QUITO, Ecuador — The beloved Galapagos Islands giant tortoise known as Lonesome George will remain a tourist attraction even in death.
Ecuador’s environment minister says the reptile that became a symbol of disappearing species will be embalmed and placed on display on Santa Cruz island.
Minister Marcela Aguinaga said an autopsy determined that Lonesome George died of old age. He was believed to have been about 100 years old.
Lonesome George was the last of the Pinta Island giant tortoise subspecies, and he failed to leave offspring.
He was discovered in 1972 on Pinta Island and became an ambassador of sorts for the archipelago off Ecuador’s coast whose unique flora and fauna helped inspire Charles Darwin’s ideas on evolution.
HONOLULU — A project to widen an eroding section of world-famous Waikiki Beach has been completed.
The area shoreline is eroding one to two feet per year, allowing water to rush into seawalls and a hotel restaurant bar during south shore swells and peak high tide. The state Department of Land and Natural Resources used machines to haul sand onto the beach. In some areas there is now up to 40 feet of new sand.
DLNR covered more than half the cost. The Hawaii Tourism Authority and Kyo-ya Hotels and Resorts, the owner of the Moana Surfrider and other Waikiki hotels, each contributed $500,000. Work began Jan. 23.
NEW ORLEANS — Touring in support of his critically acclaimed debut solo album, “Blunderbuss,” Jack White has been added to the lineup for the 2012 Voodoo Music and Arts Experience.
White joins other headliners for the event, set for Oct. 26-28, including Grammy-winning trio Green Day and Neil Young & Crazy Horse.
Other talent previously announced includes The Avett Brothers, electronic dance music star Skrillex, Justice, Tomahawk, Say Anything, funk bassist Bootsy Collins, blues-rock guitarist Gary Clark Jr. and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
For tickets: www.thevoodoo experience.com.
THESSALONIKI, Greece — Archaeologists in Greece’s second-largest city have uncovered a 230-foot section of an ancient road built by the Romans that was the city’s main travel artery nearly 2,000 years ago.
The marble-paved road was unearthed during excavations for Thessaloniki’s new subway system, which is due to be completed in four years. The road in the northern port city will be raised to be put on permanent display when the metro opens in 2016.
Several of the large marble paving stones were etched with children’s board games, while others were marked by horse-drawn cart wheels.
Also discovered at the site were remains of tools and lamps, as well as the bases of marble columns.
Viki Tzanakouli, an archaeologist working on the project, told The Associated Press the Roman road was about 1,800 years old, while remains of an older road built by the ancient Greeks 500 years earlier were found underneath it.
GATLINBURG, Tenn. — The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has two new programs this summer designed for families.
The Hike the Smokies program encourages families to hike the park’s shorter, less strenuous trails. They get the chance to record the number of miles hiked in a booklet created for the participants.
The Adopt a Trail program gives parents and children an opportunity to help maintain a short, kid-friendly park trail. As trail adopters, families help preserve the beauty of a trail by keeping it trash free. Adop- ters also remove small bran-ches from the trail and report larger needs to the park. Visit www.nps.gov/grsm.
WASHINGTON — The Newseum its waiving its admission fee for visitors ages 18 and under this summer.
The museum about journalism and the First Amendment announced it will offer free admission beginning for youths from July 1 through Labor Day on Sept. 3. That’s a savings of $12.95 per child.
WASHINGTON — The Anacostia Riverwalk Trail is growing and the planned extension will connect Washington’s favorite locations.
A $10 million grant from the Department of Transportation will fund a four-mile extension that will connect 16 waterfront communities, including Nationals Park, RFK Stadium, the Navy Yard and the National Arboretum.
Sen. Ben Cardin says the extension will also link dozens of suburban and urban trails in the district and Maryland, helping spur economic development in the area.