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ANSA - Researchers from the United States claim to have cracked the riddle of why Italian-made Stradivari and Guarneri violins have a distinctive sound. Joseph Nagyvary, a biochemist at Texas A&M University, believes that wood-preserving chemicals are responsible for the 18th-century instruments' unique sound - explaining why subsequent generations of violin-makers have never been able to recreate the famous violins from natural wood (Read the article on ANSA's website)
 

NY Daily News - An Italian real estate investor has sealed the deal to buy a majority stake in the Flatiron Building in a quest to turn the landmark into a world-class hotel. The Rome-based Sorgente Group has bought just over 50% of the iconic structure and plans to keep buying more. Time magazine reported the deal had been done last summer, but negotiations continued and an agreement was made final only this month.Sorgente Group officials would not say what they paid for their share of the building, estimated to be worth $190 million (Read the article by Jason Shaftell)

New York Daily News- Whether it’s corkscrew-like fusilli, tubular penne or graceful strands of linguine, much of the pasta Americans eat takes its shape in Brooklyn. For 105 years, D. Maldari & Sons has made pasta extrusion dies — the metal patterns that transform dough into unique shapes. The dies are cranked out of a 15,000-square-foot, red brick building on a bleak stretch of Third Avenue in Park Slope, under the watchful eyes of two brothers, Danny and Chris Maldari.Danny, 55, and Chris, 45, run the company founded more than a century ago by their grandfather, Donato, and his brother, Felice. The company supplies two-thirds of the extrusion dies used by U.S. pasta factories and about a quarter worldwide.“We’ve made hundreds of shapes,” said Chris, before showing off a room stacked with small glass jars filled with samples of the company’s (Read the article by Phyllis Furman)

JERUSALEM -- Jewish officials in Israel and abroad are outraged that Pope Benedict XVI has decided to lift the excommunication of a bishop who denies that Jews were killed in Nazi gas chambers. The pope's decree, issued Saturday, brings back into the Catholic Church's fold Bishop Richard Williamson and three other bishops who belong to the Society of Saint Pius X (Read the article on the NY Daily News' website)

From DailyNews. An Italian real estate investor has sealed the deal to buy a majority stake in the Flatiron Building in a quest to turn the landmark into a world-class hotel. The Rome-based Sorgente Group has bought just over 50% of the iconic structure and plans to keep buying more. (Read the article by Jason Sheftell)

From Herald Tribune. From her first appearance in a graphic black and white swimsuit, Barbie has always had fashion sense. And over the years her tastes have grown to appreciate more designer fare.  Barbie has been dressed by more than 70 designers, including Giorgio Armani, Christian Lacroix, Benetton,  Burberry, Versace and Vera Wang, Monique Lhuillier. For her 50th birthday Mattel decided to highlight Barbie's connection to fashion and push the brand even further into the world of luxury and high-end design with a series of events and partnerships. (Read the article by Jessica Michault)

From The New York Times.  DETROIT. Ralph Gilles, Chrysler’s vice president for design, enthusiastically welcomed the carmaker’s  new partner  Fiat, while giving a speech Wednesday night. He inserted images of the Italian flag into his PowerPoint presentation several times and declared himself a longtime admirer of Fiat’s Alfa Romeo and Ferrari brands.
“It’s a good thing I love Italian food,” he said. (Read the article by Nick Bunkely)

The SACI Gallery is proud to present the photo exhibition Garaguso, il mio paese in Basilicata by Italian-American photographer Susanna Lucia Lamaina. She has been photographing her family village for the last eight years. (Read the press release on SACI's website)

From The New York Times "Joseph L. Bruno, the former State Senate majority leader, was indicted on Friday in Albany on charges that he reaped millions of dollars from companies seeking business from the state or from labor unions, capping a long-running investigation into one of New York’s most powerful political figures." (Read the article by Mike McIntire and Jeremy W. Peters)

From America Oggi, "Ma l'arrivo alla Casa Bianca del figlio di un africano 'che solo 60 anni fa non sarebbe stato servito in un ristorante di Washington', segnala ancora una volta che il futuro della potenza americana non si può calcolare solo con freddi dati statistici.' (Read the article by Stefano Vaccara - In Italian)

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