MOVE OVER, QUEEN
showing they still love him, yeah, yeah, yeah
Most British coins bear the likeness of Queen Elizabeth II — but now she has been joined by John Lennon, honored Friday with a commemorative coin struck by the Royal Mint. It was a triumph for Beatle fans, who used e-mail voting and social networks to buttress support for Lennon in a public poll to determine whose face should be on the special coin. Lennon came out far ahead of author Jane Austen and several other figures in the balloting. "It's entirely fitting that John Lennon has been chosen by the public in what would have been his 70th year," said Dave Knight, director of Commemorative Coin at the Royal Mint.
Home, sweet home
When car stops, wheelchair rolls
When Howard Partridge, 73, and his sister, Janice Partridge, 61, left home in Sweet Home, Ore., for a drive Wednesday on a U.S. Forest Service road to view autumn foliage, they didn't expect the snow to become uncooperative and their car to get stuck. After melting snow for water and eating snacks, Howard Partridge gave up on the car on Friday and went for help in his wheelchair, Linn County sheriff's deputies said. Three miles later, he ran into hunters, who freed the car. He and his sister are back home, safe and sound.
HOLD THE LIMO
Look, up in the sky, it's the president
Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych isn't letting traffic on the way to the office get him down any more. No, he's rising above it. In the coming months, a helicopter will begin chauffeuring Yanukovych to the center of Kiev from his suburban residence and back. Yanukovych's chief of staff, Serghiy Lyovochkin, says the president is doing the capital a favor by unclogging the streets that he currently travels in his motorcade. Police close off entire avenues for that. Really, now.
HE SAID WHAT?
Swiss didn't hear what they thought
It's not a wedding video to show the kids. Two Swiss tourists who chose the Maldives' white-sand beaches as the setting to renew their marriage vows were instead mocked by the officiator, who chanted abuse and curses in the local language at the unsuspecting couple. The ceremony, posted Sunday on YouTube with English subtitles translating the abuse, has embarrassed the Maldives, and President Mohammed Nasheed condemned it as "absolutely disgraceful." On Friday, police said the celebrant and a helper had been arrested.
Compiled from Times wire services and other sources.