Wednesday, December 11, 2013
From news service reports
Banksy artwork withdrawn from sale by auction house
The BBC is citing a Miami auction house as saying it has withdrawn from sale an artwork by secretive graffiti artist Banksy that was removed from the side of a north London store.
The stencil of a young boy sewing Union Jack bunting vanished earlier this month, upsetting art lovers in the gritty Turnpike Lane area. It reappeared on the website of the Miami auction house, Fine Art Auctions, due to be sold Saturday with an estimated price of between $500,000 and $700,000.
But the BBC reported that the auction house confirmed the piece had been withdrawn from sale. It reported the auction house would not give a reason.
Poundland, the store that occupies the building, had said it had nothing to do with the removal.
Hunter acquitted of killing man mistaken for animal
An Oregon hunter has been found not guilty of manslaughter in the shooting death of a Marine reservist from California he says he mistook for a bear.
The Salem jury deliberated for about two hours Friday before acquitting Eugene Collier, The Statesman Journal newspaper reported.
Collier, 68, was the last witness to take the stand. He told jurors he was shooting to kill when he fired the .270-caliber bullet that caused the death of Christopher Ochoa, 20, of French Camp, Calif., in October 2011 near Silver Falls State Park.
Collier was hunting with his 12-year-old grandson and said he was sure he was shooting a bear
"I made a terrible mistake. It was a tragic accident, I didn't mean for it to happen," Collier said. "I'm terribly sorry."
He and his wife met with members of Ochoa's family privately after the trial ended. Neither family spoke with the media after the verdict.
Zoo monorail stops running; about 100 people rescued
About 100 people were rescued without injury by firefighters after a monorail at the Dallas Zoo stopped operating.
Dallas Fire Rescue spokesman Jason Evans said as many as five extension ladders at a time were used to remove the passengers Saturday.
Evans said firefighters responded to a 911 call about 3:30 p.m. after an unspecified malfunction caused the train to stop moving.
He said the 30-minute rescue was made easier because the monorail stopped at a point that allowed for easy access to the passengers.