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October 17, 2019

Rep.Elijah Cummings, A Giant in The History of The U.S. Congress, Died This Morning

Rep. Carolyn Maloney will become the Acting Chair of the House Oversight committee following the death of Chairman Elijah Cummings, a senior Democratic leadership aide tells CNN.
“Pursuant to House Rules, Rep. Carolyn Maloney becomes Acting Chair as number two in seniority on the committee. The caucus process to elect a permanent Chair will be announced at a later time.”
The Oversight Committee is one of the panels involved in the impeachment inquiry of Trump

Speaker Pelosi: "In the House, Elijah was our North Star"

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she is “personally devastated" following the death of Rep. Elijah Cummings, calling him the “North Star” of the House of Representatives.
“He was a leader of towering character and integrity, whose stirring voice and steadfast values pushed the Congress and country to rise always to a higher purpose," she said.
Here's her full statement:
“The people of Baltimore, the U.S. Congress and America have lost a voice of unsurpassed moral clarity and truth: our beloved Chairman Elijah Cummings. I am personally devastated by his passing. 
In the House, Elijah was our North Star. He was a leader of towering character and integrity, whose stirring voice and steadfast values pushed the Congress and country to rise always to a higher purpose. His principled leadership as Chair of the Committee on Oversight and Reform was the perfect testament to his commitment to restoring honesty and honor to government, and leaves a powerful legacy for years to come.
As a senior member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, he was always fighting for his district and for the state of Maryland. He was a powerful voice for building the infrastructure of America and creating good-paying jobs. As a Member of the U.S. Naval Academy Board of Visitors, he took great pride in Maryland’s role in our national security.
Chairman Cummings’ story was the story of America: a sharecroppers’ son who dedicated his life to advancing justice, respecting human dignity and ending discrimination. He believed in the promise of America because he had lived it, and he dedicated his life to advancing the values that safeguard our republic: justice, equality, liberty, fairness. 
Earlier this year, Chairman Cummings asked us, ‘When we’re dancing with the angels, the question will be asked: in 2019, what did we do to make sure we kept our democracy intact?’ May Chairman Cummings’ strength guide us as we carry on his work to honor the oath and protect our democracy.
In the Congress, we will miss his wisdom, his warm friendship and his great humanity. In Baltimore, we will miss our champion. May it be a comfort to his wife Maya, his three children and Chairman Cummings’ entire family that so many mourn their loss and are praying for them at this sad time.” 

Cummings "never forgot his duty to fight for the rights and dignity of the marginalized," Baltimore mayor says

Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack,” Young said the city, nation, and world have lost "one of the strongest and most gifted crusaders for social justice" following the death of Elijah Cummings.
"He was, put simply, a man of God who never forgot his duty to fight for the rights and dignity of the marginalized and often forgotten," Young said in a statement.
He continued: "Rest easy, Congressman. We love you and will draw strength by remembering your selfless acts of service and dedication to pursuing equality and basic human rights for all people.”
Here's his full statement:
“With the passing of U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, the City of Baltimore, our country, and people throughout the world have lost a powerful voice and one of the strongest and most gifted crusaders for social justice.
Rep. Cummings, the son of sharecroppers whose ancestors were slaves, wasn't afraid to use his considerable intellect, booming voice, and poetic oratory to speak out against brutal dictators bent on oppression, unscrupulous business executives who took advantage of unsuspecting customers, or even a U.S. President. He was, put simply, a man of God who never forgot his duty to fight for the rights and dignity of the marginalized and often forgotten.
As we enter this period of mourning, let us remember his long legacy of justice as an example to us all of a life well lived.
Rest easy, Congressman. We love you and will draw strength by remembering your selfless acts of service and dedication to pursuing equality and basic human rights for all people.” 

House chairs remember Cummings: He was "the heart and soul of our caucus"

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Schiff and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Nadler have both tweeted this morning on the death of Elijah Cummings. 
Cummings was the chair of the House Oversight and Reform Committee.
Schiff called Cummings “the heart and soul of our caucus,” and Nadler said his “presence passion and moral clarity will be missed.”
Here are their messages:

Elijah Cummings was the heart and soul of our caucus, a dignified leader with a voice that could move mountains.

He was our moral and ethical North Star. Now we will be guided by his powerful memory and incomparable legacy.

Rest In Peace, my friend.

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Trump on Cummings: "His work and voice on so many fronts will be very hard, if not impossible, to replace!"

President Trump has just tweeted his “warmest condolences” following the death of Congressman Elijah Cummings.
“I got to see first hand the strength, passion and wisdom of this highly respected political leader. His work and voice on so many fronts will be very hard, if not impossible, to replace!”

August 20, 2019

Actor Ben Unwin Dead at 41

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By Jack Guy, CNN

Actor Ben Unwin, who made his name playing Jesse McGregor in Australian TV soap "Home and Away," has died at the age of 41.

