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  • George Gibson, chief engineer of the Dodge Dart, dies at 92

    01/23/2015 7:21:39 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 58 replies
    Automotive News ^ | Jack Walsworth
    George Gibson Jr., a former chief engineer for Dodge, died Wednesday in Rochester, Minn. He was 92. As chief engineer, Gibson’s biggest pride of his work was the Dodge Dart. According to his daughter, Lisa Gibson, the Dart was the most hands-on work he did at the company. He admired the functionality of the compact car and was even featured in Dart ads. Given his 6-foot, 190-pound frame, critics couldn’t believe that a man of his size could fit in the car. He proved them wrong with the ad showing him getting in and out of the car. It read,...
  • Saudi King Abdullah Dies

    01/22/2015 3:27:53 PM PST · by 22202NOVA · 298 replies
    http://www.cnbc.com/id/102292477
  • Don Harron dead at 90

    01/17/2015 9:09:07 PM PST · by A Formerly Proud Canadian · 8 replies
    cac.ca via yahoo.ca ^ | January 17, 2015 | CBC News
    Canadian entertainment icon died Saturday after a battle with cancer
  • Lowell Steward, decorated WWII Tuskegee Airman, dies at 95

    01/17/2015 8:24:42 PM PST · by Rabin · 6 replies
    The Ventura County Star/AP ^ | December 19, 2014 | Joseph A. Garcia
    Lowell Cedric Steward was the son of a railroad porter and a homemaker. When Lowell was a student at Santa Barbara State College, he and other members of the school’s basketball team decided to enlist in the Army Air Forces. The others were accepted... Lowell , flew more than 100 combat missions and received the Distinguished Flying Cross, died of natural causes Wednesday in a Ventura, Calif.
  • Longtime Bruins Radio Voice Bob Wilson Dies at 85

    01/17/2015 6:19:08 PM PST · by massmike · 9 replies
    boston.com ^ | 01/17/2015 | Jeff Pini
    Bob Wilson, the longtime radio voice of the Boston Bruins, died earlier this week. He was 85. Wilson served as play-by-play announcer and color commentator at different times for the Bruins’ radio broadcasts for more than 20 years, including their Stanley Cup-winning campaign of 1971-72. He retired in 1995. “On behalf of the Boston Bruins organization, we are saddened to learn of the passing of Bob Wilson,” Bruins president Cam Neely said in a statement. “For a generation of New England hockey fans, Bob’s legendary voice was synonymous with the Bruins and he will always be a part of our...
  • Harry Jaffa, R.I.P.

    01/12/2015 4:03:15 PM PST · by Pelham · 3 replies
    National Review Online ^ | January 12, 2015 | Richard Brookheiser
    Harry Jaffa has died. I remember, in order of increasing importance: 1. The character. Harry was a handful. Early in the Reagan years I got an excited phone call from him (was there ever a calm one?) about the fight over who should head the NEH. The frontrunner was M.E. Bradford, a learned English prof with a sideline in Confederate history. Irving Kristol then pushed Bill Bennett, for his manifest talent, and to avoid re-fighting the Civil War in a Senate confirmation hearing. This was one of the opening shots in the paleocon/neocon fight. (Like many great struggles, it began...
  • Miep Gies, Protector of Anne Frank, Dies at 100

    01/11/2015 12:07:41 PM PST · by iowamark · 23 replies
    NY Times ^ | January 11, 2010 | RICHARD GOLDSTEIN
    Miep Gies, the last survivor among Anne Frank’s protectors and the woman who preserved the diary that endures as a testament to the human spirit in the face of unfathomable evil, died Monday night, the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam said. She was 100. The BBC said Mrs. Gies suffered a fall late last month and died at a nursing home. “I am not a hero,” Mrs. Gies wrote in her memoir, “Anne Frank Remembered,” published in 1987. “I stand at the end of the long, long line of good Dutch people who did what I did and more —...
  • Andrae Crouch, legendary gospel figure, dies at 72

