Whaling ship launching in Conn. after $7M overhaul


NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The world’s last surviving wooden whaling ship is hitting the water again after a nearly $7 million restoration project at Connecticut’s Mystic Seaport.

The 380-ton, 106-foot-long ship is scheduled to be launched July 21, the 172nd anniversary of the vessel’s original launch in New Bedford, Mass. The ship is expected to visit historic ports in New England in 2014.

The ship, a National Historic Landmark, made 37 voyages over 80 years across every ocean in the world from the heyday to the waning days of whaling. It developed a reputation early on as a lucky ship, surviving storms and avoiding Confederate raids. Those involved in the project say the ship makes history come alive and highlights an industry that played a crucial role in the early American economy.

New OWN docu-series to interview Lindsay Lohan

LOS ANGELES — Oprah Winfrey has scored another high-profile coup for OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network: Lindsay Lohan.

The troubled star, who is currently serving her latest rehab stint, will be interviewed by Winfrey in August after her release. Lohan has also been signed for an eight-part documentary series that will air in 2014.

The deal with Lohan, which is sure to generate large ratings for OWN, is the latest in a series of prominent interview “gets” for Winfrey. The former talk show mogul has scored exclusive interviews with disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong and the family of deceased singer Whitney Houston.

Lohan is near the end of a 90-day court-mandated stay at the Betty Ford Center for a reckless-driving conviction. .

Cash-starved Pa. city to sell Wild West artifacts

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A collection of artifacts assembled by a former Pennsylvania mayor who dreamed of a Wild West museum and stockpiled the items using city funds is about to be auctioned off.

The weeklong sale starts Monday and includes some 5,000 lots. The material was collected by former Harrisburg Mayor Stephen Reed, who hoped they would be part of a Western museum to attract tourism.

His decision to use city money to purchase thousands of items for an Old West museum in the Northeast has been much criticized, especially as the financially troubled city tries to dig out from a massive financial crisis and near bankruptcy.

Items include a stuffed buffalo, about 500 firearms, Spanish colonial artifacts and an array of period clothes, antique advertising material and reproductions with minimal value.


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