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Monster Mash: Met will return Egyptian artifact; Bay Bridge remains closed; smuggled antiquities seized

October 28, 2009 |  9:16 am


-- Diplomatic gesture: The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York will return to Egypt a piece of an ancient shrine that it purchased from a collector. (Associated Press)

-- Architectural mishap: The Bay Bridge linking San Francisco and Oakland is closed indefinitely after strong winds snapped two rods and a crossbeam. (San Francisco Chronicle)

-- Gotcha: Customs agents have seized two ancient Italian artifacts that were smuggled into the U.S. and offered for sale in New York. (Associated Press)

-- Election season: David Mamet's "November" will have its West Coast premiere at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco on Nov.15. (Playbill)

-- Historical record: The Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace was once a target for the IRA, according to archives. (Telegraph)

-- Finding a home: Martin McDonagh's "A Behanding in Spokane" will open March 4 at Broadway's Schoenfeld Theater. (Variety)

-- Unveiling: Oxford's Ashmolean Museum is set to reopen Nov. 7 after a nearly $100-million renovation. (Bloomberg)

-- Organizing labor: The Society of Composers & Lyricists, which includes about 1,200 members, is considering unionizing. (Variety)

-- And in the L.A. Times: The first part of a multi-volume DVD retrospective of Plácido Domingo's career hits the shelves in November. (Los Angeles Times)

-- David Ng

Photo: A fragment from an ancient shrine that the Metropolitan Museum of Art will return to Egypt. Credit: Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities / Associated Press