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NEW YORK >> Pedestrians can now walk straight through the heart of the rebuilt World Trade Center by using a new sidewalk.

The 4,000-square-foot walkway off Church Street was opened Tuesday. It’s another step toward making the 16-acre site more accessible to the public.

Steve Plate, who heads construction at the trade center, cut a ribbon at the new sidewalk flanking 4 World Trade Center. The 72-story high-rise houses the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the trade center site.

The walkway allows pedestrians to go from Church Street past the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum to West Street.

So far, about two-thirds of the site is open to pedestrians. That includes the 104-story 1 World Trade Center, the tallest building in the country.

Museum displays Dead Sea scroll

JERUSALEM >> The world’s oldest complete copy of the Ten Commandments is on rare display at Israel’s national museum in an exhibit of objects from pivotal moments in civilization.

The 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scroll belongs to a collection of the world’s most ancient biblical manuscripts discovered near the Dead Sea.

The brittle manuscript has never before been displayed in Israel, and was shown abroad only in brief exhibits.

Museum director James Snyder says many of the exhibited objects were discovered in Israel in recent years and have never been displayed.

The exhibit, which opened last week, marks the 50th anniversary of the museum’s founding.

‘On the Town’ to tour U.S. in 2016

NEW YORK >> Broadway’s “On the Town” is going on the road — and a Tony Award nominee is coming along.

Producers of the revival said Tuesday that Tony Yazbeck, who earned a nomination playing Gabey, will star in select cities when the national tour gets underway in 2016.

The 1944 romance-chasing romp by Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden and Adolph Green is about three sailors trying to cram a year’s worth of fun into 24 hours of shore leave. It was later made into a film with Gene Kelly and Frank Sina­tra.

The full tour route will be announced shortly. It will coincide with the nationwide celebrations of Bernstein’s 100th birthday.


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