death http://wnpr.org en Writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Who Gave Voice To Latin America, Dies http://wnpr.org/post/writer-gabriel-garcia-marquez-who-gave-voice-latin-america-dies Latin American author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1982, died Thursday. He was 87. Garcia Marquez, the master of a style known as magic realism, was and remains Latin America's best-known writer.<p>His novels were filled with miraculous and enchanting events and characters; love and madness; wars, politics, dreams and death. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:28:58 +0000 Mandalit del Barco 20344 at http://wnpr.org Writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Who Gave Voice To Latin America, Dies Advocacy Groups Want to Know When and How Police Use Tasers http://wnpr.org/post/advocacy-groups-want-know-when-and-how-police-use-tasers <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><font face="Arial, sans-serif"><font size="2">The American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut is <a href="http://www.acluct.org/updates/another-death-prompts-another-call-for-taser-regulation/">calling for statewide regulations</a> and clear policies on how the police use Tasers. </font></font></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:24:57 +0000 Alan Yu 20206 at http://wnpr.org Advocacy Groups Want to Know When and How Police Use Tasers A Reporter Reflects On Rwanda: 'It's Like A Madness Took Over' http://wnpr.org/post/reporter-reflects-rwanda-its-madness-took-over There was a thin mist in the early morning air when we set off for the Rwandan capital, Kigali, on April 11, 1994. The genocide had begun four days earlier.<p>There were no flights into the country, so I and three fellow journalists crossed into Rwanda from neighboring Burundi, hitching a ride with a French priest who was shuttling Tutsi nuns out of the country. He took us to the town of Butare, where a Belgian inn keeper rented us an old cream-colored Renault and drew us a map of how to get to Kigali.<p>We drove north, winding our way through Rwanda's soaring hills and deep lush valleys. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 07:36:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 19891 at http://wnpr.org A Reporter Reflects On Rwanda: 'It's Like A Madness Took Over' Wayne Henderson, Jazz Crusaders Co-Founder, Dies http://wnpr.org/post/wayne-henderson-jazz-crusaders-co-founder-dies Wayne Henderson, trombonist and co-founding member of the popular jazz-funk band The Jazz Crusaders (later known as The Crusaders), died Friday, April 4, in Culver City, Calif. The cause of death was heart failure, according to The Crusaders' manager. Henderson was 74.<p>Along with fellow Houston musicians Joe Sample (piano), Wilton Felder (tenor saxophone) and Stix Hooper (drums), Henderson moved to Southern California and rebranded the group The Jazz Crusaders. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 12:18:00 +0000 Patrick Jarenwattananon 19748 at http://wnpr.org Wayne Henderson, Jazz Crusaders Co-Founder, Dies Mickey Rooney, Actor Who Charmed Audiences For More Than 80 Years, Dies http://wnpr.org/post/mickey-rooney-actor-who-charmed-audiences-more-80-years-dies Mickey Rooney, the legendary actor who got his first Hollywood role at the age of 6 and starred in more than 200 films over the course of a turbulent career, has died. He was 93.<p>Charlene Rooney tells the <em><a href="http://www.latimes.com/obituaries/la-me-mickey-rooney-20140407,0,5338354.story#axzz2yCBtsSLN">Los Angeles Times</a></em> that her father-in-law died of natural causes Sunday at the Los Angeles home he shared with her and her husband, Mark Rooney.<p>The actor was a box-office powerhouse in the 1930s and '40s. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 12:44:10 +0000 Catherine Laidlaw 19698 at http://wnpr.org Mickey Rooney, Actor Who Charmed Audiences For More Than 80 Years, Dies How Abandonment In Rwandan Genocide Changed Peacekeepers' Role http://wnpr.org/post/how-abandonment-rwandan-genocide-changed-peacekeepers-role It's been 20 years since the Rwandan genocide, in which political ideology and ethnic hatred gave license to thousands of Hutus to kill Tutsi families. But ethnic ideology may not have unleashed the genocide if the international community had not stepped back and allowed it to happen.<p>One notorious episode of abandonment changed forever the role of the United Nations peacekeeper. Sun, 06 Apr 2014 21:58:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 19680 at http://wnpr.org How Abandonment In Rwandan Genocide Changed Peacekeepers' Role Dance Music Legend Frankie Knuckles Dies At 59 http://wnpr.org/post/dance-music-legend-frankie-knuckles-dies-59 <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPrGnh7QUDo</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:01:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 19422 at http://wnpr.org Dance Music Legend Frankie Knuckles Dies At 59 Testimony Given on Aid-in-Dying Bill; Drop in Hospital Revenue http://wnpr.org/post/testimony-given-aid-dying-bill-drop-hospital-revenue <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/JEpWK-LRnbc" width="560"></iframe></p><p>The legislature's Public Health Committee heard testimony on a bill which would allow physicians to help terminally ill patients end their lives. &nbsp;It's supported by an advocacy group called Compassion and Choices, which has spent thousands lobbying for the bill---while the Catholic Church, along with the Family Institute of Connecticut, have voiced strong opposition.