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Monster Mash: Obama and the 'ground zero mosque'; 'American Idiot' producers sued

August 16, 2010 |  7:59 am


-- Executive opinion: President Obama voices support for the "ground zero mosque," prompting other politicians to weigh in on the controversy. (Los Angeles Times)

-- Broadway battle: A former understudy for the musical "American Idiot" is suing producers for allegedly using footage of her during rehearsals to promote the show. (Hollywood Reporter, via ABC)

-- Disputed masterpiece: The Italian government is in a dispute with the city of Florence over the ownership of Michelangelo's "David" statue. (The Guardian)

-- Piece of history: Museums around the country are vying for the right to host retired space shuttles. (Los Angeles Times)

-- Shady dealings: Police are investigating the attempted sale of stolen Cuban modernist paintings. (Miami Herald)

-- Money trouble: The Syracuse Symphony is facing difficult financial times. (Syracuse Post-Standard)

-- Also in the L.A. Times: Art critic Christopher Knight reviews Ryan Trecartin at MOCA @ Pacific Design Center; theater critic Charles McNulty reviews Harry Connick, Jr. at the Hollywood Bowl.

-- David Ng

Photo: A view of the site of the planned Islamic cultural center near ground zero in New York. Credit: Spencer Platt / Getty Images