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‘Babi Yar’ poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko dies at age 83
Mon, Apr 03, 2017 - Yevgeny Yevtushenko, an internationally acclaimed poet with the charisma of an actor and the instincts of a politician whose defiant verse inspired a generation of young Russians in their fight against Stalinism during the Cold War, died on Saturday in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he had been teaching for many years. He was 83.
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His death, in a hospital, was confirmed by a close friend, Mikhail Morgulis, with the TASS news agency, Radio Free Europe reported. It said he had been admitted late on Friday in “serious condition.” His wife, Maria Novikova, and their two sons, Dmitry and Yevgeny, were with him when he died. Yevgeny said his father’s doctors said that he was suffering from stage 4 cancer.

Yevtushenko’s poems of protest, often declaimed with sweeping gestures to thousands of excited admirers in public squares, sports stadiums and lecture halls, captured the tangled emotions of Russia’s young — hope, fear, anger and euphoric anticipation — as the country struggled to free itself from repression during the tense, confused years after Joseph Stalin’s death in 1953. In 1961 alone, Yevtushenko gave 250 poetry readings.

He gained international acclaim as a young revolutionary with Babi Yar, the unflinching 1961 poem that told of the slaughter of nearly 34,000 Jews by the Nazis and denounced the anti-Semitism that had spread throughout the Soviet Union. At the height of his fame, Yevtushenko read his works in packed soccer stadiums and arenas, including to a crowd of 200,000 in 1991 that came to listen during a failed coup attempt in Russia. He also attracted large audiences on tours of the West.

He was the best known of a small group of rebel poets and writers who brought hope to a young generation with poetry that took on totalitarian leaders, ideological zealots and timid bureaucrats. However, Yevtushenko did so working mostly within the system, taking care not to join the ranks of outright literary dissidents. By stopping short of the line between defiance and resistance, he enjoyed a measure of official approval that more daring dissidents came to resent.

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Don Rickles passes away...

Comic Don Rickles Dead at Age 90
April 06, 2017 — Don Rickles, the master insult comic who created laughs with ridicule and sarcasm in a decades-long career that earned him the facetious nickname "Mr. Warmth," died on Thursday at his Los Angeles home from kidney failure, his publicist said. He was 90.
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Rickles, who said he developed his brand of mockery humor because he was no good at telling traditional jokes, had recently postponed some performances, including a show set for May in Tulsa, Oklahoma, that was pushed back to November just this week. His death was confirmed by his spokesman, Paul Shefrin, who said Rickles is survived by his wife of 52 years, Barbara, as well as their daughter, Mindy Mann, and two grandchildren. He would have turned 91 on May 8. The New York-born Rickles had an intense, often-ad libbed, rapid-fire delivery and a wide, impish grin. He delighted nightclub audiences, Hollywood royalty and politicians by hurling invective at them, all in good fun.


Don Rickles appears onstage at The 2012 Comedy Awards in New York, April 28, 2012.

Encountering Frank Sinatra for the first time during a stand-up act in 1957, Rickles greeted the mercurial singer as Sinatra walked in with a retinue of tough guys by saying, "Make yourself at home, Frank - hit somebody." Luckily for Rickles, the line amused Sinatra, who became one of his biggest boosters and took to calling the short, bald Rickles "Bullethead." Performing decades later at the second inaugural gala of U.S. President Ronald Reagan in 1985, Rickles did not hesitate to zing the commander-in-chief, asking, "Is this too fast for you, Ronnie?"


Comedian Henny Youngman, second from right, clowns with celebrities, left to right, Don Rickles, Sugar Ray, Milton Berle and Jack Albertson in the Beverly Hills, California Hilton, Nov. 17, 1978.

But the most frequent targets of the "Merchant of Venom" were the fans who packed his performances for a chance to be belittled as a "dummy," a "hockey puck" or worse. Celebrities often showed up just for the honor of being mocked by Rickles, and no minority or ethnic group was immune to a Rickles tongue-lashing. "He was called 'The Merchant of Venom' but in truth, he was one of the kindest, caring and most sensitive human beings we have ever known," actor-comedian Bob Newhart and his wife, Ginnie, said in a statement. Comic actor Jim Carrey tweeted: "Don once begged me for a couple of bucks, then told me to twist myself into a pretzel. Ego slayer! Comic Everest!" Oscar winner Tom Hanks also tweeted a tribute to his "Toy Story" co-star, saying, "A God died today. Don Rickles, we did not want to ever lose you. Never."


Comedian Don Rickles (left) laughs with actor Kirk Douglas at Douglas' 100th birthday party at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Dec. 9. 2016, in Beverly Hills, California.

Rickles also mocked himself and shied away from describing himself as an "insult comic," insisting that his humor was not intended to be mean-spirited but was built on making wild exaggerations for the sake of laughs. Much of Rickles' material played on racial and ethnic stereotypes that did not always keep up with cultural evolution. He came under fire in 2012 for a joke that characterized President Barack Obama as a janitor. His spokesman defended the line as just "a joke, as were the other comments Don made that night." "Anyone who knows him knows he's not a racist," the spokesman told Politico then.

