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Monster Mash: Google partners with Iraq's National Museum; Pompidou strike; nude model exonerated

November 24, 2009 |  8:59 am


-- Everything old is new again: Google plans to make thousands of images of ancient artifacts from Iraq's National Museum accessible online. (Reuters)

-- To the barricades: Employees at the Centre Pompidou in Paris go on strike to protest job cuts. (Agence France Presse)

-- Embezzlement?: The London Philharmonic Orchestra's finance director faces the allegation that he stole about $926,000 over a four-year period. (Evening Standard)

-- Officially kaput: The troubled stage production of "A Christmas Carol" that originated in Hollywood last year has canceled all of its planned performances for the season. (Chicago Tribune)

-- Baring it all, Part 1: The model who was arrested earlier this year for posing nude at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art is off the hook after prosecutors drop the case. (New York Post)

-- Baring it all, Part 2: Actress Kim Cattrall will pose nude in an effort to save a painting by Titian on display in the U.K. (Zap2It)

-- Recovered: The discovery of Andy Warhol's lost "Heinz 57" crate leads to an arrest in New York. (Bloomberg)

-- No kidding: Artists are taking a beating in the current economic downturn, according to a new study. (Art Info)

-- And in the L.A. Times: The tagger/artist known as REVOK has been arrested; an L.A. photographer documents the U.S. military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy; Marc Shaiman is set to return as music director for the Academy Awards ceremony.

-- David Ng

Photo: Google chief executive Eric Schmidt tours the National Museum in Baghdad as part of an announcement that the company will be digitizing artifacts from the museum. Credit: Sabah Arar / AFP / Getty Images