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Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 Notable Deaths


2011Notable Deaths  

2011 Notable Deaths , Famous Notable Deaths of 2011, In 2011 we lost many of the world’s most interesting people, including a Motown singer, Bob Dylan’s muse and a reclusive heiress. Scroll through to read more about these and others who passed away this year.

Pete Postlethwaite


Died Jan. 2 (b. 1945)

Pete Postlethwaite was a film actor who starred in “Inception,” “The Usual Suspects” and “Romeo + Juliet,” among many more. He received an Oscar nomination for his role in this IRA drama.
Pete Postlethwaite


Died Jan. 2 (b. 1945)

Pete Postlethwaite was a film actor who starred in “Inception,” “The Usual Suspects” and “Romeo + Juliet,” among many more. He received an Oscar nomination for his role in this IRA drama.
Gladys Horton


Died Jan. 26 (b. 1945)

Gladys Horton was the lead singer of the Motown group “The Marvelettes”. See photos of the singer, who suffered several strokes in her later years.
J. Paul Getty III


Died Feb. 5 (b. 1956)

Jean Paul Getty III, known as Paul Getty, is a member of the famous Getty family. Specifically he was the grandson of oil tycoon Jean Paul Getty and the father of actor Balthazar Getty. Although extremely wealthy, Getty had a somewhat tragic life. In 1981 he took a mixture of drugs and alcohol, had liver failure, a stroke and was left a quadriplegic. Read about the kidnapping he endured in his youth.
Suze Rotolo


Died Feb. 25 (b. 1943)

Suze Rotolo was Bob Dylan’s muse in the 1960s. The couple met at a concert when she was just 17 and later lived together in this New York neighborhood. The couple broke up after Rotolo met film editor Enzo Bartoccioli, who would become her husband, during a trip to Italy in 1970.
Nate Dogg


Died March 15 (b. 1969)

Nate Dogg was a rapper known for his collaborations with Dr. Dre, Warren G and 2Pac. He signed with Death Row Records in 1993 and earned four Grammy nominations in his short life.
Elizabeth Taylor


Died March 23 (b. 1932)

Iconic actress Elizabeth Taylor is known for a number of films, including “Butterfield 8” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” both which earned her Academy Awards. The actress is also famous for her marriages and her work with the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.
Geraldine Ferraro


Died March 26 (b. 1935)

Geraldine Ferraro was the first woman to run for vice president on a major U.S. party ticket. Although she and presidential candidate Walter Mondale were defeated in a landslide, she stayed in politics for the rest of her life.
Joe Perry


Died April 25 (b. 1927)

Joe Perry was a football hall of famer, playing fullback for the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Colts in the late ’40s, ’50s and early ’60s. Perry, the first player with back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1969.
Ron Springs


Died May 12 (b. 1956)

Ron Springs played fullback for the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the ’80s. He went on dialysis in 2006, before receiving a kidney from a former teammate in 2007. Seven months later he went into a coma after a routine procedure to remove a cyst from his elbow.
Randy Savage


Died May 20 (b. 1952)

Randy Savage was a professional wrestler. He actually played minor league baseball for the Cardinals and White Sox before switching to wrestling. He moved into acting later in life, appearing in “Spider-Man” and “Mad About You.”
Huguette Clark


Died May 24 (b. 1906)

Huguette Clark was a multi-millionaire heiress who lived in seclusion for her final 22 years. She left behind a vast fortune, as well as empty multi-million dollar mansions in Manhattan, Santa Barbara and Connecticut.
Jeff Conaway


Died May 27 (b. 1950)

Jeff Conaway was an actor who starred in “Grease” and TV’s “Taxi” and, more recently, “Celebrity Rehab.” He battled drugs and alcohol for much of his life and spent his last month in a medically-induced coma.
Gil Scott-Heron


Died May 27 (b. 1949)

A poet and recording artist, Gil Scott-Heron was often credited as a major influence on hip-hop. He first made his mark on the music scene with his spoken-word composition, “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”. He considered himself a “bluesologist,” but his style strongly influenced artists such as Public Enemy. Though he struggled with addiction in his later years, he released his first album of new material in 16 years in 2010.
Geronimo Pratt


Died June 2 (b. 1947)

Geronimo Pratt was a member of the Black Panther Party. He was convicted of murder and spent 27 years in prison before his conviction was overturned.
Dr. Kevorkian


Died June 3 (b. 1928)

Dr. Jack Kevorkian, known as this, was an advocate for assisted suicide, helping more than 100 people die. He spent eight years in jail on a second-degree murder charge. An HBO film, “You Don’t Know Jack,” starring Al Pacino documented Kevorkian’s life.
Peter Falk


Died June 23 (b. 1927)

Peter Falk was an actor, known for his role in the detective show “Columbo.” He received four Emmys for his portrayal of Lt. Columbo. Falk suffered from Alzheimer’s disease later in life.
John Mackey


