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If this lead into the obituary of "Lady Artha," a Cleveland city council member and part-time boxing manager, doesn't get you reading I'm not sure what will: "Artha Woods, who died Monday, once burst into Mayor Dennis Kucinich's office, got him to cancel a meeting and took him to see hookers hawking their wares in her ward."


Dr. V. Paul Addonizio performed an average 300 heart surgeries a year. He was known for his meticulous work and imaginative solutions to otherwise fatal heart conditions. He once removed a heart from a woman's body, cut off a tumor the size of a walnut, and placed it back inside her.

In another, a high school track athlete needed valve replacement surgery in order to compete at a higher level and hopefully get a scholarship for college.

From the Philadelphia Inquirer: "'She just didn't want to be better,' he told The Inquirer. 'She wanted to be normal, and normal for her is being a competitive runner.'

Normal for him, he suggested, was 'knowing we could give her a chance to follow her dream.'"


In April 2006, Jon Matthews, 60, was told the mesothelioma in his body would take his life in less than 12 months.

So the British man placed a 50 pound bet with a local bookie that he would live to see June 1, 2008. The odds were 50-1.

He made it and cashed in 5,000 pounds. Then he decided to double down. He placed another bet that he would live to see June 1, 2009. The odds, again, were 50-1.

He made it, again, and cashed in another 5,000 pounds. He decided to place a third bet, this time with the odds at 100-1 that he would live to see June 1, 2010.

Unfortunately, he died just a few days ago, but really he'd already beaten the odds anyway.

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By T. Rees Shapiro  |  May 12, 2010; 10:21 AM ET
Categories:  The Daily Goodbye  | Tags: City council, Cleveland, Dennis Kucinich, Government, High school, Mayor, Philadelphia Inquirer, United States  
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