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January 25, 2017

Daily News Roundup: Finalists Named for $20 Million X Prize Moon Shot

X Prize Foundation’s $20 Million Moon-Shot Contest Nears Final Step: The nonprofit known for ambitious competitions has named five teams from around the world as finalists in its Google-funded contest to launch a commercial venture to the moon by the end of the year, The New York Times writes.

Ex-British Prime Minister to Lead Alzheimer’s Charity: David Cameron, who resigned last year after Britain voted to leave the European Union, has joined Alzheimer’s Research UK as president, The Telegraph reports. The disease was a top research priority of Mr. Cameron’s government, which initiated a challenge to find a treatment or cure by 2025.

N.Y. Philharmonic President Leaving for Mich. Arts Group: Matthew VanBesien will depart in the spring to head the University of Michigan-affiliated University Musical Society, becoming the latest in a line of high-ranking executives to leave the philharmonic as it undertakes a $500 million renovation of its performance home, David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, writes The New York Times.

Newseum Lays Off 26 in Latest Round of Cuts: Representing about 11 percent of staff, the reduction is the fifth since 2009 as the journalism museum continues to wrestle with the financial fallout of its 2008 move from the Washington, D.C., suburbs into a large downtown building, The Washington Post reports.

R.I. Nonprofit Wins Court Battle to Add to Vanderbilt Mansion Site: The Rhode Island Supreme Court declined to take up a challenge to a controversial plan by the Preservation Society of Newport County, which owns the Breakers, to build a modern visitors center on the grounds of the palatial Gilded Age home, reports the Associated Press.

U. of North Carolina Museum Gets $25 Million Gift of Art and Cash: Sheldon Peck, a retired orthodontist and university alumnus, and his wife, Leena, donated works on paper valued at $17 million, including drawings and sketches by Rembrandt, Rubens, and other old masters, plus $8 million for an endowment to support the Chapel Hill campus’s Ackland Art Museum, The New York Times reports.

Minn. Charity CEO’s Son Gets 2-Year Term for $140,000 Fraud: Jordan Davis, a former police officer, was convicted in June of conspiring with his father, ex-Community Action of Minneapolis head Bill Davis, to collect paychecks for a no-show job at a charity-operated business, the Star Tribune writes. The elder Mr. Davis pleaded guilty to theft and fraud and is awaiting sentencing.