One of the most renowned children's storybook tellers of our time has died. Maurice Sendak, author of one of the most famous children's books, "Where The Wild Things Are," died of a stroke Tuesday, according to Michael di Capua, his longtime editor. He was 83.
President Barack Obama, who read excerpts from Sendak's 'Wild Things' to children during the White House Easter egg roll in April, said the book was “one of my favorite classic books of all time."
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The mainstream media is angry at President Obama this morning. Not because of the spiraling deficit or the lack of jobs production. They are angry that the president failed to mention the passing of Adam Yauch, also known as MCA, one third of the Beastie Boys who died of salivary gland cancer over the weekend.
I guess it doesn't matter that the ones who are angry are mostly white, and they don't really understand the complexities or the roots of hip hop anyway.
If they did understand, then they would know that the black community as a whole did not embrace the Beastie Boys in the 1980s like they did. Yes, the Beastie Boys introduced hip hop to a whole new audience -- mainly drunk college frat boys.
And for that reason, Washington Times columnist Joseph Curl thinks the president should have at least mentioned MCA to the college kids he spoke with over the weekend.
"Make no mistake," writes Curl, "MCA was no JayZ or Kanye West... Funny the 'coolest president ever' doesn’t say a word about the passing of MCA. Weird and kinda sad, actually."
Well, not as sad as a race-baiting columnist expecting the president to recognize the passing of a star because he's "half-white".
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Gossip blog TMZ.com reports that former NFL star Junior Seau is dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. According to TMZ, police responded to reports of a shooting involving the former linebacker at his Oceanside, CA home this morning.
"NFL legend Junior Seau was found dead in his home in Oceanside, CA ... and a law enforcement source at the scene tells us cops believe he shot himself," TMZ writes.
Seau joins a long list of former NFL stars who have taken their own lives after the fame and bright lights fade. He leaves behind 3 kids and an ex-wife.
We spoke with an investigator in the coroner's office .. who told us they got a call to respond to the scene ... though the details surrounding the situation are still unclear.
Cops are currently at a residence where 43-year-old Junior is believed to be staying.
In October 2010, Seau denied rumors that he was trying to commit suicide after driving his SUV off a cliff in Carlsbad, CA.
Seau told officers on the scene that he fell asleep at the wheel of his Cadillac Escalade when it careened off the cliff.
A Las Vegas man is being held without bond in the brutal bludgeoning deaths of a mother and her daughter in their central valley home.
Police say Bryan Clay, 22, was a total stranger to Ignacia and Arturo Martinez when he broke into their home and attacked them with a hammer on April 15.
Ignacia, 38, and her daughter Karla, 10, were both raped and beaten to death with a claw hammer. The weapon was not recovered.
The attacks left Ignacia's husband, Arturo, unconscious with traumatic head injuries. He remains in critical condition in an intensive care unit, unable to speak to investigators. Police say the Martinez's two sons, 9 and 4, were at home at the time of the attacks, but they were uninjured.
"This was a complete stranger killing a mother and daughter and attacking the father," Lt. Ray Steiber told the Associated Press. "I've been doing this (police work) 24 years, and you don't see cases like this. I can't even put this into words."
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Former neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman received over $200,000 in donations to his website, it was revealed Thursday. But Zimmerman failed to disclose the donations to the judge during his bond hearing.
Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, revealed the donations to CNN's Anderson Cooper Thursday night. Now the judge presiding over the case has issued a gag order on O'Mara.
Zimmerman, 28, is charged with 2nd degree murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida.
Assistant State Attorney Bernie de la Rionda also wasn't aware of the donations until Thursday night. He asked Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. to increase Zimmerman's $150,000 bond. But the judge has delayed his ruling, saying he does not have jurisdiction over the funds.
Judge Lester is also concerned about revealing the names of the donors. "I'm not going to make a snap decision," Lester said.
During Zimmerman's bond hearing, O'Mara insisted his client was broke and unable to find work due to his notoriety.
