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MLK Memorial is repaired before anniversary

MLK memorial set for anniversary

Repairs to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington have been completed, erasing doubts about whether the site would be ready for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and King's "I Have a Dream" speech Aug. 28. The memorial's sculptor, Lei Yixin, applied the finishing sealant Friday to an area of the statue where a controversial inscription was removed, said Carol Johnson, a spokeswoman for the National Park Service. The text that was removed — "I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness" — truncated a section of King's "Drum Major Instinct" speech, given Feb. 4, 1968, in Atlanta. Critics said it made him sound arrogant. In the full quote, King was alluding to his possible eulogy: "Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter."

Princess accused of cockfighting

Princess Irina Walker, daughter of the last king of Romania, pleaded not guilty Friday to operating a cockfighting business with her husband at their Oregon ranch. The husband, John Walker, a former sheriff's deputy, also pleaded not guilty. Irina Walker, 60, and John Walker, 67, were among 18 people arrested Thursday. She moved from Switzerland with her former husband, John Kreuger, in 1983. After a divorce, she married Walker in 2007.

Spacewalkers get ready for new lab

In a spacewalk on Friday, Russian cosmonauts rigged cable outside the International Space Station for a lab that's due to arrive in a few months. Fyodor Yurchikhin and Aleksandr Misurkin spent almost the entire 7 hours and 29 minutes routing 120 feet of power and Ethernet cable. It was the longest spacewalk ever by a pair of Russians. Americans hold the overall record: a nearly nine-hour spacewalk in 2001.

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