1. Yesterday Mamamia reported that Melbourne teenager Alexander Jones, 19, had died after shielding his sister from a collapsing wall on Swanston Street on Friday.
Tragically, his 18-year-old sister Bridget has died in hospital three days later.
The parents of the teenagers, Ian and Sue, said that they were “overwhelmed” and issued thanks to the people who had tried to help their children. They said in a statement, “We understand people who were passing by and the emergency services did everything that they could and we are so grateful these people tried their best for our children.”
2. A man in Arizona, Thomas Beatie – who was born a woman and underwent a sex change, but retained female organs and subsequently gave birth to three children – has been refused divorce by an Arizona judge. News.com.au reports that because Thomas retained female reproductive organs, the judge is unsure if Thomas and Nancy and Beatie’s nine-year marriage is a same-sex marriage – which is an unrecognised institution in Arizona.
3. 1500 tourists were evacuated from Paris’ most iconic monument, the Eiffel Tower, yesterday after an anonymous bomb threat. A police inspection found no suspicious objects, and the tower was reopened a few hours later.
4. A 17-year-old boy from Tarlee, Dylan Poulton, has died after a devastating crash in South Australia – the third death on the state’s roads this Easter long weekend. The national road toll for this weekend stood at 12 on Saturday.
5. The SMH reports that a drug for Australian men suffering from advanced prostate cancer is still unavailable for many, because its listing on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme is caught in “bureaucratic limbo”.
6. Cate Blanchett has signed $10.4 million deal to appear in advertisements for Giorgio Armani’s women’s perfumes, the SMH reports. Brad Pitt was paid slightly over $7 million for his Chanel campaign.
8. North Korea has announced a “state of war” with South Korea, reports News.com.au. Technically North and South Korea have been at war for the last half-century, as the last Korean War ended in 1953 with an armistice – not a peace treaty.
9. A convicted drug dealer in the UK has been sentenced to write a 5000-word essay on the negative effects of cannabis instead of serving a jail sentence, reports News.com.au.