Fidel Castro takes blame for persecution of Cuban gays [via the BBC]
Speaking with Mexican newspaper La Jornada, former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro took responsibility for the persecution of homosexuals after his 1959 revolution. “If someone is responsible, it’s me,” Castro said. “At the time we were being sabotaged systematically, there were armed attacks against us, we had too many problems.” Cuba decriminalized homosexuality in 1979. Castro also discussed U.S. economic sanctions and the 2006 illness that forced him to step down and be replaced by his brother Raul.
Wikipedia springs ‘Mousetrap’ ending [via The Independent]
Agatha Christie’s family is upset that the Wikipedia entry for her 1952 murder mystery contains a big ol’ spoiler: whodunit. The end of each performance comes with a request that the audience not reveal the twist ending — which, of course, someone on Wikipedia did. “My grandmother always got upset if the plots of her books or plays were revealed in reviews – and I don’t think this is any different,” Christie’s grandson Matthew Pritchard said. “I think it is a pity if a publication, if I can call it that, potentially spoils the enjoyment for those people who go to see the play. It’s not a question of money or anything like that. It’s just a pity.”
Obama’s Oval Office has new look [via USA Today]
Everybody loves a makeover, and this one was done just in time for his primetime speech last night. The Oval Office has received a renovation, typical for each president. New to the office with no corners: a new rug lined with quotes from Franklin Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, Jr., Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy and Teddy Roosevelt; handmade striped wallpaper from Amagansett, New York; a modern-looking coffee table made of American walnut and mica; and two reupholstered mahogany armchairs formerly used by George W. Bush. The renovation was paid for by the nonprofit White House Historical Association with money remaining from Obama’s inaugural committee.
Woman’s Body Found Under House Clutter After Four Months [via Time]
Las Vegas packrat Billie Jean James, missing for four months, was found by her husband underneath a pile of junk in the couple’s home. Police with K9 units had searched the house several times, but “the sheer volume of clutter in the house prevented even the dogs from tracking the scent of the missing woman.”