    01/09/2015 12:40:40 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    msn ^ | 1/9/15 | Robert Jablon
    Andrae Crouch, a legendary gospel performer, songwriter and choir director whose work graced songs by Michael Jackson and Madonna and movies such as "The Lion King," has died. He was 72. Crouch died Thursday afternoon at Northridge Hospital Medical Center, where he had been admitted Saturday after suffering a heart attack, said his publicist, Brian Mayes. Crouch and his sister, Sandra Crouch, lived in the Pacoima area of Los Angeles, Mayes said. They were pastors at the New Christ Memorial Church in the Los Angeles suburb of San Fernando. Born in San Francisco, Crouch wrote his first gospel tune at...
  • Australian actor Rod Taylor dead at 84: Legendary star suffers a heart attack at LA home

    01/08/2015 5:16:27 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 85 replies
    News.com.au ^ | January 09, 2015 9:24AM
    LEGENDARY Australian actor Rod Taylor has passed away in the early hours of the morning US time after suffering from a heart attack. The 84-year-old, who starred in Hollywood flicks including most recently Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds, was said to have died at home in LA following a dinner party. It was to have been his birthday on Sunday. His daughter Felicia confirmed his death to CNN. “My dad loved his work. Being an actor was his passion – calling it an honorable art and something he couldn’t live without,” Felicia, a former CNN News correspondent, said in a statement....
  • Former Giants pitcher Stu Miller dies

    01/06/2015 6:53:25 PM PST · by EveningStar · 8 replies
    AP via ESPN ^ | January 5, 2015
    Stu Miller, the former Giants pitcher who committed perhaps the most famous balk in All-Star Game history, has died. He was 87... Miller played 16 years in the majors for the Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies, Baltimore and Atlanta. He led the National League in ERA in 1958, had the most saves in the NL in 1961 and the American League in 1963 and won a World Series title with Baltimore in 1966. But he is most remembered for his All-Star Game performance at windy Candlestick Park in 1961. He was called for a balk in the ninth inning...
  • Allie Sherman Dies at 91; Led Giants to Title Games

    01/06/2015 9:31:02 AM PST · by EveningStar · 21 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 5, 2015 | Richard Goldstein
    Allie Sherman, who possessed a dubious football pedigree as a left-handed quarterback at Brooklyn College but went on to take the New York Giants to National Football League title games in his first three seasons as their coach, died on Saturday at his home in Manhattan. He was 91. His death was announced by his family. Sherman’s early years as the Giants’ coach have long been remembered as a revered time in the franchise’s history. His players included quarterbacks Charley Conerly and Y. A. Tittle, backs Alex Webster, Kyle Rote and Frank Gifford and wide receiver Del Shofner, as well...
  • Bess Myerson, 90, Dies; Famed for Beauty, Public Service and Scandal

    01/05/2015 10:31:41 AM PST · by Borges · 90 replies
    NY Times ^ | 1/5/2015 | ENID NEMY and WILLIAM McDONALD
    Bess Myerson, a New York favorite daughter who basked in the public eye for decades — as Miss America 1945, as a television personality, as a force in public affairs and finally, under a harsher light, as a player in a shattering municipal scandal — died on Dec. 14 at her home in Santa Monica, Calif., her death occurring in the relative obscurity in which she had lived her last years. She was 90. Her death, which had not been publicly announced, was confirmed on Monday by public records. Ms. Myerson was one of a select group of American figures...
  • Stuart Scott dies at age of 49

    01/04/2015 7:02:19 AM PST · by John W · 73 replies
    espn.com ^ | January 4, 2015 | Steve Wulf
    Stuart Scott, a longtime anchor at ESPN, died Sunday morning at the age of 49. Among the features of the new ESPN studio in Bristol is a wall of catchphrases made famous by on-air talent over the years. An amazing nine of them belong to one man -- from his signature "Boo-Yah!" to "As cool as the other side of the pillow" to "He must be the bus driver cuz he was takin' him to school."
  • Edward Brooke, first black popularly elected to US Senate

