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  • 'British Schindler' Nicholas Winton who saved 669 children from Nazis dies

    07/01/2015 12:56:43 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 3 replies
    Daily Express ^ | 1st July 2015 | Tom Batchelor
    'A WAR hero dubbed the ‘British Schindler’ who saved hundreds of children from the Nazis during the Second World War has died aged 106. Nicholas Winton saved the lives of 669 Jewish children from the Holocaust by smuggling them out of Germany on trains on the eve of the war - saving them from almost certain death. His son-in-law Stephen Watson said he died peacefully in his sleep at Wexham Hospital in Slough. Sir Nicholas was a 29-year-old stock exchange clerk in 1938 when he began to fear that Jewish residents of Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia would be sent to concentration camps....
  • Sir Nicholas Winton dies aged 106 (the British Schindler)

    07/01/2015 9:10:04 AM PDT · by NRx · 19 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 07-01-2015 | Anita Singh
    Sir Nicholas Winton, who organised the rescue of Jewish children from the Holocaust in 1939, has died aged 106, his family said. Winton earned himself the label "Britain's Schindler" for saving the lives of 669 children by sending them from Prague to London by train. His son-in-law Stephen Watson said Sir Nicholas died peacefully in his sleep at Wexham Hospital in Slough. Sir Nicholas rarely spoke of his achievements in the decades after the Second World War, believing his actions to be unremarkable. But he kept a scrapbook with details and photographs of the children he saved.
  • Nicholas Winton, savior of Jewish children on the Kindertransport from Prague, dies at 106

    07/01/2015 8:45:00 AM PDT · by Borges · 4 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 7/1/2015 | NAOMI KOPPEL
    Nicholas Winton, a humanitarian who almost single-handedly saved more than 650 Jewish children from the Holocaust, earning himself the label "Britain's Schindler," has died. He was 106. Son-in-law Stephen Watson said Winton died on Wednesday. The Rotary Club of Maidenhead, of which Winton was a former president, said his daughter Barbara and two grandchildren were at his side. Winton arranged trains to carry children from Nazi-occupied Prague to Britain, battling bureaucracy at both ends and saving them from almost certain death — and then kept quiet about his exploits for a half-century.
  • Jack Carter, Brash Comic, Dies at 93

    06/29/2015 7:04:41 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 25 replies
    AP via ABC News ^ | June 29, 2015 | Sue Manning
    Jack Carter, whose brash, caustic comedy made him a star in early television and helped him sustain a career of more than a half-century in TV, nightclubs, movies and on stage, died of respiratory failure at his Beverly Hills, California, home, a family spokesman said. Carter turned 93 just four days before he died Sunday, Jeff Sanderson said. In 1948, when network television was beginning, Carter starred in a series of variety shows on ABC. In 1950, Pat Weaver, the visionary NBC programmer who fostered the "Today" and "Tonight" shows and other innovations, scheduled two hours of programming called "Saturday...
  • Ben Wattenberg R.I.P.

    06/29/2015 4:26:28 PM PDT · by Forgotten Amendments · 21 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 6/29/2015 | Yuval Levin
    Ben Wattenberg — the gloriously unclassifiable public intellectual, journalist, television host, amateur demographer, and loving student of America — passed away yesterday at the age of 81. Among Wattenberg’s many gifts to his country, his unwavering refusal to abide any simple narrative of American decline always struck me as the greatest.
  • Allen Weinstein, Historian of Alger Hiss Case, Dies at 77

    06/23/2015 6:40:33 PM PDT · by iowamark · 11 replies
    NY Times ^ | JUNE 20, 2015 | WILLIAM GRIMES
    Allen Weinstein, a historian of Cold War espionage whose 1978 book, “Perjury: The Hiss-Chambers Case,” marshaled a mountain of new evidence to argue that Alger Hiss was guilty as charged in one of the most famous spy trials of the postwar era, and who served as the ninth national archivist of the United States, died on Thursday at a nursing home in Gaithersburg, Md. He was 77. The cause was pneumonia, his son Andrew said. He had been suffering from Parkinson’s disease for several years. Making use of newly available F.B.I. documents totaling tens of thousands of pages, Mr. Weinstein...
  • Avengers Star Patrick Macnee Dies

