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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. Sports in Brief

    Sports

    NFL union objects to pats treatment of butler …

  3. Josephine Marchese Trafficante, wife of reputed Tampa mob boss, dead at 95

    Humaninterest

    Josephine Marchese Trafficante, the wife of reputed former Tampa organized crime leader Santo Trafficante, died in her sleep at home Wednesday, according to a paid obituary published by her family in the Tampa Bay Times. …

  4. 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.

  5. What's Heather Lende reading?

    Books

    Nightstand Heather Lende  …

    Heather Lende, 56, writes obituaries for the Chilkat Valley News in Haines, Alaska, and is also a columnist for the Alaska Dispatch News.
  6. Obituaries

    Incoming

    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. …

  7. Overseas pipeline growing

    Sports

    INDIANAPOLIS — When Pacers forward Damjan Rudez returned to the Basketball Without Borders camp this month, there were noticeable changes. The long, gangly European kids he competed with and against in 2003 had been replaced by bigger, stronger, more polished teenagers.  …

    Croatian forward Mario Hezonja, left, is one of three international players expected to go high in the NBA draft.
  8. Obituaries

    News

    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. …

  9. Obituaries

    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. …

  10. Obituaries

    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.
  11. Virginia defeats Vanderbilt, wins College World Series

    Colleges

    OMAHA, Neb. — Pavin Smith homered and drove in three runs and Brandon Waddell turned in another strong College World Series pitching performance, leading Virginia over Vanderbilt 4-2 Wednesday night for the school's first baseball national championship.  …

  12. Obituaries also draw on life experience of the writer

    Perspective

    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
  13. Obituaries

    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." …

  14. Obituaries

    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. …

  15. Obituaries

    News

    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. …

  16. Obituaries

    Obituaries

    Kermit Tyler, 96, an American pilot who dismissed initial reports of what turned out to be the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, died Jan. 23, 2010, in San Diego. He had suffered two strokes in the past two years. Mr. Tyler was on duty Dec. 7, 1941, when two privates reported a large blip on their radar screen. Mr. Tyler famously responded, "Don't worry about it," thinking it was a flight of U.S. B-17 bombers. Those words haunted him for years, though congressional committees and military inquiries that looked into what happened at Pearl Harbor did not find him at fault. …

  17. Today in history: Sally Ride becomes first U.S. woman to venture into space

    Humaninterest

    It was 32 years ago Thursday that Sally Ride became the first U.S. woman in history to jet off into outer space. …

    Astronaut Sally Ride, a specialist on shuttle mission STS-7, monitors control panels from the pilot's chair on the shuttle Columbia flight deck in this June 1983 photo. Ride became America's first woman in space 20 years ago today. She died in 2012.
  18. 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: …

  19. An obituary for bipartisanship in Washington

    Stateroundup

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

  20. Obituaries

    Incoming

    Budd Schulberg, 95, who exposed the dark side of American ambition in his acclaimed Hollywood novel What Makes Sammy Run? and won an Academy Award for his screenplay depicting the mob-controlled longshoremen's union in the film classic On the Waterfront, died of natural causes Wednesday on Long Island, N.Y. …

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