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. 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 as a person. He also never cheated on his wife unlike MLK. The nation of islam couldn't take one of their own who got more notoriety than it's leader and they also decided that they couldn't have one of their own publicly recognizing that there were good white people. MLK had a great message, but I also expect more from a man of God in terms of his character.

    August 22, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Dee

      Get over it!! There are a lot of people in power that has done something wrong and a lot are currently doing these wrong things. In fact, we all are doing things that are wrong everyday, but that doesn't mean that our God gifts are any less. It is the gift that change lives and that is the most important thing here. If you can understand this point, I wonder what it is that you do in the dark that is wrong that no one knows? When you are able to tell the world about those things, then comment on another mans wrong doings! Or just try and look at the good this person has done.

      August 26, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. African American Man

    I am a proud African American man and am trying to teacvh my children there is more to our culture and history than just MLK and Washington Carver. We are a diverse peoples from Snoop Dog to Dennis Rodman. We need to teach our young men there are more than just stufffedsherts in our history.

    August 22, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I obviously did not make the post above. I never liked Martin or Marty King. Coretta either.

    August 22, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • jeezus effinKuurice

      I sure they give a sheeet. Loser.

      August 22, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. s kel

    lol ok gung ho, lol i was having fun, but ill respect u being a vet and leave the clowns alone.

    August 22, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I have a great deal of respect for our vets. My dog got sick last week and who fixed him? One of our proud and brave vets.

    August 22, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    He had the mainge
    My dog spot
    Not the vet.

    August 22, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    Have some respect, people.

    August 22, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Al

    to Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Well it's obvious how you feel about People of color that surround you so deal with it.

    August 22, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joel Rubenstien

    I always carry crayons so I can color people differently. My favorites are the light blue and light green people. They are naturally soothing to look at. Im kind of polkadotted myself.

    August 22, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. media scientists

    The united states of america has a" vision for recovery for all"too support our dream come true

    August 22, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joel Rubenstien

    And I agree with those taking up for our vets. One day your pet will get sick too. Vets are needed and are important.

    August 22, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Anomic Office Drone

    People don't like to talk about it, and I doubt it will be included in the memorial, but towards the end of his life MLK was putting more and more of his efforts towards ending poverty and standing up for peace. Our nation has the very bad habit of killing off its visionaries.

    August 22, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. gem

    RACER X was the best. Way cooler than speed racer or malcolm x. Plus he had a cool car.

    August 22, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. saywhat

    MLK is part of our history and symbolic of this nation's diversity. So is Malcom X.
    Diversity is what made us great and keeps us vibrant in socio-economic terms. We forget this and the decline that set in with our follies like on going wars, would speed up.
    Diversity, Liberty, Freedom and Justice for all. We take a departure from these values & we go down.
    Racism , ideology and intolerance which seems creeping up in our politics do not bode well for this nation.

    August 22, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. s kel

    just got back from mlk memorial, it looks good, but damn this city is stuffed full of memorials, and protesters, and whatever. My wife and i did have a good meal at legal seafood in chinatown.

    August 22, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
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