RIP: Dick Clark, at 82

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Dick Clark, the longtime New Year's Eve fixture, music industry maverick, TV host, and producer of American Bandstand, died today of a heart attack at 82. Clark suffered a major stroke in 2004 but returned to the airwaves to host seven more New Year's Rockin' Eves.

According to the Museum of Broadcast Communications, Dick Clark Productions has turned out more than 7,500 hours of television programming, including more than 30 series and 250 specials, as well as more than 20 movies for theater and TV. His success landed him Emmys, Grammys, induction in the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Clark had long been known for his departing catchphrase, "For now, Dick Clark... so long," delivered with a military salute, and for his youthful appearance that earned him the moniker "America's Oldest Teenager."

"If you want to stay young looking," he once said, "pick your parents very carefully."

Clark is survived by his third wife, Keri Wigton, and three children.

[abc]

R.I.P. Mike Wallace

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R.I.P. Mike Wallace
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Mike Wallace, longtime 60 Minutes reporter and writer, passed away this morning at the age of 93. Wallace was one of the show's most recognizable personalities, next to Andy Rooney, who died last late last year.

[nytimes]

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!]