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Post Mortem: August 3, 2008 - August 9, 2008

Bernie Mac Dies at 50

The comedian and actor Bernie Mac (full name Bernard McCullough) died Saturday at the age of 50. He had pneumonia, possibly complicated by a chronic lung disease, called sarcoidosis. Bernie Mac had a hard-luck life, growing up in poverty and holding a lot of dead-end jobs, and often spoke of...

By Matt Schudel  |  August 9, 2008; 6:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Pentagon Papers figure dies

When someone says "Pentagon Papers," the name that almost everyone remembers is Daniel Ellsberg. But there were others involved in copying and distributing the secret history of the Vietnam war, and Ellsberg wasn't the only one prosecuted for it. Anthony Russo, another Rand Corp. analyst and a committed activist who...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  August 8, 2008; 1:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Patricia Sullivan  | Tags: daniel ellsberg, pentagon papers, tony russo, watergate  
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Wildland firefighter deaths

Once you see the work of wildland firefighters, you never forget it. These young men and women confront one of the most dangerous forces in nature on some of the roughest terrain in hot and uncomfortable circumstances. Armed with little more than hand tools, an occasional chainsaw and the hope...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  August 7, 2008; 5:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Patricia Sullivan  | Tags: wildfires firefighters  
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A Short Hiatus

Starting at noon today, we'll be taking a break from posting here and turning off comments for approximately 24 hours. This is to allow for scheduled software upgrades and other maintenance. We appreciate your readership and feedback, and look forward to hearing from you again tomorrow....

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 5, 2008; 9:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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