Names in the news, May 25

Posted May 25, 2011, at 7:03 p.m.
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A plume of smoke rises from the Grimsvotn volcano in Iceland on Wednesday in this image from television. Volcano experts in Iceland said the eruption which began Saturday appeared to be tapering off. Ash from the volcano forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights over Britain on Tuesday as winds blew the ash over Scotland, but British airspace was clear Wednesday. German air traffic control banned all takeoffs and landings at airports in Berlin, Bremen, Hamburg and Luebeck for several hours early Wednesday.
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A plume of smoke rises from the Grimsvotn volcano in Iceland on Wednesday in this image from television. Volcano experts in Iceland said the eruption which began Saturday appeared to be tapering off. Ash from the volcano forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights over Britain on Tuesday as winds blew the ash over Scotland, but British airspace was clear Wednesday. German air traffic control banned all takeoffs and landings at airports in Berlin, Bremen, Hamburg and Luebeck for several hours early Wednesday.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has played down the importance of the social networking website for the popular revolutions that toppled presidents in Egypt and Tunisia. Zuckerberg says the wave of protests against autocratic governments sweeping through the Arab world could have been organized using other websites. The 27-year-old says “it would be extremely arrogant for any specific technology company to claim any meaningful role.” Zuckerberg also told a meeting on Internet governance in Paris on Wednesday that he considers online anonymity very valuable. But he says Facebook will continue to require users to sign up with their real names. He also has no immediate plans to open the service to children under 13 … Another hoops star will join the Kardashian clan. People magazine reported Wednesday that reality star Kim Kardashian is engaged to her boyfriend of six months, New Jersey Nets forward Kris Humphries. Sister Khloe Kardashian and Los Angeles Laker Lamar Odom were married in 2009. Kim Kardashian told People that she was in “shock” when she entered her Beverly Hills, Calif., home last week to discover Humphries on bended knee with “will you marry me” spelled out in rose petals. Humphries, 26, gave Kardashian, 30, a 20.5-carat Lorraine Schwartz diamond ring. The family stars in the E! reality show “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” and spinoffs, including “Khloe and Lamar” … Gary Shteyngart is the first American to win the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction, named for author P.G. Wodehouse. “Super Sad True Love Story” is  about a “Russian Jewish  nebbish” and his much younger Korean American girlfriend trying to negotiate the pitfalls of love. James Franco appeared in the book’s promotional trailer.

 

 

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