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April 14, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia has sold a second Thomas Eakins painting, this time to the Wal-Mart heiress who earlier had expressed interest in acquiring another of the artist's masterpieces. Eakins' 1874 "Portrait of Professor Benjamin H. Rand" will go to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark., for an undisclosed amount, the university said. The museum is being built by billionaire Alice Walton, daughter of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton.
June 30, 1994 | From a Times Staff Writer
An Orange County Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday that an evangelical preacher had conned an heiress out of nearly $500,000 and ordered him to repay the money plus $250,000 in punitive damages. Mel Tari, 48, of Dana Point, an evangelist and author, must repay Christine Kline, 41, of Denver for the small fortune that she signed over to him. Kline, who had inherited Capital Printing Co.
Multimillionaire Joan Irvine Smith said Tuesday that now that she and her mother, Athalie R. Clarke, have received $255.8 million for their stock in the Irvine Co., one of her first priorities will be to start contacting organizations to which she has publicly promised to makee gifts. "I've got an opportunity to go ahead and do what I said I would do.
A dead champion show horse and a rare parasite add up to murder in the eyes of Orange County philanthropist and breeder Joan Irvine Smith, who has posted a $10,000 reward for information on the death six weeks ago of her prized stallion South Pacific. The possible motive? Jealousy, Smith believes, over the success of her breeding program, centered on the $1.5-million horse who sired at least 14 top performers in show-jump competitions.
June 8, 2007 | Francisco Vara-Orta, Times Staff Writer
The electronic monitoring device Paris Hilton must wear on her ankle means that she cannot go more than 100 feet from her Hollywood Hills home -- unless she gets special permission. Hilton cannot remove the transmitter, which looks something like a pager attached to a metal cuff, at any time as she serves -- or perhaps if she serves -- the remainder of her sentence at home during the next six weeks or so, according to Los Angeles County law enforcement officials.
August 6, 2006 | Claire Hoffman, Claire Hoffman covers Hollywood and the adult entertainment industry for The Times.
Joe Francis, the founder of the "Girls Gone Wild" empire, is humiliating me. He has my face pressed against the hood of a car, my arms twisted hard behind my back. He's pushing himself against me, shouting: "This is what they did to me in Panama City!" It's after 3 a.m. and we're in a parking lot on the outskirts of Chicago. Electronic music is buzzing from the nightclub across the street, mixing easily with the laughter of the guys who are watching this, this me-pinned-and-helpless thing.
For a decade, Hells Angels spokesman George Christie Jr. has cultivated the image of an upstanding citizen whose motorcycle gang has been harassed by law enforcement and whose own Ventura chapter is squeaky clean. Christie ran a leg of the Olympic Torch charity relay in 1984. He hosted a barbecue for jurors after his murder-for-hire acquittal in 1987. He was a guest speaker in Ventura high school and college classes last year on the ethics of journalists and prosecutors.
July 25, 2013 | By Joseph Tanfani
WASHINGTON - In a gilded but often lonely life, Cordelia Scaife May, heiress to one of America's most storied fortunes, had a few cherished passions. Protecting birds was one. Keeping immigrants out was another. An ardent environmentalist more comfortable with books and birds than with high-society galas, May believed nature was under siege from runaway population growth. Before her death in 2005, she devoted much of her wealth to rolling back the tide - backing birth control and curbing immigration, both legal and illegal.
July 12, 2010 | By Kim Willsher, Los Angeles Times
French President Nicolas Sarkozy went on television Monday night in his latest effort to dismiss as "slander and lies" a series of accusations of corruption and cronyism in his administration. In what was seen by political commentators here as the most important public declaration of his presidency so far, Sarkozy bullishly denied receiving an illegal campaign contribution from France's richest woman, L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt. The president's popularity has sunk to a historic low after allegations that he received money stuffed in an envelope from the billionaire.
December 21, 1985 | United Press International
Today is the fifth anniversary of the day Martha (Sunny) von Bulow, 53, a Pittsburgh utilities heiress, lapsed into a deep coma that doctors say is irreversible. She lies in a New York hospital bed. Her husband, Claus, 58, was first convicted and then acquitted of trying to kill her with insulin.
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