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Post Mortem: April 26, 2009 - May 2, 2009

Fighting For His Life

The Washington Post was the first U.S. newspaper to report the death of Salamo Arouch, a Greek-born boxer who survived imprisonment in the Auschwitz concentration camp in World War II because he was so tough. Arouch was from the Jewish enclave in Salonika, Greece, and was a rising boxing star...

By Matt Schudel  |  May 2, 2009; 1:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Danny Gans of Vegas

The AP reports the death of singer-dancer-mimic Danny Gans at 52 and called him "one of the most popular entertainers on the Las Vegas Strip for the last decade." No info yet on how he died, other than he was found by his wife at their home in Henderson, Nev....

By Adam Bernstein  |  May 1, 2009; 1:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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It's Better to be Lucky...

That old saying, "It's better to be lucky than to be good," certainly applied in the case of Jack "Lucky" Lohrke, who died Wednesday in San Jose, Calif. A major league infielder in the 1940s and 1950s, Lohrke batted .242 with 22 home runs and 96 RBIs in 354 games...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  April 30, 2009; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Funeral Malpractice

Our colleague Josh White has been running a series of stories about nefarious practices of Service Corporation International, a Houston-based funeral services conglomerate that is facing allegations of mishandling as many as 200 bodies over the past year at a central preparation facility in Falls Church. SCI owns more than...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  April 29, 2009; 4:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Barbara Ringer's Untold Story

Last Sunday, I had a Local Life feature about Barbara Ringer, a Library of Congress lawyer who was the first woman to hold the position of register of copyrights, a position that dates back to the 19th century. She was a remarkable woman who was a quintessentially Washingtonian kind of...

By Matt Schudel  |  April 29, 2009; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Frankie "Musclehead" Manning Dies

As I noted yesterday in a brief blog item, Lindy Hop dance pioneer Frankie "Musclehead" Manning died. The full story is here. But there's only so much one can say about him with words. It's far better to experience him onscreen. Here he is, in overalls, from the exciting jitterbug...

By Adam Bernstein  |  April 28, 2009; 12:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Lindy Hop Pioneer Dies

Frankie "Musclehead" Manning, 94, a Harlem dancer and Tony Award-winning choreographer who became widely celebrated as one of the pioneers of the "Lindy Hop," a breathlessly acrobatic swing dance style of the 1930s and 1940s, died April 27 at New York's Lenox Hill Hospital of pneumonia. Mr. Manning became a...

By Adam Bernstein  |  April 27, 2009; 3:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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