On the Radar: Winehouse autopsy, famine meeting, cemetery spruce-up
Flowers, pictures and messages are left in tribute to Amy Winehouse near the house in north London where her body was found.
July 25th, 2011
06:03 AM ET

On the Radar: Winehouse autopsy, famine meeting, cemetery spruce-up

Three things you need to know today.

Amy Winehouse: An autopsy to determine what killed singer Amy Winehouse has been scheduled for Monday afternoon, Scotland Yard says.

"Inquiries continue into the circumstances of the death," police said Sunday. At this stage, the 27-year-old's death "is being treated as unexplained and there have been no arrests in connection with the incident," police said.

The singer, beloved for her talent but infamous for erratic public behavior, arrests and drug problems, was found dead at her apartment in London on Saturday, police and her publicist confirmed.

Winehouse's family said in a statement Sunday it "has been left bereft by the loss of Amy, a wonderful daughter, sister, niece. She leaves a gaping hole in our lives. We are coming together to remember her and we would appreciate some privacy and space at this terrible time."

Somalia famine: The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations convenes an emergency meeting in Rome on Monday to address the famine on the Horn of Africa.

Last week, a unit of the U.N. agency declared a famine in two regions of southern Somalia and warned that famine conditions are expected to spread in the coming months.

Monday's meeting was organized by the French government. Representatives from governments and non-governmental organizations are expected to attend.

The goal of the meeting is to look at ways to combat famine and drought in several countries and not to solicit pledges of aid, according to the FAO's website.

Arlington cemetery spruce-up: Five hundred landscapers and lawn care professionals from around the country head to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia on Monday for a day of service at the cemetery.

The landscapers from the PLANET Professional Lawncare Network will prune, mulch, aerate and plant over the cemetery's 200 acres, according to an announcement on the group's website.

This is the 15th year for the Renewal and Remembrance event at the cemetery. The work to be performed is estimated at $250,000 in value, which will bring the total 15-year contribution to more than $2 million, according to the organizers.

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soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. timestickin

    Its a shame... But she was always a mess. The $$ went right to her head as with the drugs and booze...

    July 25, 2011 at 6:11 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    It wasn't money that caused Winehouse's addiction.
    It was her inability to know who she was when surrounded by adulation.

    July 25, 2011 at 6:17 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Many super-rich young persons never become addicted to anything.
    They take advantage of the privileges their parents give them.
    Money does not cause addiction.

    July 25, 2011 at 6:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Joseph

      They only become addicted to voting for their own selfish greed over country during each election.Most become addicted to to letter R,no matter what name it follows.

      July 25, 2011 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  4. timestickin

    Money does help the addiction go further...

    July 25, 2011 at 6:28 am | Report abuse |
  5. CCCCC

    Good riddance of rubbish I say.She was a waste of space.

    July 25, 2011 at 6:40 am | Report abuse |
  6. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Addicts who can't afford their habits simply steal your money.
    Addicts are smart about that.

    July 25, 2011 at 6:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. P.J.

    Cause of death? The last 10 years.

    July 25, 2011 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
  8. Chrissie Grant

    Money may help the end result from the abuse of drugs/alcohol come quicker,but whether an addict is rich or poor,trust and believe we will find any means to get our drug of choice.We all start out thinking "WOW" this feels great and I don't have to think about anything that's wrong in my life or anything that hurts. That's a lie...eventually it makes you dependant on it. We all feel something like this..no hope,worthless,noone loves us,lonely,depressed,I could go on. What I am saying is we are afraid to live without that drug,cause we don't know how.At one time in my life,I would go get a beer AS SOON as jumped out of bed,even before that first morning trip to the bathroom...that's pretty sad. So does more money make a difference in the progression in an addiction...maybe,cause you are able to get endless supplies whenever,but the end result for any addict that doesn't want to feel better,live life,or take a chance on life will always be the same. Just some sooner than others. God Bless all of the people who struggle to live everyday...even the ones who are addicted to things that might not kill them,but control their lives.

    July 25, 2011 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
  9. NewsRaider

    Enough about Winehouse already. Go to the DoD news realeases and profile the latest dead American Soldier, if you want to write about someone who deserves the attention.

    July 25, 2011 at 7:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Ina

      AMEN to that. I think our Soldiers never get enough respect. There put there lives in danger for us, and Fight for us. But all what there get in the Media is one day of a short report.
      Shame on all that don't think so.

      July 25, 2011 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
  10. Partsfreak

    An autopsy of Amy should be undertaken with extreme caution. Major biohazard risk involved.

    July 25, 2011 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
  11. Some Random Dude

    you guys should try meth.

    July 25, 2011 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
  12. Tracy White

    Why must we be so mean this was a human being who obviously had a serious addiction. We loved your music Amy and whatever demons you were fighting you no longer have to fight them. To the family so sorry for your lost. R.I.P Soul Sister!!!!!

    July 25, 2011 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  13. @news raider

    If you want to read about soldiers, great. YOU clicked on this link about amy winehouse. If your sick of her death already, why open the story, read, and comment? (Rolling my eyes)

    July 25, 2011 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  14. MASTERsin

    No one cares. Good she's gone! Druggie!

    July 25, 2011 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  15. itsamemario

    why is the amy winehouse news even mentioned in the same article as world events? im sad shes gone too but this is famine we*re talking about. the arlington thing is more news than the winehouse autopsy..and come on people, show some respect for the dead..

    July 25, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
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