    06/26/2015 8:57:07 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    BBC ^ | 26 June 2015
    Actor Patrick Macnee, star of The Avengers TV series, has died in California at the age of 93. The Briton, best known for playing John Steed in the 1960s television spy show, died at home with his family at his bedside, his son Rupert said. Macnee, who served in the Royal Navy during World War Two, also played roles in theatre, appearing on Broadway. Avengers co-star Dame Diana Rigg paid tribute, saying: "Patrick was a very dear man and I owe him a great deal". A statement on Mcnee's website read: "Wherever he went, he left behind a trove of...
  • Rest in Peace Steed

    06/25/2015 2:44:24 PM PDT · by petro45acp · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | 20150625 | Fox News
    Patrick Macnee, the British-born actor best known as dapper secret agent John Steed in the long-running 1960s TV series "The Avengers," has died. He was 93. Macnee died Thursday of natural causes with his family at his bedside in Rancho Mirage, his son Rupert said in a statement. The clever spy drama, which began in 1961 in Britain, debuted in the United States in 1966.
  • The enduring genius of The Avengers and Patrick Macnee

    06/25/2015 12:35:37 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 40 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 6/25/15 | Dick Fiddy
    Patrick Macnee has died at the age of 93. Here Dick Fiddy pays tribute to the TV series that made his name
  • Patrick Macnee, star of 1960s TV series ‘The Avengers,’ dies

    06/25/2015 11:47:35 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 69 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 25, 2015 2:39 PM EDT
    Patrick Macnee, star of the 1960s TV series “The Avengers,” has died. He was 93. His son Rupert said in a statement that Patrick Macnee died Thursday at his home in Rancho Mirage. The British-born actor was best known as dapper secret agent John Steed in the long-running television series. …
  • Creator of pink plastic lawn flamingo dies

    06/23/2015 6:15:11 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 20 replies
    <p>FITCHBURG, Mass. — Donald Featherstone, creator of the pink plastic lawn flamingo, the ultimate symbol of American lawn kitsch, has died.</p> <p>His wife, Nancy, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that her husband died Monday at an elder care facility in Fitchburg after a long battle with Lewy body dementia. He was 79.</p>
  • Dick Van Patten, of 'Eight Is Enough,' dead at 86

    06/23/2015 9:24:28 AM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | June 23, 2015 | Carmel Dagan
    Dick Van Patten, who played the paterfamilias on the 1980s TV dramedy “Eight Is Enough,” died on Tuesday morning. He was 86. Patten died at Saint John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif. due to complications from diabetes. The always-genial, round-faced actor also appeared in Disney films including “Freaky Friday” (the original, Jodie Foster version) as well as Mel Brooks comedies “High Anxiety,” “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” and “Space Balls.”
  • Dick Van Patten has died

    06/23/2015 8:48:37 AM PDT · by vladimir998 · 23 replies
    Just saw it on Foxnews | 6.22.15 | vladimir998
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  • James Horner, Film Composer for 'Titanic' and 'Braveheart,' Dies in Plane Crash

    06/23/2015 6:01:53 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | June 22, 2015 | Mike Barnes
    The two-time Oscar winner, 61, worked on three James Cameron films, two 'Star Trek' movies and classics like 'A Beautiful Mind,' 'Field of Dreams' and 'Apollo 13.' James Horner, the consummate film composer known for his heart-tugging scores for Field of Dreams, Braveheart and Titanic, for which he won two Academy Awards, died Monday in a plane crash near Santa Barbara. He was 61. His death was confirmed by Sylvia Patrycja, who is identified on Horner's film music page as his assistant.
  • "Nature Boy" Buddy Landel passes away at age 53 (professional wrestler)

    06/22/2015 8:48:33 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 11 replies
    Wrestling Observer / Figure Four ^ | June 22, 2015 | Dave Meltzer
    William Ansor, who was once on the verge of becoming one of the biggest stars in pro wrestling in the mid-80s as "Nature Boy" Buddy Landel, passed away Monday at the age of 53.
  • Gunther Schuller Dies at 89; Composer Synthesized Classical and Jazz

