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Fine Art Deemed to Be Fakes at Oakland Private School

The head of the school says the donor had no idea the pieces were reproductions and is "devastated.''

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    Fine Art Deemed to Be Fakes at Oakland Private School

    Officials at an Oakland private school thought they were sitting on a small fortune after a donation of four Chinese paintings valued at $2.8 million. Jodi Hernandez reports.

    (Published Tuesday, March 5, 2019)

    Officials at an Oakland, California, private school thought they were sitting on a small fortune after a donation of four Chinese paintings valued at $2.8 million.

    Oakland's Pacific Boychoir Academy used the artwork to take out $400,000 in loans to hire staff and build the program.

    Then last month came the shocking news: Asian art experts in San Francisco deemed the paintings fake.

    The head of the school, Summer Dittmer, says the donor had no idea the pieces were reproductions and is "devastated.''

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    [NATL] Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    A would-be robber armed with a knife had a surprise in store when an Alabama store clerk pulled out a machete in defense. The two's brief knife fight was caught on camera before the clerk runs out to damage the robber's car.

    According to police, suspect Seth Holcomb walked up to the counter to make a purchase. He leaves the store and then comes back in as if to make a second purchase. Then, he pulled out a knife at the counter. What he didn't expect was that the clerk would pull out a machete of his own.

    (Published Wednesday, March 20, 2019)

    She says the loans have put the school in deep financial trouble. The school has turned to GoFundMe and other fundraising efforts to pay this year's operating costs.