Grand Central turns 100 today
New York City's Grand Central Terminal celebrates its 100th birthday today with a brass band and appearances by Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon and by Caroline Kennedy, whose mother Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis spearheaded efforts to save the landmark from demolition in the 1970s. The party takes place exactly 100 years after the keys to Grand Central were first given to the stationmaster on Feb. 1, 1913. Today the cathedral-like terminal with its vaulted ceiling depicting the constellations is one of the world's most popular tourist destinations and one of New York City's most recognizable buildings.
Stolen, sacred carvings found
Five rock carvings that were sheared off and stolen from a sacred American Indian site in California's Sierra Nevada have been recovered, but no arrests have been made, authorities said Thursday. Authorities wouldn't provide details about the discovery, only that it was made this month after they received an anonymous tip in a letter. It's unclear what will happen to the carvings, but federal authorities will be speaking to Paiute-Shoshone tribal leaders to accommodate their wishes. Native Americans regard the massive tableaux as a window into the souls of their ancestors.
On six days, it's Stalingrad
The southern Russian city where the Red Army turned back Nazi forces in a key World War II battle will once again be known as Stalingrad, at least on days commemorating the victory. The city was renamed Volgograd in 1961 as part of the Soviet Union's rejection of dictator Joseph Stalin's personality cult. But the name Stalingrad is inseparable with the battle, in which at least 1.25 million people died. Russia plans extensive ceremonies on Saturday to mark the 70th anniversary of the battle's end. The Volgograd city council passed a measure Thursday to use the name Stalingrad in city statements on the commemoration day, on Russia's May 9 Victory Day and on four other days connected with the battle, the ITAR-Tass news agency reported.