The amount Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Michael Joyce received in insurance money in 2002 for injuries he said he suffered in a car accident. The FBI and IRS are reportedly looking into the extent of Joyce’s injuries. Joyce’s lawyer says he has done nothing wrong.
The value of the contribution made to the The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Mass., long known as a home for French and American paintings, by Sir Edwin Manton, a former president and chairman of insurance giant American International Group who died in 2005 at 96. Works by Renoir, Monet, Homer and Sargent will now share space with a flood of Turners, Constables, Gainsboroughs and other pieces from the English Romantic period of the early 1800s owned by Manton. The new pieces include about 200 oil paintings, watercolors and studies valued at about $40 million. They come with a $50 million cash donation, making the gift the largest the Clark has received since it opened in 1955.
The percentage of Massachusetts residents who say residents shouldn’t be required to buy health insurance if they don’t want it, according to a poll conducted by Suffolk University and WHDH-TV. Slightly less, 42 percent, said residents should be required to be insured. A new state law requires nearly everyone be insured by June 30. Those who don’t have insurance by the end of the year will face a penalty on their taxes next April. An overwhelming majority, 92 percent, said everyone had a right to health care and 79 percent believed that free health care should be provided to those below the poverty level.
The year the East Coast auto theft ring recently broken up by the FBI started. Officials said the members stole hundreds of vehicles and resold them after creating phony certificates of title to match altered vehicle identification numbers. One suspect lived in Allentown, Pa., two are from New York City, one is from New Jersey and two are from Georgia. A seventh suspect, from New York City, is still at large.
The number of reports of sexual abuse by clergy or staff received by three companies that insure the majority of Protestant churches in America in a year, as reported by The Associated Press. Church Mutual Insurance Co., GuideOne Insurance Co. and Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Co. together insure 165,495 mostly Protestant churches and worship centers for liability against child sex abuse and other sexual misconduct. They also insure more than 5,500 religious schools, camps and other organizations.
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