Briefly, Aug. 27
Historic landmark train
terminal closing temporarily
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Union Terminal will be closed Oct. 22-Nov. 1 as restoration work on the national historic landmark nears completion in Cincinnati.
The $224 million project began more than two years ago. The art deco-style train terminal that opened in 1933 houses museums, exhibits, a movie theater and a Cincinnati history library and archives.
The children’s museum and special exhibits on chocolate and guitars are expected to reopen Nov. 2. The public opening of the grand rotunda and more exhibits and attractions is planned for Nov. 17.
P.H. Glatfelter announces sale of specialty paper unit
YORK, Pa. (AP) — Paper products maker P.H. Glatfelter has announced the $360 million sale of its specialty paper business unit, which includes a location in central Pennsylvania.
Glatfelter said the sale to investment firm Lindsay Goldberg includes facilities in Pennsylvania and Ohio and woodyard operations in Maryland, Ohio and West Virginia.
The York-based company founded during the Civil War said earlier this year it plans to focus on growing its engineered materials businesses, which produces such diverse items as feminine hygiene products, food packaging and air filters.
The specialty papers unit employs about 1,800 people and has plants in Spring Grove, Pennsylvania; Chillicothe, Ohio; and Fremont, Ohio. The company said there were no plans to close the local mill, the top employer in Spring Grove area.
Suicidal man causes lockdown at Albuquerque airport
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man described as suicidal after cutting himself with a broken mug caused an hours-long lockdown at Albuquerque’s airport before he was arrested inside the main terminal, police said Sunday.
The man, whose name wasn’t immediately released, boarded a flight around 8 a.m. Sunday at Albuquerque International Sunport and then was asked to disembark the plane after becoming disruptive, police spokesman Simon Drobik said.
While in the process of getting on another flight, the man “was able to go to a kiosk, grab a mug, break that mug and start using it as a weapon to hurt himself,” Drobik said.
Drobik said he believed the man was traveling through Albuquerque to get to the East Coast.
Airport officials announced the lockdown around 8:45 a.m. and all incoming flights to the airport were diverted and incoming flights canceled.
Crisis intervention team officers talked to man in the terminal and he surrendered about 11 a.m.
“We’re in the process of helping this individual and the airport’s in the process of opening back up,” Drobin said.
Sunport is a public airport 3 miles southeast of downtown Albuquerque. It’s the largest commercial airport in New Mexico and serves Albuquerque and Santa Fe.
Maine governor hospitalized after experiencing ‘discomfort’
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage was in stable condition and under observation at a Bangor hospital Sunday after experiencing discomfort while visiting family in Canada.
The 69-year-old LePage experienced discomfort Saturday while visiting family in New Brunswick, Peter Steele, a spokesman for the governor, said in a prepared statement. Steele said LePage was taken by ambulance to Presque Isle in northern Maine, and then transported about 160 miles to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, where he arrived at 11:30 p.m. Saturday.
Steele said LePage was doing well Sunday but added that the hospital was keeping the governor hospitalized overnight Sunday for more observation. He did not provide specific details about the nature of LePage’s discomfort, but described the governor as “in good spirits while in the ambulance” before “resting comfortably” at the hospital.
“Doctors said he is very strong and healthy. … The governor is stable and is expected to make a full recovery,” Steele said.
8 people, 6 of them kids, killed in Chicago apartment fire
CHICAGO (AP) — Eight people, including six children, were killed when a fire broke out before dawn Sunday at a Chicago apartment in one of the deadliest fires in the nation’s third-largest city in years, officials say.
Two other people were hospitalized in critical condition, Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Merritt said. One of the children who died was an infant, according to Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago.
“We have not had this in many, many, many years — this amount of fatalities and injuries in one location,” he said.
A makeshift memorial along a nearby sidewalk included crosses for each child who died — a small Mickey Mouse doll set next to one. The Rev. Clifford Spears of Saint Michael Missionary Baptist Church led a crowd that gathered in prayer, the Chicago Tribune reported. A candlelight vigil was planned for Sunday night.
Officials had not released the names or ages of the victims, all of whom were in the same residence, Merritt said. The cause of the blaze hasn’t been determined.
A woman who saw the blaze as she was returning home from work alerted people and gave them a chance to escape, Santiago said. She called 911 around 4 a.m., then began knocking on doors in the largely Hispanic Little Village neighborhood on the city’s southwest side.
“So the female who did that saved a lot of lives,” Santiago said.