    01/03/2015 2:34:42 PM PST · by Borges · 29 replies
    Strait Times ^ | 1/4/2015
    Edward Brooke, the Massachusetts Republican who was the first African-American to be popularly elected to the US Senate, died on Saturday at the age of 95, the state Republican Party said. Brooke was Massachusetts attorney-general when he was elected to the US Senate in 1966, at a time when the country was gripped by racial unrest. Before his election, there were two other African-American senators shortly after the Civil War. But until early in the 20th century, senators were picked by state legislatures and not by popular vote. In the Senate, Brooke joined a small band of liberal Republicans who...
  • Little Jimmy Dickens, Oldest Opry Member, Dies at 94

    01/02/2015 5:13:30 PM PST · by John W · 48 replies
    AP via ABC News ^ | January 2, 2015 | AP
    Little Jimmy Dickens, a diminutive singer-songwriter known for his sense of humor and as the oldest cast member of the Grand Ole Opry, has died. He was 94. Dickens died Friday at a Nashville-area hospital of cardiac arrest after suffering a stroke on Christmas Day, Opry spokeswoman Jessie Schmidt said. Dickens, who stood 4-foot-11, had performed on the Opry almost continuously since 1948. His last performance was Dec. 20 as part of his birthday celebration. He sang "Out Behind The Barn" and delivered his trademark comedy. He had turned 94 a day earlier. "The Grand Ole Opry did not have...
  • DONNA DOUGLAS 'Beverly Hillbillies' Star DEAD AT 81 [Ellie Mae]

    01/02/2015 10:47:41 AM PST · by BunnySlippers · 222 replies
    TMZ | 01/02/2015
    Donna Douglas -- who famously portrayed Elly May Clampett on the legendary 60s TV series "The Beverly Hillbillies" -- passed away Thursday at her home in Louisiana with friends and family by her side. Douglas' granddaughter confirmed the death to TMZ. Donna starred on "The Beverly Hillbillies" for all nine seasons and even returned for the 1981 reunion TV movie.
  • BREAKING: Former Governor Mario Cuomo Dies at 82

    01/01/2015 4:59:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 108 replies
    Time Warner Cable News ^ | January 1, 2015
    NY1 has learned that former Governor Mario Cuomo has died at the age of 82. This comes just hours after Andrew Cuomo was publicly inaugurated for his second term as the 56th governor of New York. Governor Cuomo said in his speech at One World Trade Center that his father was unable to attend because he was too ill. He also said he and his family had spent New Year's eve with the senior Cuomo. Governor Cuomo had also changed his initial plans for his swearing in ceremony to take place in Manhattan as opposed to Albany.
  • Mario Cuomo, former New York governor, dead at 82

    Ever-eloquent Mario Cuomo, a son of Queens who rode his rhetorical gifts to three terms as New York governor and tantalized Democrats by flirting with a run for President, died Thursday, two sources close to the family said. He was 82. Cuomo passed away six hours after his oldest son, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, was formally sworn-in to a second term in Manhattan. The elder Cuomo was too ill with a serious heart condition to attend.
  • Edward Herrmann-"Gilmore Girls" Star Dead at 71

    12/31/2014 1:31:56 PM PST · by Gefn · 71 replies
    TMZ ^ | 12/31/2014 | Tmz
    Edward Hermann, perhaps best known for playing Richard Gilmore on "The Gilmore Girls"- died this morning in a hospital in New York. He was 71.
  • Luise Rainer, Hollywood golden era Oscar winner, dies aged 104

