Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

New US Navy Destroyer Zumwalt Christened in Maine

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

New US Navy Destroyer Zumwalt Christened in Maine

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Shelter to open for evacuees from slow-moving landslide

The Red Cross will open a shelter for people evacuated from their homes in the northwest Wyoming resort town of Jackson because of a slow-moving landslide.

About 60 people have been forced from their homes since Wednesday as a precaution.

Officials say the unstable hillside along a main artery outside the historic downtown area continues to shift, making it unsafe for residents of mostly apartments to return home.

The Red Cross has provided 18 displaced residents with hotel rooms until now. But the continuing uncertainty of when they can return home has led the agency to open a shelter, which will be ready Sunday evening.

Navy destroyer Zumwalt is christened * The Navy on Saturday christened the first ship of its newest class of destroyers, a more than $3 billion, 610-foot-long warship sporting advanced technology and a stealthy shape designed to minimize its visibility on enemy radar and reduce the size of its crew.

Named after the late Adm. Elmo "Bud" Zumwalt, the newest destroyer's massive size and angular profile make it stand apart from other U.S. warships. And like its namesake, a reformer who spearheaded changes that helped shape the Navy by offering new opportunities to women and minorities, the Zumwalt will shepherd the fleet into a new era, officials said.

"This ship is a modern marvel, and it's going to take smart and creative and hardworking sailors like Bud Zumwalt to operate it," Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus told the crowd of thousands at Maine's Bath Iron Works, where the ship has been under construction since 2009.

Squirrel damages Indiana community center * Officials say a wayward squirrel caused about $300,000 in damage to an eastern Indiana community center set to open in June.

Fort Wayne Parks Department officials say the squirrel got into the electrical equipment of the building in McMillen Park recently, causing a power surge that damaged the heating and air conditioning systems and some parts of the boiler system. …

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