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Voice of America 8 Nov 2019

Strange Creatures on Danish Beach Turn Out to be Art, Not a Space Invasion


Artists from around the world have created fanciful, strange, beautiful and huge sculptures at a beach on Denmark's West coast. It is a blend of science fiction, technical skill and about 1,200 tons of sand. VOA's Jim Randle narrates our story.

What was thought to be an imitation of Sandro Botticelli's famous Madonna of the Pomegranate turned out to be a rare workshop version of the Italian Renaissance master. …
A terrifying diagnosis turned into a scene from a horror movie when a woman's brain tumor turned out to actually be a parasite. Rachel Palma of Middletown, New York, has recovered and been given clear brain scans since the chilling find, but it was just a year and a half ago when that wasn't the case. The 42-year-old said she began noticing something wrong in January 2018. In addition to having hallucinations, she said she would forget words.
Cinderella isn't the only one who has a furry little helper. Stephen McKears, 72, started noticing objects being moved around in his shed and believed it could be haunted. So he called his neighbor over, and the two decided to get to the bottom of things. McKears got to work, scattering nuts and bolts across his shed at night, only to find them magically back in their place in the morning. They set up a camera and found that the culprit wasn't a ghost but a mouse that was tidying up the shed.
The number of hate crimes, or crimes against a protected minority, has increased over the last several years in the United States. Advocates fear the alleged false reporting of a hate crime by an American actor may cause people to doubt real victims and prevent some victims from going to the police. VOA's Carolyn Presutti takes a look at the impact of a hate crime hoax in a country facing deep divisions.

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