3.5.13 … Intrigue at the Vatican … an imposter sneaks in … wrong hat, wrong scarf … :)

imposter at the Vatican,  CBS News:  intrigue at the Vatican … I wonder what kind of security they have in place? Swiss Guards better be on their game …

The unidentified imposter, far left, who tried to pass himself off as a bishop in Vatican City with a real cardinal, Italian Cardinal Sergio Sebastiani.

The man wrapped a purple scarf around his waist and wandered in, in an attempt to disguise himself as a bishop, Pizzey reported on “CTM.”

“This is one of those nifty stories we like to get here,” Pizzey said from Vatican City. “The Swiss Guards didn’t notice him … He managed to get up to where the cardinals were meeting and talked to a couple of people before they noticed that, ‘Hey, this guy’s not wearing the right hat and doesn’t have the right clothes on.'”

The man even got the chance to talk with a few church officials and pose with one cardinal, Italian Cardinal Sergio Sebastiani, before he was hustled out, apparently with no harm done.

Pizzey added, “It lends lightness to an otherwise somber situation.”

via Imposter at the Vatican: Which one of these doesn’t belong? – CBS News.

The Digital Public Library of America, DPLA,  Dan Cohen’s Digital Humanities Blog:  Why didn’t I think of that …

The DPLA, which you will be hearing much more about in the coming months, will be connecting the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums so that the public can access all of those collections in one place; providing a platform, with an API, for others to build creative and transformative applications upon; and advocating strongly for a public option for reading and research in the twenty-first century. The DPLA will in no way replace the thousands of public libraries that are at the heart of so many communities across this country, but instead will extend their commitment to the public sphere, and provide them with an extraordinary digital attic and the technical infrastructure and services to deliver local cultural heritage materials everywhere in the nation and the world. The DPLA has been in the planning stages for the last few years, but is about to spin out of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society and move from vision to reality. It will officially launch, as an independent nonprofit, on April 18 at the Boston Public Library. I will move to Boston with my family this summer to lead the organization, which will be based there. It is such a great honor to have this opportunity.

via The Digital Public Library of America, Me, and You | Dan Cohen’s Digital Humanities Blog.

NYC,  Homeless, Great Nation?,WSJ.com:  I recently met up with a childhood friend  who now lives in NYC.  She had spent the night before counting the homeless.  Doesn’t it seem like this is a problem a Great Nation should be able to solve?

An average of more than 50,000 people slept each night in New York City’s homeless shelters for the first time in January, a record that underscores an unsettling national trend: a rising number of families without permanent housing.

New York City’s homeless population reached a record 50,000 reported individuals in January, and is indicative of a troubling national trend. Michael Howard Saul explains. Photo: Getty Images.

Families have become a larger share of the nation’s homeless population, growing 1.4% from 2011 to 2012, after their numbers fell as the economy emerged from recession.

via New York City Leads Jump in Homeless – WSJ.com.

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