    12/30/2014 6:59:04 AM PST · by Borges · 23 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12/30/2014
    Actress Luise Rainer, who became the first winner of consecutive Oscars in the 1930s, has died at the age of 104. The German-born star was named best actress in 1936 and 1937 - a feat achieved by only five actors in Academy Awards history to date. Her achievement made her a force in the golden age of Hollywood cinema, but was also a curse, making her last major film in 1943. She settled in London and made occasional appearances on film and TV. Rainer appeared in US small screen series The Loveboat in 1984, while her last substantial film role...
  • Joseph Sargent, Director of 'The Taking of Pelham One Two Three,' Dies at 89

    12/23/2014 12:05:08 PM PST · by EveningStar · 26 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | December 22, 2014 | Mike Barnes
    Joseph Sargent, who directed The Taking of Pelham One Two Three and MacArthur for the big screen and captured three Emmys for his telefilm work, died Monday at his home in Malibu from the lung disease COPD, publicist Dick Guttman announced. He was 89 ...  In addition to the taut New York City subway hostage drama The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974) starring Walter Matthau and the 1977 biopic MacArthur toplined by Gregory Peck, Sargent directed the features The Hell With Heroes (1968) starring Rod Taylor; White Lightning (1973) with Burt Reynolds; and Jaws: The Revenge (1987) ... He gained...
  • Singer Joe Cocker dead at 70

    12/22/2014 10:30:04 AM PST · by facedown · 137 replies
    Mass Live ^ | 22 DEC 14 | Ray Kelly
    <p>Joe Cocker has died aged 7 after a battle with lung cancer.</p> <p>His management confirmed his passing to Britain's IITV News.</p> <p>Born John Robert Cocker in Sheffield, he achieved international success as a blues/rock singer beginning in the 1960s and recorded 40 albums.</p>
  • Actress Billie Whitelaw dies aged 82

    12/21/2014 8:11:55 PM PST · by EveningStar · 15 replies
    BBC News ^ | December 21, 2014
    Acclaimed actress Billie Whitelaw, famous for her roles on stage and screen, has died at the age of 82. The Coventry-born star, who was made a CBE in 1991, worked in close collaboration with playwright Samuel Beckett, who described her as a perfect actress ... She was well known for her role as Mrs Baylock in horror film The Omen ...
  • Former boxer Ernie Terrell, who fought Muhammad Ali, dead at 75

    12/18/2014 2:01:26 PM PST · by EveningStar · 12 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | December 17, 2014 | Maureen O'Donnell
    Former heavyweight champion Ernie Terrell of Chicago survived 15 punishing rounds in a ferocious 1967 fight with Muhammad Ali. An irate Ali wreaked havoc on Mr. Terrell, who had called him Cassius Clay instead of addressing him by his then-new Muslim name. Ali danced around Mr. Terrell and repeatedly jabbed him in the match, shouting, “What’s my name?!” ... Mr. Terrell, 75, who lived for decades near 111th and Halsted, died Tuesday at Little Company of Mary Hospital of complications of Alzheimer’s disease, his wife said. He was 75 ...
  • Richard C. Hottelet, Last of Original 'Murrow's Boys,' Dies

    12/17/2014 10:19:47 AM PST · by Borges · 5 replies
    ABC - AP ^ | 12/17/2014 | STEPHEN SINGER
    Richard C. Hottelet, the last of the original "Murrow's Boys," the pioneering group of wartime journalists hired by CBS radio newsman Edward R. Murrow, has died. He was 97. CBS News spokesman Kevin Tedesco said that Hottelet died early Wednesday morning at his home in Wilton. Hottelet was a foreign correspondent for the United Press in Berlin at the start of World War II ? and even spent several months in a Nazi prison ? before joining CBS in London in 1944. He reported from many battlefronts, and went on to become CBS' correspondent for the United Nations, an assignment...
  • Former Miss America, Actress Mary Ann Mobley Dies at 75

