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.

soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. michaelfury

    Some of us who have already begun to break the silence of the night have found that the calling to speak is often a vocation of agony, but we must speak. We must speak with all the humility that is appropriate to our limited vision, but we must speak.

    – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., April 4, 1967


    August 22, 2011 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
    • slider

      Why don't you just "speak" instead of just "repeating" something from 1967?

      August 22, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jose'

    MLK was so dumb when he was young that his mom named him after those roads so he wouldnt forget his name.

    August 22, 2011 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  3. cicero

    They made that statue out of rock for a reason. Everyone who knew him said he was dumb as a rock.

    August 22, 2011 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
  4. cicero

    And he read all his speaches off a teleprompter.

    August 22, 2011 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  5. Darion Jammal Wasgington

    My moms said our African ancestors used dooodie as a moistureizer and to keep away insects. She said just after the Kwanza baby was born they rubbed a good coating od dooodooo on hie skin. She is smart and knows about the old ways. I heard they still do this in the sudan.

    August 22, 2011 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Human rights

      They know how to spell better than you, tard troll.

      August 22, 2011 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  6. Human rights

    @Jose'- Troll
    He has a statue and respect, what do you have?

    August 22, 2011 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
    • slider

      It must be difficult for you to be Politically Correct at times.

      August 22, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. Darion Jammal Wasgington

    I is very smart. Im from atlanta. Peoples come here to gets the african american experience. They get robbed and everythings.

    August 22, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  8. scooby

    Scooby Doo where are youuuuu? I want a scooby snack.

    August 22, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  9. Williamrbuqg

    Jose, I need vou and your 23 brothers and sisters to come and do some housework and gardening today. Dont worry, I'll send the van over to get you guys. Just please wash ur behinds b4 u get in the van. Last time I had to hire some other mexicans just to clean and fumegate ur stink!

    August 22, 2011 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  10. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Is this the price of freedom of speech?

    August 22, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  11. s kel

    d j washington, stop the meth smoking and insest your doing,we all know your white.

    August 22, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  12. s kel

    cicero,we know your in a prison cell getting banged by you aryan nation cell mate and hes making your stupid white write this crap, fight back fool, tell your prison guard on him.

    August 22, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  13. s kel

    jose, man I feel sorry for you. Using your own cocaine ,hiding this country illegaly knowing the drug cartel is after you or ICE agents will arrest you soon. To bad son,lol.

    August 22, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  14. gung hoe

    Comon SKEL Dont sink to the level of the fools posting above you Its like JIF said this is what we get for freedom of speech

    August 22, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  15. Sky People NATO

    @JIF: Seems the first amendment needs some tweaking. Honestly I like Malcolm X more than MLK, because he went through a complete transformation

    August 22, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
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