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Empire State Building going green to cut energy use by 38 percent

New York (AP) – The lights atop the Empire State Building already change colors. Now the building itself is getting a permanent green makeover.

The goal is to cut energy use by 38 percent, saving $4.4 million a year in energy costs.

Former President Bill Clinton and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg are hoping that the environmental changes at the iconic skyscraper will serve as a model for buildings around the world.

Updates include replacing 6,500 windows to reduce summer heat load and winter heat loss.

Tenants in the building will be given individualized Web-based power usage systems so that energy can be more efficiently managed.

Cubs ace player asks for a new Chicago ballpark but manager disagrees

New York (AP) Standing in the plush visitors’ clubhouse of Yankee Stadium, Carlos Zambrano made a plea for Chicago to replace Wrigley Field.

Built in 1914 and home to the Cubs since 1916, Wrigley Field is the second-oldest major league stadium, trailing only Boston’s Fenway Park, built in 1912. Cubs manager Lou Piniella couldn’t agree less with Zambrano, his opening-day starter.

“Wrigley’s got its own uniqueness,” Piniella said. “There’s no question the facilities need to be redone but that’s going to happen.”

Wisconsin DNR develops plan for new state park in Polk County

Luck (AP) – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources developed a plan for managing a new state park in northwest Wisconsin, and now it’s the public’s turn to review the ideas.

Public comment on the master plan for Straight Lake State Park and Wildlife Area near Luck in Polk County started Monday.

The DNR’s Paul Kooiker said the plan calls for a 3.5-mile extension of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail and a range of other recreational uses.

The state bought the 2,779-acre property in 2005. The DNR said it includes two natural lakes, three man-made flowages, 222 acres of wetlands with a diversity of plants and animals and a forest with habitat for endangered birds.

The DNR’s plans will be the subject of an April 23 meeting in Luck.

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