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Monster Mash: Ed McMahon dies; opera is good for the heart; Met cuts more jobs; Patti LuPone loses it again

June 23, 2009 |  9:06 am

Banksy mural -- Mixed reactions: Mural by artist Banksy is vandalized in paint attack. BBC video here.

-- Musical medicine: Study finds that listening to opera can help reduce high blood pressure.

-- Voice silenced: Ed McMahon dies at 86; Johnny Carson's sidekick once appeared on Broadway. Critic Robert Lloyd offers an appreciation.

-- More job losses: Metropolitan Museum of Art makes its final cuts, losing a total of 357 jobs, or 14% of staff

-- Here she goes again: Patti LuPone again loses it and stops her Vegas show over audience member’s electronic device. She'll be appearing at the Ahmanson this week -- put away your cameras, or face her wrath.

-- Pas de deux: National Ballet of Canada and Royal Winnepeg Ballet to share the stage when Olympics come to Vancouver in 2010.

-- Address change: Broadcast offices of 89.3 KPCC, Southern California's public radio station, moves to new Pasadena site.

-- Conference planned: Heirs race to reclaim Nazi-looted art before time runs out.

-- Surprise discovery: A rare Rubens etching is uncovered in Rome.

-- Early report: State of New York moves to regulate deaccessioning as museums rally to fight plan.

-- Tapping into reserves: Pennsylvania museums fear state budget cuts may force drastic actions.

-- For the record: British choreographer creating a digital archive for dance.

-- Just as syrupy?: Remember the "Marvelous Wonderettes"? Now it's the boys' turn.

-- Lisa Fung

Photo: Banksy mural hit by paint. Credit: BBC News