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  1. Breaking news: Kirk Douglas lives! Obituary was false alarm

    The Juice

    Calm down, Twitter. Kirk Douglas is still alive, so save those #RIPs for another day. After People magazine erroneously published the actor’s obituary, the Internet flipped out, prompting Douglas to tell USA Today, “The announcement of my death is premature. I’m looking forward to turning 98 next week.” …

  2. Colbert writes Jeb's obituary over 'act of love' comment

    The Buzz

    Colbert on Jeb Bush's "act of love": On a more serious note, the Wall Street Journal editorial page likes Bush's message.

  3. Column: Speaking plain of the dead


    Obituaries for women never go viral for the right reasons. Last week, an Australian obituary for a female novelist and neurophysiologist made the rounds of the Internet. Given that it began with the words "Colleen McCullough, Australia's best selling author, was a charmer. Plain of feature, and certainly overweight, she was, nevertheless, a woman of wit and warmth," you can see why it might have sparked indignation and even a hashtag, #myozobituary. …

    At left, a man resembling a fat walrus in little spectacles; at right, a man who looked like a Frankenstein’s monster but with bigger bags under his eyes.
  4. Obituaries

    Allan R. Sandage, 84, who spent his life measuring the universe, becoming the most influential astronomer of his generation, died of pancreatic cancer on Nov. 13 in San Gabriel, Calif. Over more than six decades, he wrote more than 500 papers, ranging across the cosmos, covering the evolution and behavior of stars, the birth of the Milky Way galaxy, the age of the universe and the discovery of the first quasar, not to mention the Hubble constant, a famously contested number that measures the rate of expansion of the universe. …

  5. Obituaries also draw on life experience of the writer


    The extinguished torch. The anchor with a broken chain; the black-bordered condolence note or funeral invitation: just a few of the myriad ways we have marked death over time. They are all symbols trying to get at something. …

    MATT DECKER   |   Times
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    Marina Semyonova, 102, the Bolshoi Ballet's prima ballerina during the Soviet era, died in Moscow on Wednesday (June 9, 2010) just a few days after her birthday. She performed with the Bolshoi from 1930 until 1952. Her repertoire included Princess Florine in Sleeping Beauty, Odette-Odile in Swan Lake, and title characters in Raymonda, Giselle and La Esmeralda. In 1937, her husband, Lev Karakhan, a senior Soviet diplomat, was executed as part of Josef Stalin's purges. …

  7. Obituaries


    Chris Haney, 59, a former Canadian journalist whose fascination with entertaining, barely useful tidbits of information led him to co-create the bestselling board game Trivial Pursuit, died Monday (May 31, 2010) in Toronto. He had been in poor health the past two years with kidney and circulatory problems, said Scott Abbott, who created the game with Haney more than 30 years ago. Before data hounds had Google, there was Trivial Pursuit, a board game that elevated the acquisition of a wide range of arcane knowledge to a coveted social skill. …

  8. Obituaries


    Guenter Wendt, 86, a driven and disciplined engineer who ran operations at the launchpad before some of America's most celebrated space missions, died May 3 in Merritt Island. He had congestive heart failure and complications from a stroke. …

    Guenter Wendt, the original pad leader for NASA’s manned space program, coaxes a smile out of astronaut John Glenn after a mission was scrubbed.
  9. Banks' resting place revealed


    CHICAGO — The disclosure Tuesday that Cubs great Ernie Banks has been buried at a Chicago cemetery a few blocks from Wrigley Field answered a question that had lingered for days amid a legal fight between Banks' family and his caretaker.  …

  10. Obituaries


    Herb Ellis, 88, a jazz guitar virtuoso who swung hard behind such jazz luminaries as Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and Stan Getz and was a member of the celebrated Oscar Peterson Trio in the 1950s, died March 28, 2010, at his home in Los Angeles. In a career that spanned six decades, the Texas-born Mr. Ellis was regarded as one of the finest jazz guitar soloists. Innovative guitarist Les Paul said, "If you're not swinging, he's gonna make you swing." …

  11. Obituaries


    Ella Mae Johnson, 106, a former social worker who attended Barack Obama's inauguration in her wheelchair shortly after her 105th birthday, died Monday (March 22, 2010) in Cleveland. She experienced and overcame racial prejudice in America throughout the last century. She said she saw Obama as sending a message that goes deeper than just setting an example of what blacks can accomplish. "I want my children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to be able to say, 'She was there,' " she said. …

  12. Now someone can manage your Facebook account after you die


    NEW YORK — Facebook is making it easier to plan for your online afterlife.  …

    A Facebook employee walks past a sign at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., in 2013. Facebook is giving more options to decide what happens to users' accounts after they die. [AP photo]
  13. Obituaries


    Bob Biniak, 51, whose daring and innovative skateboarding style as one of the original Dogtown Z-Boys helped revitalize the pursuit in the 1970s, died Feb. 25, 2010, in Jacksonville Beach, four days after having a heart attack. As he pioneered vertical skateboarding in the then-new terrain of empty swimming pools, Mr. Biniak's favorite spot in the mid 1970s was a pool behind a Beverly Hills mansion that was called keyhole, for its shape. It was one of dozens the skaters essentially commandeered. "He was very cool and really fun to be with," said Stacy Peralta, a filmmaker and fellow Z-Boy who chronicled their exploits in the 2001 documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys. …

  14. An obituary for bipartisanship in Washington

    The Buzz

    Depressing as it may be, it's worth considering the words of two veterans of the U.S. Senate: …

  15. An obituary for bipartisanship in Washington

    State Roundup

    Depressing as it may be, it's worth considering the words of two veterans of the U.S. Senate: …

  16. Don't write high school sports' obituary just yet


    Before embarking on the Varsity Blues series, we started with two questions. Are high school sports dying? If so, what's killing them? After months of researching and reporting, this is how we end it: …

    The relationships built between high school sports teams and their communities are mutually beneficial.
  17. Kings' Carter returns to haunt Jackets again


    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Jeff Carter and Dwight King each had a goal and an assist Monday night, and Jonathan Quick stopped 23 shots to lead the Kings past the Blue Jackets 4-3. Tyler Toffoli and Dustin Brown also scored for Los Angeles, and Brayden McNabb added two assists. …

  18. Sports in brief


    Jurisprudence Armstrong, company hit for fraud …

  19. Stephen Hawking has defied odds by living with ALS for decades


    On April 20, 2009, a moment arrived that doctors had foretold for decades. Stephen Hawking, a scientist who overcame debilitating disease to become the world's most renowned living physicist, was on the cusp of death. The University of Cambridge released grim prognoses. Hawking, diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) at the age of 21, was described as "very ill" and "undergoing tests" at the hospital. Newspapers ran obituary-esque articles. It seemed time was up for the man who so eloquently explained it. …

    Stephen Hawking, right, and cast member Eddie Redmayne arrive on the blue carpet for the UK premiere of "The Theory of Everything" at the Odeon in Leicester Square, central London, this past December. Redmayne won a Best Acting Oscar for his portrayal of Hawking. [Associated Press]
  20. An obituary for public art? Not yet


    So long, public art. Nice knowing you. Okay, so that's a tad dramatic. Public art — those provocative pieces you see around town, in parks and outside your local courthouse — is not dead. Officially. Yet. …

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