Warhol images found on old disks
Cybersleuths have unearthed images that Andy Warhol apparently made on a computer in 1985. The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh said in a release Friday that the artist had a contract with Commodore International to produce images on one of its Amiga home computers. The old images recently were extracted from disks by members of Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University Computer Club in collaboration with museum staff. The museum said the images vary from doodles and camera shots of a desktop to versions of Warhol's classic images of a banana, Marilyn Monroe and a Campbell's soup can. "These computer generated images underscore his spirit of experimentation and his willingness to embrace new media — qualities which, in many ways, defined his practice from the early 1960s onwards," museum director Eric Shiner said.
Hijack alert over drunken traveler
A drunken passenger aboard a Virgin Australia flight from Brisbane to Bali prompted pilots to issue a hijack alert that disrupted air travel to and from the Indonesian resort island for hours on Friday, Indonesian and Australian authorities reported. Indonesian troops boarded the flight after it landed at Bali's airport in Denpasar, its original destination, and a 28-year-old Queensland man was arrested, authorities said. Pilots issued a security alarm after the passenger began pounding on the locked cockpit door in an attempt to enter. The passenger was subdued by the flight crew, handcuffed and strapped into a seat of the Boeing 737-800 for the last hour of the flight, Virgin Australia airport manager Heru Sudjatmiko told Indonesia's Metro TV. The plane had 137 passengers and seven crew members.
Lashes for Saudi female driver
A woman in Saudi Arabia was sentenced this week to 150 lashes and eight months in jail for driving and striking police officers who arrested her, news websites in the kingdom reported. Women in the conservative country are prohibited from driving. It appeared that the particularly harsh sentence was handed down because of the charges of resisting arrest and attacking police officers, according to various reports. There has been no official confirmation of the verdict, and the woman's name has not been published.