</p><p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 21:48:23 +0000 Teri McCready 18575 at http://wnpr.org Legislature Hears Testimony on "Aid in Dying" http://wnpr.org/post/legislature-hears-testimony-aid-dying <p>The legislature's Public Health Committee is slated to hear testimony Monday on a bill which would allow physicians to help terminally ill patients to end their lives.</p><p>The so called aid-in-dying legislation is likely to draw impassioned advocates on both sides.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 13:40:43 +0000 Harriet Jones 18549 at http://wnpr.org Legislature Hears Testimony on "Aid in Dying" Mystic Aquarium Beluga Whale Dies at 33 http://wnpr.org/post/mystic-aquarium-beluga-whale-dies-33 <p>Mystic Aquarium staff and visitors are mourning the loss of a 33-year-old female beluga whale that died after a prolonged respiratory illness.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 18:53:17 +0000 Associated Press 18247 at http://wnpr.org Mystic Aquarium Beluga Whale Dies at 33 DCF’s Locked Facility for Girls; Sandy Relief Funds; Aid-in-Dying Legislation http://wnpr.org/post/dcf-s-locked-facility-girls-sandy-relief-funds-aid-dying-legislation <p>A few weeks ago, we held a conversation about the Connecticut Department of Children and Families’ proposal to open a second locked facility for juvenile justice involved girls. It’s a project that has been at the center of intense debate across the state, as many wonder if it’s the best treatment option for at-risk youths.</p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:34:38 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 18141 at http://wnpr.org DCF’s Locked Facility for Girls; Sandy Relief Funds; Aid-in-Dying Legislation Poll Shows Support for Bill to Aid Suicide for Terminally Ill http://wnpr.org/post/poll-shows-support-bill-aid-suicide-terminally-ill <p>A <a href="http://www.quinnipiac.edu/institutes-and-centers/polling-institute/connecticut/release-detail?ReleaseID=2016" target="_blank">new poll shows Connecticut voters strongly support</a> legislation allowing doctors to prescribe life-ending drugs to terminally ill patients.</p><p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 23:20:54 +0000 Jeff Cohen 18006 at http://wnpr.org Poll Shows Support for Bill to Aid Suicide for Terminally Ill Remembering Dr. Sherwin Nuland, Author of "How We Die" http://wnpr.org/post/remembering-dr-sherwin-nuland-author-how-we-die <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Best-selling author Dr. Sherwin </span>Nuland<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has died. His 1994 book, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">How We Die</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, took on the medical establishment and its unwinnable fight with death.&nbsp;</span></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">How We Die</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> describes the messy, often harrowing process of dying.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 20:10:34 +0000 Diane Orson 17931 at http://wnpr.org Remembering Dr. Sherwin Nuland, Author of "How We Die" Harold Ramis On Working At 'Playboy' And Writing 'Animal House' http://wnpr.org/post/harold-ramis-working-playboy-and-writing-animal-house Comedy actor, writer and director Harold Ramis is best known for the 1984 film <em>Ghostbusters,</em> which he co-wrote and starred in along with Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd. Ramis had co-written and planned to star in the long-awaited <em>Ghostbusters III — </em>but did not get the chance. Ramis died Monday in Chicago from an autoimmune disorder. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 20:01:00 +0000 editor 17540 at http://wnpr.org Harold Ramis On Working At 'Playboy' And Writing 'Animal House' Philip Seymour Hoffman: An 'Uncanny' Actor Of Stage And Screen http://wnpr.org/post/philip-seymour-hoffman-uncanny-actor-stage-and-screen Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/02/270599816/philip-seymour-hoffman-oscar-winner-found-dead-at-46">found dead on Sunday</a> in his Manhattan apartment. He was 46.<p>Hoffman was steeped in his profession — in film, on stage, in the spotlight and behind the scenes.<p>In 2005, he won the Oscar for best actor for his portrayal of Truman Capote. Mon, 03 Feb 2014 00:06:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 16368 at http://wnpr.org Philip Seymour Hoffman: An 'Uncanny' Actor Of Stage And Screen Philip Seymour Hoffman, Oscar-Winner, Found Dead At 46 http://wnpr.org/post/philip-seymour-hoffman-oscar-winner-found-dead-46 Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won a best actor Oscar for the title role in the 2005 film <em>Capote</em>, was found dead in his Manhattan apartment at the age of 46.