Segway company owner dies riding Segway off cliff [via The Daily Telegraph]
Jimi Heselden, the owner of the Segway company, which produces two-wheeled gyroscopic scooters, died ironically Sunday after driving a Segway off a cliff and into a river on his North Yorkshire estate. Police believe Heselden was inspecting his property on a Segway and that the incident was accidental. His estimated worth was £166 million, approximately $119 million.
Gloria Stuart, an Actress Rediscovered Late, Dies at 100 [via The New York Times]
Gloria Stuart, a ’30s-era movie star more recently known for her Oscar-nominated performance as the elderly Rose in the 1997 film “Titanic,” died Sunday in Los Angeles at the age of 100. Before her rediscovery in the ’90s, Stuart, born just two years before the Titanic sank in 1912, starred in 46 movies between 1932 and 1946, starring alongside legends such as Boris Karloff, James Cagney, Shirley Temple and Claude Rains. She was also a founding member of the Screen Actors Guild. After leaving Hollywood Stuart became a painter and book designer. Several sources named her among the most beautiful women in Hollywood.
L.A.’s hottest day ever [via The Los Angeles Times]
The City of Angels got a little too close to the sun yesterday. The temperature in Los Angeles hit 113 degrees yesterday, the highest recorded since records began being kept in 1877, before the National Weather Service’s thermometer broke — and that was at 12:15, early in the afternoon. “Five days ago, we saw some of the lowest daytime temperatures we’ve seen in 50 years. And today was a once-in-a-century day,” said Bill Patzert, a climatologist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge. “So anybody that thinks Southern California doesn’t have weather, we definitely have had a major exhibition by Mother Nature in the last five days.”