After Philly’s Running of the Santas, a tragic death
BY STEPHANIE FARR | Philadelphia Daily News | email@example.com | December 09, 2013
THE LAST SUIT Adam Herr wore was an outwardexpression of the ideals he embodied – joy, generosity and love.
The last suit Adam Herr wore was a Santa Claus suit.
Herr, 24, of Lebanon, Pa., was in Philadelphia for the annual Running of the Santas on Saturday when somehow, about 10:25 p.m., he found himself in costume and on foot on Interstate 95 South near the I-676 interchange.
Motorist Augustine Bangura, 27, of Philadelphia, was also on I-95 at the same spot at the same time, State Police said. Apparently he did not see Herr or his red suit.
Bangura, driving with a suspended license, struck and killed Herr, according to police. Responding officers said Bangura failed field sobriety tests and his car smelled of marijuana. He was charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants and with homicide by motor vehicle.
Epigenetics is proving that things like the environment in which one is raised, whether very good or very bad, literally change how our genes are expressed and how our bodies and minds work. From what I’ve read this woman did not sound like a nice person or good mother. If the goal of this obituary was partly to raise awareness of child abuse than I think they’ve done their job.
Children Publish Scathing Obit On Mom’s Death
RENO, Nev. — The children of an abusive woman whose horror stories prompted Nevada to become one of the first states to allow children to sever parental ties wrote a scathing obituary that was published in the local newspaper — and has since become an Internet sensation.
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The obituary opened with a harsh statement about the legacy of Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick: “On behalf of her children who she abrasively exposed to her evil and violent life, we celebrate her passing from this earth and hope she lives in the after-life reliving each gesture of violence, cruelty and shame that she delivered on her children.”
Katherine Reddick said she wrote it about her mother, who died at a Reno nursing home Aug. 30 at the age of 78.
Now a psychology consultant for a school district outside Austin, Texas, she said she decided to share the story of their painful physical and mental abuse after consulting with her brother, Patrick Reddick. They said they grew up with four siblings in a Carson City orphanage after they were removed from their mother’s home and had been estranged from her for more than 30 years.
The venerable New York Times flubbed and thus tipped their cards about how they feel about women. Shame shame. All humans have the capability to excel in both personal and professional aspects of their life. One would expect “a big fancy obit” to lead to lead with the stellar professional details. This can be interpreted as one of the many things that contributes to “rape culture.”
Stroganoff and rocket science: For Yvonne Brill’s obit, Douglas Martin must be punished
Posted by Melinda Henneberger | March 31, 2013 | www.washingtonpost.com
Gentle reader, do not take the above headline too literally, as its intent is not, in fact, to argue for punishment in the case of the Internet v. Douglas Martin, the New York Times writer who stands accused of you-gotta-be-kidding sexism. Only, the way I read him, he was kidding — yes, in an obit — but his attempt to be light sailed straight into space.
His obituary for rocket scientist Yvonne Brill attempted to underscore her accomplishments by placing them in the context of other 88-year-old women who followed husbands around the country and stayed home to raise children for long stretches
It began this way: “She made a mean beef stroganoff, followed her husband from job to job and took eight years off from work to raise three children. “The world’s best mom,” her son Matthew said.
Prince Bertil and his companion Lilian Davies smile on Jan. 13, 1976, shortly before their marriage. Image Keystone-France via Getty Images
A young Lilian. Image Added by: Lucy Caldarelli to www.findagrave.com
Princess in Sweden’s best-known love story dies at 97
By Patrick Lannin, Reuters
STOCKHOLM — The British-born Swedish princess whose secret 33-year romance with her royal husband became Sweden’s best-known love story, died on Sunday at the age of 97, the court said.
Princess Lilian was the commoner wife of Prince Bertil, who died in 1997. They met and fell in love in London during World War Two, but had to keep their relationship secret for decades for the sake of the crown and to avoid a constitutional crisis.
“It is with sorrow that I have learnt that H.R.H. (Her Royal Highness) Princess Lilian is dead,” Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said in a statement.
