africa willmove intothe new branch.

Throughout the process, Moody’s focus has been on purpose and place:”It’s particularly important to me, and the whole firm, to not lose site that it’s theMartin Luther King branch and it’s on the East Side.”

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EKU senior receives Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award – Lexington Herald Leader


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Diamond Richards, center, received the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award at Eastern Kentucky University. She is flanked, from left, by award recipients Roger Cleveland and Elaine Farris, as well as Laurie Carter, executive vice president

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CSFD crews extinguish grass fire near I-25 and the MLK Bypass – KKTV 11 News

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) – Colorado Springs firefighters were able to put out a grass fire that flared up on I-25 near the Martin Luther King Jr. Bypass.

According to CSFD the fire grew to 4 acres. No injuries were reported.

“When we got on scene, we found a pretty fast-moving grass fire. Got down in the trees and brush a little bit, right by the river bottom,” said CSFD Lt. Joey Buttenwieser.

Crews responded to the area shortly after 6 p.m. Videos from 11 News viewers around that time show the flames were large and smoke was spreading to the highway.

By 7:30, firefighters were still focusing on hot spots, but most of the fire had been put out.

There is no word yet on what caused the fire. Fire officials say they are looking into whether or not it could have been started by a campfire from a nearby homeless camp.

Much of southern Colorado was under a Red Flag warning Sunday night because of dry conditions and high winds. That warning is still in place Monday.

Buttenwieser said Red Flag warnings affect how they respond to fires.

“Red Flag days and when the fire danger is high, very high or extreme, we do respond with extra wildland apparatus.”

He implored the public to avoid burning anything outside Monday.

“The humidity is very, very low — potential for rapid fire spread is pretty significant.”

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MLK Jr. Library to close for 3 years – WTOP

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in D.C. will undergo renovations for three years and reopen in 2020. (Courtesy Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library/YouTube)

WASHINGTON The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library a central hub for avid readers, weekend scholars and even the homeless population of D.C. will close its doors to the public for the next three years.

After D.C.s central library closes its doors at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 4, it wont open again until 2020.

The facility will undergo a complete modernization, according to a public statement on the librarys website. The $208 million renovation project will include a new entryway, sculptured monumental stairs, an auditorium and conference center and even a rooftop event space with a terrace.

The modernized space will have creative spaces for fabrication, where musicians, artists and writers can get to work.

For the rest of the public, a double-height reading room and ground level cafe with a patio may hold more interest.

Award-winning design team Martinez + Johnson Architecture and Mecanoo is behind the project, conceptualizing designs presented at eight citywide meetings held in November and December 2016.

The aim of the redesign is, according to the release, to go beyond a library that is merely transactional a place where you go simply to checkout a book to create a library that truly transforms lives a world-class library for the 21stCentury.

Construction is set to begin this summer.

Throughout the duration of the MLK Library closure, temporary services will be provided at Library Express at 1990 K St. NW. Items from the MLK Library will be availablethrough placing holds for pickup at branch locations.

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Archbishop Wood rolls past Martin Luther King to District 12 boys … – Bucks County Courier Times

PHILADELPHIA This could have gone one of two ways.

Archbishop Wood could have slacked off and overlooked Martin Luther King.

Or it could have stayed focused and approached MLK like Neumann-Goretti.

The Vikings did, after all, win the first Philadelphia Catholic League title in program history Monday night, before almost 9,000 people at The Palestra.

Friday nights District 12 Class 5A boys basketball championship was played at Father Judge, in a gym with a capacity in the low hundreds.

I was worried. After two practices, we werent where we should be, Wood coach John Mosco said. We were making silly turnovers, not sharing the ball, not doing our drills the right way.

By Friday night, Wood was ready to play. The Vikings made six 3-pointers in the first quarter, took a big early lead and led by double digits the rest of the way.

Wood beat MLK 87-51, earning District 12s No. 1 seed in the PIAA Class 5A Tournament.

Wood had never won a district title before Friday.

Hows this for a week

Monday: Win the first PCL title in school history.

Friday: Win the first district title in school history.

It feels great, Mosco said. MLK is a great program. They get here every year. It helped to get that separation early.

Its another game, so we try to take the same approach, Wood senior Matt Cerruti said. Never too high, never too low.

Wood played fast, confident basketball in the opening minutes, stepping into every open 3-pointer.

Collin Gillespie swished one from the right wing. Tyree Pickron drilled two from the corners. Cerruti sank two from the wings.

It was another splash party for Woods big three. Everybody else contributed, too, as always.

Seth Pinkney and Julius Phillips slammed home put-back dunks. Andrew Funk made a fast-break layup. Seven Wood players scored in the first quarter.

We share the ball, Cerruti said. So its easy to play together. Tonight, it was falling for everybody.