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Roger Ailes dead at 77...

Fox News' ex-CEO Roger Ailes dead
Media titan Roger Ailes, who resigned from his positions as chairman and CEO of Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network amid sexual harassment allegations last year, has died at age 77.
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Ailes resigned from Fox last summer in the wake of former Fox News Channel Host Gretchen Carlson's sexual harassment lawsuit against him. Ailes had denied the allegations from Carlson, who claimed she was fired after she refused to have a sexual relationship with the executive. Ailes founded Fox News and helped shape the modern cable news landscape in the process. Before that, he worked as a producer and also worked in politics as a consultant. In the early 1990s, he served as president of CNBC, which he left to create Fox News.

In a statement, his wife Elizabeth Ailes said, "I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes, passed away this morning surrounded by his beautiful family. Roger was my best friend, the most wonderful loving husband and father to our son Zachary, He was a loyal friend to so many. Roger was a patriot, grateful to live in a country that gave him so much opportunity to work hard, to rise-and to give back. During a career that stretched over more than five decades, his work in entertainment, in politics, and in news affected the lives of many millions."


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In a separate statement, multiple plaintiffs' attorney, Douglas H. Wigdor, in a lawsuit against Ailes wrote: "The sudden passing of Roger Ailes will make it difficult for Fox News to refute the allegations against him as his testimony was not secured by sworn testimony to date." No cause of death was given. Fox News hosts took to Twitter to commemorate Ailes.

Even after Ailes left the network, Fox found itself embroiled in additional sexual harassment claims. A new lawsuit earlier this year made fresh allegations against Ailes while a New York Times investigation found that multiple women received settlements after making sexual harassment claims against Bill O'Reilly. After a wave of advertisers pulled their ads from O'Reilly's program, Fox News announced he would leave the network, marking the second high-profile man to leave the network amid sexual harassment allegations.

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One of the best athletes to come ever come out of the state of Idaho, Wayne Walker has died.

The Idaho Statesman reports, Walker died of complications from Parkinson's disease in Boise on Friday. He was 80 years old.

Walker was a 1954 graduate of Boise High, played football at the University of Idaho, and was a fourth-round pick of the Detroit Lions in 1958.

He played 15 seasons for the Lions as a linebacker and placekicker, playing in three Pro Bowls.

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Carter era Nat'l. Security Adviser passes away...

Zbigniew Brzezinski, National Security Adviser to Jimmy Carter, Dies at 89
MAY 26, 2017 - Zbigniew Brzezinski, the hawkish strategic theorist who was national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter in the tumultuous years of the Iran hostage crisis and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in the late 1970s, died on Friday at a hospital in Virginia. He was 89.
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His death, at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, was announced on Friday by his daughter, Mika Brzezinski, a co-host of the MSNBC program “Morning Joe.” Like his predecessor Henry A. Kissinger, Mr. Brzezinski was a foreign-born scholar (he in Poland, Mr. Kissinger in Germany) with considerable influence in global affairs, both before and long after his official tour of duty in the White House. In essays, interviews and television appearances over the decades, he cast a sharp eye on six successive administrations, including that of Donald J. Trump, whose election he did not support and whose foreign policy, he found, lacked coherence.

Mr. Brzezinski was nominally a Democrat, with views that led him to speak out, for example, against the “greed,” as he put it, of an American system that compounded inequality. He was one of the few foreign policy experts to warn against the invasion of Iraq in 2003. But in at least one respect — his rigid hatred of the Soviet Union — he had stood to the right of many Republicans, including Mr. Kissinger and President Richard M. Nixon. And during his four years under Mr. Carter, beginning in 1977, thwarting Soviet expansionism at any cost guided much of American foreign policy, for better or worse.

He supported billions in military aid for Islamic militants fighting invading Soviet troops in Afghanistan. He tacitly encouraged China to continue backing the murderous regime of Pol Pot in Cambodia, lest the Soviet-backed Vietnamese take over that country. He managed to delay implementation of the SALT II arms treaty in 1979 by raising objections to Soviet behavior in Vietnam, Africa and Cuba; and when the Soviets went into Afghanistan late that year, “SALT disappeared from the U.S.-Soviet agenda,” as he noted in a memoir four years later.

Mr. Brzezinski, a descendant of Polish aristocrats (his name is pronounced Z-BIG-nyehv breh-ZHIHN-skee), was a severe, even intimidating figure, with hawkish features, penetrating eyes and strong Polish accent. Washington quickly learned that he had sharp elbows as well. He was adept at seizing the spotlight and freezing out the official spokesman on foreign policy, Secretary of State Cyrus R. Vance, provoking conflicts that ultimately led to Mr. Vance’s resignation. Where Mr. Vance had endorsed the Nixon-Kissinger policy of a “triangular” power balance among the United States, China and the Soviet Union, Mr. Brzezinski scorned such “acrobatics,” as he called them. He advocated instead what he called a deliberate “strategic deterioration” in relations with Moscow, and closer ties to China.

