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Post Mortem: October 4, 2009 - October 10, 2009

How I Got the Story: Ben Ali of Ben's Chili Bowl

I had never spoken to Nizam Ali before, but somehow his call to the paper ended up at my desk. I picked it up my phone around 11:30 a.m. Thursday and learned that Ali's father had died the night before. His father was Ben Ali, who wasn't exactly a public...

By Matt Schudel  |  October 9, 2009; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning, and farewell to Ben Ali. Pedro Elias Zadunaisky, an Argentine astronomer and mathematician whose calculations helped determine the orbit of Saturn's outermost moon, Phoebe, as well as Halley's Comet, died Wednesday. He was 91. Lest you think all shoemaking has been outsourced to high-end Italy or low-end Asian...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  October 9, 2009; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ben Ali of Ben's Chili Bowl Dies

Ben Ali, the founder of Ben's Chili Bowl, a landmark D.C. eatery that has fed presidents, celebrities and the common folks of the city, died last night of congestive heart failure at his home in Washington. He was 82. (Our full obituary is here; be sure to read it...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  October 8, 2009; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
 
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning, readers. There's nothing newspaper writers like better, other than other ink-stained wretches, than photographers, and Irving Penn's death yesterday brought out the full range of obits from the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe and the Associated Press. Just as Washington...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  October 8, 2009; 9:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Russert's Office to Museum

I guess the display of Julia Child's kitchen in the Smithsonian broke the ground for this type of thing, but it's still startling to see that broadcaster Tim Russert's office will be displayed in the Newseum next month. Russert, who just died in June 2008, was a working stiff, but...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  October 7, 2009; 4:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning, everyone. Rev. Angus Finucane, a Dublin priest who became a missionary to Africa, died Tuesday. "There can be few Irish people, of his generation or of any other generation, who have contributed as much to improving the lives of so much of humanity," said the current head of...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  October 7, 2009; 8:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Dying Too Soon?

One of our ace health reporters asked and answered the important question: Are Americans dying too soon? The answer is yes. In this front-page story, Ceci Connolly writes "When it comes to "preventable deaths" -- an array of illnesses and injuries that should not kill at an early age --...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  October 6, 2009; 1:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning. Just the thought of a cup of Coca-Cola in a cake makes my tongue shrivel this morning, but it was popular with Bernice Watson's family, friends and (of course!) customers of the Coke cafeteria in Atlanta. Alvena Smith Lupo, the manager of a New Orleans movie house who...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  October 6, 2009; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Daily Goodbye

Happy Monday. Grammy-winning singer Mercedes Sosa, an Argentine singer who often sang of the political struggles and turmoil of the Argentine people, died. Her politically infused songs earned her the nickname, the "voice of the voiceless." She released 70 albums over a career that spanned six decades and sang with...

By Lauren Wiseman  |  October 5, 2009; 8:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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'Voice of the Voiceless Ones'

It would be hard to overestimate the power and influence of Mercedes Sosa, the Argentinian-born folk singer who died October 4 at age 74. As Adam Bernstein recounts in The Post, she released 70 albums over a career spanning nearly six decades. Known for her rich contralto voice and her...

By Joe Holley  |  October 4, 2009; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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