    06/22/2015 8:33:44 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 17 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 21, 2015 | Allan Kozinn
    Gunther Schuller, a composer, conductor, author and teacher who coined the term Third Stream to describe music that drew on the forms and resources of both classical and jazz, and who was its most important composer, died on Sunday in Boston. He was 89.
  • KFOR Sports Director Bob Barry, Jr killed in NW Oklahoma City accident, driver arrested

    06/21/2015 2:15:23 PM PDT · by OKSooner · 14 replies
    KFOR Channel 6 Oklahoma City ^ | 6-21-2015 | KFOR Digital desk staff
    OKLAHOMA CITY– KFOR Sports Director Bob Barry, Jr died in a crash Saturday afternoon in Northwest Oklahoma City. Police say the accident happened near Memorial and North May Avenue around 4:00 p.m. Barry was riding a motor scooter southbound on North May when police say Gustavo Gutierrez-Castillo, 26, unlicensed driver made an illegal U-Turn in front of him. He hit the driver’s side of the car and was thrown over 20 feet. Barry was not wearing a helmet. He was rushed to OU Trauma Center where he was pronounced dead. Police have arrested the driver of the car for manslaughter,...
  • Former NFL player, Spanish-language TV pioneer Danny Villanueva dies at age 77

    06/20/2015 5:15:11 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 16 replies
    AP via Fox News ^ | June 19, 2015
    LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Danny Villanueva, who was one of the NFL's first Latino kickers and a pioneer of Spanish-language television, has died. He was 77. Family members and officials at New Mexico State University, where Villanueva was a member of the athletic hall of fame, confirmed that he died Thursday after suffering a stroke earlier this week. Born to migrant missionary workers in eastern New Mexico, Villanueva went on to attend New Mexico State on a football scholarship. After graduating in 1961, he played for the Los Angeles Rams, where he was nicknamed "El Kickador." Bullfighting music was played...
  • Mr. Alan Caruba Oct. 9, 1937 — June 15, 2015

    06/17/2015 9:11:14 AM PDT · by rktman · 5 replies
    texasfred.net ^ | 6/15/2015 | TexasFred
    Today the world lost a great writer and Patriot, a Veteran of the United States Army, and a true gentleman with a wit that was unmatched. Alan Caruba was the author of Warning Signs, his blog, and with that blog he taught many aspiring bloggers how to do it right! I was one of those individuals.
  • Kirk Kerkorian, once L.A.'s richest man, dies at 98

    06/16/2015 8:57:50 AM PDT · by Borges · 22 replies
    LA Times ^ | 6/16/2015 | DAVID STREITFELD
    Kirk Kerkorian, an eighth-grade dropout who traded his way to a $15-billion fortune and for a time was the richest person in Los Angeles, has died. He was 98. Kerkorian’s death was confirmed Tuesday by Anthony Mandekic, the CEO of Kerkorian’s company, Tracinda Corp. Kerkorian died Monday evening at his home in Beverly Hills.
  • Light music composer Ernest Tomlinson dies aged 90

    06/12/2015 1:44:54 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 10 replies
    Classic FM ^ | June 12, 2015 | Rob Weinberg
    Born in Lancashire in 1924, Ernest Tomlinson wrote light orchestral pieces which became a well-loved fixture on radio, television and stage in the decades following World War II. He had his first piece broadcast in 1949 and six years later, he formed the Ernest Tomlinson Light Orchestra.  Tomlinson produced a wide range of works – including overtures, suites, rhapsodies and miniatures. His Little Serenade and Suite of English Folk Dances  - particularly the movement titled Dick's Maggot  - are regularly played on Classic FM. In the 1960s he composed a number of pieces for the test card, including Stately Occasion and Capability...
  • Ornette Coleman, Jazz Innovator, Dies at 85

    06/11/2015 7:58:11 AM PDT · by Borges · 11 replies
    New York Times ^ | 6/11/2015 | BEN RATLIFF
    Ornette Coleman, the alto saxophonist and composer who was one of the most powerful and contentious innovators in the history of jazz, died on Thursday morning in Manhattan. He was 85. The cause was cardiac arrest, a representative of the family said.
  • Jim Ed Brown, Country Music Hall of Famer, Dies at 81