Died July 6 (b. 1941)

John Mackey was a pro football hall of famer. He redefined the tight end position during his time playing for the Baltimore Colts and San Diego Chargers. He famously caught a touchdown pass from Johnny Unitas, then ran 75 yards for a touchdown.
Betty Ford


Died July 8 (b. 1918)

Betty Ford was a former first lady who established the Betty Ford Center for drug abuse and addiction. Married to former President Gerald Ford for 58 years, she was an abortion-rights advocate and raised awareness about breast cancer after her diagnosis and subsequent mastectomy in 1978.
Amy Winehouse


Died July 23 (b. 1983)

Amy Winehouse was an English singer who won five Grammy Awards for her second album, “Back to Black.” Although most agree her powerful vocals were incredible, it was her drug and alcohol binges that often landed her in the press.
Amy Winehouse


Died July 23 (b. 1983)

Amy Winehouse was an English singer who won five Grammy Awards for her second album, “Back to Black.” Although most agree her powerful vocals were incredible, it was her drug and alcohol binges that often landed her in the press.
Bubba Smith


Died Aug. 3 (b. 1945)

Bubba Smith was an NFL star and actor. After retiring from football, he appeared in commercials for this beer and starred in six “Police Academy” movies.
Bernadine Healy


Died Aug. 6 (b. 1944)

Bernadine Healy was a well-known and controversial cardiologist and the first female director of the National Institutes of Health. She is the former president of the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross.

Nick Ashford


Died Aug. 22 (b. 1941)

Nick Ashford was a Motown songwriter who wrote songs for Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye, including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”
Lee Roy Selmon


Died Sept. 4 (b. 1954)

Lee Roy Selmon was a hall of fame defensive end in the NFL. He won six Pro Bowls and was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1979.
Michael Stern Hart


Died Sept. 6 (b. 1947)

Michael Stern Hart was an author and the creator of the e-book. He also founded the online library “Project Gutenberg,” where users can download free e-books.
Frances Bay


Died Sept. 15 (b. 1919)

Frances Bay was a character actress who had parts on “Happy Days” and “Seinfeld”. She also played Adam Sandler’s grandmother in this humorous golf flick.
Peter Gent


Died Sept. 30 (b. 1942)

Pete Gent was a former NFL player who wrote the novel “North Dallas Forty,” which was later made into a movie. The novel gave a behind-the-scenes look at life as a footballer, depicting players’ drug and alcohol use.
Peter Gent


Died Sept. 30 (b. 1942)

Pete Gent was a former NFL player who wrote the novel “North Dallas Forty,” which was later made into a movie. The novel gave a behind-the-scenes look at life as a footballer, depicting players’ drug and alcohol use.
Al Davis


Died Oct. 8 (b. 1929)

Al Davis was the owner of the Oakland Raiders for 31 years. He made history when he went to court and won the right to move his Oakland team to Los Angeles, although it eventually moved back. He also played a big part in merging the American Football League with the National Football League.
Dennis Ritchie


Died Oct. 12 (b. 1941)

Dennis Ritchie was a computer programmer who designed the C programming language and co-developed the Unix operating system. He was awarded the National Medal of Technology from President Bill Clinton in 1999.
Dan Wheldon


Died Oct. 16 (b. 1978)

Dan Wheldon was an English race car driver. He won the Indy 500 in 2005 and 2011 but died tragically in an accident at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in October. Friend and fellow race car driver Dario Franchitti  had this to say about Wheldon.
John McCarthy


Died Oct. 24 (b. 1927)

John McCarthy was a computer scientist who coined the term “artificial intelligence.” He is also credited with laying the foundation for today’s Internet by developing “computer time-sharing” in the 1960s. He was the recipient of many awards, including the Turing Award.
Dorothy Howell Rodham


Died Nov. 1 (b. 1919)

Dorothy Howell Rodham was the mother of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Rodham overcame a difficult childhood, and although she didn’t see much of the world herself, was an inspiration to her daughter.
Leonard Stone


Died Nov. 2 (b. 1923)

Leonard Stone was a character actor who had roles in many TV shows and films, including “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.” He was nominated for an award in 1959 for his role in the musical “Redhead.”
Andy Rooney


Died Nov. 4 (b. 1919)

Andy Rooney was best known for his weekly commentary “A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney,” part of “60 Minutes,” a broadcast he did from 1978 to 2011. Watch video of his commentary.
Joe Frazier


Died Nov. 7 (b. 1944)

Joe Frazier was a heavyweight boxer, holding the undisputed heavyweight champion title from 1971-73. Frazier was known for his fights against this boxing great. This boxer-turned-grillmaster took Frazier’s title away in 1973.
Bil Keane


Died Nov. 8 (b. 1922)

