April 19, 2007 |
Liviu Librescu's casket came Wednesday to a place he had never been. In the heart of Borough Park in Brooklyn, the unadorned wooden casket was shouldered by Jewish men who had not known the Virginia Tech science professor but whose fathers and grandfathers were, like Librescu, Holocaust survivors. A community leader called Librescu, 76, a "hero of the Jewish people." Librescu's wife, far from her Virginia home, spoke to those who had never met him. "He was a very human person.
April 24, 2004 |
Hoang Hiep Binh is a fiddler in a music band who never goes on stage to perform and doesn't even play at home to relax because most people within earshot would not want to listen to his tunes. Binh plays a two-stringed fiddle in a band that serves the dead.
September 7, 2007 |
On Thursday morning, it was expected that classical music luminaries would be mourning the death of Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti, who had died only hours earlier at age 71 at his home in Modena, Italy, after battling pancreatic cancer. One of those luminaries was Plácido Domingo, managing director of Los Angeles Opera -- and, along with Pavarotti and José Carreras, one of the popular Three Tenors. Domingo, who heard the news while in rehearsal for Saturday's opening of L.A.
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November 3, 2009 |
Mourning students at Long Beach's Wilson High School gathered Monday by the pavement where classmate Melody Ross was shot after the homecoming football game. Leaving handwritten notes to Melody and her family, the teenagers lit candles and shed tears as they remembered the bubbly 16-year-old. "Why her?" asked sophomore Micah Mathis, 15, who took French with Melody, an honors student. "That's what I want to know." The mood at the coastal campus was somber as students, teachers and administrators struggled to comprehend what occurred Friday, when someone fired into a crowd of students leaving the game, striking three people, including Melody, who was fatally wounded.
April 5, 2005 |
They murmured the quietest of prayers as they made their way up the aisle of the great basilica, the only other sound the soft shuffle of countless feet on polished marble floors. In an extraordinary spectacle of devotion, tens of thousands of Roman Catholic faithful filed past the crimson-cushioned bier of Pope John Paul II late Monday, after waiting for hours in a hot sunshine that faded into the cool shadows of evening and finally the chill of night.
April 4, 2005 |
Since the remarkable day in 1978 when Karol Wojtyla was elected head of the Church of Rome, the people of Poland have felt especially blessed, basking in the honor of having produced the first non-Italian pope in 4 1/2 centuries. Sunday, their first day without John Paul II reigning on the throne of St. Peter, his numbed compatriots mourned his absence and their own sense of loss, looking ahead to what felt to many like an inevitably diminished role for their nation.
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June 8, 2004 |
Fred and Luella May were at the head of the somber procession, the first of thousands of everyday folks to wend their way around the flag-shrouded casket of Ronald Reagan on Monday as the 40th president lay in repose at the Simi Valley library that bears his name.
July 22, 2006 |
They would bury their dead in mass graves, the doctors decided. The government hospital had run out of room for human remains by Friday. More than 100 bomb-wrecked bodies were already crammed into poorly refrigerated container trucks, and more corpses were pouring in daily. So they built cheap coffins of pine. Bulldozers carved 6-foot-deep trenches into a desolate lot littered with old telephone poles. The stench of death seeped into the warm seaside air as the dead were brought out.
December 27, 2005 |
Survivors wept and prayed at mass graves and beachside memorials Monday to mark one year since a tsunami crashed into a dozen nations on the Indian Ocean, sweeping away more than 200,000 lives. There were mass prayers at mosques in Indonesia's shattered Aceh province, hundreds of survivors gathering in Thailand and even candlelight vigils in distant Stockholm. Survivors relived the awe they felt when walls of water churned inland for miles, carrying people, trees, houses and train cars.