Anthony Shadid, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who reported on the Middle East for the New York Times and Washington Post, passed away on Thursday in Syria. The details surrounding Mr. Shadid’s death are unclear but he may have suffered a fatal asthma attack. Mr. Shadid was in Syria reporting on the ongoing conflict between political opponents of President Bashar al-Assad and the Assad regime–a characteristic assignment in his remarkable career: Read More
In a report published Friday, The Sun described a disheveled and “disoriented” Whitney Houston out on the town in Los Angeles. According to the News Corp. owned tabloid Ms. Houston was seen exiting a nightclub with her daughter Bobbi Kristina and “appeared to have blood dripping down her leg and a long scratch on her wrist.” Celebrity gossip site The Insider published a similar report, describing the superstar as “dazed” and exhibiting an “aggressive attitude” as she left the venue, where she’d attended an R&B Grammy party. The Insider also echoed the disturbing report Ms. Houston may have been bleeding at the time. Read More
Let’s not jump to conclusions.
The NYPD says no foul play is suspected in the death of a prominent pastor, Zachery Tims, of Orlando’s New Destiny Christian Center, in a room at the W Hotel in Times Square on Friday night. [Update: The Wall Street Journal is now reporting that Dr. Tims was found with a "glassine envelope containing a white powdery substance."]
Dr. Tims, who was only 42 years old and is sometimes known as the “Fresh Prince of Preachers” for his marked resemblance to Will Smith, founded the ministry with just six members in 1996, growing it to a megachurch of some 8,000 today. Read More
As we mourn the loss of fitness guru Jack LaLanne, let’s remember that no man–not even the most health-conscious man in history–lives forever. And rather than grieve, let’s give thanks for all he gave us. Not just our health, but our health gurus. (And inspiring Martin Short’s Uncle Jack cameo on “Arrested Development” was cool, Read More
Cooks Source‘s website shut down today, after two weeks of fending off an angry online mob over the unauthorized reprinting of an apple pie article. In case you haven’t been following, the Western Massachusetts-based food magazine lifted the piece from Gode Cookery without the author’s permission and without payment.
The writer, Monica Read More
Via the DP. Stay classy, Rush. Stay classy.
Richard Brodsky, whom the Times-Union has suggested may be “the most hated man in Yankee Stadium” for his battles against the subsidies the club received to build their new stadium, paused today to remember the memory of George Steinbrenner, his one-time antagonist:
The political differences that we had are real. I don’t think the Read More
“Our hearts and prayers go out to the entire Steinbrenner family. This is a sad day not only for Yankee fans, but for our entire City, as few people have had a bigger impact on New York over the past four decades than George Steinbrenner. George had a deep love for Read More