Monday 23 April 2018

In brief: Pussy Riot TB puzzle

Jailed Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has been found in a Siberian TB hospital more than three weeks since she "disappeared" during a prison transfer.

Ms Tolokonnikova's husband Pyotr Verzilov confirmed he had learned that his wife was in Regional Tuberculosis Hospital No 1 after a tip off from a prison guard. She is not thought to be suffering from the disease.

OLDEST UK WOMAN DIES

The oldest man and woman in the UK have died weeks apart.

Grace Jones, of Bermondsey in south London, died in hospital aged 113 years and 342 days. Ms Jones, who was born on December 7, 1899, was the last remaining Briton born in the 19th century. Her death came just weeks after the UK's oldest man, 110-year-old great-great-grandfather Ralph Tarrant, died on October 30.

WIDOWER'S GRAVE VOW

An Alabama man has agreed to remove his wife's remains from his front yard after a four-year fight to keep her grave next to the house where they lived together.

James Davis (74) told a court he will hire a contractor to remove the body of his late wife, Patsy, and have it cremated. A judge must still approve the plan.

£42 LOWRY WORTH £1M

A painting by LS Lowry which was bought by a museum and art gallery for just £42 is now thought to be worth in the region of £1m (€1.2m).

Houses Near A Mill, painted in 1941, was procured by Derby Museum and Art Gallery five years after it was created and before the artist became famous. The work is instantly recognisable as a Lowry picture, featuring an industrial scene, complete with matchstick men and matchstick cats and dogs.

HOT DOG GOES KOSHER

There isn't much at the typical US college basketball arena that qualifies as kosher food, apart from the soft drinks. That's changing at the University of Illinois' flagship campus.

The Chabad Jewish Centre has opened a kosher hot dog stand at the State Farm Centre. There's also one at the University of Kansas.

BRAZIL SOCCER PROTEST

Brazilian footballers stood still with their arms crossed for several moments after the start of the latest round of league matches to protest against a congested football calendar.

Players in all Brazilian league matches staged the protest. Some refused to kick off after the referee's whistle while others put the ball in play before stopping.

Irish Independent

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