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Harrison Daily Times

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

1 WTC named tallest US building CHICAGO (AP) — The new World Trade Center tower in New York replaced Chicago’s Willis Tower as the nation’s tallest building when an international panel of architects announced Tuesday that the needle atop the skyscraper can be counted when measuring the structure’s height. The Height Committee of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat said the needle is not an antenna but a spire, and thus is a permanent part of the building. The needle, measuring 408 feet tall, was more than enough to confirm Chicago is the Second City when it comes to tall buildings. With the needle, 1 World Trade Center is a symbolically important 1,776 feet tall. Without it, the building would have been only 1,368 feet tall — well short of the 1,451-foot Willis Tower. At stake was more than just bragging rights in two cities that feast on superlatives and the tourist dollars that might follow: 1 World Trade Center stands as a monument to those killed in the 9/11 attacks, and its architects had sought to capture the echo of America’s founding year in the structure’s height. “The committee was well aware of the gravity of the situation,” Antony Wood, the council’s executive director, said during a news conference in Chicago. The building’s 1,368 feet height without the needle also holds symbolism; it is the height of the original World Trade Center. The Height Committee comprises 30 industry professionals from all over the world and is widely recognized as the final arbiter of official building heights around the world. They conferred behind closed doors last week in Chicago, where the world’s first skyscraper appeared in 1884. The new World Trade Center tower remains under construction and is expected to open next year. The designers originally had intended to enclose the mast’s communications gear in decorative cladding made of fiberglass and steel. But the developer removed that exterior shell from the design, saying it would be impossible to properly maintain or repair. Without it, the question was whether the mast was primarily just a broadcast antenna. Under the council’s current criteria, spires that are an integral part of a building’s aesthetic design count. Broadcast antennas that can be added and removed do not. Daniel Safarik, an architect and spokesman for the nonprofit council, said it might consider amending its height criteria. Such a move would have much broader implications that could force a reshuffle in the rankings of the tallest buildings in the world.


CURIOUS MONUMENT Curious George sits atop a model of the Washington Monument located in the library at Eagle Heights Elementary School.

Father, daughter convicted of fraud Claims submitted for some time periods when man was hospitalized Staff Report

LITTLE ROCK — Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said last week that a father and daughter involved in a scheme to defraud the Arkansas Medicaid program have been convicted of felony Medicaid fraud. William Calderon, 56, and Kendall Calderon, 21, both formerly of Rogers, each pleaded guilty to Medicaid Fraud, a Class B felony, in Pulaski County Circuit Court last week. Judge Barry Sims sentenced each to five years of probation and ordered each to pay a $15,000 fine and $5,000 in restitution. The two were arrested in September 2012 following an investigation by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. William Calderon was a Medicaid beneficiary participating in a waiver program in which he could choose a health-care provider for attendant-care services that were to be paid for by the Medicaid program. His daughter was identified as that provider. Both were convicted for falsely stating to Medicaid that Kendall Calderon provided health-care services that she did not provide. Medicaid was billed for $19,566.36 in fraudulent claims. “These individuals attempted to undermine the integrity of a health-care program that benefits thousands of Arkansans with their scheme to bilk Medicaid,” McDaniel said. “I appreciate the efforts of our Medicaid Fraud Control Unit to secure these convictions and obtain restitution to our state’s taxpayers.” Investigators from McDaniel’s office determined that Kendall Calderon submitted claims to Medicaid for times that coincided with the time that she was attending an out-of-state college. Other claims were for occasions when William Calderon was either hospitalized or was at appointments with other Medicaid providers. Investigators found no evidence that Kendall Calderon ever performed any health-care services on behalf of her father. William Calderon currently lives in Afton, Okla., while Kendall Calderon resides in Tulsa.

THAT’S ODD POSTAL WORKERS DOSED BY CARRIER’S SPRAY PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A letter carrier’s spray intended to fend off aggressive dogs accidentally went off inside a Portland, Ore., post office Wednesday, sending three employees to the hospital to have their eyes flushed. Workers fled the facility and someone called 911 to report chemical contamination. Firefighters swarmed in, wearing masks with oxygen supplies and deploying sensors for biological, radiological and chemical hazards. A Portland Fire Bureau spokesman, Lt. Rich Chatman, says he doesn’t know how the spray was discharged, although he said it’s easy to “hit the button accidentally.” He says the spray was a heavy-duty version of pepper spray known as bear spray.


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