Flames spread around Athens as demonstrators protested a vote in parliament on an austerity measures, which have been ordered upon the country in exchange for €130 billion from the International Monetary Fund and other European countries. The New York Times reports that demonstrators were throwing firebombs, and according to the Associated Press at least 10 buildings have been set on fire. The BBC cites reports saying as many as 80,000 people were involved in the Athens demonstration with 20,000 more in Thessaloniki.
New details and more questions have emerged Sunday about the Costa Concordia crash that occurred last Friday off the coast of the Italian island of Giglio. The New York Times reports that the arrested captain of the ship, Francesco Schettino, told prosecutors that Costa Cruises executives had actually asked him to bring the ship close to shore "for the publicity."
It's snowing! Did you notice? Winter finally decided to grace us with its presence, and it brought with it a winter weather advisory that will be in effect until 4 p.m. today. The National Weather service predicts 4 to 5 inches of snow, but says the heaviest downfall will happen before noon. The MTA says is prepared to fight whatever the snow may bring with equipment that's been "fueled, prepped and deployed near outdoor locations historically vulnerable to heavy snowfall." But don't be discouraged if you're eager to get somewhere, much subway construction has been canceled because of the snow. [NWS, MTA, NYP]
After three more people were found alive Sunday, at least 17 people are still missing from the Costa Concordia, the cruise ship that ran aground off the Italian coast Friday night. Francesco Schettino, the captain of the ship, has been arrested for, according to CNN, "investigation of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship while passengers were still on board." The New York Times said that his arrest was "amid concerns that the megaship had steered dangerously off course." [NYT, CNN]
A cruise ship ran aground off the coast of Italy near the island Giglio Friday night, killing three and leaving 69 missing. The ship "hit an obstacle" that tore a 160 foot gash in the ship, according to a coast guard official. Occurring around dinner time, one woman said she heard a "scraping noise" while watching a magic show with her husband. Survivors reported disorganization and chaos as the evacuation effort got underway. "Have you seen 'Titanic?' That's exactly what it was," one woman said. The ship, which photos show turned on its side, carried about 3,200 passengers and 1,000 crew members. [CNN, WP]
Sweden has started a new policy of allowing one of its citizens to take over its official Twitter account every week. The policy is basically a marketing move, as expressed by the CEO of the country's tourism agency in The Next Web's writeup: "No one owns the brand of Sweden more than its people. With this initiative we let them show their Sweden to the world."
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Olek, an artist who is dear to our hearts, has crocheted pretty much everything: grocery carts, bikes, the Astor Place cube, the Wall Street bull. She has done it in London, and she recently did an outdoor installation for an art festival in Poznan, Poland. At the Polish festival, two teenage boys vandalized Olek's installation, as teenage boys are wont to do, first by attempting to rip off the yarn and then burning it.
Olek Olek's Polish installation.
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Ryanair, "bus of the sky," preferred travel mode of student backpackers and tightfisted Europeans, is adding some new in-flight entertainment. Porn. Now, you can sit next to a skeevy old man and watch him watch porn while you fly. Another bonus to the scariest airline this blogger has ever flown with.
The Ryanair cabin, where you'll be watching porn.
Interpol is investigating the peculiar story of a 17-year-old boy who walked into Berlin's city hall and said he had been living in a forest outside of the city for five years. He told investigators that he lived in the woods with his father who died two weeks before the boy arrived in Berlin. Despite living in a German forest, the Independent reports the boy speaks fluent English and only knows a few German words.
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