The details of this story are startling and heartbreaking. A healthy 37 year old man man perishes when his bedroom is swallowed by a sinkhole. A weeping brother who recounts his attempted rescue. The relative clutching a tattered family bible carefully salvaged by precision backhoe work by solemn demolition crews. Jeffrey Bush was only 37 when he lost his life. What about the rest of his family? The house was in their family for generations. These are tough times for a working class family to have such tragic losses. Imagine losing everything you own and news crews from around the world watch you literally pick thru what you have left.
Sources say “sinkhole season” has only begun in Florida and another has been found 2 miles away. I hope tragedies like these lead to better uses of land and water resources. People’s lives may depend on it, and not hypothetical future generations but people living in Florida today. Don’t let Jeffrey Bush’s death be for naught.
In this undated photo released by Jeremy Bush, shows his brother Jeff Bush. Jeremy Bush heard a loud crash and screaming coming from his brother’s room early Thursday, March 1, 2013 in Seffner, Fla. A large sinkhole opened under Jeff’s bedroom and he disappeared together with most of the bedroom furniture. Jeremy jumped into the hole and was quickly up to his neck in dirt. Jeff is presumed dead. Image www.sacbee.com
Jeremy Bush, right, gets a hug from a family friend while speaking to the media as demolition continues at the home of his brother, Jeff Bush, Monday, March 4, 2013 in Seffner, Fla. A sinkhole opened up underneath the house late Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, swallowing Jeff Bush, 37. The 20-foot-wide opening of the sinkhole was almost covered by the house, and rescuers said there were no signs of life since the hole opened Thursday night. Image www.sacbee.com
A Hillsborough County, Fla., firefighter removes salvaged items, including a family photo, from the home where a sinkhole swallowed Jeffrey Bush, late Thursday in Seffner, Fla., on Sunday, March 3, 2013. Crews are set to begin the demolition of the home on Sunday, after search personnel failed to find Bush. Image www.sacbee.com
Demolition experts remove a piece of furniture from the home of Jeff Bush, 37, during demolition Monday, March 4, 2013 in Seffner, Fla. A sinkhole opened up underneath the house late Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, swallowing Jeff Bush, 37. The 20-foot-wide opening of the sinkhole was almost covered by the house, and rescuers said there were no signs of life since the hole opened Thursday night. Image www.sacbee.com
A family member prays in front of home of Jeff Bush, 37, before demolition crews destroy it Monday, March 4, 2013, after a sinkhole opened up underneath it late Thursday evening swallowing Bush, 37, in Seffner, Fla. The 20-foot-wide opening of the sinkhole was almost covered by the house, and rescuers said there were no signs of life since the hole opened Thursday night. Image www.sacbee.com
Officials put devices into the ground to measure the stability of the ground, Friday, March 1, 2013, where a sinkhole opened up overnight inside the home at 240 Faithway Drive in Seffner, Florida. A man, Jeff Bush was inside his bedroom room at the time and is missing. Image www.sacbee.com
A crowd looks at the Florida home where a man was consumed by a sinkhole while sleeping in his bed.
Photograph by Edward Linsmier, Getty Images
Workers carefully demolish the home where a sinkhole opened up and swallowed a man who was asleep in his bed. Image CNN
Demolition on Monday revealed the giant sinkhole that opened beneath a Seffner, Fla., home. Image WTSP.com
Demolition on Monday revealed the giant sinkhole that opened beneath a Seffner, Fla., home. Image WTSP.com
Florida sinkhole now considered victim’s grave
March 5, 2013 | www.freep.com
After demolition work Monday revealed the giant sinkhole that swallowed a Tampa-area man as he slept Thursday night, crews began filling in the chasm presumed to be his grave.
During a brief ceremony at 4 p.m., the family of 37-year-old Jeffrey Bush placed a teddy bear, a photo, notes and flowers into the bucket of a backhoe, which dropped them into the estimated 60-foot-deep hole in Seffner, about 15 miles east of Tampa. Then came a truckload of gravel, the first in the process of filling in the yawning hole that took Bush without warning.
