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Smithsonian commissions piece for National Mall

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Smithsonian says it has commissioned a work for the National Mall, a portrait made out of sand and soil that will stretch over six acres.

The Smithsonian says it commissioned the work from Cuban American urban artist Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada. The piece is a composite portrait of several people photographed in Washington and is called "Out of Many, One," the English translation of the Latin "E pluribus unum."

Installation of the piece, which will go between the World War II and Lincoln memorials, is expected to start in September. The finished product is expected to take 2,000 tons of sand and 800 tons of soil and be on view during October.

Rodríguez-Gerada is known for his large-scale "facescapes." This is the first to be placed in the United States.


Exelon formally files to acquire Pepco Holdings

BALTIMORE (AP) - Exelon Corp. has formally applied to acquire Pepco Holdings.

Exelon filed the application Tuesday with the Maryland Public Service Commission. The deal will combine Exelon Corp.'s electric and gas utilities BGE, ComEd and PECO with Pepco's Atlantic City Electric, Delmarva Power and its namesake utility.

The combined utility businesses will serve approximately 10 million customers.

The proposed deal was announced April 30.


Bob Marley musical to make premiere in Baltimore

NEW YORK (AP) - A musical about Bob Marley that uses the Jamaican reggae icon's music is in the works for next year.

Center Stage in Baltimore said Tuesday it would present the world premiere of "Marley," written and directed by company artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah. It will run from May 6 to June 14.

The show focuses on the years 1975 to 1978, when Marley survived an attempted assassination in Jamaica and went into exile in London. It will feature mid-'70s Marley albums as "Exodus," ''Kaya," and "Rastaman Vibration," which include the songs "Jamming," ''Three Little Birds" and "Roots, Rock, Reggae."

It's a collaboration between Center Stage and New York's Public Theater, where Kwei-Armah directed two productions last year. Oskar Eustis, artistic director of the Public Theater, will be the "Marley" dramaturg.


3 hurt in 2-vehicle crash; driver charged with DUI

MIDDLETOWN, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police have charged a man with DUI after he and two others were hurt in a two-vehicle crash in Middletown.

It happened about 10:15 p.m. Monday on Route 301. Troopers say 48-year-old Allen Belile of Wilmington was driving south when he tried to pass a vehicle and traveled into the northbound lanes.

Police say Belile's car crashed head on into a vehicle driven by 42-year-old David Reyne of Newark.

Belile, Reyne and a passenger in Belile's car were taken to a local hospital with serious injuries.

Troopers say they have obtained warrants charging Belile with 4th offense driving under the influence of alcohol, vehicular assault and other offenses. Authorities say Belile will be arrested upon his release from the hospital.


Man charged with robbing 16 Delaware businesses

NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police have arrested a man they say robbed 16 food stores and gas stations over a two-month period.

Troopers say about 2 p.m. Monday, a man robbed E & C Marketplace in New Castle at knifepoint. Officers say the robber fled in a car driven by a woman.

The car was stopped and the driver was arrested, but the man had left the car. Police arrested him at the woman's home.

After obtaining a search warrant, troopers say they found linking the man to Monday's robbery and others, all of which were committed at knifepoint.

Twenty-nine-year-old Brian Whiteside of Wilmington was charged with 16 counts of robbery and numerous other offenses.


Hearing could set course for drug prosecutions

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The manager of Delaware's controlled substances lab says the office was in serious disarray when she took over last year.

Robyn Quinn testified Tuesday at a court hearing involving two drug crime defendants that could determine the fate of hundreds of drug prosecutions in Delaware.

The hearing regards an evidence-tampering scandal at Delaware's controlled substances lab that already has led to the arrests of two employees and dismissals or plea bargains in scores of drug cases.

Public defenders are arguing that prosecutors cannot meet their burden of establishing the integrity of evidence that was sent to the lab, and that hundreds of pending drug prosecutions should therefore be dismissed.

Prosecutors argue that only cases in which evidence tampering or theft has been found should be considered tainted.


DART bus hit by gunshot in Millsboro

MILLSBORO, Del. (AP) - State police say someone fired a gunshot at a DART bus in Millsboro.

No passengers were aboard the bus at the time, and the driver wasn't injured. The bullet went through the side of the bus and entered the passenger compartment.

The bus was shot shortly before dawn on Saturday. Police say the bus was heading east on Mount Joy Road when it was hit by a bullet. It's not clear what type of firearm was used.

Police say they are reviewing surveillance footage provided by DART as they investigate the incident.


Same old story for Redskins' RG3: He can't slide

WASHINGTON (AP) - Robert Griffin III still can't seem to avoid getting clobbered.

The debate that was so prevalent under former coach Mike Shanahan remains under new coach Jay Gruden, even though Gruden is trying to mold Griffin into less of a runner and more of a pocket passer.

RG3 didn't have any designed runs in the Washington Redskins' 24-23 win over the Cleveland Browns on Monday night, but he scrambled four times for 24 yards and usually failed to seek safe ground. Even when he did try to slide, it looked awkward.

Griffin also threw a poor interception and was whistled twice for false starts while in the shotgun.

The Redskins' next game is Saturday at Baltimore.

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