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Post Mortem: December 20, 2009 - December 26, 2009

The Commie Sports Pages

Two great obits appeared in the last few days, both for Lester Rodney, who edited the sports pages of the Communist Party newspaper the Daily Worker in the 1930s and 1940s and who championed racial integration in sports. He was a minor figure in sports for much of his life,...

By Adam Bernstein  |  December 25, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Sportscaster George Michael Dies

This site is reporting the death of Washington sportscaster George Michael, saying he died today at age 70 from cancer. Michael anchored the sports desk at WRC (Channel 4) from 1980 to 2007. What are your memories of Michael?...

By Adam Bernstein  |  December 24, 2009; 10:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
 
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Celebrity Deaths -- and the impact of an 'overly Twittered culture'

Lisa France, a writer and producer at CNN.com, has this story today on celebrity death of 2009 and why it may appear to some that this year was different from the past. Minor figures like Brittany Murphy and DJ AM get elevated to rock-star status for various reasons -- the...

By Adam Bernstein  |  December 22, 2009; 10:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Jim Clarke, longtime WJLA ABC News anchor, has died

Jim Clarke, an Emmy award winning reporter at ABC News in Washington for more than 40 years whose coverage included the Iran-Contra hearings and the trial of John Hinckley Jr., died Dec. 20 at his home in Annandale. Mr. Clarke started in the news business as a copy boy for...

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  December 21, 2009; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Spotlight: Brittany Murphy

Actress Brittany Murphy is dead, according to CNN. The 32-year-old was best known for her role as Tai, bubbly sidekick to Alicia Silverstone's Cher, in 1995's "Clueless," and as Alex in 2002's "8 Mile" with Eminen. According to IMDB.com and TMZ.com, Ms. Murphy died of cardiac arrest. However, the Toronto...

By Lauren Wiseman  |  December 20, 2009; 4:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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