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Bells sound for 98 killed in club fire

Compiled from Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 3, 2003


PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Across Rhode Island and Massachusetts on Sunday, church bells pealed once for each person killed in the Feb. 20 inferno at the Station nightclub and for the two who later died of their burns.

The toll increased to 98 when Kelly Viera, 40, died Saturday in a Boston hospital.

Fifty-one people injured in the fire remained hospitalized in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, including 33 in critical condition.

In Ohio, mourners packed a church Sunday to remember Great White guitarist Ty Longley, the only band member killed in the tragedy. None of the four surviving band members attended his service.

Salvador Dali sketch stolen from New York jail

NEW YORK -- A framed sketch by renowned artist Salvador Dali has been swiped from a locked display case in the men's jail at Riker's Island and replaced with a copy, authorities said Sunday.

Dali drew the sketch, a watercolor and charcoal depiction of Jesus Christ on the cross, in 1965 as a favor to then-Correction Department commissioner Anna Moscowitz Kross. It was displayed in the jail's dining room for 16 years before being moved to the jail's lobby.

On Saturday, workers reported it missing after noticing that the sketch in the case looked too new, officials said.

A 1985 appraisal concluded the piece was worth at least $175,000, but an art expert told the New York Times in 2001 that it was worth at least three times that amount.

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