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OW Staff Writer | 10/3/2013, midnight
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According to the complaint, the Weinstock lawyers did not determine whether Nina Simone was a “French domiciliary” when she died, nor did they consider the impact on her daughter’s interests when the court instead determined that her mother was a California resident.

The firm also “failed to file the necessary estate tax returns or timely extension requests, or ensure that a procedure was set up such that the returns or requests were timely filed; did not seek to properly distribute the assets of the estate; initiated a will contest that was unlikely to be resolved in (Simone’s) favor;” and “sought to contest matters that should not have been contested.”

Simone filed a similar lawsuit against the Weinstock firm in June 2010, but then requested dismissal of the complaint 15 months later. The new complaint states that within the last year before filing the current suit, Simone learned that the defendants “failed to properly represent plaintiff in accordance with the standards in the community in numerous ways and manners.” Simone, 51, had a role in the stage play ‘“Jesus Christ Superstar.’”

Nina Simone’s career spanned parts of three decades beginning with her 1958 album “Little Girl Blue.” She also was active in the Civil Rights Movement.

The GI Film Festival, a community partner of the Hollywood studio-driven “Got Your Six” military support campaign and the nation’s only military film festival, will host its second annual GI Film Festival Los Angeles, Nov. 1-2 at The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank. GIFF, a 501c3 non-profit organization described as “Sundance for the Troops,” preserves the stories of veterans through film, television and training. GIFF LA will feature “best of GIFF” award-winning film screenings from previous GIFF festivals, new film premieres from military veteran filmmakers and workshops dedicated to helping military veterans find success in the entertainment industry.

The University of Southern California’s entering undergraduate student body is among the most diverse and academically talented in the university’s 133-year history.

Average standardized test scores for the incoming class lie in the 95th percentile. The vast majority of incoming freshmen were in the top 10 percent of their high school class. The average un-weighted GPA of the group was 3.73.

USC received 47,358 applications for 2,922 places in this fall’s freshman class. With this year’s freshman applicant pool, USC’s admission rate was 19.8 percent–the most selective admission rate in the university’s history.

The class represents a highly competitive and highly diverse group of students, with very broad geographic representation; the class ranks among the most ethnically diverse ever enrolled at USC, with 22 percent under-represented minority students, including 6 percent African American, 14 percent Latino, 2 percent Native American/Pacific Islander, and 19 percent Asian students. In addition, 13 percent of matriculating students are the first in their families to attend university.

California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris recently unveiled the first state-wide statistics on California’s truancy crisis which reveal that, last year alone, 1 million elementary school students were truant and 250,000 elementary school students missed 18 or more school days at a cost of $1.4 billion in lost funds to California school districts.