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Know the signs

Women and men experience symptoms of heart attacks differently. While both may experience chest pains, oftentimes women may not. And other symptoms may go undiagnosed or may be misdiagnosed. While men experience chest and left arm pains, women may experience more subtle signs: shortness of breath, nausea, cold sweats, fatigue and pain in the jaw, neck and shoulders/back. As a result, women, on average, wait longer for medical treatment because the symptoms aren’t as severe as in men, according to a study published in this month’s Journal of the American Heart Association.

Andy and Marilyn

An Andy Warhol silkscreen of Marilyn Monroe, known as “Shot Sage Blue Marilyn,” sold at a Christie’s auction for $195 million, breaking the record for an American 20th century piece of artwork. Warhol created the 40-by-40-inch image in 1964 from a publicity photograph from the 1954 movie, “Niagara.” The new artwork owner was not identified at the auction.

Expensive fiddle

A 1714 Stradivarius violin, known as “da Vinci,” will be sold at an online auction May 18-June 9, making this the first Stradivarius from the “golden age” of violin making to be auctioned in decades. This particular violin was purchased by Toscha Seidel in 1924 for $25,000 (more than $400,000 by today’s prices). Seidel, who emigrated to the United States after the Russian Revolution, at one time gave Albert Einstein violin lessons. Seidel made a name for himself in Hollywood playing his Stradivarius on a number of film scores, including “The Wizard of Oz.” The “da Vinci” Stradivarius last sold in 1974 for 34,000 pounds, more than $3 million today. It’s expected to sell between $15 -20 million when it goes on auction.

The truth is out there…maybe

The House Intelligence Committee’s subcommittee on counterterrorism, counterintelligence and counterproliferation will hold an open hearing May 17 with Pentagon intelligence officials about the 2021 ODNI report of unidentified aerial phenomena (what was formerly known as UFOs). The nine-page congress-requested report by the Pentagon’s UAP Task Force concentrated on 144 U.S. government-reported events between 2004-2021. One of the key points in the executive summary stated UAPs “clearly pose a safety of flight issue and may pose a challenge to U.S. national security.”

Ghost tracks

CAPE MAY, N.J.: Due to the massive erosion that took place from last weekend’s nor’easter, the famous “ghost tracks” have appeared on the Cape May beach. Remnants of a century-old railroad line are visible along a remote stretch of beach. The tracks are visible only at low tide. There’s no telling if the next storm or natural shifting of the tides will bury them once more or reveal more of what was once lost. The rail line was used during the early to mid-1900s for a number of purposes, including support for mining facilities and munitions testing during World War I. (Jersey Coast Emergency News)

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