National Briefs: Jerry Garcia’s guitar, facial recognition software, Yale essay and and more


Jerry Garcia’s custom-made guitar is truckin’ to auction in New York City. (Guernsey’s via AP)

Emma Freer


Jerry Garcia’s guitar heads to auction, could fetch $1M

NEW YORK — A guitar that Jerry Garcia played everywhere from San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom to Egypt’s Great Pyramids is headed to auction Wednesday night.

Wolf, the Grateful Dead frontman’s guitar, will be offered at the Brooklyn Bowl, a bowling alley, restaurant and music venue. The proceeds are earmarked for the Southern Poverty Law Center, which is based in Montgomery, Alabama.

Devoted Deadhead Daniel Pritzker, a philanthropist, musician and film director, is selling the guitar after having bought the instrument in 2002 for $790,000. The guitar is predicted to fetch more than $1 million this time around.

Nest security camera to use facial recognition tech

SAN FRANCISCO — Nest Labs is adding Google’s facial recognition technology to a high-resolution home-security camera, offering a glimpse of a future in which increasingly intelligent, internet-connected computers can see and understand what’s going on in people’s homes.

The Nest Cam IQ, unveiled Wednesday, will be Nest’s first device to draw upon the same human-like skills that Google has been programming into its computers — for instance, to identify people in images via its widely used photo app. Nest can tap into Google’s expertise in artificial intelligence because the same parent company, Alphabet Inc., owns both companies.

Love for pizza gets student admitted to Ivy League

BRENTWOOD, Tennessee — A Tennessee teen’s love for pizza helped her gain acceptance to Yale University.

The Tennessean reports Ravenwood High School graduate Carolina Williams stood out to Yale admissions because of her answer to a short-essay prompt to write about something she loves to do: order pizza from Papa John’s.

Williams will be the first in her family to go to college, but she will not attend Yale. She said she felt pursuing business at Auburn University would be a better fit.

Woman reports car stolen, finds girl with bag on head

PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia police said a woman reported her son had stolen her vehicle, and then she stumbled upon her 7-year-old daughter with a plastic bag over her head.

The girl was unresponsive and wastaken to a hospital in critical condition, police said.

Police have not yet releases the names of those involved in the call about 1 a.m. Wednesday in the city’s Olney section. They also haven’t said whether they believe the vehicle theft and the girl’s condition are related.

Authorities found the vehicle crashed and abandoned several blocks away. They haven’t found the 18-year-old who allegedly took it.

The mother reported the vehicle stolen before finding her daughter unresponsive when she went into the basement to retrieve the vehicle’s registration.

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