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This $5000 painting sold at auction for $5.2 million

The seller of a 19th-century work of art may just feel like painting the town red. The oil landscape by John Constable fetched $5.2 million at ­Sotheby’s in Manhattan Wednesday — just 569 days after it was bought for a paltry $5,212, Bloomberg News reported. The work, “Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows,” had been sold at rival auction house Christie’s in 2013, when experts thought it was painted by fans of the English Romantic artist. Sotheby’s now says the work is a Constable that was painted over by restorers. The artist, it says, painted the work in preparation for his 1831 masterpiece of the same name, now owned by the Tate museum in London. Neither the seller — who turned a tidy profit a shade short of 100,000 percent — nor buyer were identified. “Someone at Christie’s is going to get fired,” someone muttered during the auction. The painting was “heavily retouched with a dark and opaque pigment which probably dated to the late 19th or early 20th century in a misguided attempt to ‘finish’ the painting,” Sotheby’s said on its Web site. “The retouchings on the present painting were readily soluble in the course of its recent cleaning.” Christie’s officials glossed over the gargantuan gaffe and hinted that the matter wasn’t settled. “We are aware that Sotheby’s have sold this work as by Constable,” it...  

IGNITE! session set for veterans starting business

Veterans starting a business, or curious about starting one, are invited to a free information session on Monday, Feb. 9, at UW-Oshkosh. The session will begin at 1 p.m. in Alumni and Welcome Center in room 201.Veterans and their families will learn about IGNITE!, a regional network that supports start-ups and growing businesses. Based in Fond du Lac County, the 15 members of IGNITE! serve area residents with confidential, free and low-cost business-building solutions. They provide business consulting, capital resources or financing, entrepreneurial training, market research services, access to peer networks and mentors and other services.Frank Demarest of the U.S. Small Business Administration will give an overview of veteran-related SBA programs. Rick Patton, Fond du Lac County Veterans Service Officer, will discuss Vocational Rehabilitation programs and how VA benefits are affected by starting a business. Colleen Merrill of the Small Business Development Center and Diana Hammer Tscheschlok of UW-Extension will explain how IGNITE! can help local businesses start and grow.Registration is not required. People with disabilities needing reasonable accommodations and those requiring an interpreter to ensure equal access to the program should contact organizers as soon as possible prior to Feb. 9.Call (920) 929-3178 for a direct line in Spanish. For maps or directions, see uwosh.edu/maps.Read or Share this story: http://fondul.ac/1CJY826 More Stories ...  

Species Spotlight

Looks like: This medium-height evergreen tree has overlapping scaled needles and reddish brown bark that peels in long strips. In open areas, the dense foliage takes on an oval or cone-shaped form.Grows in: Red cedar is highly tolerant of a wide range of conditions, from dry rocky soils to moist swamps and able to withstand climactic extremes. It is often an early colonizer of abandoned farm fields.Niche: Seed cones are an important winter food source for many birds and mammals, and dense evergreen boughs provide shelter for roosting, nesting and concealment. Red cedar’s well-developed root system helps to stabilize thin soils and prevents erosion in areas with high wind exposure.Frequency: Common across the eastern United States.Reproduction: Eastern red cedar is a dioecious species, which means that male and female reproductive structures occur on different trees. Male pollen cones (called strobili), about the size of a grain of rice, open their tightly sealed scales when ripe to release a puff of pollen in early spring. Female cones begin as small, spiky structures designed to receive wind-borne pollen. The seed cones become fleshy and resinous as they ripen into blue-purple, berry-like fruits. Mature trees typically produce seeds every year, with a spike in production every two to three years. Birds play an important role in seed dispersal by consuming the abundant fruit and distributing the seeds across the landscape, which has been shown to improve germination ra...  

Garner boys, girls sweep Greater Neuse swimming championships

Garner High's Hailey Phillips wins the 100 Breaststroke for the Trojans. The Greater Neuse River 4A Conference Championship meet was held at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary on Friday. The Trojans of Garner High School won both the boys' and girls' ...  