    06/11/2015 7:09:31 PM PDT · by John W · 40 replies
    billboard.com ^ | June 11, 2015 | Mike Barnes
    Jim Ed Brown, a member of the country music trio The Browns and a star of the Grand Ole Opry for more than a half-century, died Thursday. He was 81. Brown, who was elected into the Country Music Hall of Fame in March with his sisters Maxine and Bonnie, died at Williamson Medical Center in Franklin, Tenn. He was diagnosed with lung cancer in September. The Browns’ 1959 crossover smash “The Three Bells” topped Billboard’s country chart for 10 straight weeks, and it spent four weeks atop Billboard’s all-genre singles chart.
  • WWE legend Dusty Rhodes dies at 69

    06/11/2015 12:01:04 PM PDT · by massmike · 67 replies
    Wrestling legend Dusty Rhodes died Thursday morning, the WWE confirmed on Twitter. He was 69. The pro wrestler, whose real name was Virgil Runnels was famously known as "The American Dream." The cause of death is unknown.
  • Oliver! actor Ron Moody dies aged 91

    06/11/2015 6:02:57 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 15 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11th June 2015 | BBC News
    'Actor Ron Moody, who played Fagin in the hit film version of Oliver!, has died aged 91, his family says. The British character actor was nominated for an Oscar and won a Golden Globe for his performance in the 1968 Charles Dickens adaptation. He appeared in EastEnders as Edwin Caldecott, an old nemesis of Jim Branning, and played wizard Merlin in Disney's A Kid in King Arthur's Court. His widow Therese said he would be "greatly missed". "He brought joy to his family and to the hearts of many and will be greatly missed. He was singing until the end,"...
  • Big band leader James Last famed for his trademark 'happy music' dies at his US home aged 86

    06/10/2015 10:21:50 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 14 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | June 10, 2015 | Chris Pleasance
    James Last had career composing big band music spanning five decadesHad 52 hit records in Britain alone, a total only topped by Elvis PresleyComposed 190 tracks and at his peak was producing two albums a monthDied in Florida after a short illness surrounded by family, promoters said 
  • Former LA Prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi Dies at 80

    06/09/2015 8:05:05 AM PDT · by Borges · 21 replies
    NBC L.A. ^ | 6/9/2015 | Jack Noyes and Kelly Goff
    Famed former prosecutor and author Vincent Bugliosi has died of cancer at age 80, family members said Monday night. Bugliosi was best known for successfully prosecuting Charles Manson and three followers for the 1969 murders of actress Sharon Tate and six other. He later co-wrote the book “Helter Skelter” detailing the Tate-LaBianca murder trial. Born in Hibbing, Minnesota, Bugliosi moved to LA in the 1960s, where he earned his law degree from UCLA. During his time with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, he successfully secured convictions in 105 of 106 felony jury trials, including 21 murder cases. Bugliosi...
  • Charles Manson prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi dies at 80

    06/09/2015 6:06:06 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 21 replies
    AP via Fox News ^ | June 09, 2015
    LOS ANGELES – Vincent Bugliosi, a prosecutor who parlayed his handling of the Charles Manson trial into a career as a bestselling author, has died, his son said Monday night. He was 80 years old. Bugliosi, who had struggled with cancer in recent years, died Saturday night at a hospital in Los Angeles, his son, Vincent Bugliosi Jr., told The Associated Press. Bugliosi Jr. said his father had "an unflagging dedication to justice" in everything he did.
  • R.I.P. Samuel Blumenfeld: Author, Master Educator, Champion of Freedom

    06/07/2015 11:54:54 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 15 replies
    The New American ^ | 04 June 2015 | William F. Jasper
    Millions of people who can read today owe an enormous debt of gratitude to Samuel L. Blumenfeld (shown), America’s foremost apostle of phonics over the past half century, who died on June 1, one day after his 89th birthday. I was privileged to know him, as a friend and colleague, for more than 30 years.I first became acquainted with Sam Blumenfeld’s writings in the early 1970s. I was a college student at the time and had switched my course of study from pre-veterinary medicine to psychology and education. The “reading controversy” that had been launched in 1955 with the...
  • To the memory of Free Republic’s “Kenny Bunk.”

