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Legendary actor Paul Newman dies at 83

          1925-2008 Paul Leonard Newman has taken that final bow. Newman was an extraordinary man of many interests. A true Hollywood movie star for several decades, he still found time to be an activist, race car enthusiast, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He died last night at his home in Connecticut, after a battle with cancer which he fought as privately as he could. The Silver Screen loved his stunningly handsome face and brilliant baby blues. And Newman could act! What a package. Newman became a movie star in the 1950s, but did not win the best actor... Read More →

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$5 million gift arrives in the mail

  Cal State Northridge got a gift recently that probably had officials dancing with glee. An anonymous donor sent the state university a cashier’s check for $5 million in the regular mail! The only request: that the funds be used for scholarships and student assistance. University President Dr. Jolene Koester said, “… we pledge to be good stewards of these funds.” The multi-million dollar gift will create the Scottsdale Endowment and will target high-achieving incoming freshmen. The endowment got its name from the location of the bank that issued the check, Scottsdale, Arizona.... Read More →

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$10,000 book awards offered

                  Edith Anisfield Wolf (1889-1963) A call is out for submissions for the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, which have a very long history of honoring exceptional writers. Cleveland poet and philanthropist Edith Anisfield Wolf established the book awards in 1935. Anisfield Wolf was a published poet and civic leader who grew-up in a wealthy family that had a passion for social justice. The book awards are named for her father and husband. The Anisfield-Wolf honors are the only American book awards geared specifically to recognizing works that have... Read More →

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Gaming for learning project

Google Image The Verizon Foundation has awarded a one million dollar grant to the American Library Association to study video games. The Chicago-based organization will create a model for library gaming that can be used nationally. The ALA plans to work with 12 gaming experts in its research. The findings will be used to build “The Librarians’ Guide to Gaming,” a comprehensive, online literary and gaming toolbox, which will be field tested by selected libraries. “Gaming is a magnet that attracts library users of all types and, beyond... Read More →

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UCLA gets millions for study of costume design

Newspaper publisher and philanthropist David C. Copley has donated $6 million to endow a chair and center for costume design at the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television. The center will be the first of its kind anywhere. Its goal will be to become the world leader in the academic study of costume design, preparing graduates for a career and artistic success, through a curriculum that balances theory, practical experience, and mentorship. From Philanthropy News Digest

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