WASHINGTON, D.C.

Smithsonian fetes LGBT contributions to culture

The Smithsonian is adding hundreds of photographs, papers and historical objects to its collection to document the history of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, including dozens of items from the popular TV sitcom “Will and Grace.”

Show creators David Kohan tells The Associated Press it’s a “validation that we didn’t even dream about when we first started doing the show.” He says “Will and Grace” was both daring and conservative, showing people their friends could be gay.

The museum is also accepting objects from political and sports history.

PHOENIX

Monsoon season closes roads, forces evacuations

Flooding from heavy monsoon season rains in the Phoenix area forced authorities on Tuesday to close several major roads, including a portion of Interstate 17, while elsewhere dramatic scenes were playing out as motorists were pulled from partially submerged vehicles and a helicopter crew rescued stranded residents from a home surrounded by swift-moving waters.

A small trailer park was evacuated in a town about 40 miles north of the metro area, and a north Phoenix high school temporarily relocated 12 classrooms of students because of flooding in portions of the building.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for much of the metro area and north of the city where up to 8 inches of rain fell by midday in some of the mountainous regions along the interstate.

The storms are expected to affect a large area of the state throughout the day.

– From news service reports