    12/09/2014 8:17:31 PM PST · by massmike · 34 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | 12/09/2014 | n/a
    Actress, philanthropist and former Miss America Mary Ann Mobley died Tuesday morning in Beverly Hills, Calif., after a second battle with breast cancer, one of her daughters has announced in a statement to NBC News. She was 75. Born in Biloxi, Mississippi, Mobley, was crowned Miss America in 1959 and became one of the few Miss Americas to launch a successful TV and movie career. She graduated from "Ole Miss" in 1958 and was the university's first Carrier Scholar and the first woman voted into the Alumni Hall of Fame. In 1962, Mobley made her successful Broadway debut in the...
  • Pugsley From 'The Addams Family' Dies

    12/08/2014 7:49:13 PM PST · by Morgana · 36 replies
    ABC NEWS ^ | Dec 8, 2014, | AP
    Ken Weatherwax, who played the child character Pugsley on "The Addams Family" television series in the 1960s, has died. He was 59. Weatherwax died of a heart attack at his Box Canyon, California, home over the weekend, said Joey D. Vieira, his half brother. Weatherwax's body was found on Sunday.
  • Former WWE Star Jimmy Del Ray Passes Away (professional wrestler)

    12/08/2014 8:52:56 AM PST · by EveningStar · 8 replies
    Wrestling Inc ^ | December 7, 2014 | Daniel Pena
    David Ferrier, who is best known for his appearances in the early 1990s in the World Wrestling Federation as one-half of the Heavenly Bodies as "Gigolo" Jimmy Del Ray, has passed away. PWInsider.com has confirmed that Ferrier died Saturday night following what is believed to have been a heart attack. He was 52-years-old.
  • Ralph H. Baer, father of video games, passes away at 92

    12/07/2014 1:10:09 PM PST · by Monty22002 · 71 replies
    Examiner ^ | 12/7/2014
    The father of video games, Ralph H. Baer, has passed away at age 92. He came to rest in his New Hampshire home on the night of Saturday, Dec. 6 according to Wikipedia and a Facebook post by video game historian Leonard Herman, a friend of Baer. Dubbed the "Thomas Edison of the home TV game" by Popular Electronics Magazine in 1980, Baer's Odyssey game system was the first home video game system. The patent for the idea was filed on August 10, 1970 and the system was released by Magnavox in 1972.
  • Please Keep Victor Davis Hanson in Your Thoughts and Prayers

    11/18/2014 7:24:33 PM PST · by PROCON · 78 replies
    pjmedia ^ | Nov. 18, 2014
    We at PJ Media were saddened to learn that the daughter of Victor Davis Hanson, author, educator, and PJ Media columnist, died on November 13 after a short illness. Susannah Merry Hanson was 27. In a beautiful, moving tribute to his daughter, Dr. Hanson tells us of Susannah’s marvelous gifts: Susannah, known to her family and friends as “Suzy,” was beloved by anyone who encountered her infectious laugh and her zeal for life and adventure. But she was perhaps best known for the human kindness she extended to everyone she met. She was especially drawn to the sick and elderly,...
  • Ian McLagan of the Small Faces and Faces dies after suffering 'massive stroke'

    12/03/2014 6:51:02 PM PST · by the scotsman · 40 replies
    NME ^ | 4th December 2014 | Leonie Cooper
    'Ian McLagan of the Faces and Small Faces has died at the age of 69, after suffering a stroke. Ultimate Classic Rock reports that the legendary keyboard player suffered a "massive stroke" and passed away in hospital in Austin, Texas. McLagan was born in 1945 in Middlesex. He joined the Small Faces in 1965 and continued to play with the band after they changed their name to the Faces in 1969, when Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood joined. The Faces split in 1975, and McLagan began work as a session musician, playing with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne,...
  • Legendary Montreal Canadiens star Jean Beliveau dead

