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gawker.com — Students at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, say a lightning strike is most likely to blame for completely stripping the bark off an on-campus tree.
bbc.co.uk — A guitar played by John Lennon and George Harrison of the Beatles has sold for $408,000 (£269,000) at auction. The custom-made instrument, built in 1966 by the VOX company, was bought by an unidentified US buyer in New York. Harrison played I Am The Walrus on the guitar in a scene from Magical Mystery Tour in 1967.
desmoinesregister.com — BALTIMORE - It's 8:45 a.m. - just after the morning bell - and the youngsters in Noelle Hickok's Liberty Elementary School class are hard at work. The 4- and 5-year-olds take turns reciting alphabet letters and their phonetic pronunciations as Hickok nods approvingly. "Perfect. My friends are ready to read," she says.
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