An article on Tuesday about the death of Vladimir Lenin, the subject this year at the University of Maryland’s annual historical clinicopathological conference, misstated Lenin’s age when he was shot twice in an assassination attempt. He was 48, not 38.
It is customary to hold carnival-like celebrations on Purim, to perform plays and parodies, and to hold beauty contests. I have heard that the usual prohibitions against cross-dressing are lifted during this holiday, but I am not certain about that. Americans sometimes refer to Purim as the Jewish Mardi Gras.
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The "diplomatic duel" was a reference to the arrest of engineers from the Metropolitan-Vickers company who were working in the USSR. Accused with Soviet citizens of "wrecking" (sabotaging) the plant they were building, they were the subjects of one in a series of show trials presided over by Vyshinsky  during the First Five Year Plan.
Their rep told E! News: “Heidi and Spencer are proud parents of a healthy baby boy as of this afternoon.” The baby was born at 3:05 ., weighing 6 lbs., 12 oz., and measured 19 inches long. [Read more...]