July 16, 2008

Barcelona's La Sagrada Familia, the iconic and perennially under-construction cathedral designed by architect Antoni Gaud’, should be completely roofed by 2010. At that point, the venue -- on which construction began in 1882 -- will be able to house religious observances and cultural events for the first time, despite the fact that construction will continue.

Newark's 18,500-seat Prudential Center, which is owned by the NHL's New Jersey Devils, was shut down briefly last Friday morning by the city's code inspector. By Friday afternoon a superior court judge had reinstated a temporary certificate of occupancy, which stays in effect until Aug. 25. A hearing on the case is scheduled for Aug. 8. Since the arena's opening last fall, it has been operating with a temporary certificate while the building has been making "various technical system upgrades," according to a joint statement released by Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker and Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek. According to the statement, the inspector closed the venue because not all of the necessary paperwork had been submitted to extend the temporary certificate of occupancy; with those documents now submitted the arena is open and operational. Booker and Vanderbeek both maintain the venue is safe and they are working to ensure there are no further disruptions to its operation.