    12/02/2014 10:08:25 PM PST · by xp38 · 31 replies
    The Toronto Sun ^ | December 2 2014 | Mike Zeisberger
    Jean Beliveau, one of the greatest legends to ever play in the National Hockey League, has passed away. He was 83. Elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1972, Beliveau scored 507 goals and 712 assists in 1,125 games over parts of 20 seasons, all as a member of the Montreal Canadiens. Beliveau was the first player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as Stanley Cup playoffs MVP, winning the award in the Canadiens’ 1965 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. In the end, Beliveau won the Stanley Cup 10 times with the Canadiens. Along with being the captain of...
  • Frank Yablans, Former Paramount President, Dies at 79

    11/27/2014 5:47:16 PM PST · by EveningStar · 6 replies
    Variety ^ | November 27, 2014 | Pat Saperstein
    Frank Yablans, the president of Paramount Pictures during the fertile early ’70s era that produced films including “The Godfather” and “Chinatown,” died of natural causes Thursday at his home in Los Angeles, according to his son, ICM Partners agent Eddy Yablans. He was 79. Renowned for a hearty sense of humor and temperamental outbursts, Yablans was later COO of MGM/United Artists and co-wrote the screenplay for “Mommie Dearest,” which he also produced.
  • PD James, crime novelist, dies aged 94

    11/27/2014 10:11:02 AM PST · by EveningStar · 5 replies
    BBC News ^ | November 27, 2014
    Crime novelist PD James, who penned more than 20 books, has died aged 94. Her agent said she died "peacefully at her home in Oxford" on Thursday morning. The author's books, many featuring sleuth Adam Dalgliesh, sold millions of books around the world, with various adaptations for television and film. Her best known novels include The Children of Men, The Murder Room and Pride and Prejudice spin-off Death Comes to Pemberley.
  • Former DC Mayor Marion Barry dies at 78

    11/23/2014 5:29:54 AM PST · by Vaquero · 69 replies
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 11-23-14 | BEN NUCKOLS
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Divisive and flamboyant, maddening and beloved, Marion Barry outshone every politician in the 40-year history of District of Columbia self-rule. But for many, his legacy was not defined by the accomplishments and failures of his four terms as mayor and long service on the D.C. Council. Instead, Barry will be remembered for a single night in a downtown Washington hotel room and the grainy video that showed him lighting a crack pipe in the company of a much-younger woman. When FBI agents burst in, he referred to her with an expletive. She "set me up," Barry said.
  • Don Paul dies at 89; helped L.A. Rams to NFL championship

    11/21/2014 6:51:01 PM PST · by EveningStar · 9 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 21, 2014 | Staff
    Don Paul, a fierce football player for UCLA in the 1940s who went on to help the Los Angeles Rams win an NFL championship, has died. He was 89. Paul died of respiratory failure Nov. 8 in Woodland Hills after an extended illness, his family announced. The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Paul earned a UCLA football letter in each of four seasons — 1943, '44, '46 and '47 — with his Bruin career split by Navy service during World War II. He played center and linebacker, was chosen team captain three times and, according to UCLA, was the first freshman player to...
  • Mike Nichols, Celebrated Director, Dies at 83

    11/20/2014 5:45:13 AM PST · by Borges · 26 replies
    NYT ^ | 11/20/2014 | Bruce Weber
    Mike Nichols, one of America’s most celebrated directors, whose long, protean résumé of critic- and crowd-pleasing work earned him adulation both on Broadway and in Hollywood, died on Wednesday. He was 83. His death was announced in a statement by the president of ABC News, James Goldston. Dryly urbane, Mr. Nichols had a gift for communicating with actors and a keen comic timing, which he honed early in his career as half of the popular sketch-comedy team Nichols and May. He accomplished what Orson Welles and Elia Kazan, but few if any other directors have: He achieved popular and artistic...
  • Charles Champlin dies at 88; former L.A. Times arts editor, critic

