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Monster Mash: Breaking news and headlines

April 7, 2009 |  9:26 am

Bell tower at l'aquila church 

-- History lost: Earthquake in central Italy damages historic buildings. Condition of artwork is uncertain.

-- Bid to avert a deficit: Atlanta Symphony orchestra musicians agree to take a pay cut that will bring $4.2 million in savings over four years.

-- Countdown: Los Angeles launches its first survey of historic buildings.

-- Uh-oh: Roof at Field Museum in Chicago leaks, dripping water onto masks, textiles and baskets in a third-floor storage room.

-- Wishful thinking?: Will cuts to F-22 fighter plane funding lead to more arts jobs?

-- Ironic reversal: Gentrification protesters vandalize a Banksy mural in Bristol, England.

-- Threat looms: Union warns of "likelihood" of strike against New York City Opera

-- Record sale: $20.5-million sale of Chinese painter Lin Fengmian's "Fishing Harvest" sets a record.

-- Obituary: John Blankenchip, a stage and production designer who taught at USC's drama school for more than 50 years, dies at 89.

-- All work: A busy time for "Mauritius" playwright Theresa Rebeck.

-- Lisa Fung

Caption: Damaged bell tower of the 16th-century San Bernardino Church in L'Aquila. Credit: Gregorio Borgia / Associated Press