Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei has recreated the famous image of a 3-year-old Syrian child who drowned in Turkey last year by staging a photo of himself lying face down on a beach in Greece.
The photograph last year of the child, Aylan Kurdi, lying on a Turkish beach triggered international outrage as people saw the helpless toddler as the devastating human face of the refugee crisis in Europe. Ai posed last week on a pebbly beach on Lesbos island for the picture for one of India's largest English-language news magazines, India Today.
Ai has set up a studio on Lesbos where he is working on several projects with refugee-related themes. Lesbos is the main entry point for refugees seeking a better life in Europe. Ai has said he had decided to withdraw his works from two Danish museums out of deep anger at a new law allowing Denmark to seize valuables from migrants.
Jefferson Airplane member dies
Signe Toly Anderson, a vocalist and original member of the Jefferson Airplane who left the band after its first record and was replaced by Grace Slick, has died. Anderson died Thursday at her home in Beaverton, Ore., said her daughter, Onateska Ladybug Sherwood. Anderson was 74 and had been suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Anderson, who survived cancer in her 30s, died on the same day that another Airplane member, Paul Kantner, died.
speaking: Capt. Richard Phillips will deliver the commencement speech at a Vermont university. The Rutland Herald reported that the former captain of the Maersk Alabama will speak at Castleton University in May. His daughter was enrolled there when he was kidnapped by Somali pirates. He was portrayed by Tom Hanks in the 2013 film "Captain Phillips," which details the hijacking off the coast of Somalia. Phillips spent five days as a prisoner at sea before he was rescued by U.S. Navy SEALS in 2009.
facing charges: A truck driver accused of crashing into a limo van carrying comedian Tracy Morgan was arraigned in New Jersey. Kevin Roper was driving a Wal-Mart truck when the crash occurred in June 2014. The crash killed comedian James McNair and seriously injured Morgan and others. Roper faces charges of aggravated manslaughter, vehicular homicide and aggravated assault. Roper's attorney, David Glassman, argues that Wal-Mart's settlement of Morgan's lawsuit generated publicity that harmed the Jonesboro, Ga., resident's chance for a fair trial. Federal investigators said Roper hadn't slept for 28 hours before the crash. His lawyer disputes that.