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Man dies after rescuing boy at construction site

Detroit (AP) — A 58-year-old man died after rescuing a 7-year-old boy who fell into a water-filled hole at a Detroit construction site.

Wayne State University police Sgt. Robert Barron said the boy was playing Sunday at a home under construction on Miracle Street when he fell into the foundation pit that was dug for the basement.

The Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News reported the man was Garrett Townsend of Detroit. WDIV-TV said he managed to rescue the child, but wasn’t able to get himself out of the water.
Emergency responders pulled him out and rushed him to a hospital, where he died.

Minnesota lock and dam to get $70 million upgrade

Red Wing, mMN (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to spend $70 million over two years to improve the lock and dam on the Mississippi River near Red Wing.

Money will come from the federal stimulus. However, the project faces a long-standing conflict with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

The Star Tribune reports the Wisconsin DNR objects because there’s no fish passage, which would let sturgeon, paddlefish and other species easily get by the dams.

Nonetheless, the Corps wants to go forward with the safety improvements because the lock has been the site of more than 100 barge accidents.

The project will create about 500 jobs. Most of the work will be done in the winter to avoid the shipping season.

The two sides will meet this week to discuss the project.

Danish court rules against counterculture oasis

Copenhagen, Denmark (aAP) — A Danish court has ruled that residents of Copenhagen’s counterculture Christiania neighborhood have no right to use the former navy base they took over three decades ago.

The Eastern High court on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit against government plans to regain control of the partially self-governing neighborhood in the Danish capital.

The neighborhood was created in 1971 when hippies began squatting at a derelict 18th-century navy base on state-owned land. It became a community with psychedelic-colored buildings, open trade of hashish and limited interference from the government.

Today, Christiania offers a sharp contrast to the rest of Copenhagen, and it is one of the capital’s biggest tourist attractions.

When Parliament announced plans to tear down buildings to build new apartment blocks, residents fought back. They sued the government in 2006, claiming they have the right to use the land, even if they don’t own it.

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