East Brunswick girls claim GMC swimming championship

PERTH AMBOY – A year has been removed since East Brunswick High School knocked off Bishop Ahr to win their first ever Greater Middlesex County girls swimming championship. East Brunswick proved that last year was no fluke, winning their second straight county tournament.It was balance that did the trick for the Bears swim squad. They didn’t have one swimmer win an individual event during the event, but several top-five finishes helped East Brunswick take home gold.“The strength of our team is our depth from top to bottom, East Brunswick Head Coach Jeff Sundberg said. “We don’t have a ton of superstars; we do it with a ton of team effort. This team is extremely motivated this year. They repeated as champions and proved tonight they were worthy of that.”Senior Shelby Mikulak showed her experience during the GMC tournament, putting forth a determined effort. Mikulak sat out the last several swimming events with a knee injury, but made sure she was well rested and ready to compete in one of the most meets of the season.“She had such a gutsy performance and gained us some points,” Sundberg said. “She was really able to step up and had a great swim.”East Brunswick also saw unexpected results in both the backstroke and breaststroke. Amaya Renzulli came in fifth place with a tally of 1:05.16 during the backstroke.“Backstroke and breaststroke are not typically our strongest events, but we had a couple of girl...  

The Greatest Teams – FC Barcelona 2008-2009

January 30, 2015 Saad Rashid FC Barcelona (4-3-3) Valdes, Alves, Puyol, Pique, Abidal, Toure, Xavi, Iniesta, Messi, Eto’o, Henry In Pep Guardiola’s first season in charge of Barcelona, they claimed a treble by winning La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the UEFA Champions League. What separates them from many others is the style they played in. At their best, this was as close to footballing utopia as possible. Guardiola came in and did a superb job, selling key players such as Deco and Ronaldinho whilst signing players like Dani Alves and Gerard Pique. The trio of Lionel Messi, Samuel Eto’o and Thierry Henry were clinical, netting one 100 goals between them across the season. Tactically, Barcelona stuck with the 4-3-3 formation throughout the season. Playing with a very high-line in defense, they played very high up the pitch. The team was superb with its pressing, as they pressed in a harassing-like manner when they lost the ball. The pressing started very high up the pitch, and with multiple players closing down the ball when out of possession, they won the ball back very effectively. Another key idea is the positioning of the fullbacks. Alves played much higher up the pitch than Eric Abidal on the opposite side. Alves provided width down the right, which allowed Messi to cut inside onto his favored left foot from his right-wing position. Henry, on the left, played more like a natural winger, staying wider than Messi...  

Historic parts of forest get recognition

Buried deep in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, a network of forest trails connects more than a dozen primitive ranger stations, modest log relics dating back as far as 1916. In recognition of the cultural and historical significance of these and other structures on the Flathead National Forest, the National Register of Historic Places officially designated the area a National Historic District. Screen Name or Email Password Forgot? Screen Name or Email Now I remember! kAmp D64@?5 9:DE@C:4 5:DEC:4E H2D 56D:8?2E65 7@C E96 u=2E9625 u@C6DE’D q:8 rC66< #2?86C $E2E:@?] k^Am kAmq@E9 56D:8?2E:@?D H6C6 >256 @77:4:2= 2E 2 C646?E 6G6?E :? w6=6?2k^Am kAmkDA2?mp AC@5F4E @7 E96 }2E:@?2= w:DE@C:4 !C6D6CG2E:@? p4E @7 `hee[ E96 ?2E:@?2= C68:DE6C H2D 6DE23=:D965 E@ 96=A AC6D6CG6 “5:DEC:4ED[ D:E6D[ 3F:=5:?8D[ DECF4EFC6D[ 2?5 @3;64ED D:8?:7:42?E :? p>6C:42? 9:DE@CJ[ 2C49:E64EFC6[ 2C4926@=@8J[ 6?8:?66C:?8[ 2?5 4F=EFC6]”k^DA2?mk^Am kAm%96 H:=56C?6DD 25>:?:DEC2E:G6 D:E6D :? E96 |:55=6 u@C< 2?5 $@FE9 u@C< 5C2:?286D @7 E96 u=2E9625 #:G6C :?4=F56 fa =@8 DECF4EFC6D >2:?E2:?65 D@=6=J H:E9 92?5\@A6C2E65 E@@=D 2?5 52E:?8 324<[ :? D@>6 42D6D[ ?62C=J 2 46?EFCJ] k^Am kAm%96 9:DE@C:4 56D:8?2E:@? :?4=F56D E96 ?6EH@C< @7 4@??64E:?8 EC2:=D[ cd >:=6D @7 7F?4E:@?:?8 A9@?6 =:?6D 2?5 D6G6? A9@?6D[ E@ H9:49 u=2E9625 }2E:@?2= u@C6DE 2C4926@=@8:DE %:> {:89E 2EEC:3FE6D A2CE:4F=2C :>A@CE]k^Am kAm“x? E96 @=5 52JD[ ,E96 u@C6DE $6CG:46. 9...  