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Yesterday was the 10th anniversary of the tragic passing of TLC member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes. In remembrance of their fallen sister, the surviving members of TLC, Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas announced plans for a new tour with Left Eye. Coachella attendees are still buzzing about the late rapper Tupac Shakur's resurrection onstage as a 3D Hologram.
The Tupac hologram was such a hit that it sparked rumors of Hologram comeback tours featuring icons Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley. But the cost of a hologram is dauntingly expensive ($100k to $500k). So will T-Boz and Chilli foot the bill for Left Eye's hologram?
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An actor accidentally hanged himself while re-enacting the death of Judas in an Easter play. The tragic accident took place in the town of Itarare, in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The actor, Tiago Klimeck, 27, hanged himself when he jumped off of a 4-foot perch with a stage noose around his neck. The noose was attached to a vest, like the kind used in movies, which is designed to break his fall and give the illusion that he was being hanged.
But the vest malfunctioned -- or wasn't secured properly. So when Klimeck jumped, the vest slid up and crushed his trachea (airway). Once his trachea was crushed, he could neither cry out nor breath. It was a slow and agonizing death. Klimeck's cast members in the play didn't realize he was choking to death.
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Labrador retrievers are not known for this type of violence. But police say a family's "gentle" lab tore the legs off of a 2-month-old infant as his father slept soundly in the next room.
From the NY Daily News:
A supposedly "gentle" pooch named Lucky is suspected of killing a 2-month-old baby and tearing the child's body apart in South Carolina.
Aiden McGrew, who was born on Valentine's Day and was the youngest of three children, was found dead in his family's mobile home Friday in Ridgeville by his mother, according to The Post and Courier newspaper.
The baby was in a swing when Lucky, a golden retriever-Labrador mix, bit the child several times and tore off his legs, authorities said.
The child's father, Quintin, was in the home at the time, police said. He was in another room asleep with the family's 3-year-old and their other dog.
The baby was discovered when his mother, Chantel, came home after taking their seven-year-old to a doctor's appointment, The Post and Courier reported.
A photographer has released a photo to the media reportedly showing George Zimmerman's bloody head after an altercation with 17-year-old Trayvon Martin ended in the teenager's murder.
According to ABC News, which obtained the photo, the photographer claims to have taken the photo "three minutes after he shot and killed Martin."
Serious head wounds bleed profusely. They do not stop bleeding after 3 minutes. As a registered nurse, I do not see life threatening injuries in that photo.
The photo should not be allowed into evidence because it could have been taken at any time between Feb. 26 and the day he was arrested. The prosecution will likely rely on photos that were taken during the booking process by Sanford police, rather than the photo obtained by ABC, which could easily have been Photoshopped.
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A judge in Seminole County, Florida today set a $150,000 bond for neighborhood watch killer George Zimmerman, according to CNN.
The bond comes with condition, which include GPS monitoring, no possession of firearms, no use of controlled substances, other than those prescribed by a physician, and no contact with the victim's family.
The judge told Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, to meet with the state (special prosecutor Angela Corey) to determine whether Zimmerman could live out of state for his protection.
He must also meet with the state to be fitted for a GPS ankle bracelet, which means he likely won't be released until Monday.
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ALEC, the conservative right-wing group responsible for pushing the controversial 'Stand Your Ground' laws in many states says it will stop advocating the law. This action comes after activist groups called for a national boycott of ALEC following the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida.
ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, announced its plan to move away from sticky law enforcement policies, such as Stand Your Ground, and return to its economic roots, according to the NY Times.
As a result of the national boycott, numerous corporate sponsors -- including Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Kraft foods and McDonald’s -- announced they have dropped their financial support of ALEC.
“The issue of a young man being killed and linked to this organization made it much harder for companies to say, ‘Gee, this is a great organization that we want to support,’ ” said David Halperin, a senior fellow for United Republic, a liberal nonprofit group.
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