The four guards Cerruti (20), Pickron (15), Gillespie (14) and Keith Otto (12) scored in double figures, combining for 61 points. Wood shot 10-for-22 from 3-point range and 15-for-17 from the foul line.

We focused on shooting in practice, Pickron said. Our percentage has been down from ‘3’ the past couple games.

Gillespie also had 11 assists and eight rebounds, almost a triple-double.

Wood junior varsity players played most of the fourth quarter. One Bryce Stock even scored. Ten Vikings scored in the game.

Every coach of a big-time program will tell you: We have three goals each year: Win the league, district and state.

Few ever actually do it. Almost none win the programs first league, district and state titles in the same season.

Wood is five wins away from doing that. Let that sink in for a second.

It opens the state tournament against New Oxford, the ninth-place team from District Three, next Friday, March 10.

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Attorney: Hit-and-run driver didn’t cause crash that killed woman on MLK Jr. Boulevard – Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer Attorney: Hit-and-run driver didn't cause crash that killed woman on MLK Jr. Boulevard Columbus Ledger-Enquirer Jovonne Williams, 36, faces vehicular homicide and other related charges in the March 4, 2017 hit-and-run death of Kassandra "Kassie" Hollinhead, 35, on Martin Luther King , Jr., Boulevard. Williams is represented by defense attorney William Kendrick. Driver charged in MLK Blvd. fatal hit-and-run pleads not guilty in court WTVM all 5 news articles »

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Fleeing driver charged with vehicular homicide in hit-and-run, police say – Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer Fleeing driver charged with vehicular homicide in hit-and-run, police say Columbus Ledger-Enquirer A 36-year-old woman was charged with vehicular homicide in the Saturday night hit-and-run on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard that killed 35-year-old Kassandra Kassie Hollinhead, Columbus police said. Jovonne Williams, who authorities identified as … Deputies arrest woman connected to deadly MLK Blvd hit-and-run WRBL all 2 news articles »

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Family of MLK Boulevard hit and run victim speaks to News 3 – WRBL

COLUMBUS, Ga. The Columbus Police Department is still investigating the accident Saturday night on Martin Luther King Boulevard and Murray Street, which took the life of 35-year-old Kassandra Hollinhead. According to a police report, Hollinhead was leaving the Citgo gas station on Martin Luther King Boulevard Saturday night. While crossing the street, Hollinhead was hit by a car traveling west. She was then hit by another car traveling east. Hollinhead was pronounced dead at the scene. No death in that circumstance is a pretty sight, and we, in the coroners office, do our best to make it as easy as we can on the families and to take care of the deceased, Muscogee County Deputy Coroner Charles Newton said. Police said the second driver, Jovonne Williams, left the scene after hitting Hollinhead. They said she was driving a white, 1995 Ford Explorer. According to police, both drivers were not drinking at the time. Less than 20 feet from where Hollinhead was struck, balloons flutter in the wind and messages of remembrance adorn the ground. Family and friends poured in to celebrate the life of Hollinhead. Hollinheads aunt, Esther Schmitt said Kassandra was able to put a smile on anybodys face, and was a hardworker who loved everyone. The smile, Schmitt said. The charm. The charisma that she had about herself for a young lady her age. There wasnt anybody she met that she didnt attract to herself. I just thank God for her being a part of my family. Hollinheads second cousin, Derrell Anthony said Hollinhead was living with him at the time. He said that when she would leave to go somewhere, she would tell him that she would be back. That did not happen Saturday night. Im used to you roaming my floor in my house, but youre not there anymore, Anthony said. We made plans that when she got in the house that we were going to go in her room and watch a movie like the prior night. I was listening for the door to open so I could come out of my room, go to the room I was letting her use, but the noise I heard instead was her being hit. For family and friends, they will miss Hollinheads loving nature, but look forward to the day that they will be able to see her once again. Hollinheads body is expected to be sent to Atlanta on Monday for an autopsy.

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The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Undergraduate …

Martin Luther King, Jr. came to Boston University in 1951, searching for a multicultural community and a setting for his study of ethics and philosophy. He became Dr. King by earning a Ph.D. in systematic theology here in 1955. During these years, Howard Thurman was named dean of the Universitys Marsh Chapel. King not only attended sermons there but also turned to Thurman as his mentor and spiritual advisor. Among the lessons that inspired him most were Thurmans accounts of a visit to Mohandas Gandhi in India years earlier. It was Thurman who educated King in the mahatmas ideas of nonviolent protest. As the bridge between Gandhi and King, BUs progressive dean helped sow the seeds of change in the U.S. and beyond. Boston University preserves the legacy of our greatest alumnus in several ways. Our library houses thousands of Kings personal papers and correspondence. On Marsh Plaza in front of the chapel, you can see an inspiring sculptural tribute to his famous words, Free At Last. And everywhere on our campus, you can hear what we still consider to be the strongest statement of Kings lifes work: the enormous variety of voices and viewpoints that ring out on our campus.