    11/17/2014 7:43:54 PM PST · by EveningStar · 13 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 18, 2014 | Dennis McLellan
    Charles Champlin, the former Los Angeles Times arts editor, film critic and columnist whose insightful, elegantly written reviews and columns informed and entertained readers for decades, died Sunday at his Los Angeles home. He was 88. The cause was complications of Alzheimer's disease, said his son, Charles Champlin Jr. The Harvard-educated Champlin had worked 17 years at Life and Time magazines before joining The Times as entertainment editor and three-times-a-week columnist in 1965.
  • Alvin Dark, Giants' Shortstop and Manager, Dies at 92

    11/13/2014 3:04:15 PM PST · by EveningStar · 25 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 13, 2014 | Richard Goldstein
    Alvin Dark, who was an All-Star shortstop and captain of the New York Giants' pennant-winning teams in the 1950s and later managed the team to a pennant in San Francisco, but who later found himself shadowed by controversy over his attitude toward black and Latino players, died on Thursday at his home in Easley, S.C. He was 92.
  • Marge Roukema, former U.S. representative from New Jersey, dead at 85

    Former U.S. Rep. Marge Roukema, one of the dwindling numbers of moderate Republicans, has died. She was 85 and had Alzheimer's disease. Roukema was first elected to the House during the Ronald Reagan landslide of 1980, defeating Democratic incumbent Andrew Maguire in Northern New Jersey, and retired after finishing her 11th term in 2003. “We have lost a tremendous leader and state treasure today," said newly elected U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-Ewing, who will be the first woman representing New Jersey in Congress since Roukema retired. "Congresswoman Marge Roukema was a standard bearer for many in New Jersey and...
  • School choice pioneer Annette Polly Williams dies at 77

    11/12/2014 6:37:51 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 11-11-14 | Paul Brennan
    MILWAUKEE — James Carl was able to sum up the importance of former Assemblywoman Annette Polly Williams in bringing school choice to Milwaukee in two words: “absolutely essential.” Williams died Sunday at the age of 77, having helped to transform the education landscape in Milwaukee and the nation. Starting in the late 1980s, Williams threw her support behind the legislation that created the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program. The legislation eventually passed in 1989. “If it were not for her willingness to support this program, it never would have gotten through the state Legislature,” Carl told Watchdog. Carl, dean of the...
  • Last original WWII Navajo Code Talker, a Marine, dies on the birthday of the Corps

    11/11/2014 11:45:07 AM PST · by NYer · 23 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | November 11, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The last Navajo Code Talker, Chester Nez, USMC died on 10 November 2014, the 239th birthday of the Corps. They played a vital role during WWII.From Source Marine veteran Michael Smith wept Wednesday when he heard about the death of Chester Nez, the last of the original Navajo Code Talkers.Smith, from Window Rock, who had met Nez several times, described him as a “quiet, humble” Navajo Marine.Smith said that the passing of Nez — the last of the first 29 Navajo men who created a code from their language that stumped the Japanese in World War II — marked the...
  • With ballet slippers, a Starr was born (unique professional wrestler Ricki Starr died September 20)

    11/11/2014 1:58:35 PM PST · by EveningStar · 11 replies
    CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - Wrestling ^ | October 1, 2014 | Steve Johnson
    When Greg Oliver and I conceived of The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: Heroes & Icons in 2007, Ricki Starr was one of the guys we targeted from the beginning. At the time, Starr was more than 40 years removed from his heyday as a star in North American wrestling circles. But he had never told the story of how he used a pair of ballet slippers to ascend from lowly opening matches in Texas gyms to the top rank of pop culture superstardom... With Starr's death after a brief illness Sept. 20 in London at 83, we'll never get...
  • Prince David Chavchavadze - obituary

