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

Originator of R&B dies

Jerry Wexler, the producer and partner at Atlantic Records who coined the term "rhythm and blues," has died. He worked with all the greats: Aretha, Ray, Wilson, as well as some of the greats of rock and roll. Rolling Stone put up a great playlist of the tunes of which...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  August 15, 2008; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Julia Child was a spy

This has the makings of the most popular National Archives download of all time: Details about Julia Child's background and nearly 24,000 other OSS employees are revealed in the newly released documents, withheld from public view as classified records for decades by the CIA. The 750,000 documents identify the vast...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  August 14, 2008; 2:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Windows into History

Writing an obituary, it's not uncommon to find yourself heading down fascinating tangents that have less to do with the life of the person than with the times in which they lived. So it was this week with Alexandria resident Hazel Frances Barnes Brown. Mrs. Brown was 103 at the...

By Joe Holley  |  August 13, 2008; 4:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Isaac Hayes died of stroke

We hate publishing stories that don't answer the basic question -- why did the person die? Sometimes it can't be avoided if the death was sudden and the person is a celebrity, which means the story can't wait for the cause to be established. So now, days later, we're getting...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  August 13, 2008; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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