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Post Mortem: November 28, 2010 - December 4, 2010

Cubs star Ron Santo dies at 70

Ron Santo, who was an All Star third baseman for the Chicago Cubs in the 1960s and '70s and later became an announcer for the team, died Thursday in Arizona at age 70. He had bladder cancer. Santo played on some horrible Cubs teams and on some teams -- with...

By Matt Schudel  | December 3, 2010; 11:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Matt Schudel  | Tags:  chicago cubs, hall of fame, ron santo  
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A question of coverage

Some FOOs -- friends of obits -- have recently pointed out this article by journalist James Naughton. Perhaps it was an overzealous editor, but the headline laments the death of obituaries because Naughton could not persuade the Los Angeles Times or New York Times (his onetime employer) to write an...

By Adam Bernstein  | December 2, 2010; 11:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Sister Mary Ann Luby dies: Homeless advocate was 70

Sister Mary Ann Luby, a Dominican nun who tirelessly advocated for and reached out to the underprivileged, abused and homeless, died Nov. 29 of cancer at the Washington Home. She was 70. For the past 27 years, Sister Mary Ann served the District's homeless population, working as the director of...

By Nathan Rott  | November 30, 2010; 10:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Leslie Nielsen dies: "Airplane!" and "Naked Gun" funnyman was 84

Mr. Nielsen, the white-haired actor who had a serious dramatic career before he revealed himself in "Airplane!" and "The Naked Gun" as a talented comedian with a genius for deadpan delivery, died Sunday of complications from pneumonia in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was 84.

By Emma Brown  | November 28, 2010; 11:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
 
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Greening the nation's agricultural heartland

If you've ever looked out a window from 30,000 feet and wondered about the green circles on the ground below, you can find your answer in Robert B. Daugherty of Omaha, Nebraska, whose obituary appears today. Daugherty was the first person to engage in large-scale manufacturing of center-pivot irrigation systems,...

By Matt Schudel  | November 28, 2010; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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