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An Oscar-nominated filmmaker who developed a technique to transform illustrations from children's books into moving images for films has died at his Connecticut home. Morton Schindel was 98.
 
Professor Banks
Model and business mogul Tyra Banks is trading the catwalk for the classroom, teaching students at Stanford University next May. Banks will serve as a guest lecturer for two weeks for a class on creating and protecting a personal brand. The school says about 25 graduate students will receive instruction from Banks, who will guide students on how to use the media to showcase their business acumen and handle press exposure.
 
Belgian jazz legend Toots Thielemans dies aged 94
Legendary jazz harmonica player Toots Thielemans died Monday in Belgium at the age of 94, Belgian media reported.
 
Troubled U.S. star Lindsay Lohan has demanded a meeting with President Vladimir Putin in return for appearing on a Russian chat show, its host said, confirming U.S. media reports.
 
Lou Pearlman, the producer who launched the hit 1990s boy band groups Backstreet Boys and NSYNC, has died in prison while serving a 25-year sentence for bilking investors of US$300 million.
 
Lebanon lit up
A woman releases a paper lantern during the Lebanon Lantern Festival at Ramlet al Bayda public beach in Beirut, Saturday, Aug. 20
 
Joyce Carol Thomas, a prize-winning children's author and champion of multiculturalism, has died. She was 78.
 
The sweet wines of Hungary from the eponymous region of Tokaj were once the most prestigious, and most expensive, in the world. How vinous fashions change. The wines of Tokaj changed -- in a downward direction -- under Communism.
 
Tony Bennett feted in San Francisco on birthday
If ever there was a man worthy of a grand birthday bash in San Francisco, it had to be Tony Bennett.
 
Tea entrepreneurs brewing up a modern-day twist on tradition
Cheap instant "bubble tea" has become one of Taiwan's best-known culinary exports -- now a new wave of entrepreneurs hopes a high-end modern take on traditional brews will also be sipped worldwide.
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