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New library branch stays true to Martin Luther King’s legacy – Columbus Dispatch

Dean Narciso The Columbus Dispatch @DeanNarciso Of the 23locations that make up theColumbus Metropolitan Library system, only one is named after a person. The Martin Luther King branch on East Long Street opened a year after thecivil rights leader was gunned down in Memphis in 1968. King’s father spoke at the dedication about justice and civil rights, telling an audience books are worth nothing unless you read them. The branchis deeply rooted in thepredominantly black, history-rich Near East Side. So designing a replacement for the now-outdatedbranchhas been important for library officials, community members and architectJonathan Moody. “It’s absolutely special to me,” said Moody, president of the nation’s largest black-owned architecture firm, Moody Nolan. “For me, more than anything, this is what I went to school for … to match the significance, if you ever can, of Martin Luther King. Not just the surface ‘I Have a Dream,’ but a deeper dive into the vision.” Moody, 33, also helpeddesign the Shepard and Parsons library branches. But he routinely visits the Martin Luther King branch. He knows the community.He knowsthe library’s importance. “I really get excited about the library’s vision of trying to address broader community issues … poverty, childcare, kindergarten readiness, third-grade reading,” he said. The library is in contract to buy land owned by the state of Ohio just west of theexisting library for the new building, amonglast of 10 branches to be rebuilt. Here, according to an artist’s rendering, sweeping glass panels will face Long Street, witheach portion of the building reflecting the neighborhood and King’s ideas. Moody visited other branches,spoke to residents and read King’s books. The proposed building will double the current size when completed next year. Three main building sections,linked together, are a reference toKing and other civil rights leaders who “before any event or march or movement would kneel to pray and then get up and link arms,” Moody said. “That idea of connection we always thought was really powerful for what it could mean for alibrary, for a community.” Inside a large reading room, King’s image and others will be cast from aprojector onto a glass panel. Moody was mindful, however, not to have King’s presence overshadow the library. “It is not a museum,” he said. A meeting with students of nearbyEast High School drew a variety of praise for the modern design: “Marvelous.””A work of art.””It will brighten the neighborhood.” “I’d want to hang out there.” Reita Smith, 80, who has been active in area preservation efforts, including nearbyPoindexter Village, said the modern design would not have been her first choice, but she values the appeal it has to young people. “When we attract young people of the future, they are drawn to what is modern, what is open. It is looking to the future,” she said. “I feel like we have a wonderful supportive community,” she said. “They are very welcoming and they love their library.” But there arecritics. Neighborhood resident Carl Howard, 53, said he thinks thearchitecture should reflect thepast. He called Moody’s visiona “corporate glass and steel monolith” that is “vastly out of character with the community.” Moody heard those concerns. A stone exterior, including stone-patterned glass, matches many of the area’s commercial buildings. And a front-facing reading room is a nod to the many front porchesoverlookingLong Street. Butit’s thebold design thatdominates, and is justified byKing’s own words: “History is a reality, and the reality of where we are requires a radical restructuring of the architecture of society,” Moody said, paraphrasing from one of King’s books. And another: “We must be both creative dissenters to challengers and push for new norms.” The currentMLK branch hasa largenumber of novels and scholarly books written by African-American authors. Those, along withoriginal artwork and the “African Treasure Chest,” a collection of sculpture, pottery, textiles, masks and toys allfrom Africa willmove intothe new branch. Throughout the process, Moody’s focus has been on purpose and place:”It’s particularly important to me, and the whole firm, to not lose site that it’s theMartin Luther King branch and it’s on the East Side.” dnarciso@dispatch.com @DeanNarciso

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Lexington Herald Leader EKU senior receives Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award Lexington Herald Leader Diamond Richards, center, received the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award at Eastern Kentucky University. She is flanked, from left, by award recipients Roger Cleveland and Elaine Farris, as well as Laurie Carter, executive vice president …

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CSFD crews extinguish grass fire near I-25 and the MLK Bypass – KKTV 11 News

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) – Colorado Springs firefighters were able to put out a grass fire that flared up on I-25 near the Martin Luther King Jr. Bypass. According to CSFD the fire grew to 4 acres. No injuries were reported. “When we got on scene, we found a pretty fast-moving grass fire. Got down in the trees and brush a little bit, right by the river bottom,” said CSFD Lt. Joey Buttenwieser. Crews responded to the area shortly after 6 p.m. Videos from 11 News viewers around that time show the flames were large and smoke was spreading to the highway. By 7:30, firefighters were still focusing on hot spots, but most of the fire had been put out. There is no word yet on what caused the fire. Fire officials say they are looking into whether or not it could have been started by a campfire from a nearby homeless camp. Much of southern Colorado was under a Red Flag warning Sunday night because of dry conditions and high winds. That warning is still in place Monday. Buttenwieser said Red Flag warnings affect how they respond to fires. “Red Flag days and when the fire danger is high, very high or extreme, we do respond with extra wildland apparatus.” He implored the public to avoid burning anything outside Monday. “The humidity is very, very low — potential for rapid fire spread is pretty significant.”

