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A Beatle in Rome

Rome, May 11 (Reuters): Taking the floor where gladiators once battled wild beasts and fought to the death, ex-Beatle Paul McCartney brought rock ’’ roll to Rome’s Colosseum for the first time. “We understand it’s the first time there’s been a band in the Colosseum since the Christians,” McCartney joked with the audience, in reference to the persecution of the early Christians by the Romans.

“Rock the Colosseum,” he yelled towards the end of the show last night, before launching into sing-along Beatles hit Hey Jude to a rapturous response.

its heyday some 2,000 years ago, the Colosseum could seat as many as 80,000, but yesterday just 400 people were let in for the benefit show. “This is a beautiful, beautiful place,” the 60-year-old star told the audience.

McCartney made ample use of his treasure trove of Beatles hits, with 18 of the 27 songs he performed coming from the pioneering 1960s band’s repertoire — including Can’t buy me love, Let it be and the classic of classics Yesterday.

Fraud charge

New York, (AP): A New York Times reporter “committed frequent acts of journalistic fraud,” including stealing material from other newspapers, inventing quotes and lying about his whereabouts, according to an investigation conducted by the paper. The review found problems in at least 36 of the 73 articles written by Jayson Blair from the time he began receiving national reporting assignments in late October to his May 1 resignation. The Times described the episode as “a low point in the 152-year history of the newspaper.” Blair, 27, “used these techniques to write falsely about emotionally charged moments in recent history, from the sniper attacks in suburban Washington to the anguish of families grieving for loved ones killed in Iraq,” according to a story the Times posted on its website yesterday before its publication in today’s editions. “It’s a huge black eye,” Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr., chairman of the New York Times Company and publisher said.

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