The CNN Daily Mash-up is a roundup of some of the most interesting, surprising, curious, poignant or significant items to appear on CNN.com in the past 24 hours. We'll top it with a collection of the day's most striking photographs.
A Lutheran pastor in Oak Park, Illinois, was struck by lighting while on a walk for hunger, CNN affiliate WBBM reports. How do you suppose that will figure into future sermons?
The Ohio high school where three students were shot dead in February took another step toward healing over the weekend. With the help of ballot-box stuffing by other schools, Chardon High School won a radio contest by a landslide to hold its spring dance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in nearby Cleveland. CNN affiliate WEWS reports:
CNN iReporter Jim Heston shot some great photos on Monday and Tuesday of heavy flooding in the streets of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, following the first major storm of the rainy season. "Phnom Penh has this happen about four to 10 times each rainy season," he said. "'If there is a downpour of the same magnitude, certain areas around town flood."
Children's author Maurice Sendak's death at 83 has evoked an outpouring of praise and nostalgia. But the straight-talking writer and illustrator would have none of it, if this quote from a 2011 interview in The Atlantic is an indication:
I don't know how to do a children's book. I don't even know what a children's book is. I always know that my work is deemed suitable - more suitable - for children. I don't believe that, but who cares? Who cares?
CNN.com users have been effusive in their praise of and gratitude toward Sendak. (That's CNN iReporter Stephanie Clawson's foot tattoo at right.) This comment, from GizzyN, is typical:
I've probably bought 50 copies of WtWTA over the years... every young child in my life has gotten a copy at one time or another. My kids, my nieces & nephews, my cousin's kids, kids of friends... and I remember reading it when I was a child.
I still have the copies I got for my kids (they're grown now), and hopefully will be reading it to my grandchildren someday.
Maurice – you made millions of kids giggle and smile. You made us less afraid of the monsters under the bed and in the closet. You made the world magical. And you made us, as kids, feel powerful. Your legacy will live on for generations to come... thank you for shining your light on this world. You will be missed as deeply as your words are beloved.
This is not on black velvet. Artist Andy Warhol's silkscreen painting of Elvis Presley, titled "Double Elvis (Ferus Type)" will go on the auction block Wednesday at Sotheby's in New York City, where it is expected to fetch $30 million to $50 million.
Meanwhile, amid political turbulence in Europe, Queen Elizabeth II will formally open the British Parliament in one of the most colorful events of the year. The queen will travel by carriage from Buckingham Palace to Parliament, where she will deliver a speech from the throne in the House of Lords. She is expected to announce new government economic measures.