Artist Salvador Dali’s bones to be exhumed in Spain for paternity test

By Aritz Parra, The Associated Press

MADRID — A Spanish judge on Monday ordered the remains of artist Salvador Dali to be exhumed to settle a paternity suit, despite opposition from the state-run foundation that manages the artist’s estate.

Dali, considered one of the fathers of surrealist art, died in 1989 and is buried in his museum in the northeastern town of Figueres.

Pilar Abel, a tarot-card reader from the nearby city of Girona who was born in 1956, says she is the offspring of an affair between Dali and her mother, Antonia.

At the time of the alleged affair, Dali was married to his muse, Gala, who died seven years before the painter. Gala had a daughter from an earlier marriage but the couple had no children of their own. Upon his death, at age 84, Dali bestowed his estate to the Spanish state.

On Monday, a Madrid court statement said that tests with DNA from Dali’s embalmed body were necessary because there were no other existing biological remains with which to make a genetic comparison.

Abel’s court litigation started in 2015 when she sued the Ministry of Finance, as the trustee of Dali’s estate, and the Gala Dali Foundation that was created to administer it.

“What she wants is to have a result of the tests with full guarantee in order to finish with this as soon as possible,” Abel’s lawyer Enrique Blanquez told The Associated Press.

If there’s a match, Abel could use Dali as her surname and pursue further legal action to claim her rights over the artist’s work and property, which according to regional laws could amount to 25 percent of all of the estate.

The Gala Dali Foundation will appeal Monday’s decision, foundation spokeswoman Imma Parada said in an e-mailed statement.

But according to Blanquez, the appeal could not immediately stop the exhuming of …read more

Source:: The Denver Post

No awards but one big honor for Rudy Gobert on his 25th birthday

SALT LAKE CITY — Rudy Gobert is never a player who shies away from a challenge, an opponent, a possible shot to swat or an opportunity to express his opinion.

That was the case this past season when his French pal Nicolas Batum tweeted to him after the All-Star selections were made.

“So,” Batum wrote, “no All Star for @rudygobert27 (thinking face emoji) … DPOY I guess.”

Gobert’s response was oh-so Gobert.

“They already decided who the DPOY (Defensive Player of the Year) is gonna be Nic,” the Jazz center wrote. “I’ll just keep controlling what I can control and keep helping my team win games.”

Although The Stifle Tower might not have been correct about the award’s recipient being determined at that point — voting by the media panel wasn’t for another three months — the result turned out how he anticipated.

Gobert was a finalist but did not receive DPOY honors during Monday’s inaugural NBA Awards Show. Warriors big man Draymond Green, often lauded for his defensive versatility, ran away with the award, picking up 434 total points and 73 first-place votes.

Gobert, the NBA leader in blocked shots, defensive win shares, and defensive real plus-minus, was the DPOY runner-up with 269 total points and 16 first-place votes. Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard was third with 182 points and 11 first-place votes.

Gobert was also a finalist for the Most Improved Player award, but the 7-foot-1 center was also passed up for that award in favor of Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo (428 points, 80 first-place votes).

Gobert was third (113 points, one first-place vote) after Denver center Nikola Jokic (161, 14). Jazz wings Gordon Hayward (three third-place votes) and Joe Ingles (one vote) were among the 25 NBA players who received a MIP nod.

It might play to the Jazz’s advantage that Gobert didn’t win the two prestigious awards …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

Utah wildfire grows to largest active fire in the U.S.

By Brady Mccombs, The Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — The nation’s largest wildfire has forced more than 1,500 people from their homes and cabins in a southern Utah mountain area home to a ski town and popular fishing lake.

Firefighters battled high winds Monday as they fought a fire that has grown to 72 square miles (184 square kilometers) and burned 13 homes — larger than any other fire in the country now, state emergency managers said.

Some flames reached 100 feet high, while fire crews faced dry, windy conditions Tuesday and a “high potential” for extreme fire behavior, officials said late Monday.

The estimated firefighting costs now top $7 million for a fire started June 17 near the Brian Head Resort by someone using a torch tool to burn weeds, they said. Investigators said they know who the culprit is, but they haven’t yet released the person’s identity or what charges will be leveled.

Crews in California, meanwhile, got a handle on a brush fire that closed a freeway. Arizona firefighters had to ground aircraft because of unauthorized drones over a fire near Flagstaff.

The Utah fire began near the ski resort town of Brian Head, generally known for weekend getaway homes for Las Vegas residents. It has spread several miles east to an area around Panguitch Lake, a popular spot for fishing.

Authorities ordered more evacuations Monday in a sparsely populated area as stronger winds and lower humidity develop that could push fire growth north after calmer weather kept its growth in check over the weekend. The fire is about 10 percent contained.

About 175 people have been briefly allowed back to their homes near Panguitch Lake since Sunday under escort, said Denise Dastrup with the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.

Randi Powell said her grandfather is hoping to get up to see his cabin on Tuesday. …read more

Source:: The Denver Post