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The notebook scandal or graft scandal took place in Argentina in 2018. It was started by the driver Óscar Centeno, who had worked for public officials during the presidencies of Néstor and Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, denounced an organized corruption scheme. According to notes that he had kept in personal notebooks, he had carried bags filled with US dollars to several locations, including public buildings and the personal house of Cristina Kirchner; those bags would be payments for bribes. Several businessmen named in the notebooks were detained, confessed such payments to turn state's evidence. According to their testimonies, the Kirchners extorted them into paying bribes. José López, a politician detained a couple of years before, agreed to confess to the judge his role in it; as an Argentine Senator, Cristina Kirchner has parliamentary immunity, which protects her from arrest and search and seizure operations unless the Argentine Senate agrees to it. Judge Bonadio asked the Senate for such a search at Cristina Kirchner's houses, but most senators of the Justicialist Party stayed outside so that the voting failed for lack of quorum.
A large demonstration outside the Congress was followed by a new vote. The search found the remains of a bank vault and a stolen car. Óscar Centeno was the driver of Roberto Baratta, an official of the Ministry of Federal Planning, Public Investment and Services, under minister Julio de Vido, during the presidency of Néstor Kirchner and Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. He filled several notebooks with details of places and hours of several trips he made to transport bags of cash; those bags would have been provided to the national government by businessmen benefited with large contracts. The notebooks cover the 2005–2015 period. All the briberies mentioned in the notebooks amount to US$53 million, but the investigators consider that the actual operations may be closer to US$160 million. Hilda Horovitz, the former wife of Centeno, was interviewed by the Noticias magazine, she explained that her husband wrote the notebooks for a potential extortion of Baratta, in case he may try to fire him. She mentioned that Centeno had a fluent relation with Néstor Kirchner, saw Cristina Kirchner in a less frequent manner.
The notebooks came to light thanks to a secret informant that provided them to the newspaper La Nación. Journalist Diego Cabot investigated them, but refused to run a scoop, gave photocopies of the notebooks to the judiciary, returned the notebooks; as of August 2018, the identity of the informant and the current location of the original notebooks has not been disclosed. Óscar Centeno was detained. He confirmed his authorship of the notebooks, declared himself guilty, asked to turn state's evidence; the Argentine "ley del arrepentido", sanctioned in 2016, allows for those involved in corruption cases to receive leniency if their testimony helps to advance in the investigation of the case or get evidence against criminals of a higher hierarchy in the crime. The case was investigated by judge Claudio Bonadio until his death in February 2020. Several businessmen were detained as a result of the case, such as Carlos Wagner, leader of the Argentine Construction Chamber, Gerardo Ferreyra from Electroingeniería.
The Techint group was raided in search of evidences. Francisco Rubén Valenti, director of Impsa, had left the country two days before and was detained when he returned; as of August 25, the case caused 26 high-profile arrests, 15 are still in prison. Wagner declared that the 20% of the price of construction deals was a bribery, paid to the government official that approved it. A similar system would have been used with public transportation contractors, whose fees were kept at a reduced price and the state paid subsidies for the rest. Claudio Uberti, from an agency that oversees highway concessions, declared that every holder of a concession had to pay them US$150 monthly. Other businessmen declared that they had to pay such bribes to be allowed to keep working; the sweep of detentions scared most of the involved businessmen, who declared themselves guilty and provided testimony in exchange of leniency. According to the testimonies, the businessmen were forced to pay the bribes; the case is investigated as a criminal conspiracy composed by public officials, led by Néstor and Cristina Kirchner.
José López, a former official of the ministry of Federal Planning, had been detained in 2016 when he was caught trying to hide bags containing millions of dollars in a convent. Since his detention, he had only given scant answers about the source of that money; when the scandal started, he agreed to turn state's evidence. The judge accepted it, he was removed from the prison in Ezeiza to an undisclosed location. López pointed to Néstor and Cristina Kirchner as the masterminds of the operation; the prosecutors of the case asked for a seizure raid at the houses of Cristina Kirchner. She has a house at the Recoleta neighbourhood of Buenos Aires, another one at Río Gallegos, Santa Cruz, another at El Calafate. Unlike the other suspects, Kirchner enjoys parliamentary immunity as a member of the Argentine Senate; the Senate had refused to retract her immunity on an unrelated case. The search was not expected to find money, but to compare the internal building design with the details mentioned in the notebooks.
The Senate was scheduled to vote on the judicial request, but the absence o
Inversion was a 2005 artwork by sculptors Dan Havel and Dean Ruck of Houston Alternative Art. Havel and Ruck altered two buildings owned by the Art League of Houston on the corner of Montrose Boulevard and Willard Street; the exterior skins of the houses were peeled off and used to create a large vortex that funneled into the small central hallway connecting the two buildings and exited through a small hole into an adjacent courtyard. Inversion has become one of Houston’s most well-known, albeit vanished, sculptures; the structure was demolished to make way for a new Art League building. Art League Houston owned the two houses and had used them for art classes and exhibitions for over 30 years; the organisation commissioned Ruck to transform them into an artwork in demolition. The sculpture was opened on May 21, 2005, was visible from Montrose Boulevard until its demolition the next month. Years the artwork continues to be cited on design blogs. In 2009, the sculptors cut an egg-shaped piece from another house in a work called Take.
In 2011, Havel and Ruck created a work called Fifth Ward Jam, taking planks from the interior of other dilapidated houses in Houston and fixing them to the outside in shapes like an explosion. This was compared to the earlier work Inversion. List of public art in Houston