On the Radar: MLK memorial, battle for Libya, Hurricane Irene
A live camera feed from the MLKMemorial.org site shows the memorial to Martin Luther King Jr.
August 22nd, 2011
06:45 AM ET

On the Radar: MLK memorial, battle for Libya, Hurricane Irene

Three things you need to know today.

MLK Memorial - Members of the media will get a first hand look at the new MLK memorial during a special  preview Monday between 7:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

"The composition of the memorial utilizes landscape elements to powerfully convey four fundamental and recurring themes throughout Dr. King's message: justice, democracy, hope and love," according to the memorial's site. "The semicircular geometry of the memorial, juxtaposed within the triangular configuration of the site, engages the Tidal Basin and frames views to the water."

The memorial will be near the Roosevelt Memorial and give viewers a direct line of sight to the Lincoln Memorial.

"The approved site creates a visual "line of leadership" from the Lincoln Memorial, which honors the President who protected the United States from internal strife, and where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech; to the Jefferson Memorial, which honors the President who helped create the United States as the author of the Declaration of Independence," the site says.

Battle for Libya - Six months after a ragtag group of poorly trained rebels set out to topple the Libyan regime, the fighters appeared Monday to be on the brink of ending Moammar Gadhafi's 42-year rule.

The holdout now: A barrage of clashes with Gadhafi forces on the leader's home turf, Tripoli.

"A great majority of the capital of Tripoli is under freedom fighters' control," said Guma El-Gamaty, the Britain-based coordinator for the rebels' Transitional National Council.

But Gadhafi's regime remained in control of at least three parts of the city - a hospital, a military barracks and Rixos hotel, where international journalists are staying, El-Gamaty said.

For the latest developments on this story follow our live blog here.

Hurricane Irene –– Irene strengthened to a hurricane early Monday as it swirled across Puerto Rico, making it the first in the Atlantic season this year, forecasters said.

The hurricane lashed the island with 75 mph winds, the National Hurricane Center in Miami reported. By 5 a.m. ET Monday, the storm was moving west-northwest at 12 mph (19 kph) and is expected to move near or over the Dominican Republic in the afternoon or evening, forecasters said.

The storm is expected to fluctuate around hurricane strength throughout the day. Rainfall amounts up 5 to 10 inches are expected across Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, the southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands, the hurricane center said. Isolated maximum amounts of up to 20 inches are possible.

Hurricane warnings are in effect for Puerto Rico and parts of the Dominican Republic and a hurricane watch is in effect for the central Bahamas and the north coast of Haiti.

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