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Post Mortem: March 2, 2008 - March 8, 2008

Too Good to Check

From Reuters: The mayor of a village in southwest France has threatened residents with severe punishment if they die, because there is no room left in the overcrowded cemetery to bury them. In an ordinance posted in the council offices, Mayor Gerard Lalanne told the 260 residents of the village...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  March 6, 2008; 2:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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How Are You?

The fragile physical condition of West Virginia's 90-year-old U.S. senator, Robert C. Byrd, reminds me that when obit writers ask "How are you?" they're usually just being polite. It's not a professional inquiry. Still, we have to keep our eyes peeled and our ears open for what we call "advancers."...

By Joe Holley  |  March 6, 2008; 11:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Mostly, He Wrote About Sports

W.C. Heinz died last week at the age of 93. His name may not mean much to most people, but to journalists and to sportswriters in particular, he is practically a god. Heinz had the misfortune to write for newspapers and magazines that were always going out of business. The...

By Matt Schudel  |  March 5, 2008; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Burying the Compliment

Feminist health advocate Barbara Seaman died Feb. 27. The family later paid me the obit writer's highest compliment -- burying a copy of the story with her in the casket. They asked for a new copy for themselves. In a related story that appears to be exclusive to the New...

By Adam Bernstein  |  March 2, 2008; 2:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
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