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Patricia Sullivan

Good morning, all (and is it already Monday again?).

A music critic who helped teach audience how to listen to symphonies, concertos and choral works, Michael Steinberg died of colon cancer Sunday at N.C. Little Hospice in Edina, Minn.

Jim King, a Florida legislator who gave Floridians the right to refuse life-prolonging medical care, himself died Sunday of pancreatic cancer, three months after his diagnosis.

Martha B. Watson Stern, who bred Portugese water dogs for Sen. Edward M. Kennedy and -- oh yeah, President Barack Obama and family -- died last week of lung disease in Charlottesville, Va. In April, she and her husband provided Bo, a 6-month-old puppy, to the first family.

Vernon Forrest, 38, a former two-division champion who gained stardom when he became the first boxer to defeat Shane Mosley, was shot to death in what police are calling an attempted robbery in Atlanta.

A priest who took seriously the Biblical imperative to house the homeless died in a Boston suburb last week. Rev. William McCarthy started a network of shelters in the 1980s that would eventually serve homeless veterans, battered women, and teens tossed from their homes.

That's not to mention the multiple great pieces in the Washington Post over the weekend: E. Lynn Harris, writer of fiction; Gloria Bolotsky who worked on ENIAC, the pioneering computer; Alexandra Glekas, a Greek cook; and 93-year-old Gertrude Monaco, who delivered newspapers for 22 years and who met Muhammed Ali on a training run while doing her own rounds (she had proof -- he signed an autograph for her).

By Patricia Sullivan  |  July 27, 2009; 8:27 AM ET
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