New South Wales police found Unwin dead on August 14, according to a statement, one day before his birthday.

"Yesterday at midday police attended Minyon Falls, Whian Whian, responding to a concern for welfare. The body of a 41-year-old man was located," the statement said.
"The death has not been treated as suspicious."

Unwin appeared on "Home and Away" from 1996-2000 and 2002-2005.
His character, Jesse, played a major role in the long-running soap and was seen as something of a bad boy who was no stranger to a brush with the law.

After leaving acting, Unwin studied for a law degree and later worked as a solicitor.
The Seven Network, which has broadcast "Home and Away" since 1988, released a statement following Unwin's death.

"Cast and crew from Home and Away are saddened to learn of the passing of former castmate, Ben Unwin," reads the statement.
"Ben's work in the role of Jesse McGregor is remembered with much affection."

Co-stars paid tribute to the actor following the news. Kimberley Cooper, who played the character Gipsy Smith, posted a photograph of her and Unwin on the cover of TV Week magazine, saying: "You forever hold a special place in my heart."

Another former castmate, Lynne McGranger, who plays Irene Roberts on the show, said Unwin's death was an awful shock.

"I'm saddened to hear of Ben's passing," she said in a statement given to CNN.
"Deepest condolences to his family and friends."

And actress Ada Nicodemou, whose character Leah Patterson was romantically involved with Jesse McGregor in "Home and Away," also expressed her condolences.
"Just woke up to the tragic news of Ben's passing, my heart goes out to his family," Nicodemou said in a statement to CNN.

More than 7,000 episodes of "Home and Away" have aired since the show began.

July 10, 2019

A Sweet Boy Actor Dies at Age 20, Cameron Boyce

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Disney Channel star Cameron Boyce's cause of death has been deferred, requiring a further investigation from the coroner's office.
Boyce was pronounced dead at his North Hollywood home Saturday afternoon at 2:35 p.m. after he was found unresponsive, the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner said in a press release Monday. He was 20. 
Public Information Officer Sarah Ardalani said that the actor's cause of death has been deferred "pending further investigation" after an autopsy was completed Monday.
There was no further information on the nature of the required investigation.
Boyce's family told ABC News – which is part of the Disney/ABC Television Group owned by the Walt Disney Company – that the actor succumbed to a seizure.
"It is with a profoundly heavy heart that we report that this morning we lost Cameron," the family told ABC. "He passed away in his sleep due to a seizure which was a result of an ongoing medical condition for which he was being treated.

He was also set to appear as a series regular opposite Kathryn Hahn in HBO’s new coming-of-age comedy, Mrs. Fletcher. He additionally had roles in the upcoming American Satan TV spinoff Paradise City, and the indie film Runt, directed by William Coakley. 

Boyce was born in Los Angeles in May 1999. He made his acting debut at 9 years old in the 2008 horror film Mirrors with Kiefer Sutherland and Paula Patton. He went on to land a role in the 2010 Adam Sandler film Grown Ups, as the comedian’s son.

City News Service contributed to this report.

February 8, 2019

Albert Finney 82 Dies After A Complete Life of Movies and the Theatre

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 Albert Finne, Dies at 82
 by Duane Byrge, Mike Barnes 
Hollywood Reporter

