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Boardwalk may get plastic makeover

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City's Coney Island boardwalk may be getting a makeover -- from wood to plastic.

The New York Times reported Monday that the city parks department is proposing to replace stretches of the aging, 2.7-mile boardwalk with a combination of concrete and recycled plastic that looks like wood.

Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe said the plastic composite is cheaper than wood.

The plan to rebuild the boardwalk must first be approved by the city's Public Design Commission.


FDR's 1920s desk donated to museum

ALBANY (AP) -- While Franklin D. Roosevelt, the future 32nd president of the United States, didn't hawk insurance policies, he did spend most of the 1920s working for a Maryland-based insurance company. After his failed attempt to get elected as vice president in 1920, the position allowed him to mine financial contacts he would need when he next ran for public office.

Now, the wooden desk that FDR worked at is being donated to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum in New York's Hudson Valley.

The 300-pound walnut desk, made around 1920, is owned by Zurich American Insurance Co., based near Chicago.