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Math museum expects to open next year

NEW YORK (AP) -- Mathematics can elicit groans and exclamations of "boring."

But Glen Whitney, a former hedge-fund quantitative analyst, is betting he can change that with a formula that looks like this: math = discovery = beauty = fun.

Whitney is planning to open the only museum in the United States dedicated to mathematics. MoMath, which will center on the wonders of mathematics and its connections with art, science and finance, is scheduled to open sometime next year in Manhattan, with the help of a $2 million grant from Google.

The $30 million museum will occupy the ground floor and lower level of a 20-story building on East 26th Street in Chelsea; $22 million already has been raised.


Son accused of killing mother after thefts

GARDEN CITY (AP) -- A man who neighbors say spent many years caring for his elderly mother strangled the 88-year-old woman with a necktie in their home, then attempted to commit suicide several hours later before calling 911, police said Friday. Authorities also said he had secretly spent much of her money during that time.

James Olsen, 56, was ordered held without bail on a murder charge during a bedside arraignment in the Nassau University Medical Center, said a spokeswoman for District Attorney Kathleen Rice. He did not enter a plea.

Olsen, who was hospitalized for self-inflicted slash wounds on his wrist, was represented by a lawyer from Legal Aid, which has a policy of not commenting on pending cases. His next court appearance is Tuesday.

His mother, Ruth Olsen, was found dead in the Garden City home she shared with her son when he called 911 shortly after 8 p.m. Thursday.

Police said a preliminary investigation revealed the son, who is unemployed, had emptied much of his mother's bank account over the years.


Frank center plans ground zero location

NEW YORK (AP) -- The nonprofit Anne Frank Center plans to relocate to an office tower near ground zero in time for the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that the organization will lease 2,500 square feet of space in a building on Church Street. It is currently located nearby, at Crosby Street.

Deborah Chapin, the center's co-chairwoman, said locating an organization that promotes tolerance and human rights near ground zero was appropriate. The center also offers educational programs about the Holocaust.

Anne Frank became famous for a diary she kept while her family hid from the Nazis in Amsterdam. She died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in March 1945.

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