Critic gets role in Eisenhower design
President Barack Obama is appointing a critic of the design for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial to serve on the commission that oversees the project. Former National Endowment for the Humanities chairman Bruce Cole fills a Republican seat vacated by Eisenhower's grandson, David Eisenhower. In an interview Tuesday, Cole said the memorial should reflect the war hero and 34th president's career, values and principles, but he stopped short of urging specific changes. Cole, an art historian and scholar, has published at least two articles criticizing architect Frank Gehry's design. Members of Eisenhower's family have also criticized it.
King Richard III had worms, study says
Researchers who dug up King Richard III's skeleton say they appear to have discovered another problem the hunchback monarch had during his brief and violent reign: parasitic worms in his guts that grew up to a foot long. In a study published online today in the journal Lancet, the researchers say it's unlikely the worms did him any serious damage. One of the researchers, Piers Mitchell, a professor of biological anthropology at Cambridge University, said it was the first time any English monarch had been shown to have been infected with worms. Richard's remains were dug up last year beneath a parking lot in Leicester, England.
Sonia Gandhi in U.S. for health checkup
Sonia Gandhi, India's most powerful politician and leader of the ruling Congress party alliance, left for the United States for a health check, party officials said Tuesday. Gandhi left New Delhi on Monday evening for a regular health check and was expected to return in eight days, party Secretary Janardhan Dwivedi told reporters. He did not give any other details. In 2011, she flew to the United States for surgery, with some Indian news outlets saying she had been treated for cancer. Last week, Gandhi was rushed to a New Delhi hospital for a few hours after she fell ill during a debate in Parliament.