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Dallas Observes Earth Hour & Nightly Roundup

By KERA News & Wire Services

Dallas, TX – Much of the Dallas skyline will go dark Saturday night. The city will observe the third annual "Earth Hour". Cities throughout the U.S. will turn off their lights for an hour at 8:30 local time to show support for action on climate change.

At Dallas City Hall, Meranda Carter-Cohn says downtown will look very different as some very recognizable downtown buildings turn out the lights.

Carter-Cohn: The Bank of America plaza, which is the green neon; the Chase Tower, that's know for the hole on the top; the Renaissance Tower, which has the big X's on it; the famous Pegasus neon sign.

Globally, 117 countries are participating in the event organized by the World Wildlife Fund - 30 more than last year.

Former Kimbell director Edmund Pillsbury dies

Edmund Pillsbury, who turned Fort Worth's Kimbell Art Museum into a world-renowned institution during his 18 years as director, has died. He was 66. Dallas-based Heritage Auction Galleries, where Pillsbury worked, on Friday announced he died of an apparent heart attack while returning from lunch with a consignor. The Kaufman County Sheriff's Department says Pillsbury died Thursday afternoon in the county southeast of Dallas.

Pillsbury, after stepping down from the Kimbell in 1998, served as director for the Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University. He was Heritage's chairman of fine arts and director of museum services and had been with the auction house for about five years.

Pillsbury, an Italian Renaissance scholar, joined the Kimbell from Yale University, where he directed its Center for British Art.

Jail costs estimated $207,000 for Hasan

The Army plans to pay $207,000 to keep the suspected gunman in the deadly Fort Hood shootings at a central Texas jail until at least September.

The San Antonio Express-News and KXXV-TV in Waco obtained the contract with Bell County under the Texas Public Information Act. Bell County will house psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan in its jail, which has a medical unit, 15 miles from Fort Hood. The Army isn't saying when Hasan will be moved. He faces 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder over the November gunfire.

Hasan was shot by civilian police, leaving him paralyzed from the chest down and in a military hospital in San Antonio.

His Article 32 hearing, similar to a civilian grand jury proceeding, is June 1.

Defense attorney John Galligan says Hasan should be in a hospital.

Kim Dawson, owner of Dallas agency, dies

Kim Dawson, whose top Dallas modeling agency launched the careers of such talents as actresses Angie Harmon, Janine Turner and Peri Gilpin, has died at the age of 85.

Kim Dawson Agency spokeswoman Lee Ann Vernon says Dawson died of complications of Alzheimer's disease Thursday night at the Dallas retirement center where she lived.

According to a biography in The Dallas Morning News, Dawson was born Marjorie Marie Hughes in the small east Texas town of Center. She took the name Kim Garrett when she signed with modeling agent Harry Conover, who ran a top New York modeling agency.

She moved to Dallas in the early 1950s, married photographer-musician George Dawson, but continued to model. Formed in 1959, the Kim Dawson Agency remains in Dawson family hands. Funeral arrangements are pending.