Lennon suit up for grabs
The white, two-piece suit John Lennon wore on the cover of the Beatles’ Abbey Road album will be among items auctioned less than a month after the 30th anniversary of the singer-songwriter’s death. The suit and the blazer Lennon wore in the Imagine music video are among the memorabilia being auctioned by Braswell Galleries in Connecticut on New Year’s Day. Auction house co-owner Gary Braswell told the Hour newspaper that the suit’s current owner decided to sell after experiencing some economic hardship.
Students autopsy teacher
It was their first ever autopsy, but students at one of the country’s top medical schools were faced with a familiar sight in the classroom: The body on the table belonged to their late teacher. “The first autopsy is really, really emotional, and we autopsied someone we knew!” one of the students told news agency on TT Friday. According to a student, the class did not find out who they were going to autopsy until they saw their teacher’s name on the body’s toe tag.
Captain Beefheart dies
Don Van Vliet, better known as pioneering blues and rock musician Captain Beefheart, has died in California from complications of multiple sclerosis at age 69, a representative for the artist said on Friday. The Michael Werner Gallery in New York, which handles Vliet’s paintings, made the announcement. Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band rose to prominence during the 1960s with an experimental brand of rock music that was inspired by the blues. While band members would change over the years, the group continued to crank out music up to 1982 when Vliet retired from music and turned to painting.
Bones may be Earhart’s
Tiny bones along with artifacts from the 1930s found on a remote Pacific island may reveal the fate of pioneering aviator Amelia Earhart. In one of aviation’s most enduring mysteries, Earhart took off from Lae, in what is now Papua New Guinea, while attempting to circumnavigate the globe in 1937 and was never seen again. A massive search at the time failed to find the flyer and her navigator Fred Noonan, who were assumed to have died after ditching their aircraft in the ocean. Now aviation enthusiasts from US-based group The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) say they have evidence suggesting the pair made it safely to Nikumaroro Island in Kiribati and lived as castaways. TIGHAR executive director Rick Gillespie said the group, which has carried out 10 expeditions to Nikumaroro over the past 22 years, found three small bone fragments on the uninhabited island earlier this year. Gillespie said the bones appeared to be part of a human finger, although they could also be from a turtle, and had been sent for DNA analysis. TIGHAR also found artefacts dating from the 1930s, including a woman’s make-up compact, broken mirror and small US-made bottles.
Scientists find oldest raptor
Scientists have discovered the oldest reported raptor-like dinosaur in eastern Utah. The Bureau of Land Management said on Thursday that the Geminiraptor suarezarum is believed to be 125 million years old. Most known raptors discovered in North America date to between 72 and 75 million years ago. The dinosaur was found on land near Green River, an area about 290km southeast of Salt Lake City.