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Monster Mash: Breaking news and headlines

January 15, 2009 |  7:23 am

Official_obama_photo_2 -- What will Barack Obama's arts policy look like? Depends on the economy.

-- The official White House photo of the 44th president, right, is unveiled.

--Jeremy Piven finally speaks out about the mercury poisoning that led him to quit "Speed-the-Plow."

-- LACMA is selling off two paintings, portions of its textiles collection.

-- The National Theatre in London plans live broadcasts of its shows in 50 theaters across the U.K.

-- George Steel is named general manager of New York City Opera, replacing Gerard Mortier, who resigned before he started.

-- "Spamalot" is coming to the Ahmanson Theatre with John O'Hurley in the lead.

-- The Calder Quartet will appear on "Late Show With David Letterman" on Friday.

-- A rare copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, signed by Lincoln, is on loan to the National Museum of American History from a Washington financier.

-- Atlanta Ballet gets a $3-million boost from local foundation.

-- Actor and Latino advocate Ricardo Montalban dies at 88.

-- San Francisco's Magic Theatre raises enough money to save its 43rd season.

-- Lisa Fung

Photo: Pete Souza / White House photographer-designate