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The skinny: Like $2 million for 'Like a Rolling Stone'

A Dylan gem

Like $2 million for 'Like a Rolling Stone'

A draft of one of the most popular songs of all time, Bob Dylan's Like a Rolling Stone, sold Tuesday for $2 million, which the auction house called a world record for a popular music manuscript. A working draft of the finished song in Dylan's own hand went to an unidentified bidder at Sotheby's. The manuscript is "the only known surviving draft of the final lyrics for this transformative rock anthem," Sotheby's said. The draft is written in pencil on four sheets of hotel letterhead stationery with revisions, additions, notes and doodles: a hat, a bird, an animal with antlers. The stationery comes from the Roger Smith Hotel in Washington, D.C. Dylan was 24 when he recorded the song in 1965 about a debutante who becomes a loner when she's cast from upper-class social circles. "How does it feel To be on your own," it says in his handwriting. "No direction home Like a complete unknown Like a rolling stone." Sotheby's described the seller as a longtime fan from California "who met his hero in a nonrock context and bought directly from Dylan." He was not named.

Student busted

Computer hijinks receive an F

A high school student in northern New Jersey has been charged with using a school computer to change the grades and attendance records of multiple classmates. Officials from the Essex County prosecutor's office and the Orange Police Department announced Monday that a 16-year-old sophomore has been charged with multiple counts of computer theft for unlawfully accessing and altering data, and hindering apprehension. Investigators said the student used the password of a staff member without authorization.

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Visit to lions' den means ban by zoo

Memphis Zoo officials have banned a woman after saying she climbed over a barrier to the enclosure where lions are kept and tried to feed them cookies. The unidentified woman's actions were reported by other zoo patrons, who saw her jump the barrier and heard her singing to the animals. After the barrier, only wire separates guests from the lions inside the enclosure. A zoo spokeswoman told WMC-TV the behavior was dangerous for the woman and the lions. She said the woman won't be allowed back into the zoo.

Dumb criminals

Burglar needs new occupation

Police in South St. Paul, Minn., didn't have to work hard to catch a man who broke into a house. First the burglar failed to log out of Facebook after checking his profile on the homeowner's computer. Then he agreed to meet up with homeowner James Wood to get back wet clothes he'd left behind. Wood told WCCO-TV the burglar has to be the "world's dumbest criminal."

Compiled from wire services

The skinny: Like $2 million for 'Like a Rolling Stone' 06/24/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 9:30pm]
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