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Post Mortem: July 20, 2008 - July 26, 2008

Johnny Griffin, tenor saxophonist

Johnny Griffin, 80, among the finest jazz tenor saxophonists to develop after World War II and whose robust style -- along with his modest height -- earned him the title the Little Giant, died July 25 at his home in Availles-Limouzine, a village about 150 miles southwest of Paris. No...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  July 25, 2008; 4:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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"I have experienced a deathbed conversion... I just bought a Macintosh."

"... I knew I'd get nine percent of the audience with that." As noted by the Associated Press today: Randy Pausch, a Carnegie Mellon University computer scientist whose "last lecture" about facing terminal cancer became an Internet sensation and a best-selling book, has died. He was 47. Pausch's Carnegie Mellon...

By Washington Post Editors  |  July 25, 2008; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Chuck Stobbs and Donald Dunaway (UPDATED)

Longtime Washingtonians may remember the name of Chuck Stobbs, a pitcher with the lowly Washington Senators of the 1950s. Stobbs died July 11 in Florida and, much to his chagrin, could never live down his moment in history. On April 17, 1953, in his very first game with the old...

By Matt Schudel  |  July 25, 2008; 7:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Obit on the Politics Page

Sometimes you hear a tale about someone from the past so vivid, so funny and so surprising that you wish you had a chance to write his obit. But Jonathan Weisman and Madonna Lebling did a fine delayed obit, on the politics page no less, about John McCain's maternal grandfather....

By Patricia Sullivan  |  July 23, 2008; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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