Celebs news

Poitier honored

Oscar-winning actor Sidney Poitier is being honored in the Bahamas, with no sign of any protests called for by an opposition politician. Hundreds of spectators cheered as Poitier and Prime Minister Perry Christie arrived at the bridge that is being renamed in honor of the actor as part of the 40th anniversary celebration of Bahamian independence. Poitier spent much of his childhood in the Bahamas and he has served as a Bahamian ambassador to Japan and UNESCO. Opposition candidate for parliament Celi Moss and others said the Paradise Island Bridge should not be renamed for a foreigner. But protests never materialized at the ceremony. (AP)

Museum to make balcony accessible to public

The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis plans to open the balcony where Martin Luther King Jr. was shot to the public. The museum was built around and includes the old Lorraine Motel, where King was staying when he was assassinated in 1968. Visitors had been able to see the balcony but couldn’t stand on it. The museum’s main building will close Monday for renovations. Officials hope to open the balcony to the public Nov. 19. A museum annex that includes the boardinghouse from which James Earl Ray shot at King also will be open during the renovation. (AP)