As Friday marked the well-publicized deaths of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and rapper DMX, another prominent figure passed away with little notice. Former Attorney General Ramsey Clark, the last surviving member of the Lyndon B. Johnson administration, died April 9 at the age of 93.
Clark, the son of a fellow Attorney General and Supreme Court Justice (Tom C. Clark), became a noted defender of free speech and civil liberties, particularly after leaving government. His principled value for the rights of the accused guided him to provide a zealous defense for such notorious clients as Charles Taylor, Slobodan Milosevic, and Saddam Hussein. Continue Reading
Last week I received some somber news. The greatest Wikinews editor in the site’s history died suddenly at the age of 56. I knew him as Pi zero, his wiki username, but in real life, his colleagues, friends, and family knew him as John. Continue Reading
Stewart Greenleaf, a longtime Republican Pennsylvania state Senator (1979–2019), died today, of unknown causes. He was 81.
I never would have known of Mr. Greenleaf if not for his decision to run for President of the United States in first-in-the-nation New Hampshire primary in 2012. It was a puzzling decision and few actually reported on it. I tried to contact Senator Greenleaf about it, at the time, but I did not receive any response. He did eventually put out a lengthy statement highlighting his reasons for entering the race: Continue Reading
Wikinews originally published the following story here
Don Imus publicity photo Image: Imus.com
Radio personality, television host, and philanthropist Don Imus, known to fans as the I-Man, died on Friday at the Baylor Scott and White Medical Center in College Station, Texas after being hospitalized since Christmas Eve, his family reported. Associated Press reported his cause of death as complications from lung disease. He was 79.
Imus’ syndicated radio show Imus in the Morning aired on various networks from 1968 until his retirement in 2018. The show was simulcast on MSNBC television from 1996 until a racial incident in 2007 and for several years up to 2015 on the Fox Business Network. He was once named one of Time’s 25 most influential Americans, and was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame.
Known as a shock jock who made controversial comments, Imus was dropped in 2007 by MSNBC and CBS Radio after he referred to the Rutgers University women’s basketball team as “nappy headed hos.” He later apologized for the comment. Continue Reading