Paris show seeks to convert locals to Monet

More evidence of the odd nature of the French: While Claude Monet is beloved by Americans, the Impressionist master has long been a victim of a sort of Gallic snobbishness in his native France.

A new exhibition at Paris’ Galleries Nationales looks to remedy this historic wrong by bringing together nearly 200 pieces by the painter — from blockbuster chefs d’oeuvre reproduced in books, magazines and postcards worldwide to little-known, privately held pieces you’d never guess were Monets, according to The Associated Press.

The exhibit, “Claude Monet (1840-1926),” is the most complete Monet exhibit in France since 1980, with paintings on loan from dozens of museums and collections from Ohio to Australia. The showing is an attempt to “repatriate one of the great geniuses of French art,” curator Guy Cogeval said.

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NC bank hit by fraud, loans at risk

The former director of a small North Carolina bank has been accused by a Fayetteville lawyer of defrauding investors through what is alleged to be a Ponzi scheme.

Raymond Mulkey Jr., 63, a founding director of Dunn, N.C.-based New Century Bank and a major creditor, was found dead in his home in North Myrtle Beach on Aug. 16. The Myrtle Beach coroner said a cause of death has not yet been determined, according to the Charlotte Observer.

As a result, the bank may have to write off $11 million in loans. New Century notified regulators of the issue in a Sept. 15 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

On Wednesday, bank Chief Executive William Hedgepeth II released a statement saying the fraud allegations involved a former director of the bank, but he didn’t name the former director.

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Civil War bayonets: More flash than slash

Looking over images of hand-to-hand combat during the War Between the States, one might suppose there could be little that was more gruesome or painful than a bayonet wound.

Afterall, getting a 21-inch piece of sharpened metal rammed into your body by a frenzied foe seems a whole lot worse than catching a minie ball or shell fragment from afar.

Not so, blogger Dick Stanley writes over at 13th Mississippi Infantry, according to information published in a Confederate medical journal in 1864.

“Our knowledge of bayonet wounds has been so limited,” Confederate surgeon Simon Baruch wrote in the July 1864 edition of the Confederate States Medical and Surgical Journal, “that their effects have been, until a recent period, involved in considerable doubt and even mystery.

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