Chocolate Jesus melts down

Update on the chocolate Jesus: Roger Smith Hotel in NYC has canceled the planned exhibit of “My Sweet Lord,” a nude, anatomically correct sculpture of Jesus Christ made of 200 pounds of milk chocolate.

The exhibit was to begin Monday and last until Easter Sunday. But waves of protest convinced hotel President James Knowles to put a wrapper on it.

“Your response … is crystal clear and has brought to our attention the unintended reaction of you and other conscientious friends of ours to the exhibition,â€? Knowles wrote in an open letter today.

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.