    05/31/2015 9:13:36 AM PDT · by golux · 134 replies
    Free Republic | 05.31.05 | golux
    To the memory of Free Republic’s “Kenny Bunk.” Continue to love each other like brothers, and remember always to welcome strangers, for by doing this, some people have entertained angels without knowing it. Hebrews 13, 1-2 Our FRiend Kenny Bunk passed away this weekend. He had many compatriots and admirers here, and so I thought I would tell you a little more about him, in order that you might in a small way celebrate his life as I do. Kenny knew the classics (or the western canon, generally) inside and out, and was a focused, passionate student of ancient and...
  • Freeper Arasina (Teresa K.) passed away today June 1st 2015

    06/01/2015 7:42:27 AM PDT · by redleghunter · 74 replies
    Jim a friend of Arasina | Friends of Arasina
    From a very good friend of Teresa (Arasina): "Got the terrible news I'd been half expecting. Early this morning Teresa (arasina @Free Republic) has passed on to be with the Lord due to complications with what was an acute case of cystic fibrosis. Her lungs simply would not respond. Even with her oxygen machine she could not quite get enough oxygen. All that could be done at that point was sedation. On Saturday I'd called but she immediately said she couldn't speak. Yesterday I regrettably didn't reach out...and this AM Teresa's niece left the message of the bad news. The...
  • Betsy Palmer, dies; was killer cook in 'Friday the 13th'

    05/31/2015 4:42:05 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 30 replies
    AP ^ | May 31, 2015 | John Rogers
    Betsy Palmer, the veteran character actress who achieved lasting, though not necessarily sought-after, fame as the murderous camp cook in the cheesy horror film "Friday the 13th," has died at age 88.
  • The Longest Hatred

    05/28/2015 12:42:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 28, 2015 | Cliff May
    Robert S. Wistrich, who died suddenly last week, was considered the foremost scholar of anti-Semitism, which he called “the longest hatred,” one that appears to be metastasizing in the current era. Writing about Nazi anti-Semitism ruffles no feathers within academia and other elite circles. Mr. Wistrich, however, had been warning that “anti-Semitism has undergone a process of growing ‘Islamicization,’ linked to the terrorist holy war against Jews and other non-Muslims with its truly lethal consequences.” This “new” anti-Semitism,” he added, targetsIsrael, the only state with a Jewish majority: “the collective Jew.” “New” is a relative term: It was 40 years...
  • Obituary: Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, The great survivor (of Auschwitz)

    05/12/2015 9:53:59 PM PDT · by Cronos · 14 replies
    The Economist ^ | 7.May.2015 | the Economist
    WHEN Hitler’s forces marched into Warsaw in September 1939, Wladyslaw Bartoszewski’s parents told him not to panic. They had experienced German occupation during the last war. There would be inconvenience, disorder and even looting. He should be careful. But it would not be too bad—the Germans were, after all, west Europeans—and by next year, the British and French would arrive. The Bartoszewskis could hardly have given their teenage son worse advice. The Western allies never came; instead the Soviets joined in the Nazi attack. Hitler not only wiped Poland off the map, but aimed to obliterate its language, culture and...
  • Famed Detroit Jazz Trumpeter Marcus Belgrave Dies at 78

    05/24/2015 5:39:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Sunday, May 24, 2015 | Jeff Karoub
    Marcus Belgrave, a jazz trumpeter who graced stages and studios with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Cocker and Motown artists galore, died Sunday. He was 78. Belgrave died at an Ann Arbor care facility and the cause of death was heart failure, said Hazelette Crosby-Robinson, a cousin of Belgrave's wife Joan. Belgrave remained active on the Detroit and international jazz scenes up until his death. Born into a family of musicians in Chester, Pennsylvania, he started playing professionally at 12 and joined The Ray Charles Band in the late 1950s — what he once described as "the beginning...
  • JUST IN: Actress, comedian Anne Meara -- wife of Jerry Stiller and mother of Ben Stiller -- dies..