Albert Finney, Chameleon-Like Star of Stage and Screen, Dies at 82
The British legend received five Oscar nominations and starred in such films as 'Tom Jones,' 'The Dresser' and 'Erin Brockovich.'
Albert Finney, the esteemed British actor and five-time Oscar nominee known for his shape-shifting work in such films as Tom Jones, The Dresser, Murder on the Orient Express and Erin Brockovich, has died. He was 82.
Finney's family told the Associated Press on Friday that he "passed away peacefully after a short illness with those closest to him by his side." The actor was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2007.
One of the godfathers of modern British cinema, Finney mixed film, TV and stage performances throughout a standout career that spanned six decades. He never succumbed to the allure of screen stardom and was given BAFTA's Academy Fellowship award (the equivalent of a lifetime Oscar) in 2001.
The restless actor also won an Emmy for portraying Winston Churchill opposite Vanessa Redgrave as his wife in the 2002 BBC-HBO telefilm The Gathering Storm.
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences bestowed best actor Oscar noms on Finney for playing the bawdy title character in the best picture winner Tom Jones (1963), directed by frequent collaborator Tony Richardson; for his work as the mysterious Belgian detective Hercule Poirot in Sidney Lumet's Murder on the Orient Express; for his performance as a temperamental, fading actor in Peter Yates' The Dresser (1983); and for starring as an alcoholic British consul in Under the Volcano (1984), helmed by John Huston.
Finney received another Oscar nom, for best supporting actor, for portraying the crusading California environmental lawyer Ed Masry in Erin Brockovich (2000).
Yet for all his nominations, he never once attended the Academy Awards ceremony. "It's a long way to go just to sit in a non-drinking, non-smoking environment on the off-chance your name is called," he told The Telegraph in 2011.
Perhaps the actor's showiest role was as the Prohibition-era Irish gangster Leo O'Bannon in the Coen brothers' Miller's Crossing (1990), where he fought off an ambush amid the strains of "Danny Boy."
He also played the bald and curmudgeonly Daddy Warbucks for Huston in Annie (1982).
David Lean originally selected him for the title role in Lawrence of Arabia (1962), but Finney turned it down because it required him to sign a multiyear studio contract. The part in one of the greatest films ever made went to, of course, Peter O'Toole.
More recently, Finney portrayed the evil psychologist Albert Hirsch in the Jason Bourne movies released in 2007 and 2012 and was seen as the Scottish gamekeeper Kincade in the 2012 James Bond installment Skyfall. That would mark his final onscreen appearance.
Legendary for his Shakespearean prowess, he also received Tony Award nominations in 1964 and 1968 for his work in Luther (as Martin Luther) and A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, respectively.
Finney's respect for acting, rather than the trappings of celebrity, allowed him to seek out parts for their character depth rather than the notoriety they might bring him. Often, he was unrecognizable under makeup or in costume, and he was known for his mastery of accents.
The son and grandson of bookmakers, Albert Finney Jr. was born on May 9, 1936, in Manchester, England. His childhood home was damaged by German bombs during World War II.
Finney graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1955 and early on served as an understudy to Laurence Oliver. While filling in on stage for the famed actor in the title role in Coriolanus, he attracted notice and film offers.
Finney made his first feature appearance alongside Olivier in The Entertainer (1960) under Richardson, for whom he also frequently worked in the theater. In the "kitchen sink" drama Saturday Night, Sunday Morning (1960), he played the anti-hero Arthur Seaton, an angry factory worker mired in an environment, not unlike the one he experienced during his working-class upbringing.
Finney was considered one of most talented performers to come out of Britain in his country's '60s cinema heyday, but that did not dampen his enthusiasm for the theater, and he continued to perform on the U.K. stages, taking the lead in King Lear and Hamlet.
"When I worked those years at the National Theatre," Finney told The New York Times in 1983, "people were always saying that I could have been in Hollywood making this or that amount of money. But you must retain the ability to do what you want to do. I don't want to be a victim of supporting a lifestyle that you have to get huge salaries to support — even if you do things for nothing."
After he gained fame for his performance as the privileged 18th-century seducer in Richardson's Tom Jones, he put his career on hold to go sailing for a year.
Finney also starred in Stanley Donen's Two for the Road (1967), in which he played Audrey Hepburn's husband during three periods of their lives as they travel around Europe. (The two were reportedly involved romantically during filming.)
That same year, Finney also made his directorial debut in Charlie Bubbles (1967), starring opposite Liza Minnelli as a man facing midlife doldrums as well.
His other feature credits include Stephen Frears' Gumshoe (1971), Wolfen (1981), Looker (1981), Shoot the Moon (1982), Rich in Love (1992), The Browning Version (1994), A Man of No Importance (1994), Breakfast of Champions (1999), Traffic (2000), Big Fish (2003), Ridley Scott's A Good Year (2006) and Lumet's last film, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007).
On television, he took on a demanding array of characters, playing the title role in the 1984 CBS telefilm Pope John Paul II and then the sexually promiscuous owner of a country inn in a 1990 BBC miniseries, The Green Man.
In 1977, Finney recorded an album of folk ballads that was released by Motown, and his life was said to serve as an inspiration for another famed Manchester native, singer Morrissey.
Finney was married to English actress Jane Wenham from 1957-61 to French actress Anouk Aimee (Oscar-nominated for A Man and a Woman, she left him for actor Ryan O'Neal) from 1970-78 and to travel agent Penelope Delmage since 2006.
She survives him, as does a son, veteran camera operator Simon Finney.

November 6, 2018

Rapper Mac Miller OD, Dead at 26

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Rapper Mac Miller 26, died of accidental overdose of fentanyl, cocaine and alcohol

