Barack Obama at Ground Zero Today; Leonardo DiCaprio Buys a Salvador Dali; China to Ban Spy Shows on TV


• Six days after ordering a raid on Osama bin Laden, Barack Obama will be at Ground Zero this afternoon, his first visit to the area as president. He’ll lay a wreath at a memorial to 9/11 victims and meet privately with victims’ family members. [NYT]

• Note: Traffic changes are expected! [NBC NY]

Emergency workers at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant have entered Reactor No. 1 for the first time since the earthquake and tsunami in March. They’re trying to connect a ventilating system to the building to clean the air. [Telegraph]

• U.S. jobless claims are up again, to their highest level since last summer. [WSJ]

Leonardo DiCaprio bought a $1.2 million Salvador Dali painting at Christie’s last night. Prior to his purchase he was outbid on two Picassos. [NYP]

• China is banning spy shows on TV for 3 months. “The announcement is thought to be connected with the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party which will be officially celebrated on July 1, 2011.” [EEO]

Photographer Katherine Kostreva will be selling a calendar of America’s hottest firefighters, with guys from 12 major cities (including New York). [NYPD]

• Happy Cinco de Mayo! Here are some places to celebrate.