Jeffrey Epstein

Jonathan L. Arden, president of the National Association of Medical Examiners, has questioned the broken hyoid bone and circumstances around Epstein’s death.

Mr Arden told The Washington Post: “If, hypothetically, the hyoid bone is broken, that would generally raise questions about strangulation, but it is not definitive and does not exclude suicidal hanging.”

He added the broken bone could lead to pathologists conducted a more extensive investigation.

Meanwhile…

Numerous studies were also cited by the paper that found hyoid bone breaks were detected in a minority of suicidal hangings. One such study conducted from 2010 to 2013 that looked at suicidal hangings in India found that hyoid damage was present in just 16 of 264 cases, or 6 percent…

Autopsy finds broken bones in Jeffrey Epstein’s neck, deepening questions around his death (Washington Post)

Jeffrey Epstein’s bodyguard: ‘Somebody helped him’ kill himself (New York Post)

Tuesday: Suicide Is Painless

Related: Five Years After

Michael – The Runner

If you need something to put a smile on your face, then the new video by this enigmatic Irish trio should do the trick.

Graham Connolly (top left) hops, skips and jumps his way through the streets of Dublin on a bright sunny day, stopping only to dance with the ladies and high-five the lads.

It’s a badly needed blast of positivity that was inspired by Maser‘s famous murals.

The band release their debut album Shudder next year.

Nick says: A rare oul’ time.

Michael

Earlier this week, on its monthly trundle around the Earth, our moon passed directly in front of Saturn from the viewpoint of the Southern hemisphere.To wit:

The featured image from SydneyAustralia captured the pair a few minutes before the eclipse. The image was a single shot lasting only 1/500th of a second, later processed to better highlight both the Moon and Saturn. Since Saturn is nearly opposite the Sun, it can be seen nearly the entire night, starting at sunset, toward the south and east. The gibbous Moon was also nearly opposite the Sun, and so also visible nearly the entire night — it will be full tomorrow night. The Moon will occult Saturn again during every lap it makes around the Earth this year.

(ImagePeter Patonai)

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Behold: the Thomas Crown Affair Dune Buggy – which is to say, the actual Meyers Manx that Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway raced along the beach in the 1968 film that made Dunaway a Hollywood A-lister and started the dune buggy craze (which still hasn’t abated).

The car that McQueen himself helped to design (a VW chassis with a flat-six 230bhp Chevrolet Corvair engine) comes up for auction next year.

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This morning.

At Dublin’s Victorian Fruit and Vegetable Market between Capel Street and Smithfield in Dublin 7 – where just eight traders remain.

Joseph Duffy (third pic), of Joseph M Duffy and Sons, has worked at the market for the past 45 years. His grandparents met at the market and, in total, his family have worked there for more than 125 years.

Karenita Roche-Campion (fourth pic), who lives in Dundrum, says she’s considered a ‘blow-in’ as she’s only worked at the market for 25 years. She used to walk to the market from Dundrum, taking her an hour and 30 mins.

Joe Dowling (fifth pic), of Dowling and Sons Fruit and Veg, has been working at the market for around 30 years.

Michael Dowling (sixth pic), of Dowling and Sons Fruit and Veg, has been working there since he was a child.

The market, which was first opened in 1892, is reportedly set to close next Friday for a €3million refurbishment by Dublin City Council.

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Pics: Sam Boal/Rollingnews

Minister for Education Joe McHugh

This afternoon.

The Minister for Education Joe McHugh spoke to RTÉ’s News at One, on the back of RTÉ Education Correspondent Emma O’Kelly’s report earlier today that engineers had found structural flaws in 17 schools buildings – despite initial assessments carried out last October finding that there were no safety concerns.

These schools are in addition to 22 other schools that were found to have defects last year.

All of the schools affected were built by Tyrone-based company Western Building Systems.

Mr McHugh told RTÉ:

“Going back to the initial investigation [in October] and one of the questions that officials will always ask of engineers – are these schools safe to go into?. Yes they were deemed safe to go into.

Are they safe to go into today? In terms of what we’ve received over the summer? Probably the answer would still be yes.

“But what I want to do, I want to be over prudent here. I want to ensure that these schools are long-term viable propositions over the next 50 to 60 years.”

Asked if there’s an issue within the Department of Education in how it audits building work, the minister said:

“That is a very good question and it’s something that we’re following up on.”

He said the department has already tendered for an international group to assess this type of building by WBS.

Meanwhile, Ms O’Kelly, who spoke to some of the principals of the affected schools, said they’re faced with “a big headache” as they’re due to open in two weeks.

She said:

“They’ve new teachers, they’ve new junior infants coming in and they’ve to make decisions. One principal described to me scaffolding in the stairwells of the school, scaffolding around the school.

“Another principal has already made the decision to postpone the opening of the school, just for a few days at this stage.

“…some principals are waiting and seeing because it’s very early days. They were just informed of this yesterday.”

Ms O’Kelly also said that the schools, to which the staff have not had access all summer, won’t be receiving the keys to their schools at close of business two days before the schools are scheduled to reopen – giving them one day to prepare for children returning to school.

Listen back in full here

Emma O’Kelly

Earlier: The 39 Schools

Rebuilding Ireland

‘The Schools Were Built Under A Fast Track System’

Rapid Answers

Pic: Rollingnews