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July 29, 2010 |
John Callahan, the quadriplegic cartoonist whose famously politically incorrect humor generated both praise and criticism, has died. He was 59. Callahan died Saturday at Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland, Ore., after undergoing surgery and treatment for a chronic bed sore, said Kevin Mullane, a longtime friend. Paralyzed from the chest down in a car accident in 1972 at age 21 and a recovering alcoholic since he was 27, Callahan began selling cartoons in the early 1980s and went on to be internationally syndicated in newspapers and magazines.
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December 22, 2009 |
Connie Hines, an actress who portrayed Carol Post, whose husband Wilbur was the only person who could talk with Mister Ed in the 1960s television show, has died. She was 79. Hines died Friday at her home in Beverly Hills from complications of heart problems, said Alan Young, her "Mister Ed" costar. "I lost a great friend. She was always joyous," Young said Monday. In the show, which ran from 1961 to 1966 on CBS, the Posts moved into a rambling country home and found a horse in their barn.
November 6, 2009 |
There's a glimmer in the CBS eye. Old-media giant CBS Corp. released third-quarter results Thursday that suggested the recession's clamp on the advertising market was loosening, at least at the all-important CBS TV network. Strong rerun syndication sales of CBS' television shows, including "Criminal Minds," "Medium" and "Ghost Whisperer," and an uptick in network TV advertising helped the broadcaster swing to a profit for the quarter ended Sept. 30. The company's net income of $207.
October 13, 2009 |
International law enforcement officials, including deputy U.S. Atty. Gen. David Ogden, called today for a far more coordinated global response to the growing threat of organized crime syndicates, which they said are increasingly teaming up with terrorist networks and drug traffickers to pose an unprecedented national security threat to the United States and its allies. Speaking at the 78th general assembly of the global police agency Interpol in Singapore, Ogden and some of his counterparts acknowledged that they need to do much more to work together on many fronts, including attacking the money laundering pipelines that are enabling the crime syndicates to flourish in terror hot spots such as Pakistan and Afghanistan and other strategic locations such as Europe, Africa and Latin America.
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August 19, 2009 |
Robert Novak, the longtime syndicated columnist and television commentator who was at the center of a furor late in his career as the first journalist to disclose the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame, died today. He was 78. Novak died at his home in Washington after battling brain cancer, his family told the Associated Press. Novak was diagnosed with a brain tumor in July 2008. He told friends his doctors were not optimistic, but he opted for surgery anyway, telling them they were being too conservative.
August 11, 2009 |
Fox Business Network, looking to boost viewership after nearly two years of struggling to win over audiences, is in talks with controversial radio host Don Imus about carrying his morning show on the cable channel. The provocative and popular personality is in final negotiations with the financial news channel, owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. The plan is to simulcast his syndicated early-morning radio show, which means it would air from 3 to 6 a.m. on the West Coast. No deal is in place yet between the two parties, but if the talks conclude as anticipated, the arrangement could start sometime in September.
August 10, 2009 |
Trying to get hold of actor, comedian and radio personality Steve Harvey isn't easy. His day starts at 4 a.m. and seems to have no end. "It's been on and cracking ever since I got up," Harvey said one day last week as he was leaving Atlanta, where he makes his home. Hurrying through the airport terminal, where he was greeted by fans, Harvey boarded a flight to Chicago, where he hosted a big parade and picnic Saturday. This weekend he'll be hosting an award show in Las Vegas. He's got a book on the bestseller list and is planning a comedy tour in October.
June 8, 2009 |
The bleeding body of Mexican immigrant Javier Resendiz Martinez was the first thing police noticed when they raided the bungalow on North 63rd Avenue here four years ago after reports of gunshots. Soon afterward, however, they found payment logs of more than 100 wire transfers to Western Unions in the border town of Caborca, Mexico -- which state and federal officials cite as evidence that the financial services company and other money transmitters are used by Mexican crime syndicates to help facilitate the smuggling of people into the United States.
February 14, 2009 |
He spends each day looking over his shoulder, wondering if they are going to kill him for what he wrote. He's lost contact with friends; he describes his existence as living "in a cage." Author Robert Saviano has been under police protection since 2006, when his harrowing nonfiction book, "Gomorrah," blew the lid off Naples' powerful mob, the Camorra, widely regarded as a bigger, and older, organization than the Sicilian Mafia.