<p>A New York Police Department spokesman tells NPR that authorities are "investigating Hoffman's death as a possible drug overdose."<p><a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304626804579358943360702878?mod=WSJ_hp_LEFTTopStories%20"><em>The Wall Street Journal</em></a> quotes a police official as saying the actor was found dead in the bathroom of his West Village apartment late Sunday morning.<p><a href="h Sun, 02 Feb 2014 19:39:29 +0000 Scott Neuman 16360 at http://wnpr.org Folk Activist Pete Seeger, Icon Of Passion And Ideals, Dies At 94 http://wnpr.org/post/folk-activist-pete-seeger-icon-passion-and-ideals-dies-94 A tireless campaigner for his own vision of a utopia marked by peace and togetherness, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15869924/pete-seeger" target="_blank">Pete Seeger</a>'s tools were his songs, his voice, his enthusiasm and his musical instruments. A major advocate for the folk-style five-string banjo and one of the most prominent folk music icons of his generation, Seeger was also a political and environmental activist. He died Monday at age 94. His grandson, Kitama Cahill Jackson, said he died of natural causes.<p>Pete Seeger came by his beliefs honestly. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 15:28:00 +0000 editor 16084 at http://wnpr.org Folk Activist Pete Seeger, Icon Of Passion And Ideals, Dies At 94 2 Dead, 1 Missing After Navy Helicopter Crashes Off Virginia Coast http://wnpr.org/post/1-dead-1-missing-navy-helicopter-crashes-virginia-coast <em>This post was updated at 7:45 p.m.</em><p>Two crew members who were rescued after the U.S. Navy helicopter they were in went down in the Atlantic Ocean near Virginia have died, <a href="http://news.hamptonroads.com/702468.html" target="_blank">The Virginian-Pilot reports</a>. They were among the four crew members taken to a hospital today. Wed, 08 Jan 2014 17:46:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 15142 at http://wnpr.org 2 Dead, 1 Missing After Navy Helicopter Crashes Off Virginia Coast Nothing Focuses The Mind Like The Ultimate Deadline: Death http://wnpr.org/post/nothing-focuses-mind-ultimate-deadline-death <em>Ticktock. </em><em>Ticktock. </em><em>Ticktock.</em><p>The seconds left in 2013 are slipping away. And you know what else is slipping away? The seconds left in your life.<p>Luckily for you, there's a new product called <a href="http://mytikker.com/">Tikker</a>, a wristwatch that counts down your life, so you can watch on a large, dot-matrix display as the seconds you have left on Earth disappear down a black hole.<p>Your estimated time of death is, of course, just that — an estimate. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 08:27:00 +0000 editor 14732 at http://wnpr.org Nothing Focuses The Mind Like The Ultimate Deadline: Death Colonel Killed in Action to Receive Full Military Burial Friday http://wnpr.org/post/colonel-killed-action-receive-full-military-burial-friday <p>The remains of an Air Force colonel from New Haven <a href="http://www.1dayforthekia.org/col-francis-j-mcgouldrick" target="_blank">missing during the Vietnam War</a> have been identified and will be buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery, according to the Department of Defense.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 13:28:37 +0000 Heather Brandon 13695 at http://wnpr.org Colonel Killed in Action to Receive Full Military Burial Friday Reactions to Nelson Mandela's Death http://wnpr.org/post/reactions-nelson-mandelas-death <p>President Barack Obama reflected in a statement Thursday evening on the passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela. "We will not see the likes of Nelson Mandela again," he said. "It falls to us to carry forward the example that he set."</p><p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 22:16:13 +0000 Tucker Ives & Heather Brandon 13487 at http://wnpr.org Reactions to Nelson Mandela's Death World Reflects On The Life Of Nelson Mandela http://wnpr.org/post/world-reflects-life-nelson-mandela Nelson Mandela, who became an icon of the struggle for racial equality during a decades-long struggle against South Africa's apartheid system, is being remembered across the globe on Thursday following his death at age 95.<p>Mandela died after a prolonged lung infection, which had been a recurring problem for him since his days as a prisoner of conscience on South Africa's Robben Island. He served 27 years at the notorious jail.<p>"He is now resting. Thu, 05 Dec 2013 22:09:35 +0000 Scott Neuman 13486 at http://wnpr.org World Reflects On The Life Of Nelson Mandela The Nose: Selfies at Funerals and Other Assorted Opportunists http://wnpr.org/post/nose-selfies-funerals-and-other-assorted-opportunists <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>On today's Nose we're stuffed into the facade of the XL Center in Hartford on Trumbull Street. Come on over and join the live audience.