    11/10/2014 9:21:55 AM PST · by EveningStar · 3 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | November 9, 2014
    Prince David Chavchavadze was a CIA agent during the cold war who was descended from Tsar Nicholas I of Imperial Russia and became friendly with Stalin's daughter Prince David Chavchavadze, who has died aged 90, was descended from the royal families of both Russia and Georgia, and served as a cold war case officer with the CIA for 25 years; he later made his mark as a writer and historian... Prince David Chavchavadze, born May 20 1924, died October 5 2014
  • Former Illinois congressman Phil Crane dies

    11/09/2014 9:22:10 PM PST · by Steelers6 · 2 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | November 9, 2014 | By Katherine Skiba, Tribune reporter and not Steelers6
    "His accomplishments, and his lifelong pursuit of conservative principles, will have a lasting effect for generations to come: from his work on the Ways and Means Committee and the Republican Study Committee, to his work founding the Heritage Foundation and leading the American Conservative Union. He fought for lower taxes, a simplified tax code, free-market principles, and free trade."
  • Dr. Myles Munroe, wife Ruth, among 9 killed in Bahamas plane crash (update)

    11/09/2014 7:24:31 PM PST · by Hoodat · 20 replies
    www.al.com ^ | 09 Nov 2014 | Debbie M. Lord
    Dr. Myles Munroe, the leader of Bahamas Faith Ministries, was killed Sunday when the plane he was in hit a crane and crashed in the Bahamas. Munroe's wife, Ruth, was also among the 9 victims of the crash in Grand Bahama, according to the Bahamas Tribune. The small plane crashed after hitting the crane on approach to the Grand Bahama Airport, according to officials there, killing all on board In addition to an BFMI Munroe was also president of Myles Munroe International (MMI). . .
  • Former Illinois congressman Phil Crane dies

    11/09/2014 3:20:03 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 44 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | November 9, 2014 | Katherine Skiba
    Longtime Illinois Congressman Phillip Crane, a northwest suburban Republican who championed conservative principles and once ran for president, died Saturday in Maryland, according to family.. Crane, who suffered from congestive heart failure and lung cancer, died of respiratory failure in a daughter's home in Jefferson, Md., according to another daughter, Catherine Hott, of Berryville, Va.
  • S. Donald Stookey, scientist behind CorningWare, dies at 99

    11/07/2014 6:30:58 AM PST · by Fenhalls555 · 41 replies
    S. Donald Stookey was a young scientist researching the properties of glass when in 1952 he put a glass plate into an oven to heat it. But the oven malfunctioned. Instead of heating to about 1,100 degrees Fahrenheit, the oven shot up to more than 1,600 degrees. Stookey expected to find a molten mess. Instead, he found an opaque, milky-white plate. As he was removing it from the oven, his tongs slipped, and the plate fell to the floor. But instead of shattering, it bounced.
  • Outspoken, revered Vietnam fighter pilot Jack Broughton dies at 89

    11/02/2014 3:14:47 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 44 replies
    LA Times, via Stars & Stripes ^ | Novembe 1, 2014 | Tony Perry
    As a combat pilot, Air Force Col. Jack Broughton was celebrated for bravery and tactical brilliance during the Korean and Vietnam wars. He received promotions and important assignments and seemed headed to become a general. But a high-profile court-martial during the Vietnam War for allegedly violating the rules of engagement that ruled certain targets off limits ended his career. After leaving the Air Force, Broughton was free to speak out about what he saw as the incompetence of President Lyndon Johnson and Defense Secretary Robert McNamara in micromanaging the war. Pilots couldn't bomb an enemy outhouse without their approval, Broughton...
  • Ian Fraser, Famed Composer for TV and Film, Dies at 81

    11/01/2014 11:42:14 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 9 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | October 31, 2014 | Mike Barnes
    He won 11 Emmys from 32 nominations and collaborated often with Julie Andrews Ian Fraser, whose 11 Emmy Awards and 32 nominations for outstanding music direction made him the most honored composer/conductor in the history of television, has died. He was 81. The British native, who was known for his long association with singer-actress Julie Andrews, died of cancer Friday at his Los Angeles home ...