Mac Miller, a well-known producer and rapper, died from accidentally overdosing on a mixture of fentanyl, cocaine and alcohol in September, the Los Angeles County coroner said Monday.
Miller, 26, whose real name was Malcolm James McCormick, was found Sept. 7 in the bedroom of his Studio City home and pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. A friend of Miller’s who called authorities told paramedics that the artist seemed to go into cardiac arrest, a source involved in the investigation told The Times in September.
Los Angeles police officials quickly determined there were no signs of foul play and turned the investigation over to coroner’s officials. Authorities at the time suspected he had overdosed but waited to make an announcement until toxicology tests had been completed.
The rapper had long struggled with drug and alcohol issues.
Shortly after his public split with singer Ariana Grande in May, Miller crashed his Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV into a pole. The singer and two passengers fled the scene in the San Fernando Valley, but he was later arrested and charged with driving under the influence.
Miller was best known for his hits “Donald Trump,” “Self Care” and “Programs.” He garnered attention as a teenager in Pittsburgh with a series of mix tapes. Miller also worked as a producer under the name Larry Fisherman.
Miller’s struggles had played out in the tabloids, particularly his relationship with Grande.
In an interview published in August in Rolling Stone, Miller said that his breakup with Grande was difficult but that he was moving on with a new album.
“I’m just being real. That’s good. Now I have space for me. And that’s great too,” he told the magazine.
He also pushed back against concerns over his drug use.
“If a bunch of people think I am a huge drug addict, OK. Cool. What can I really do?” he said. “Have I done drugs? Yeah. But am I a drug addict? No.”
In an interview with Vulture, he said he tried not to worry about the headlines about him and what others think.
“It just seems exhausting to always be battling something … to always be battling for what you think your image is supposed to be. You’re never going to be able to get anything across. It’s never gonna be the real … No one’s gonna ever really know me,” he said.
In his last Instagram story before his death, Miller posted a video of a record player spinning “So It Goes,” the last track on his fifth studio album, “Swimming.” The song includes the lyric “Nine lives, never die … I’m still gettin’ high.”

August 27, 2018

McCain's Independent Spirit of Today Born as He Almost Died When Shot Down, Became POW During Vietnam

John McCain, a titan in the U.S. Senate, was a consistent conservative, though unafraid to buck Republican Party leadership on issues ranging from campaign finance reform to the GOP-led effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act.  
He died Saturday at age 81. 
While the Arizona senator and two-time presidential candidate will be remembered for his self-proclaimed "maverick" persona, it was his military bloodlines and 5 1/2 years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam that shaped much of McCain's legacy.
McCain was the son of an admiral and grew up on naval bases both in the United States and around the world. McCain's grandfather was also an admiral, making them the first father and son four-star admirals in history of the U.S. Navy.
McCain followed his father and grandfather into the family business. He was a member of the U.S. Naval Academy's Class of 1958. While at the academy, he developed a reputation as a rambunctious and insubordinate student who received more than his share of reprimands.
He also maintained another family tradition while there, earning mediocre grades in the classroom.
"My father was here and his father before him. Like me, their standing was closer to the bottom than the top of their class," McCain told a 2017 class of Naval Academy graduates.
McCain finished fifth from the bottom of his class.
Despite his poor classroom performance, he was able to become a naval aviator. By the mid-1960s, the Vietnam War was raging and McCain's squadron was drawn into battle. At one point in 1967, McCain was almost killed after a wayward rocket from a nearby bomber hit his aircraft's fuel tank just before he was to take off from the USS Forrestal.

Explosions and fires from that incident killed more than 130 people aboard, but McCain managed to escape unscathed.
On Oct. 26, 1967, while on a bombing run over the North Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, his aircraft was struck by a Vietnamese ground based anti-aircraft missile.
"Just as I released the bombs and started to pull back on the stick, a surface-to-air missile took the right wing off my airplane. My airplane violently gyrated. I ejected," McCain recounted to C-SPAN in 2003.

The impact from the ejection knocked Lt. Cmdr. McCain unconscious, and he landed in the lake below.
Both McCain's arms were broken, so was his shoulder, and his knee was shattered. He was pulled out of the water by a Vietnamese mob and was stabbed, beaten and taken to a prison commonly referred to as the "Hanoi Hilton."
Years later, as McCain reflected on this period, he said he held no ill will toward his captors.
"I don't blame them. We're in a war," McCain said in a separate interview with C-SPAN in 2017.
"I didn't like it, but at the same time when you are in a war and you are captured by the enemy, you can't expect to have tea," McCain said.
Because of the prominence of McCain's family, his captors saw in him potential for propaganda and offered him early release. But McCain repeatedly refused the offer because his fellow POWs would not be released as well.

He spoke about that shortly after his release in 1973.
"A number of times they were strong in their tactics trying to get me to possibly embarrass my father and our country," McCain said.
He spent most of his time in solitary confinement and endured incessant torture.
His ordeal as a POW, however, helped fuel his political career. As a senator, he could speak with authority on military matters. Perhaps the most striking example was when he challenged the George W. Bush administration and its "enhanced interrogation" of terrorism suspects. McCain decried the practice as torture.
McCain has visited the prison where he had been a POW. 
"I still despise those who inflicted pain unnecessarily on me and my fellow prisoners, but I hold no ill will toward the Vietnamese people, either North or South," he said.
The former prisoner then talked about his many friendships with many Vietnamese in the years since, adding that he always admired and respected the Vietnamese people.

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