Holocaust Remembrance Day, Deceased Musicians, Bumblebee Gecko: What’s Spiking (Thursday)

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The weekday report for the topics and people that are trending on
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Research by Search editor Liz Streng

Commemorations around the world marked the Jewish genocide during World War II. Tributes were also paid to two musicians who died—one from a long illness, the other sudden. On the nature front, a small creature made its public debut. Below, other news catching people's attention across the Web.


  • Holocaust Remembrance Day: Israelis gathered to read names at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, and other tributes happened around the world to commemorate 6 million Jews killed during World War II. Related searches: yom hashoah

  • Greg Ham: The 58-year-old Men at Work musician—who played the flute, saxophone, and keyboard—was found dead in his Melbourne home on Thursday. Lead singer Colin Hay issued a statement: "We played in a band and conquered the world together. I love him very much. He's a beautiful man. He's here forever." His death is under investigation.

  • Levon Helm: The 71 year-old drummer from The Band died after a long bout with throat cancer. Though long estranged, the founding guitarist/songwriter Robbie Robertson paid a hospital visit. He wrote on his website: "Levon is one of the most extraordinary talented people I've ever known and very much like an older brother to me. I am so grateful I got to see him one last time and will miss him and love him forever."

  • Bumblebee Gecko: Found another one: Researchers in Papua New Guinea spotted a new (to us) gecko species back in 2010 and have finally told us: It's named Nactus kunan, or the bumblebee gecko.

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  • 500-Year-Old Painting: A 16th-century painting has been returned to the Jewish family of Federico Gentili di Giuseppe, who proved that the French government illegally auctioned the painting during the Nazi occupation.

  • Carnival Star Princess: The American-based cruise ship allegedly didn't help a stranded fishing boat with three men, stranded a total 28 days at sea. One man died the day after the cruise ship passed, another 16 days later, leaving one survivor who was eventually rescued by the Coast Guard.

  • Charles Colson: The Watergate figure is in "grave condition" following brain surgery earlier this month.

  • Fort Bragg Soldier: Investigators sent a dive team to a North Carolina pond Thursday morning as police continued their search for missing Fort Bragg soldier, Pfc. Kelli Bordeaux.

  • Leon Panetta: The U.S. Defense Secretary pronounced "deep skepticism" Thursday over Syria honoring the U.N. ceasefire, due to "deceitful actions" by President Bashar al-Assad.

  • N.J. Bully's Punch: A New Jersey school district has settled a lawsuit and will pay $4.2 million to a paralyzed middle school student hit by a known bully.







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