    05/24/2015 2:46:26 PM PDT · by PROCON · 51 replies
    AP ^ | May 24, 2015
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress and comedian Anne Meara has died. She was 85. Her husband, Jerry Stiller, and son Ben Stiller say Meara died Saturday. No other details were provided
  • 'Beautiful Mind' mathematician John Nash and his wife killed in New Jersey taxi crash

    05/24/2015 4:42:34 PM PDT · by mware · 24 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | May 24, 2015 | By David Mccormack For Dailymail.com and Associated Press Reporter
    Mathematician John Nash, 86, has been killed in a taxi crash on the New Jersey Turnpike along with his wife Alicia, 82 The pair were not wearing seltbelts and were ejected from the vehicle when their driver allegedly lost control and hit the guard rail Nash was widely regarded as one of the great mathematicians of the 20th century He was best known for his work on game theory and his struggle with paranoid schizophrenia The Nobel Prize winner was famously portrayed by Russell Crowe in the 2001 Hollywood movie A Beautiful Mind which won four Oscars
  • Marques Haynes, legendary Harlem Globetrotters star and Basketball Hall of Famer, dead at 89

    05/23/2015 7:40:36 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 14 replies
    AP via NY Daily News ^ | 05/22/2015 | staff
    Marques Haynes, the legendary Harlem Globetrotters showman often called the greatest dribbler in basketball history, has died. He was 89. He died Friday in Plano, Texas, of natural causes, the Globetrotters said. CEO Kurt Schneider said “basketball has lost one of its most iconic figures.” Haynes made the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998, the first Globetrotter to be so honored. He had two stints with the touring team — from 1947-53 and 1972-79.
  • 'Beautiful Mind' mathematician John Nash killed

    05/24/2015 7:08:06 AM PDT · by BulletBobCo · 119 replies
    BBC News ^ | May 24, 2015
    US mathematician John Nash, whose life story was turned into the Oscar-winning film A Beautiful Mind, has died in a car crash, local media has reported. Nash, 86, and his wife Alicia were both killed when their taxi crashed in New Jersey, the reports said. The mathematician is renowned for his work in game theory, winning the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1994. His breakthroughs in maths - and his struggles with schizophrenia - were the focus of the film.
  • Happy Rockefeller, 88, Dies: Marriage to Governor Scandalized Voters

    05/20/2015 8:20:19 AM PDT · by Borges · 28 replies
    NYT ^ | 5/20/2015 | ROBERT D. McFADDEN
    Happy Rockefeller, the socialite whose 1963 marriage to Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller of New York, soon after both had been divorced, raised a political storm in a more genteel time and may have cost him the Republican presidential nomination in 1964, died on Tuesday at her home in Tarrytown, N.Y. She was 88. The family said in a statement that she died after a brief illness.
  • Maurie Berman, founder of Chicago's iconic Superdawg, dies at 89

    05/18/2015 6:54:48 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 10 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | May 18, 2015 | Meredith Rodriguez
    Several veterans opened food stands to supplement their student incomes on the GI Bill after World War II, but Maurie Berman wanted something different. "He wanted to open something more noteworthy," said his son, Scott Berman, 64. "A building, a tower, something with some identity." So was born the friendly, family-run Northwest Side vintage drive-in Superdawg, with its order booth that looks like an airport control tower and its two 12-foot-tall papier-mache hot dogs designed in 1948 that stand on its roof. Mr. Berman died Sunday, May 17, of heart problems at 89, his son said.
  • Lamaze Founder Dies at 100

    05/16/2015 11:16:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    NBC New York ^ | 5/14 | Jennifer Peltz
    When Elisabeth Bing became interested in childbirth techniques in the 1950s, women were often heavily medicated, dads were generally nowhere near the delivery room and expectant parents had far less information than many do today. Bing, the Lamaze International co-founder who popularized what was known as natural childbirth and helped change how women and doctors approached the delivery room, died Friday at 100 in her New York apartment, the organization said Saturday. The cause of her death wasn't immediately known. Trained as a physical therapist, Bing taught breathing and relaxation techniques to generations of expectant mothers, wrote several books about...
  • Bluesman B.B. King 'in Home Hospice Care,' His Website Says

