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  • George Harrison was rememberd by hundreds of fans in Grifffith Park. A plaque was unveiled next to a tree planted in his honor with family members and special guests present. (Credit Image: Chuck Green/ZUMAPRESS.com)George Harrison was rememberd by hundreds of fans in Grifffith Park. A plaque was unveiled next to a tree planted in his honor with family members and special guests present. (Credit Image: Chuck Green/ZUMAPRESS.com)

    Isn't it ironic?

    A memorial tree planted in Los Angeles to honor the late Beatles musician George Harrison needs to be replaced after it was infested with real-life beetles.

    Los Angeles Councilman Tom LaBonge made the announcement over the weekend, according to the Los Angeles Times. The tree was planted near the Griffith Observatory in 2004 to honor the musician who passed away in 2001.

    Bark beetles are common in Los Angeles and regularly feed on pine trees, the same type of tree planted at the Harrison memorial.

    Clearly a fan, LaBonge was reportedly in attendance for the final tour stop of another former Beatle; Ringo Starr was performing with his band at the nearby Greek Theatre on Saturday.

    Harrison spent his final days in Los Angeles and was honored with the plaque including a written tribute, which reads:

    "In memory of a great humanitarian who touched the world as an artist, a musician and a gardener."

    LaBonge says Griffith Park officials plan to replant a pine tree similar to

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  • Attention all units, we have a Code Jurassic. A dinosaur has been kidnapped.

    And now, recovered.

    On Thursday, North Carolina State Capitol Police arrested a man and woman in connection with the theft of a baby dinosaur model from a display at the state's Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh on Monday.

    Logan Todd Ritchey, 21, and Alyssa Ann Lavacca, 21, of Holly Springs, have been charged with two counts of theft or destruction of property of public libraries, museums, etc., according a news release from the Capitol Police. The two turned themselves in to authorities.

    Surveillance footage showed a man and woman entering the exhibit, seemingly empty of other visitors. The man climbed the barrier, grabbed the small dinosaur replica, and then placed it in a large purse or bag carried by the woman, the video showed.

    It wasn't exactly a caper worthy of "Ocean's Eleven," but the stolen object, a 12- to 14-inch model of a duck-billed Edmontosaurus hatchling, is worth approximately $10,000,

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  • A helicopter flying over a region of Sibera referred to as the “end of the world,” recorded footage of a mysterious, giant crater in the middle of the ground estimated to be 260 feet in diameter.

    At first, skeptical observers thought the images must be a fake. After all, it appears to be something out a summer science fiction blockbuster, with the giant hole appearing to descend infinitely below the surface.

    But Russian officials confirmed the crater’s existence and say they are sending a team of experts to investigate the site located in an area known as the Yamal peninsula. Scientists from the Center for the Study of the Arctic and the Cryosphere Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences plan to take samples from around the scene.

    So, what is responsible for the giant crater?

    A mysterious giant hole appeared in Siberia, and scientists are puzzled by how it formedA mysterious giant hole appeared in Siberia, and scientists are puzzled by how it formed"We can definitely say that it is not a meteorite. No details yet," a spokesperson from Russia’s Emergencies Ministry told the Siberian Times.

    Experts say it’s probably not the result of a giant meteor crash

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