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MLK Jr. Library to close for 3 years – WTOP

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in D.C. will undergo renovations for three years and reopen in 2020. (Courtesy Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library/YouTube) WASHINGTON The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library a central hub for avid readers, weekend scholars and even the homeless population of D.C. will close its doors to the public for the next three years. After D.C.s central library closes its doors at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 4, it wont open again until 2020. The facility will undergo a complete modernization, according to a public statement on the librarys website. The $208 million renovation project will include a new entryway, sculptured monumental stairs, an auditorium and conference center and even a rooftop event space with a terrace. The modernized space will have creative spaces for fabrication, where musicians, artists and writers can get to work. For the rest of the public, a double-height reading room and ground level cafe with a patio may hold more interest. Award-winning design team Martinez + Johnson Architecture and Mecanoo is behind the project, conceptualizing designs presented at eight citywide meetings held in November and December 2016. The aim of the redesign is, according to the release, to go beyond a library that is merely transactional a place where you go simply to checkout a book to create a library that truly transforms lives a world-class library for the 21stCentury. Construction is set to begin this summer. Throughout the duration of the MLK Library closure, temporary services will be provided at Library Express at 1990 K St. NW. Items from the MLK Library will be availablethrough placing holds for pickup at branch locations.

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Archbishop Wood rolls past Martin Luther King to District 12 boys … – Bucks County Courier Times

PHILADELPHIA This could have gone one of two ways. Archbishop Wood could have slacked off and overlooked Martin Luther King. Or it could have stayed focused and approached MLK like Neumann-Goretti. The Vikings did, after all, win the first Philadelphia Catholic League title in program history Monday night, before almost 9,000 people at The Palestra. Friday nights District 12 Class 5A boys basketball championship was played at Father Judge, in a gym with a capacity in the low hundreds. I was worried. After two practices, we werent where we should be, Wood coach John Mosco said. We were making silly turnovers, not sharing the ball, not doing our drills the right way. By Friday night, Wood was ready to play. The Vikings made six 3-pointers in the first quarter, took a big early lead and led by double digits the rest of the way. Wood beat MLK 87-51, earning District 12s No. 1 seed in the PIAA Class 5A Tournament. Wood had never won a district title before Friday. Hows this for a week Monday: Win the first PCL title in school history. Friday: Win the first district title in school history. It feels great, Mosco said. MLK is a great program. They get here every year. It helped to get that separation early. Its another game, so we try to take the same approach, Wood senior Matt Cerruti said. Never too high, never too low. Wood played fast, confident basketball in the opening minutes, stepping into every open 3-pointer. Collin Gillespie swished one from the right wing. Tyree Pickron drilled two from the corners. Cerruti sank two from the wings. It was another splash party for Woods big three. Everybody else contributed, too, as always. Seth Pinkney and Julius Phillips slammed home put-back dunks. Andrew Funk made a fast-break layup. Seven Wood players scored in the first quarter. We share the ball, Cerruti said. So its easy to play together. Tonight, it was falling for everybody. The four guards Cerruti (20), Pickron (15), Gillespie (14) and Keith Otto (12) scored in double figures, combining for 61 points. Wood shot 10-for-22 from 3-point range and 15-for-17 from the foul line. We focused on shooting in practice, Pickron said. Our percentage has been down from ‘3’ the past couple games. Gillespie also had 11 assists and eight rebounds, almost a triple-double. Wood junior varsity players played most of the fourth quarter. One Bryce Stock even scored. Ten Vikings scored in the game. Every coach of a big-time program will tell you: We have three goals each year: Win the league, district and state. Few ever actually do it. Almost none win the programs first league, district and state titles in the same season. Wood is five wins away from doing that. Let that sink in for a second. It opens the state tournament against New Oxford, the ninth-place team from District Three, next Friday, March 10.

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Under the 'fair use' rule of copyright law, an author may make limited use of another author's work without asking permission. Fair use is based on the belief that the public is entitled to freely use portions of copyrighted materials for purposes of commentary and criticism. The fair use privilege is perhaps the most significant limitation on a copyright owner's exclusive rights.

Fair use as described at 17 U.S.C. Section 107:

"Notwithstanding the provisions of section 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phono-records or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright.

In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include:

  • (1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for or nonprofit educational purposes,
  • (2) the nature of the copyrighted work,
  • (3) the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole, and
  • (4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work."