So-called haunted hotel in West Texas draws Halloween crowds

A room inside the Olde Park Hotel in Ballinger, Texas. Image courtesy of Olde Park Hotel, Facebook

BALLINGER, Texas (AP) – The activity never stops at the Olde Park Hotel in Ballinger. From full-body apparitions to cold spots, this century-old hotel is a hot spot for the paranormal.

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Renowned planetarium screens Mars film to celebrate 60th year

True-color image of Mars as taken by the OSIRIS instrument on the ESA Rosetta spacecraft in 2007. Image courtesy of European Space Agency & Max-Planck Institute for Solar System Research for OSIRIS Team, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 IGO license

BOSTON (AP) – A renowned Boston planetarium is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a new film that’s out of this world.

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LiveAuctioneers named one of NY’s ‘Best Places to Work’ for 3rd straight year 

In an example of unity and social consciousness, LiveAuctioneers team members from across the United States donated toward a stockpile of everyday necessities most needed by the people of Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. The company matched those purchases dollar for dollar. Some of LiveAuctioneers’ Manhattan-based team members are shown here with donated goods.

NEW YORK – LiveAuctioneers, the world’s leading online platform for auctions of fine art, antiques and premium-quality collectibles, has been named “One of the Best Places to Work in New York City” by Crain’s New York Business for 2018. It is the third consecutive year that LiveAuctioneers has been selected for the coveted honor.

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Christie’s to auction 19-carat Pink Legacy diamond

The Pink Legacy diamond, weighing nearly 19 carats, to be auctioned on Nov. 13, 2018. Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd. 2018

GENEVA – On November 13, Christie’s Geneva will present “The Pink Legacy,” the largest and finest fancy vivid pink diamond ever offered at auction by the company. Weighing just under 19 carats (18.96 carats), this exceptional rectangular-cut gem will lead Christie’s Magnificent Jewels auction, held at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues in Geneva. The incomparable pink diamond has descended from the Oppenheimer Family and is estimated at US $30 to $50 million.

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First private moon flight passenger to invite creative guests

Artistic representation of a future Moon colony. Image produced for NASA by Pat Rawlings, (SAIC). Technical concepts for NASA’s Exploration Office, Johnson Space Center (JSC). NASA image, public domain in USA

LOS ANGELES (AP) – After announcing that he’ll take the first-ever commercial rocket trip around the moon, Yusaku Maezawa said he wants company for the week-long journey. The Japanese billionaire said he plans to invite six to eight artists, architects, designers and other creative people to join him on board the SpaceX rocket “to inspire the dreamer in all of us.”

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UK’s National Portrait Gallery revises visitor figures after noting discrepancies

Exterior of the National Portrait Gallery showing the East Wing left of entrance portico. © National Portrait Gallery, London

LONDON – The National Portrait Gallery has revised its reported visitor figures for the period April 24, 2017 to August 3, 2018, after an investigation revealed that the Gallery’s footfall counting system, operated by Ipsos Retail Performance, was significantly undercounting visitors through the main entrance.

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Peter Jackson’s WWI film to premiere at London Film Festival

World War I poster by Clyde Forsythe, lithograph on paper, Victory Liberty Loan, Ketterlinus Philadelphia

LONDON (AP) – “The Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson’s new film — a documentary that transforms grainy footage from World War I into color — has a title and a world premiere date at the London Film Festival in October.

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Philadelphia’s Frank Rizzo statue to stay put for now

Statue of the late mayor of Philadelphia, Frank Rizzo. Photo by RegBarc (based on copyright claims), licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The planned relocation of a statue of the late Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo, a polarizing figure in the city’s history, has been put on hold for at least two more years.

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Wisconsin author’s children’s book details 1893 World’s Fair

Advertisement for the World’s Columbian Exposition (also known as the Chicago World’s Fair), held in 1893. Public domain image

WHITEWATER, Wis. (AP) – Carol March McLernon keeps her cherished antique doll on display in her living room.

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Missouri museum denounces Laura Ingalls Wilder award change

Eugene Christopherson (American, 20th century), oil-on-board titled MRS. INGALLS HARVESTING: LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE SERIES. Image courtesy of Sloans & Kenyon and LiveAuctioneers

MANSFIELD, Mo. (AP) – A Missouri museum dedicated to Laura Ingalls Wilder has expressed disappointment at a recent decision to remove the author’s name from a national literary award.

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