RIP George H.W. Bush

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It has been twelve years since the passing of a former president — it was Gerald Ford back then.  This morning, we were greeted with the news of the passing of President Bush 41, the last president to serve in WWII.  He lived to be a remarkable 94 years old. He is being remembered as a simple and kind man, … Read More

RIP Juan Romero

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The 17 year old busboy who tried to help a wounded Robert F. Kennedy in 1968 died. He was shaking Kennedy’s hand when the shots were fired.  He had rosary beads in his pocket and he gave them to RFK.  Afterwards, his life was haunted by the violence he saw that day, even to the point of being unable to … Read More

Aretha Franklin’s Funeral Service Is LIT

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Here’s the full schedule of events for Aretha Franklin’s funeral service today. From 10:00 a.m. through the recessional just before 3:00 p.m., a full slate of musical tributes, scripture readings, personal reflections and euologies are listed below. Prior to services starting, an announcement was made that the original schedule (show below) had shifted slightly. 10:00-10:20 a.m. Processional: Clergy, Ministers and … Read More

RIP The Village Voice

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Gothamist: Three years after buying The Village Voice, and a year after the paper shut down its print edition, owner Peter Barbey told the remaining staff today that the publication will no longer be posting any new stories.“Today is kind of a sucky day,” Barbey told the staff, according to audio obtained by Gothamist. “Due to, basically, business realities, we’re going to … Read More

The Passing Of John McCain

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Word has come down that John McCain, a lion of the Senate, has passed following his very long struggle with brain cancer. It was announced Friday that he was ending his brain cancer treatment, a sign that nothing more could be done.  And Saturday late evening Eastern Time, he passed. My feelings about John McCain are much like everyone else’s.  … Read More

Another Celebrity Suicide: Anthony Bourdain [Update: Charles Krauthammer]

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Days after Kate Spade takes her life, TV travelling chef Anthony Bourdain is reported to have died in France, while working on an episode of his CNN show, “Parts Unknown.” Bourdain was found unresponsive in his hotel room by a close friend, chef Eric Ripert. The cause of his death was suicide.  Bourdain was 61. UPDATE: Since we’re on depressing news, Charles Krauthammer, a … Read More

50 Years Ago Today

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“Early morning, April 4, a shot rings out in the Memphis sky…” – U2, Pride (In The Name Of Love) Fifty years ago today, the world heard of the tragedy that took place in Memphis, Tennessee—the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. America’s greatest civil rights leader and most famous advocate of non-violence was shot standing on the balcony of the … Read More

RIP Billy Graham

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“America’s Preacher” has died at the age of 99. Graham served as a spiritual advisor to roughly a dozen U.S. presidents from Harry Truman to Barack Obama — and he made waves in the early 1950s by forcing churches to racially integrate for his services. He preached to an estimated 200 million people in 185 countries around the world during his life. … Read More

RIP Rose Marie

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Nine decades in show biz – that’s insane. And she was enjoying a revival with her new bio-documentary “Wait For Your Laugh”. She was 94.

RIP Tom Petty

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The shit day continues. Tom Petty died just now after being discovered unconscious, following apparent cardiac arrest.  There was no breathing or brain activity and the decision was made to take him off life support.  He was 66. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers recently completed a summer tour last Monday with three nights at the Hollywood Bowl. The trek marked … Read More

Breaking: Otto Warmbier Has Died

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From ABC News yesterday: Over and over, Otto Warmbier apologized and begged — at first calmly, then choking up and finally in tears — to be reunited with his family. North Korean officials seated at long tables watched impassively, with cameras rolling and journalists taking notes, as the adventuresome, accomplished 21-year-old college student from suburban Cincinnati talked animatedly about the “severe crime” … Read More

RIP Jonathan Demme

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“Stop Making Sense” and “Swimming to Cambodia” are just two of the great documentaries he directed, but of course, he will always be known for “Silence of the Lambs” and “Philadelphia”.  Dead at 73 of cancer complications