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Patricia Sullivan

Merce Cunningham's obit, from three sources: Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New York Times -- which one works best? Seriously, we'd love to hear your thoughts.

A World War II escape and evasion adventure marked the life of Virgil R. Marco. After he got home, he went into insurance but often helped other vets write their own stories.

Jazz composer George Russell died Monday. He was a MacArthur fellow whose theories influenced the modal music of Miles Davis and John Coltrane.

When can you speak ill of the dead? Let's face it, not everyone who walks this earth is a fully laudatory character but those scalawags, buffoons and grouches are hard to find in their own obits. The BBC examines this question -- and the comments are as good as the story itself. (I vote for full disclosure.)

By Patricia Sullivan |  July 28, 2009; 8:13 AM ET  | Category:  Patricia Sullivan , The Daily Goodbye
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The FRONT PAGE teaser typo about this obituary mistakenly called John Coltrane's most famous composition ("A Love Supreme") "A Supreme Love." Ooops.

Posted by: mgoldstein2012 | July 30, 2009 10:18 AM

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