Bil Keane  was the creator of "Family Circle," the most widely syndicated single-panel daily cartoon in the world. The comic, which came out in 1960, is now drawn by this artist.
Heavy D


Died Nov. 8 (b. 1967)

Heavy D was a rapper and record producer. He led hip-hop group Heavy D and the Boyz the first act signed to this record label. What ’90s show did he record the theme song for?
Harry Morgan


Died Dec. 7 (b. 1915)

Harry Morgan  was an actor best known for his roles on “M*A*S*H” and “Dragnet.” He appeared in more than 100 films, but it was his role as Col. Sherman Potter on “M*A*S*H” that won him many fans, as well as this award in 1980.
Christopher Hitchens


Died Dec. 15 (b. 1949)

Writer and cultural critic Christopher Hitchens was a contributing editor and columnist for several noted publications including The Atlantic and Vanity Fair. He was known for his acerbic writing style and celebrated atheism, which was the subject of his 2007 best-selling novel “God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything.” The British-born, Oxford-educated writer eventually became an American citizen.
Kim Jong Il


Died Dec. 17 (b. 1941)

The elusive leader of North Korea, founded by his father Kim Il-sung after World War II, ruled the nation from 1994 until his death  Under his leadership, North Korea became a nuclear power and a nation isolated from much of the world. Kim Jong un, the late dictator’s youngest son, succeeds him.

Friday, December 30, 2011

IRS sues Steinbrenner


  IRS sues Hal Steinbrenner for 'erroneous' tax refund

The IRS is suing Hal Steinbrenner, co-owner of the New York Yankees, over what the agency says is an erroneous refund. The IRS says the refund request was filed more than six months after the deadline.
IRS sues Steinbrenner - The IRS is suing Hal Steinbrenner, co-owner of the New York Yankees, over what the agency says is an erroneous refund. The IRS says the refund request was filed more than six months after the deadline.

The Internal Revenue Service is suing New York Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner for what it calls an "erroneous" tax refund of more than $670,000 US.

The suit was filed Tuesday in federal court in Tampa, Fla.

The dispute dates to the 2001 tax year and involves a refund the IRS paid in 2009. The IRS says the refund claim was filed too late and has sued Steinbrenner and his wife, Christina, to recover $670,493.78.

Yankees spokeswoman Alice McGillion says Steinbrenner's representatives hadn't received any prior notices regarding the matter from the IRS.

99 year old divorce affair



99 year old divorce affair



99 year old divorce affair - A 99-year-old man is divorcing his wife, 96, after discovering a letter she wrote to a lover in the 1940s. The couple now hold the record for the oldest people in the world to divorce.
A furious 99 year old man is divorcing his wife of 77 years after he discovered she had an affair more than 60 years ago.

The couple, who have been identified only as Antonio and Rosa, have both consulted lawyers and the first hearing in the case is due to take place in March.
Jealous father-of-five Antonio saw red after he discovered dust covered romantic letters from his wife to her secret lover during a clear out of their apartment in Rome.
The couple had tied the knot in Naples in 1934, where Antonio had met Rosa after he had been sent there to serve in the carabinieri paramilitary police but she had had an affair with her unidentified lover ten years later, keeping the secret to herself until now.
Lawyer Anna Orecchioni said: 'The husband decided to file for divorce after finding the love letters.
'He felt betrayed and unable to carry on with the marriage which has lasted 77 years.
'It made no difference that the letters were written more than 60 years ago and the relationship has been over for decades.

'He has decided to divorce her and the case has already been submitted for a court hearing in March. The couple have five children and numerous grandchildren and great children.
'It's a shame the marriage has ended in this way after such a long time together.'
American couple Marshall and Winnie Kuykendall hold the current record for the longest marriage having been together for 82 years after they tied the knot on Valentines Day in 1929.


Bull escapes meat plant


Bull escapes meat plant

Bull escapes meat plant, A bull that escaped Thursday as it was being led from a truck into a meat processing plant went on a rampage, deputies say. The bull was shot after it came near children, deputies say.
Bull escapes meat plant… but bovine rampage is short-lived as it is shot to death in nearby field A wayward bull managed to escape while en route to a meat processing plant, only to be shot dead by an animal control officer.
The bull broke free from a Maryland meat plant Thursday as it was being led off the truck and charged a bystander, and then careened toward a day-care centre.
A deputy short two rounds into the bull, which retreated into the nearby woods. He was then killed by a county animal control officer.
The short-lived freedom of the strong-willed bull started as the bull broke free as it was unloaded off of a truck from a farm in Mount Airy, Maryland, which is around 50 miles north of Washington, DC.
According to a sheriff’s report, the bull then charged a bystander and made off.
The bull was then pursued by an animal control officer, who killed the bull with an additional two shots.
MSNBC reports that there were no human injuries - aside from the bull, the only loss was the taillight on the deputy's car.