India have problems to fix as World Cup approaches

Their strike bowler is injured, one of their star batsmen can't make a run and they have not won a match since arriving into Australia last November.Despite being the reigning World Cup champions, India are considered by bookmakers to be the fourth most likely side to claim this year's title, which begins on February 14.Australia ($3.25), South Africa ($4.50) and New Zealand ($6) are in front of them.And now that they are finally out of the tri-series tournament (winless, as they were in two tour matches and four Tests), Indian captain MS Dhoni says the thing his side needs the most in preparation for its first World Cup game, against Pakistan at the Adelaide Oval on February 15, is complete rest. Advertisement "Is it a bit of a challenge? Yes it is because it has been a long tour so far, but with this break now, six to 10-day break, it will really help us," he said."[We need to] stay away from cricket. Not only me, everyone. Lock the kit bag and keep it somewhere we don't want to see it. Completely switch off from cricket."We have been here for more than two months; we know the conditions."What is important now is we have a really good break. Completely switch off."Dhoni said fast bowler Ishant Sharma was only a few days from returning to full fitness, which would give him plenty of time to prepare for Pakistan; and give the Indians a massive boost.Sharma has been sidelined with a knee injury since the third Test against Australia. He was to return in the one-day game ...  

Mardy Fish to begin comeback at Dallas tennis tournament

Pro tennis returns to North Texas this week with the RBC Tennis Championships of Dallas serving up some emerging talent, and one player who has played at the elite level of the ATP and hopes to again.American Mardy Fish, who reached a career-high ATP ranking of No. 7 in 2011, announced this week on Twitter that he will make his return to the ATP Tour at Indian Wells next month.Fish, 33, has not played since 2013 because of physical and psychological challenges related to a heart condition, according to Tennis.com, which first reported Fish’s comeback Thursday.In preparation for his return, Fish will pair with his former coach, Mark Knowles, in doubles next week at the tournament, formerly known as the Challenger of Dallas, at T Bar M Racquet Club. The RBC Tennis Championships of Dallas is a USTA men’s Challenger-level indoor event that begins with qualifying Saturday. The main draw is Monday through Feb 7. With Fish and Knowles headlining the doubles field, American Tim Smyczek will be competing in singles — his first match since his five-set loss to Rafael Nadal in the second round of the Australian Open.Smyczek, a Milwaukee native who moved to Florida to pursue a tennis career, hit 64 winners and came within one game of upsetting the No. 3-ranked Nadal.But the match made headlines, not just because of the near-upset, but because of Smyczek’s sportsmanship.With Nadal serving for the match, ahead by 6-5, 30-love in the fifth set, a fan hollered du...  

Film by local liaison draws Cape Ann Cinema cheers

Drafthouse Films Courtesy photoActors Martin Starr and Dina Shihabi in a scene from the Sean Mullin film “Amira & Sam,” about a friendship between an Army veteran and an Iraqi woman in New York. Drafthouse Films Courtesy photoActors Martin Starr and Dina Shihabi in a scene from the the Sean Mullin film "Amira & Sam," about a friendship between an Army veteran and an Iraqi woman in New York. Drafthouse Films Courtesy photoActors Martin Starr and Dina Shihabi in a scene from the the Sean Mullin film “Amira & Sam,” about a friendship between an Army veteran and an Iraqi woman in New York. Drafthouse Films Courtesy photoActors Martin Starr and Dina Shihabi in a scene from the Sean Mullin film “Amira & Sam,” about a friendship between an Army veteran and an Iraqi woman in New York. Posted: Friday, January 30, 2015 9:00 pm | Updated: 9:27 pm, Fri Jan 30, 2015. ROCKPORT — It opens on the Statue of Liberty.  “Amira and Sam,” a thoughtful, uplifting film produced in part by Rockport and Gloucester film liaison Meg Montagnino-Jarrett, follows the emotional journeys of Amira, an Iraqi immigrant, and Sam, a recently assimilated veteran in New York City.  The two characters — played by Martin Starr and Dina Shihabi — meet through Amira’s uncle, Bassam, who served as Sam’s troop’s translator during the war. Throughout the movie, which Cape Ann Community Cinema screen...  


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