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Post Mortem: August 9, 2009 - August 15, 2009

Kenneth Bacon, 64

Kenneth H. Bacon died Aug. 15 at the age of 64. He may not have been well known to the general public, but he was a gentle-voiced Washington insider who quietly worked in the city's higher reaches of journalism, government service and international charity. For most of the eight years...

By Matt Schudel  |  August 15, 2009; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning! My desk may be a mess, but I'm looking at leafed-out flowering trees and blue skies. Life is worth living, as friends and relatives of any of the following people will tell you, as will the Spanish businessman who faked his own death to avoid heavy debts. Blossom...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  August 14, 2009; 8:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Les Paul Dies at 94; updated

Les Paul, the long-lived musician who invented the solid-body electric guitar and multi-track recording, has died at 94. Check out Adam Bernstein's obituary here. He became famous in the 1960s for the eponymous Les Paul guitar, a solid-body electric with a distinctive rounded shape that powered many of the popular...

By Matt Schudel  |  August 13, 2009; 12:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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A Dying Generation

Sadly, the world's best kept records of the Nazi atrocities committed during World War II are withering away. Holocaust survivors, once an abundance around the world, are dying in their old age, leaving us with less people to offer first-hand accounts of what they experienced. Today, we featured an obituary...

By Lauren Wiseman  |  August 13, 2009; 10:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning, readers. Michael Viner, a publisher who specialized in audio books and earned a reputation for quick hits with sensational stories, including O.J. Simpson trial figure Faye Resnick's book about Nicole Brown Simpson, died of cancer Saturday at his Beverly Hills home. He was 65. You have to respect...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  August 13, 2009; 8:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning. Eunice Kennedy Shriver's death yesterday seems to have sucked the air right out of the obitsphere; it will be short report today. New York City skateboarding legend Andy Kessler died of an allergic reaction to a wasp sting. One of his buddies said he was responsible for getting...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  August 12, 2009; 8:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Remembering Eunice Kennedy Shriver

For many years, Eunice Kennedy Shriver and her family lived in the Washington area, where she established a summer camp for children with disabilities at her family's home in Rockville. She was a common presence in the halls of power in Washington, lobbying for the rights of the intellectually disabled...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  August 11, 2009; 8:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
 
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning and farewell to Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who proved that you don't have to be president of the United States to make a difference in millions of lives, now and in the future. Florence Foster had the courage of her convictions and when she spotted something at her tiny...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  August 11, 2009; 7:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Remembering 'Libba'

I had never heard of the remarkable Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten until I wrote the obit today for musician Mike Seeger, who died Aug. 7 of cancer in Lexington, Va. His older half-brother, Pete Seeger, is better known, but Mike Seeger, who was 75 when he died, was an accomplished and...

By Joe Holley  |  August 10, 2009; 4:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Spotlight: Eunice Kennedy Shriver

Eunice Kennedy Shriver, 88, founder of the Special Olympics and sister to her more famous brothers, Jack, Bobby and Ted, is in critical condition at a Cape Cod, Mass., hospital after suffering a series of strokes. Mrs. Shriver, whose daughter and son-in-law are Maria Shriver and California governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger,...

By Lauren Wiseman  |  August 10, 2009; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Duck and Play

Navy bandleader Frank Forgione hoped he had seen the last of conflict when he survived Pearl Harbor -- every day after that was a gift, he told people -- but here he was on an October day in Cordoba, Argentina, nearly 25 years later under attack again. His assailant was...

By Joe Holley  |  August 10, 2009; 10:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good Monday morning, everyone. So little time, so many worlds unknown. Here are a few lives from worlds that are outside my range of knowledge. A punk rock pioneer has died, say those who know punk. Willy DeVille, who founded the punk group Mink DeVille and was known for his...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  August 10, 2009; 8:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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"Helter Skelter"

This summer marks the 40th anniversary of some monumental events, both good and bad. In 1969, we saw the first moon landing followed by the hippie music festival, Woodstock, which helped define a generation. Senator Edward Kennedy saw scandal with the Chappaquiddick incident and the Stonewall riots in NYC marked...

By Lauren Wiseman  |  August 9, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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