April 14, 2007 |
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 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 2007 |
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.
June 19, 1991 |
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.
June 6, 1998 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 1991 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 2005 |
Wal-Mart heiress Elizabeth Paige Laurie, accused of paying a fellow college student $20,000 to do her homework, has returned her USC degree, officials said. The move came nearly a year after Laurie's freshman-year roommate, Elena Martinez, told the ABC newsmagazine "20/20" that she had written term papers and done assignments for the heiress for 3 1/2 years. "Paige Laurie voluntarily has surrendered her degree and returned her diploma to the university.
October 30, 2010 |
A drug smuggling case in Ohio has captured the attention of South Koreans because of the defendant's claim that she is the estranged granddaughter of Samsung founder Lee Byung-chull. Lisette Lee, 28, of Beverly Hills was arrested in June for allegedly using a private jet to move suitcases packed with marijuana from Van Nuys to Ohio on a dozen occasions between November 2009 and June 2010. She later told federal officials that she is the heiress to the South Korean electronics fortune.
December 21, 1985 |
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.
July 25, 2013 |
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.