</p><p>We got interested in <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/10/selfies-at-funerals/280972/">funeral Selfies</a>, the practice more common than you might think among young people taking smart phone pictures of themselves at a funeral or memorial service. &nbsp;You can well imagine our first reaction. Is there any basis on which this practice is defensible.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We're always interested in public relations disasters, and this week they happened to <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/31/us/politics/senator-rand-paul-is-accused-of-plagiarizing-his-lines-from-wikipedia.html?_r=1&amp;">Senator Rand Paul</a>, in an odd case of plagiarism, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/26/jay-z-barneys-statement-_n_4166872.html">Jay-Z</a> , caught in a collaboration with Barney's. The upscale clothing store. Another public relations disaster is brewing a few blocks from where we sit as civil rights attorney Gloria Allred&nbsp;sets up yet &nbsp;another &nbsp;<a href="http://wnpr.org/post/uconns-problems-go-bad-herbst">UConn press conference</a> today. All this and more.</span></p><p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Leave your comments below, email us at colin@wnpr.org, or tweet us&nbsp;</span><a href="https://twitter.com/wnprcolin"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">@wnprcolin</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></a></em></p><p></p><p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 13:43:13 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 10538 at http://wnpr.org The Nose: Selfies at Funerals and Other Assorted Opportunists Ceremony Held for 18th Century Connecticut Slave http://wnpr.org/post/ceremony-held-18th-century-connecticut-slave <p>About 60 people gathered at the Capitol today to pay respects to an 18th-century Connecticut slave. This morning, a ceremony was held as the remains of the slave known as Mr. Fortune lied in state.</p><p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 16:11:18 +0000 Diane Orson 4009 at http://wnpr.org Ceremony Held for 18th Century Connecticut Slave The Life and Times of Broadcast Legend Ivor Hugh http://wnpr.org/post/life-and-times-broadcast-legend-ivor-hugh <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Chion/Colin%20McEnroe%20Show%2007-25-2013.mp3</p><p></p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 17:09:24 +0000 Colin McEnroe 3975 at http://wnpr.org The Life and Times of Broadcast Legend Ivor Hugh Trude Mero, Hartford Activist, Dies http://wnpr.org/post/trude-mero-hartford-activist-dies <div id="cke_pastebin">A champion of the city of Hartford has died.&nbsp;</div><div id="cke_pastebin">&nbsp;</div><div id="cke_pastebin">Trude Mero was a humanist, an activist, and a dedicated African American leader in the city of Hartford for decades. Wed, 24 Jul 2013 20:15:10 +0000 Jeff Cohen 3979 at http://wnpr.org The Nose Bids Farewell to James Gandolfini http://wnpr.org/post/nose-bids-farewell-james-gandolfini-0 <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Commodore%20Skahill/Colin%20McEnroe%20Show%2006-21-2013.mp3</p><p></p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 18:57:38 +0000 Colin McEnroe 6474 at http://wnpr.org The Nose Bids Farewell to James Gandolfini On Coping with the Death of a Child http://wnpr.org/post/coping-death-child <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/mcnicolpants/fms%2020130122c.mp3</p><p></p><p>“There are a few circumstances in life in which most people respond the same way, such as starvation. The emotional and psychological stance, as we'll as mental calculations, one takes to prevent starvation would all basically be the same.</p><p>“If your child dies, it's an assault on your life, and because of that there is a universal response — [and there are] some basic common elements to that response.” — Bruce Clements</p> Wed, 22 May 2013 17:46:10 +0000 Faith Middleton 697 at http://wnpr.org On Coping with the Death of a Child Connecticut Supreme Court To Hear Arguments On Death Penalty Repeal http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-supreme-court-hear-arguments-death-penalty-repeal <p>Connecticut’s Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday on whether the state’s death penalty repeal violates the constitutional rights of inmates currently on death row. &nbsp; The law ends capital punishment for all future crimes.</p><p>When Connecticut repealed the death penalty last year, the change was “prospective”, not retroactive. &nbsp;</p><p>That means capital punishment is abolished for future cases, but not for inmates already facing execution.</p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 16:44:03 +0000 Diane Orson 809 at http://wnpr.org Pool Safety Bill On Table In Wake Of School Drownings http://wnpr.org/post/pool-safety-bill-table-wake-school-drownings-0 <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Samaia/CT%20Drownings.mp3</p><p></p><p>A bill to create pool safety standards in swim classes across Connecticut is moving forward for a vote by the General Assembly following two drowning deaths in East Hartford and Manchester schools.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 17:16:26 +0000 Samaia Hernandez 6758 at http://wnpr.org Pool Safety Bill On Table In Wake Of School Drownings