    05/02/2015 9:58:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | Sat May 2, 2015 | Ralph Ellis
    Blues legend B.B. King is battling health problems, with a message on his website saying the 89-year-old musician is in "home hospice care." King was admitted to a Las Vegas hospital Thursday afternoon, CNN affiliate KLAS reported, because his daughter, Patty King, said he wasn't eating and was dehydrated. Tests showed King may have had a minor heart attack, she told KLAS. He was released and went home.
  • B.B. King Daughter Claims Elder Abuse Police Called in Dispute Over Care

    05/01/2015 6:49:56 PM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 23 replies
    tmz.com ^ | 5/1/15 | TMZ
    B.B. King Daughter Claims Elder Abuse Police Called in Dispute Over Care Blues legend B.B. King's daughter believes he is being abused ... and called police Thursday to settle a dispute over whether he needed to be hospitalized. TMZ has learned there's a huge battle over B.B.'s care -- between his daughter Patty King and his longtime manager Laverne Toney. Patty, who lives with her father in Las Vegas ... tells us she wanted to take him to the hospital because his urine was orange and he wasn't eating. She claims Toney -- who has power of attorney over B.B....
  • King of the Blues, R.I.P.

    05/16/2015 3:33:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Other McCain ^ | May 15, 2015 | Robert Stacy McCain
    America has lost a national treasure: B. B. King, whose world-weary voice and wailing guitar lifted him from the cotton fields of Mississippi to a global stage and the apex of American blues, died Thursday in Las Vegas. He was 89. Mr. King married country blues to big-city rhythms and created a sound instantly recognizable to millions: a stinging guitar with a shimmering vibrato, notes that coiled and leapt like an animal, and a voice that groaned and bent with the weight of lust, longing and lost love. “I wanted to connect my guitar to human emotions,” Mr. King said...
  • Ex-major league and Snohomish star Earl Averill Jr. dies

    05/15/2015 2:30:38 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 9 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | May 14, 2015 | Adam Jude
    Earl Averill Jr., a Snohomish High School graduate and a seven-year major league veteran, died Wednesday in Tacoma. He was 83. The Mariners scheduled a moment of silence in Averill’s honor just before the start of Thursday’s game against the Red Sox. Averill is the son of Baseball Hall of Famer Earl Averill.
  • Blues legend B.B. King dies at age 89

    05/15/2015 10:50:07 AM PDT · by wastedyears · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/15/2015 | Todd Leopold
    (CNN)Riley B. King, the legendary guitarist known as B.B. King, whose velvety voice and economical, expressive style brought blues from the margins to the mainstream, died Thursday night.
  • 'King of the Blues' blues legend B.B. King dead at age 89

    05/14/2015 11:02:11 PM PDT · by dfwgator · 94 replies
    AP ^ | May 15, 2015 | Ken Ritter
    Blues legend B.B. King has died in Las Vegas at age 89, his lawyer says. Attorney Brent Bryson tells The Associated Press that King died peacefully in his sleep at 9:40 p.m. PDT Thursday at his home in Las Vegas.
  • Alexandre Lamfalussy, helped found euro currency, dies at 86

    05/11/2015 9:08:40 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 11, 2015 11:50 AM EDT
    Belgian economist Alexandre Lamfalussy, who headed the institution that became the European Central Bank and was credited as one of the founders of the shared euro currency, has died at age 86. […] Lamfalussy headed the Frankfurt-based European Monetary Institute from 1994-97. The institute laid the groundwork for the creation of a supranational central bank to manage the new currency. The institute became the European Central Bank in July 1998, under its first president, Wim Duisenberg. The euro was introduced on Jan. 1, 1999, with 11 member countries. …
  • Joanne Carson dies at 83; ex-wife of 'Tonight Show' host (2nd wife of Johnny Carson)

    05/10/2015 10:35:09 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 18 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 8, 2015 | David Colker
    She was a struggling model and he was the host of a TV game show who shyly asked her if she wanted to watch some film clips of his comedy. It was the first date in 1960 in New York City for the future Joanne Carson and Johnny Carson, long before he became the king of late-night television ... Joanne Carson, 83, who later in life became a close confidant of Truman Capote, died Friday at home in Los Angeles. She had been in declining health and was in hospice care ...