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When Johnathan Was Born at 23 Weeks, Doctors Gave Mom a Choice to Save Him or Just Let Him Die

Laura Maikata’s baby boy was born at a gestational age of 23 weeks and weighed 600 grams at birth. His chances of survival were slim. His parents named Jonathan Amos, which means “God’s gift and carried by God.” Writing about her experience on her blog, Jonathan’s mother says this about getting the news tat doctors […]

Amy Winehouse documentary premiered at Cannes, coming to theaters in July (watch the trailer)

A star is born -- all over again. Asif Kapadia's documentary study of the great British soul queen Amy Winehouse, who died of alcohol poisoning at the age of 27, is stunningly moving and powerful: intimate, passionate, often shocking, and...

Only post today: RIP, John “Ruther-hotep” Rutherford

John Brisbin Rutherford John Brisbin Rutherford died on February 3 at home surrounded by his family. He was 90. Born March 1, 1923, in Harrisburg, Pa., John grew up on his family’s dairy farm, which supplied milk to the Hershey chocolate company. Early on, at the age of 8 or 9, he decided he did not [...]

Ladies and Gentlemen, B.B. King Has Left the Stage

TDC Photography / Shutterstock.com TDC Photography / Shutterstock.com The blues guitar institution B.B. King died yesterday in Las Vegas at the age of 89. Born Riley B. King to a family of sharecroppers in Itta Bena, Mississippi in 1925,...Show More Summary

R.I.P. BB King Dies At Age 89

The thrill is most certainly gone tonight… Legendary blues guitarist BB King, born Riley B. King, has passed away at age 89. The guitarist had been suffering from diabetes-related illnesses for the past several months and opted to stay under hospice care in his home in Las Vegas. He passed there last night. Hailed by […]

B.B. King Dead at 89

B.B. King, the blues icon widely considered to be one of the greatest guitarists of all time, has died. Earlier this year, King was forced to cancel tour dates due to exhaustion and dehydration. He was 89. Riley B. King, born in Mississippi, was a World War II veteran who became a Memphis disc jockey. Show More Summary

Is Bob Marley Still The Worlds Most Important Black Artist?

Bob Marley died 34 years ago this week. Marley was born in Jamaica in February 1945 and died on May 11 1981 as a result of cancer. Marley was just 36-years-old at the time of his death. To this day Bob Marley’s birth and death datesShow More Summary

'Arrow' Season 3 finale: Ra's al Ghul dies, Speedy is born and more

The third season of "Arrow" has come to a close, tying up many loose ends from over the last year. As you might expect, though, it also set up a number of stories leading into Season 4 of the series -- and one that will play out on another...Show More Summary

"The first lesson he taught was what to leave out... He was a demon about clutter."

He = William Zinsser, author of "On Writing Well," who has died at the age of 92 dead at 92. William Knowlton Zinsser was born in Manhattan on Oct. 7, 1922. He escaped the urgings of his father to join the family’s shellac business but could not escape his mother’s counsel that being cheerful was a Christian obligation.

Woman Fakes Having Cancer to Fund Her Late-Term Abortion, Baby Was Born Alive, Left to Die

An Arizona woman has been arrested after reportedly faking having cancer in order to get a late-term abortion she wanted to qualify for taxpayer funding. Twenty-nine-year-old Chalice Zeitner was arrested and booked on Friday for fraud, theft, and forgery charges. According to court records, Zeitner faked a cancer diagnosis and forged a doctor’s note to […]

How growing up poor changes politicians

Former Rep. Brad Miller’s father was one of eleven children born during the Depression in a small, poor town in North Carolina. Neither of Miller's parents could afford to finish college. And after his father died when Miller was 12, his mother supported them on her bookkeeper’s salary. Miller was the first in his family […]

How do I Overcome the Fear of Death

The only truth of this life is death. It is a certainty. It comes to all those that are born. We die a little each day and yet the thoughts of our mortality are far away from our minds. Death is something that happens to others.

An Infant Born In Ward 8 Is 10 Times More Likely To Die Than One In Ward 3

D.C. has made marked gains, but the city is still last among the capital cities of the wealthiest countries in the world. [ more › ]

Newswire: R.I.P. Nigel Terry, Excalibur’s King Arthur

British actor Nigel Terry, best known for playing King Arthur in the 1981 fantasy epic Excalibur, has died. According to Deadline, the cause of death was emphysema. Terry was 69. Born in England in 1945, Terry first broke into the acting...Show More Summary

Grace Lee Whitney Dies; Janice Rand Of ‘Star Trek’ Was 85

Grace Lee Whitney, known to legions of Star Trek fans as Yeoman Janice Rand, died Friday in her Coarsegold, California home at 85, her son announced today. Born Mary Ann Chase in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Whitney began her entertainment career at age 14, appearing on local radio as a singer. Show More Summary

Dead Newborn Girl Found at Ohio University Was Born Alive and Suffocated to Death

Last week, a newborn girl was found dead after being born alive at Muskingum University in Ohio. Now a corner has determined that the baby died from asphyxiation and police have identified the mother as a student. However, the woman has not yet been charged. Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time a baby has died […]

'Lord of the Rings' Cinematographer Andrew Lesnie Has Died at Age 59

Sad news to report. Academy Award winning cinematographer Andrew Lesnie passed away suddenly, and has died at the age of 59. Born in Sydney, Australia, Lesnie went on to work closely with Peter Jackson as his Director of Photography on the three Lord of the Rings movies. Show More Summary

Monteverdi's 'L'Orfeo,' the first modern opera, has lessons for digital age

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The myth that opera was born of a miracle dies hard. Musicologists no longer insist that what has proved to be a uniquely innovative art form for four centuries was the exclusive product of scholars in Florence, Italy, who sought authentic reenactment of ancient Greek theater. Today we link opera...

Dissertation Advice on the Occasion of Kant's Birthday

Immanuel Kant was born on this day in 1724. He died in 1804. My dissertation on Kant, which now lies 37 years in the past, is dated 22 April 1978. But if, per impossibile, my present self were Doktorvater to...

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