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Monster Mash: 'Ground zero mosque' moves closer to reality; UNESCO adds heritage sites

August 3, 2010 |  7:58 am


-- Controversial decision: New York's Landmarks Preservation Committee votes against granting landmark designation to a building scheduled for demolition, paving the way for the construction of an Islamic center and mosque near ground zero. (CNN)

-- International splendors: UNESCO has announced 21 additions to its list of World Heritage sites, including Amsterdam's canal belt and the historic town French town of Albi. (Agence France-Presse)

-- Is it really happening? The complete creative team for Broadway's much-delayed "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" has been announced. (Playbill)

-- Jail time: An antiques dealer who planned to sell a stolen copy of a rare first collection of Shakespeare's plays has entered prison to serve an eight-year sentence. (The Independent)

-- Impressive wheels: King Tut's chariot goes on display at the Discovery Center in New York's Times Square. (New York Times)

-- Rich prodigy: The seven-year-old British artist nicknamed "Mini-Monet" has recently sold art for a sum of about $238,000. (Time)

-- Musical artifact: An upright piano once used by the Beatles is up for sale. (Reuters)

-- Job hunting: Jurgen Flimm, the outgoing director of the Salzburg Festival, wants to be hired by the Metropolitan Opera. (New York Times)

-- Seatmates: Ryanair recently forced a trio of classical musicians to pay for extra seats for their instruments. (Daily Mail)

-- And in the L.A. Times: Music critic Mark Swed reviews Gustavo Dudamel conducting "Carmen" at the Hollywood Bowl; Olympia Dukakis and Annie Purcell will star in the Getty Villa's production of Sophocles' "Elektra."

-- David Ng

Photo: The building near Ground Zero in New York where an Islamic mosque could be built. Credit: Timothy A. Clary / AFP/Getty Images