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MAY 26, 2017 - Zbigniew Brzezinski, the hawkish strategic theorist who was national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter in the tumultuous years of the Iran hostage crisis and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in the late 1970s, died on Friday at a hospital in Virginia. He was 89.
oh no. such a smart guy. no wars under him and carter. may he have peace now.
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Adam West, TV?s Batman in the ?60s, Dies at 88

Adam West, TV’s Batman in the ’60s, Dies at 88


my son's favorite show growing up.
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An all around good guy and loving father passes on...

Chris Rosati, who spread happiness while battling ALS, dies at 46
October 18, 2017, This obituary was written on three days' notice.
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Sunday night I got an email from my friend Chris Rosati. It read, in part, "I want to thank you again for everything ... I'll die Tuesday … There is a celebration of life Saturday, November 4th, if you can make it." The email was classic Rosati: Straight to the point — with an eye toward the next big thing. I first met Chris Rosati in the winter of 2013. I'd heard he wanted to steal a Krispy Kreme donut truck, drive it around his hometown of Durham, North Carolina, and give away the contents. He wanted to be a thief like Robin Hood — only with even stickier fingers. He assumed Krispy Kreme wouldn't prosecute him. Why would they lock up a dying man who just wanted to make people smile?

About a year earlier, Chris had been diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. There is no cure. For Chris, who had always been a hypochondriac, the diagnosis was strangely liberating. His worst fear had been realized. Now he had nothing left to lose. Eventually the Krispy Kreme company caught wind of his plot and gave him the truck and 1,000 donuts to give away. I rode with him as he spread the sugar high. It was the first of his many adventures promoting kindness. After the donut caper, Rosati began handing out "Butterfly Grants." He would give school kids $50 each and tell them to start changing the world. The kids could spend the money on materials for a specific kindness project — or they could parlay the $50 into a larger donation by hosting a fundraiser. Dozens of schools across the country adopted the program.

School superintendent Dr. Judith Palmer brought the idea to her district in Winsted, Connecticut. Afterward, she wrote on the district website, "It is impossible to describe in words how much this program has affected those involved. I believe that most students are thirsty for ways to make a difference in the world. They do see the needs. I have found our students to be socially aware and determined to become change makers." Chris was always looking to make a difference — and always with a smile. He once talked me into doing a "skit" with him. You can click here to see the video, but be warned — it involves me wearing a lot of formal attire and Chris ends up shirtless. He may have been dying, but he could still make you laugh 'til it hurt.

Unfortunately, his final few months were not his best. He had a tracheostomy to extend his life. He wanted more time with his family. He wanted more time to spread kindness. But the trach took away his ability to speak and substantially diminished his quality of life. In his final email to me, he said the trach had turned him into a "monster." So he elected to disable the trach. Doctors did that today and Chris died hours later. He was 46. But for those who grew to love Chris Rosati, myself included, there was nothing he could do or say at the end to negate the gifts he gave. I think his daughter Logan said it best when I interviewed her for a 2014 Father's Day story. "He tried to make friends with the world. I think it's hard to do," she said. A few tears started pooling before she finished, "I'm proud of him." We're all proud of him. Chris is survived by Logan, her younger sister Delaney, and his wife Anna.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/chris-r...ls-dies-at-46/
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https://www.randomactsofkindness.org...ffect-of-chris
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Roy Halladay, Ex-Phillies pitcher killed in plane crash...

Roy Halladay: Former Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher dies in plane crash
Tue, 07 Nov 2017 - Former Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay dies after a plane he was flying crashes in the Gulf of Mexico.
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The 40-year-old, who retired in 2013, was the only person on board when the plane went down. The two-time Cy Young Award winner spent 12 seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays and four with the Phillies. "We are numb over the very tragic news about Roy Halladay's untimely death," the Phillies said on Tuesday. "There are no words to describe the sadness that the entire Phillies family is feeling over the loss of one of the most respected human beings to ever play the game."

The Pasco County Sheriff's Department said its marine unit found Halladay's body, but no survivors. "Halladay was flying his two-person plane when it went down into the water about a quarter-mile west of Ben Pilot Point in New Port Richey," the office said. "No may day calls were made to Tampa air traffic control. The 911 came in about 12:06 (local time)."

Halladay was selected on the All-Star team on eight occasions but never won a World Series. He threw a perfect game during the 2010 season and a no-hitter in the post-season. Last month he tweeted pictures of himself standing next to his Icon A5 plane. "I have dreamed about owning a A5 since I retired," he said.

Roy Halladay: Former Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher dies in plane crash - BBC Sport
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