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■UNITED STATES

No more ‘D&D’ for inmate

A convicted murderer serving life in prison in Wisconsin has lost his legal battle to play Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) behind bars. Kevin Singer filed a lawsuit against officials at Wisconsin’s Waupun prison after a policy was initiated in 2004 to eradicate all D&D game materials among concerns that playing it promotes gang-related activity. The 33-year-old Singer is a devoted player of the fantasy role-playing game that involves recruiting others to play as a group. He argued that his First Amendment rights were being violated and demanded that D&D material confiscated from his cell be returned. The 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Monday that the prison’s policy was reasonable.

■GUATEMALA

Huge Mayan head found

Archeologists have discovered a huge Mayan sculptured head that suggests a little-known site in the jungle-covered Peten region may once have been a significant city. The stucco sculpture, which is 3m wide and 3.5m tall, was buried for centuries at the Chilonche ruins, close to the border with Belize. The recent discovery of the head, which dates from the early Classic period between 300AD and 600AD, means the site is much older than previously thought. Unlike the famous Mayan cities of Tikal and El Mirador, little excavation has been carried out at Chilonche.

■UNITED STATES

Picasso to be repaired

A painting by late Spanish artist Pablo Picasso accidentally damaged by a visitor last week will be repaired in time for a large exhibition of the artist’s work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in April. The Actor, a painting from Picasso’s rose period, will be restored at the museum’s conservation laboratory, the Met said on Monday. The accident occurred when a patron participating in an art class lost her balance and fell on the canvas, creating a 15cm tear.

■UNITED STATES

Pernell Roberts passes on

Actor Pernell Roberts, who shocked Hollywood by leaving the TV Western Bonanza at the height of its popularity, then found fame again years later on Trapper John, M.D., has died. He was 81. Roberts, the last surviving member of the classic Western’s cast, died of cancer on Sunday at his Malibu home, his wife Eleanor Criswell told the Los Angeles Times. Although he rocketed to fame in 1959 as Adam Cartwright, eldest son of a Nevada ranching family led by Lorne Greene’s patriarchal Ben Cartwright, Roberts chafed at the limitations he felt his Bonanza character was given. Roberts agreed to fulfill his six-year contract but refused to extend it.

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