Art attack suspect arrested
Police on Monday arrested a 26-year-old man suspected of defacing a mural by US artist Mark Rothko at London’s Tate Modern gallery. The gallery shut for a short time on Sunday after the damage was found on the corner of one of Rothko’s Seagram murals. Sussex police arrested a man in Worthing, southern England, on Monday evening on suspicion of criminal damage and the suspect was in custody at a Sussex police station, a Metropolitan Police statement said. Earlier on Monday, Russian Vladimir Umanets had claimed responsibility for writing on the painting. “I believe that from everything bad there’s always a good outcome so I’m prepared for that, but obviously I don’t want to spend a few months, even a few weeks, in jail, but I do strongly believe in what I am doing, I have dedicated my life to this,” he told the Daily Telegraph. The graffiti appeared to read: “Vladimir Umanets, A Potential Piece of Yellowism.” “Some people think I’m crazy or a vandal, but my intention was not to destroy or decrease the value, or to go crazy,” he said. “I am not a vandal.” Umanets is a founder of “Yellowism,” which he calls “neither art, nor anti-art” on the movement’s Web site. “It’s an element of contemporary visual culture. It’s not an artistic movement,” he said.
Couple’s cannabis plant error
Police say an elderly couple unwittingly grew a monstrous cannabis plant in their yard after buying what they thought was an innocuous green bush at a flea market. Police in Bedford, a commuter town 90km from central London, posted a picture of a luxuriant cannabis plant growing as tall as the fence in what appeared to be someone’s back yard. In a message posted to Twitter on Friday the force said the plant had been “seized today.” “Elderly couple bought shrub at car boot sale, tended carefully-biggest cannabis plant we had seen!!” the message said.
Mars probe makes first scoop
NASA officials say the Curiosity rover has made its first scoop of the surface of Mars and has detected a bright object on the ground. Officials said in a news release on Monday that they suspect the object might be a part of the six-wheeled rover, but they will not sample or scoop any more until they figure out what it is. The Curiosity has already beamed back pictures of bedrock that suggest a fast-moving stream once flowed on the planet. The rover landed on Aug. 5 and is on a two-year, US$2.5 billion mission to study whether microbial life could have existed on Mars in the past. Today’s Mars is a frozen desert, but previous geological studies suggest it was once warmer and wetter.
Tomatoes reduce stroke risk
Eating tomatoes can dramatically reduce the risk of having a stroke, according to a new study out on Monday that provided more support for diets rich in fruits and vegetables. The key factor appears to be the powerful antioxident lycopene, according to the Finnish study published in the Neurology journal. The research — based on data from more than 1,000 middle-aged men, followed for an average of 12 years — indicates that people with the highest levels of lycopene in their blood have a 55 percent lower chance of suffering a stroke. “This study adds to the evidence that a diet high in fruits and vegetables is associated with a lower risk of stroke,” said study author Jouni Karppi, of the University of Eastern Finland in Kuopio.