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Post Mortem: February 10, 2008 - February 16, 2008

Steve Fossett, Officially Dead

An Illinois judge yesterday declared the legal death of millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett, who vanished during a routine flight in September. His wife petitioned for the legal declaration, and the judge said there was no reason to believe he intentionally disappeared. Newspapers around the world, including The Post, ran his...

By Matt Schudel  |  February 16, 2008; 1:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Adam Bernstein  
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When Lilacs Last Bloomed

The Washington Post covers the waning days of the poet Walt Whitman (Dec. 21, 1891-March 27, 1892) "Walt Whitman Dying: The Good Gray Poet is Beyond Hope of Recovery" (Dec. 21, 1891) "Walt Whitman Weaker" (Dec. 24) "Walt Whitman's End Near" (Dec. 25) "Walt Whitman Rallies" (Dec. 26) "Walt Whitman...

By Joe Holley  |  February 15, 2008; 9:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Between the Weather and the Elections...

... Interesting people are still leaving this frail crust of earth. I'm biased, of course, but I thought the most compelling story in the paper today (Wednesday, Feb. 13) was Joe Holley's obituary of Glenn E. Wise, an inventor and official at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Joe has...

By Matt Schudel  |  February 13, 2008; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Matt Schudel , Washington DC-area people  
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Habitually 'Convivial'?

Writing today's obituary for J. Michael Winston, I was reminded yet again of the difference between obits as news stories and obits as memorials. The distinction confuses a lot of newspaper readers. Writing an obit as news story, we have to report the facts of a person's life, which means...

By Joe Holley  |  February 13, 2008; 2:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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