RIP: Jim Marshall, at 88

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RIP: Jim Marshall, at 88
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Jim Marshall, whose pioneering Marshall amplifiers were behind some of the biggest names in rock and roll -- Jimi Hendrix, Pete Townshend of The Who, and Eric Clapton -- and who is considered "the founder of loud" and responsible for the sound of rock, has died.

From Marshall Amplification: "Your memory; the music and joy your amps have brought to countless millions for the past five decades; and that world-famous, omnipresent script logo that proudly bears your name will always live on."

[ap / musicradar]

RIP: Edd Gould, at 23

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Edd Gould, creator of the popular flash animation web series Eddsworld, passed away Sunday following a six-year bout with Leukemia. He was 23.

His friends and co-writers Tom Ridgewell and Matt Hargreaves made the sad announcement a short while ago on the Eddsworld YouTube channel.

[eddsworld.]

Hate Crime Investigation of the Day

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Hate Crime Investigation of the Day
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Shaima Alawadi, a 32-year-old mother of five who emigrated from Iraq with her husband 17 years ago, was found severely beaten inside her El Cajon, California home next to a note that allegedly read "go back to your own country. You're a terrorist."

Alawadi was rushed to the hospital, but passed away a short while later.

One of her three daughters, Fatima Al Himidi, told KUSI she found Alawadi unconscious in the dining room. The attacker had apparently broken in through the sliding glass door and assaulted Alawadi repeatedly with a tire iron. Al Himidi said the attacker was gone by the time she came downstairs.

According to Lt. Mark Coit of the El Cajon police, the family had received a note similar to the one left near Alawadi earlier this month, but thought it was a prank, so did not bother reporting it to authorities.

"Given the fact of these notes left, we’re obviously concerned about the possibility of a hate crime," said the executive director of CAIR's San Diego branch, Hanif Mohebi. "I don’t think anyone would disagree this is a coldblooded murder."

Investigators say they believe this was "an isolated incident," and a hate crime is just "one of the possibilities" they are exploring.

[utsandiego / cnn.]

RIP: Murray Lender, at 81; Sam Glazer, at 89

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RIP: Murray Lender, at 81; Sam Glazer, at 89
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Sad news for breakfast lovers everywhere: Murray Lender, a bagel pioneer who was instrumental in popularizing the beloved bread product, passed away yesterday in Florida at 81.

Through Lender's Bagels, the company he and his brothers inherited from their father Harry, Lender helped transform American eating habits by freezing the company's first-in-the-nation bag o' bagels, allowing it to be sold nationwide.

In addition to Lender, this month also saw the passing of Samuel L. Glazer, the man who co-founded the company that developed the iconic automatic drip-brew coffeemaker, Mr. Coffee.

Glazer was 89 when he passed Monday, March 12th, in Cleveland.

According to the Plain Dealer, at one point half the homes in the US with coffeemakers had a Mr. Coffee brand machine.

Glazer developed a lifelong love of giving friends business advice and coffeemakers. One of his friends, Johnny Carson, after being gifted one too many Mr. Coffees, is quoted as having told him, "Please, Sam, no more coffee machines!"

[ap via usatoday / plaindealer.]

Lights Out

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In honor of Fred Rogers' 84th birthday, a look back at 23 years of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood intros.

[thanks lauren!]

RIP: Chaleo Yoovidhya, at 89

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RIP: Chaleo Yoovidhya, at 89
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Chaleo Yoovidhya, creator of the world-famous energy drink Red Bull, passed away today of natural causes. He was 89.

The self-made billionaire, listed by Forbes as the richest man in Thailand, launched Red Bull (Krathing Daeng in Thailand) in the 70's through his company, T.C. Pharmaceuticals. It was an instant hit among truck drivers and construction workers.

In the early 80's, Chaleo was persuaded by Austrian entrepreneur Dietrich Mateschitz to introduce the drink in foreign markets. Mateschitz, then an international marketing director, would make frequent trips to Thailand, and found that "one glass [of Krating Daeng] and the jet lag was gone."

Chaleo partnered with Mateschitz, and Red Bull quickly took flight. It is currently sold in over 70 countries. 

[bbc.]

This Is All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day

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This Is All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day: Calls for the reform of Morocco's penal code were sparked over the weekend as news spread of a teenage girl who had committed suicide after being compelled to marry her rapist.

In Morocco, a rapist can "opt out" of a prison term by marrying his victim, so long as the victim and their family agree. Despite this clause, many say victims are often strong-armed into marriages they want no part of.

16-year-old Amina Filali's father, Lahcen, blamed the marriage on pressure from the courts. "The prosecutor advised my daughter to marry," he told the online news site goud.ma. "He said: 'Go and make the marriage contract'."

According to Amina's mother, the girl complained on more than one occasion that her husband/rapist was beating her, but was advised to be patient. On Saturday, Amina could no longer take the abuse, and made the decision to end her own life by swallowing rat poison.

Moroccan woman, galvanized by Amina's tragic death, have taken to the streets and launched petitions to demand that criminal law be changed to make it explicit that rapists cannot be allowed to marry their victims.

Moroccan law is known for being relatively female-friendly, compared with the rest of North Africa. Despite this, nearly two-third of all Moroccan women experience violence in their lifetimes, and many attorneys are ignorant of recent pro-women reforms, such as the raising of the marriage age from 15 to 18.

[latimes / blogpost / photo: aljazeera.]