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Mata Amritanandamayi, known as Amma, the "hugging saint." (Michael Temchine for the Washington Post)
The Potomac residence of Sargent Shriver and the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver has sold, after nearly a year on the market, to the foundation of a prominent Indian guru-philanthropist who runs ashrams around the world. Mata Amritanandamayi, known by followers as the "hugging saint" (they line up for hours for an embrace) and the force behind the MA Center, is new owner of the 10-bedroom mansion near River Road. The Shrivers built it in 1986 and hosted many parties there for Special Olympics and Best Buddies. They put it on the market last fall for $11.8 million; it sold for $7.8 million. A California-based rep for the MA Center confirmed that it acquired the house (through a benefactor's gift, he said), but did not know for what purpose it will be used. A local rep for the group did not return our calls.
An N.Y.C. jury Thursday found the son of the late Brooke Astor guilty of siphoning millions from the society doyenne's fortune in her declining years. Anthony Marshall, 85, faces at least a year (and up to 25) in jail. Witnesses in the trial included Barbara Walters and Henry Kissinger.
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October 9, 2009; 1:00 AM ET
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