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TORONTO — Former Canadian press baron Conrad Black was sentenced Monday to 61/2 years in U.S. federal prison for obstruction of justice and mail fraud. The fall of Canada's biggest newspaper publisher culminated in a Chicago courtroom, where judge Amy St. Eve sent Black to prison for his role in stealing $6.1 million from shareholders in U.S.-based publisher Hollinger International. Black faced up to 24 years in prison. St. Eve opted instead for sentencing guidelines of six to eight years before finally settling on a term of 78 months. Black also was fined $125,000 and ordered to forfeit $6.1 million to represent the proceeds of his crime. He is expected to appeal the conviction.
MILAN — U.S. writer-director Jieho Lee received the special jury award Monday as the 17th Courmayeur Noir in Festival came to a close. The award, handed out by the international jury headed by Italian horror director Dario Argento, was for Lee's "The Air I Breathe." The film's cast includes Oscar winner Forest Whitaker, who received the best actor award at last year's festival for "The Last King of Scotland." The festival, dedicated to the film noir genre, kicked off Dec. 4 at the exclusive Italian ski resort.
Lee tops in Taiwan
TAIPEI — Taiwan showered native son Ang Lee with honors Saturday as his spy thriller "Lust, Caution" dominated the Golden Horse Awards, clinching seven prizes, including best film, director and actor. Accepting the award for Taiwanese filmmaker of the year, the Oscar-winning director's speech turned poltitical, saying Taiwan "suffered many injustices." Asked to elaborate, Lee refused, but he apparently was referring to Taiwan's diplomatic status.