This story makes me very sad. Every holiday shopping season Americans are urged to spend spend spend, and spend even more if we REALLY love someone. These pressures squeeze working people, the under employed, and the poor the hardest. I somehow think Mr. Shepler’s shoplifting was related to the holidays and those pressures. Dumb luck can also be horribly unfair and tragic luck. The punishment did not fit the crime.
Tyler Shepler. Image form his online obituary.
Accident scene in Reading PA. Image 6abc.com
Police: Fleeing shoplifter struck, killed by car in Reading, Pa.
6abc.com | Story posted 2012.12.14
Police say a 22-year-old eastern Pennsylvania man was struck by two cars and killed after police say he shoplifted pants from Walmart and was fleeing from security.
The man was identified as Tyler Shepler of Muhlenberg Township in Berks County.
Investigators say Shepler was trying to steal a few pairs of jeans Thursday afternoon when security officers stopped him in the lobby of the store.
Police say he ran across the parking lot and through a grassy area onto the highway, where one car hit him and knocked him down and another car ran him over.
After he was hit, police said they found Shepler lying on the ground gasping.
He was taken to Reading Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
If you were born after 1960 you probably enjoyed Andre Cassagnes invention.
Andre Cassagnes tribute image from LaughingSquid.com
Inventor of Etch A Sketch dies in France at 86
AP | Feb 2, 2013
BRYAN, Ohio (AP) – Andre Cassagnes, the inventor of the Etch A Sketch toy that generations of children drew on, shook up and started over, has died in France, the toy’s maker said.
Cassagnes died Jan. 16 in a Paris suburb at age 86, said the Ohio Art Co., based in Bryan in northwest Ohio. The cause wasn’t disclosed Saturday.
“Etch A Sketch has brought much success to the Ohio Art Company, and we will be eternally grateful to Andre for that. His invention brought joy to so many over such a long period of time,” said Larry Killgallon, president of Ohio Art.
This story had the perfect headline. Yes it is tragic, but what a way to go.
Bigfoot hoax ends badly: Montana jokester hit, killed by car
www.latimes.com | By Rene Lynch | August 28, 2012, 11:31 a.m.
A Montana man who was apparently trying to trigger a Bigfoot sighting by dressing up in a costume and darting out onto a dark stretch of highway was struck and killed by two passing cars, officials said.
Randy Lee Tenley, 44, of Kalispell, Mont., was apparently wearing a Ghillie suit at the time. That's a camouflage outfit -- sometimes used by military snipers or hunters -- designed to resemble dense, thick foliage.
"What we know so far is that we had a couple of guys out, allegedly trying to prompt a sighting of Bigfoot," Montana Highway Patrol Lt. Col. Butch Huseby told the Los Angeles Times. The officer added: "This is one of the dumbest things I’ve ever seen. Really."
Few people are synonymous with a musical genre. Donna Summer like Elvis and Johnny Cash is one of those people. The story arc of her life and her attitudes towards what her career had come to represent is complicated and compelling. Summer died of lung related that wasn’t related to cancer. Cue her song “Last Dance.”
Empowering pop diva defined the disco era
May 18, 2012 | August Brown and Todd Martens | L.A. Times
DONNA SUMMER, 1948 – 2012
In 1975, Donna Summer released a pop single unlike any before it.
The singer, then an unknown in the U.S., was living in Germany and working with Italian producer Giorgio Moroder and lyricist Pete Bellotte. Together they came up with a breathy, minimalist number that sounded flagrantly sexy.
For The Record
Los Angeles Times Tuesday, May 22, 2012 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 4 News Desk 1 inches; 35 words Type of Material: Correction
Donna Summer: The obituary of singer Donna Summer in the May 18 LATExtra section described her self-titled 1982 album as her first for the Geffen Records label. Her first Geffen album was 1980′s “The Wanderer.”