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July 3, 2012 |
Federal authorities have taken over an investigation into the management of an elderly heiress' fortune by a key figure at the Kabbalah Centre, police said Tuesday. A supervisor with the Palos Verdes Estates Police Department, which had led a criminal probe into the handling of the housebound widow's affairs, said the department turned over files concerning her longtime business manager, John E. Larkin, to federal agents last month. Sgt. Steve Barber declined to name the agency but said its focus was "financial activities" involving the 88-year-old heiress, Susan Strong Davis, and Larkin, a veteran Hollywood business manager who helps oversee the Kabbalah Centre's money.
June 1, 2012
"Hatfields & McCoys" fired off its last rounds with another ratings record. History's three-part miniseries about the 19th century clan feud starring Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton drew 14.3 million viewers for its final episode Wednesday night, making it the most-watched scripted entertainment program in the history of basic cable TV, according to Nielsen. In fact, all three parts of the miniseries now occupy the Top 3 spots in the cable record books. Monday's premiere drew 13.9 million, while Tuesday's middle chapter gathered a clan of 13.1 million.
April 9, 2012 |
Susan Strong Davis, an 87-year-old widow, spends the day inside her Palos Verdes Estates home, tended round-the-clock by nurse's aides. For company, relatives say, she has her dog, the television and, on increasingly rare occasions, memories of the glamorous socialite's life she once lived. "She definitely has some sort of dementia," said Viki Brushwood, a niece who visited from Texas in December. "I don't know if it's Alzheimer's or what. She is somebody who is not making decisions anymore.
October 18, 2011 |
Jewish mysticism is the spiritual bedrock of the Kabbalah Centre, but its finances are built on real estate investments, donations and the marketing of religious books, classes and merchandise. As a tax-exempt religious organization, the center is not required to disclose any aspect of its finances, which are under investigation by the IRS. But public records, lawsuits and a former high-ranking employee's resume all provide glimpses of its balance sheet and business dealings. An online resume posted by Nelson Boord Jr., a former chief financial officer who left the center in 2009, said it had annual revenue of $60 million, a $60-million investment fund and $200 million in real estate holdings around the world.
August 11, 2011
On her new live comedy album, "I Love Being Me, Don't You?," Sandra Bernhard careens from acidic commentary about Angelina Jolie's lips to her daughter's recent bat mitzvah gift wish — a Japanese toilet — to how kabbalah "went all wrong. " Now, Bernhard will perform some of that material live — along with plenty of new comedy and music — in her latest staged show of the same name. REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St. 8:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat.; 7 p.m. Sun.; 8:30 p.m. Aug. 17-20; 7 p.m. Aug. 21. (213)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 2011 |
The Kabbalah Centre, a Westside spiritual organization that is the focus of a tax evasion investigation, is shutting down the U.S. operations of a global children's charity that has raised millions from celebrity followers and more recently drawn the scrutiny of IRS investigators. SFK or Success for Kids, a 10-year-old nonprofit based at the center, will close its programs in American public schools at the end of the academic year, the charity's president, Michal Berg, announced in a letter Wednesday to supporters.