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  • Heart Attack Grill spokesman dies

     
    Blair River, the 575-pound spokesman for the Heart Attack Grill in Chander, Ariz., is dead, at the age of 29. The Heart Attack Grill earned itself some notoriety (including a report on CBS Sunday Morning) for being, as the USA...
  • 'Blue Monday' artist Annie Lee dead at 79

     'Blue Monday' artist Annie Lee dead at 79
    Besieged by women's requests for works by painter Annie Lee in the late 1990s, Hammond, Ind.-based art seller Yusuf Ali El traveled to the Annie Lee & Friends Gallery in south suburban Glenwood and was surprised to find the artist herself staffing the...

    Mike Nichols, directorial superstar with an eye for the 'real thing'

    Mike Nichols, directorial superstar with an eye for the 'real thing'
    After making "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" in 1966 with first-time feature film director Mike Nichols, Richard Burton acknowledged the newcomer's wily practicality in communicating with all sorts of actors. "He'd make me throw away a line where I'd...

    Farewell to a fine public servant: George H. Painter, 1926-2014

    Farewell to a fine public servant: George H. Painter, 1926-2014
    In these cynical times when working for the government is often caricatured as almost an act of moral turpitude, lifelong public servants seldom get the respect and admiration they deserve. The passing last weekend of George H. Painter, who served 35...

    Susan Sollins, creator of PBS series 'ART21,' dies on eve of 7th season

    Susan Sollins, creator of PBS series 'ART21,' dies on eve of 7th season
    At a time when so much documentary programming can seem downright histrionic, pumped up full of swelling soundtracks, melodramatic narration and too much of ... well, too much, the television series "ART21" has always offered a smart antidote. Its...