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A Stabbing and a ‘Kooky’ Speech Put National Constitution Center in the News

Posted Sep 26, 2011 9:42 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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The National Constitution Center has gotten a couple mentions in the media lately, and neither has been favorable.

In the latest incident, a man working for a catering company at the center is accused of stabbing a co-worker in the leg during a fight around 3:30 a.m. Sunday, report MyFoxPhilly.com and the Philadelphia Daily News. The 36-year-old suspect fled but turned himself in later that day. The victim was listed in stable condition. Neither man was immediately identified.

Earlier in the week, Kim Delaney, the star of Lifetime’s Army Wives, gave a rambling speech during an awards presentation at the center to honor former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, report the Daily News, ABC News and CBSPhilly.com.

The teleprompter was apparently broken, but Delaney spoke anyway, delivering remarks that were “confusing and kooky,” the Daily News says. CBS offers this quote: “As I try to comfort wives, husbands, families, fathers, children, loved ones, made good, what I’ve learned is the Constitution Center,” she said.

According to its website, the National Constitution Center is America's first and only nonpartisan, nonprofit institution devoted to the Constitution.

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