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July 16, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Talia Joy Castellano, a bubbly cancer patient who became an honorary CoverGirl with the help of Ellen DeGeneres, has died. She was 13. The Orlando, Fla., teenager became a YouTube sensation with her motivational makeup tutorial videos, which captured the attention of the TV host. Talia died Tuesday at Arnold Palmer Hospital, with the announcement coming from her official Facebook fan page. "It is with a heavy heart that we share with all of you that Talia has earned her wings at 11:22am," the post read . "Please lift her beautiful soul, her beautiful light to heaven and please send your love and prayers to her family during this most difficult time.
December 20, 2009 | By Pico Iyer >>>
It was already clear, in December of 1999, that books were a dying species. Already more people seemed interested in producing novels than consuming them, and when it came to serious works, there seemed more fascination with the writer than the writing. Books, I heard from two serious, bewildered editors in New York on the same trip, were now part of the "entertainment industry," and a first-time novelist was as likely to be judged on the power of his author photo as on the character of his content.
August 10, 2001
Billy Byrd, 81, who once played lead guitar for Ernest Tubb's Texas Troubadours, died Tuesday in Nashville. William Lewis Byrd was born in Nashville, and taught himself guitar by copying the records of Charlie Christian and Django Reinhardt. In the 1940s, Byrd backed the Oak Ridge Quartet (the predecessor of the Oak Ridge Boys), Little Jimmy Dickens, George Morgan and others. In 1949, Byrd succeeded Tommy "Butterball" Paige as the lead guitarist with Tubb.
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