News Tidbits For March 19, 2018

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Cirque du Soleil performer dies after fall at Florida show

by Peter Walker | News Tidbits for March 19, 2018

Source: abc7Chicago.com

Putin Wins Election for Fourth Term

by Peter Walker | News Tidbits for March 19, 2018

Source: The New York Times

Russian Voters gave President Vladimir V. Putin resounding approval for a fourth term on Sunday. Although voter turnout was less than expected, preliminary results show him with more than 70 percent of the vote.

Putin will be president for six more years, which under current rules, should be his last. He is expected to continue his policy of rebuilding Russia as a global power, while limiting economic reforms at home.

Romanian Court Rejects Man’s Claim That He’s Alive

by Peter Walker | News Tidbits for March 19, 2018

Source: The New York Times

A Romanian court has rejected a man’s claim that he is alive after his wife officially registered him as dead, saying that the decision cannot be reversed, since he had appealed too late.

The ruling is final.

Mr. Constantin Reliu had lost contact with his wife and family when he traveled to Turkey in 1992 for work. Hearing no news from her husband for years, his wife got a death certificate for him in 2016.

The authorities in Turkey found Mr. Reliu this year with expired papers and deported him. But when he arrived in Romania, he discovered he had been declared dead.

“I am officially dead, although I’m alive. I have no income and because I am listed dead, I can’t do anything.”

Mr. Constantin Reliu

The Story of Graceland

by Peter Walker | News Tidbits for March 19, 2018

Source: The New York Times

In March 1957, when Elvis Presley was 22, he purchased an mansion in Memphis, called Graceland, for just over $100,000. It was named after the former owner’s aunt, Grace Toof.

Elvis was already a star, and at work on his second movie, “Loving You.” He installed a pool with a jukebox nearby, hosted friends and relatives and created a “Jungle Room” in the house. After struggling with ill health and prescription drug abuse, he died of a heart attack at Graceland on Aug. 16, 1977, and is buried there. He was 42.

Five years later, Graceland opened to the public and became one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations, drawing visitors from around the globe. Many visit yearly to mark the anniversary of his death.

Last year, just before the 40th anniversary, Graceland underwent a $140 million expansion, including a large hotel and entertainment complex. You can take a virtual tour here.

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