Friday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  August 20, 2010 at 10:31 AM EDT

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Thasuni Bandara, 8, from Sri Lanka, takes part in U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services commissioned art project for children across the United States before taking the Oath of Allegiance during a citizenship ceremony on August 19, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. During the ceremony 143 people, including 30 area children under the age of 14, received certificates of citizenship. Children were asked to create images depicting their interpretation of the theme, ‘We Are America.’ Photo by Kevork Djansezian/ Getty Images

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Cheeseball, turducken, vuvuzela and staycation are all new entrants in the Oxford Dictionary or English, which was released on Thursday, via The Independent.

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The number of instances of on-screen smoking has been cut in half since 2005, but more than half of all PG-13 movies still show people smoking, via the Los Angeles Times.

    Questions are mounting about a $500,000 grant that was given to the Barnes Foundation to relocate to Philadelphia by a New Jersey transit authority two years before a court gave its approval for the planned move, via the Los Angeles Times.

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    Bill Millin, the Scottish bagpiper who played as other British soldiers landed on the beaches of Normandy to boost morale on D-Day, has died at the age of 88 in the County of Devon, England, via The New York Times.

    Millin’s piping was depicted in the 1962 film “The Longest Day”:

     

     
    Editor’s Note: We wrongly referred to the Oxford Dictionary of English as the Oxford English Dictionary. We regret the error.