Cezanne Painting at the Met Allegedly Stolen; New York’s OTBs Close; Woman Found Dead in SoHo House Tub


• Pierre Konowaloff, a man who says he’s the great-grandson of industrialist and aristocrat Ivan Morozov, claims that a Paul Cezanne painting at the Met called “Madame Cezanne in the Conservatory,” valued at $50 million to $70 million, was stolen from his great granddad at the time of the Russian Revolution. He has sued the museum. (Konowaloff has also been involved in a lawsuit with Yale University over a Van Gogh.) [WSJ, Bloomberg]

• NYC’s Off-Track Betting Corporation closed 50 OTB parlors on Tuesday night, causing 1,000 employees to lose their jobs, after the State Senate refused to pass a bill that would have helped save the operation. [NYT]

• Howard Stern will stay with satellite broadcaster Sirius XM Radio for another five years. [NYP]

• Despite the presumed intrigue in the case of Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen’s murder, cops now believe her death was caused not by a hit man but was “simply” a botched robbery by a small-time ex-con. Chasen was shot while driving along Sunset Boulevard and crashed her car into a light pole. Harold Martin Smith, the man suspected of her murder, killed himself last week while being questioned by cops. [LAT]

• A 33-year-old woman was found dead in a bathtub at the SoHo House (as seen on Sex and the City!) this morning. The water was still running and had dripped through the ceiling, which a person downstairs reported. [ABC]

• China has awarded its first peace prize. A six-year-old girl had to accept on behalf of the actual winner, Taiwan’s former VP Lien Chan, because, as the organizer’s tell it, “children symbolize peace and future,” or, as a director from Lien’s office said, “We know who Confucius is, but don’t know anything about this prize.” [CNN]