April 23, 2004
A true hero

Former Arizona Cardinal football star Pat Tillman, who gave up a multi-million dollar contract to join the Army after the 9/11 attacks on the U.S. has been killed in a firefight in Afghanistan. Once again, this puts a lie to the contention that those who join the military do so only because they're poor and […]

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April 9, 2004

"Weird Al" Yankovic's parents were killed today in a house fire.

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November 28, 2003
Saving Peewee

If you haven't read this, then you need to.

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November 14, 2003
This is sad

Citizen Smash links to this article [free registration required] in the Chicago Tribune about a woman whose son was killed in Iraq. In the eyes of his anti-war mother, Brian Slavenas was a man of peace who died while reluctantly serving in a conflict he disagreed with. To his father and brother, both veterans, the […]

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November 3, 2003
The fire's real destruction

Union-Tribune reporter Kristen Green has an excellent piece in today's paper on one family's tragedy.

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July 30, 2003
Missing Hope

I'm too young to have collected voluminous memories of the late, great Bob Hope. But I certainly enjoyed watching and reading many of the tributes to the man who probably had more influence on American comedy than any other. I particularly liked this article by Doug Gamble, one of Hope's writers. Hope's own wit was […]

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June 12, 2003

ABC newsman David Brinkley and Academy Award-winning actor Gregory Peck have died.

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April 7, 2003
Michael Kelly, RIP

Michael Kelly was the first U.S. journalist killed in Iraq last week when the Humvee he was riding in crashed. Kelly was an excellent writer and editor. He will be missed. When word of Kelly's demise hit the Union-Tribune's watercooler, the consensus seemed to be that he shouldn't have been there in the first place […]

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February 27, 2003

Mr. Rogers has died. That just puts a damper on your day.

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October 13, 2002
A tragic day for popular history

Bestselling author Stephen E. Ambrose died today. I've read several of Ambrose's books, most recently "Band of Brothers," and he was an excellent author. In recent months, there was an uproar over some passages in Ambrose's books that were apparently lifted directly from other sources. But, setting that aside, Ambrose will be remembered for doing […]

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