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'I'll see him again': Wife of Texas church bus driver who died in crash is found dead - Washington Post

Monday, May 01, 2017

Young was texting when he collided with the bus. Calls to 911 and videos captured by witnesses showed that nearly 20 minutes before the crash, Young was driving erratically on the highway, The Washington Post’s Kristine Phillips reported. “He’s all over the road, both sides,” one caller said. “He’s going to hit somebody head-on, or he’s going to kill his own damn self.” [13 dead after truck crashes with church bus carrying senior adults in Texas] Young has not been charged. Local prosecutors have indicated that no charging decision will be made until the investigation is complete, within the next two weeks, the San Antonio Express-News reported.Though Dianne Barrett was not among the bus passengers on the day of the crash, she was an active member of their church — serving as a ministry assistant.“We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Dianne Barrett,” the church said in an email to the San Antonio Express-News. “We continue to pray for our Lord’s mercy and comfort for our church family members who continue to grieve.”Dianne and Murray Barrett met at Texas State University and were married for 32 years. Dianne Barrett’s career in the U.S. Air Force took the couple and their four children — Matthew, Jennifer, Russell and Cassandra — all around the country before they settled in New Braunfels 15 years ago, according to an obituary for Murray Barrett. All of the children are now adults in their 20s and 30s.Jennifer Barrett, who goes as Jenn, wrote a raw blog post about the sudden loss of both her parents, which “doesn’t make any sense right now.”“If mom was going to die, why not just have her on the bus two weeks ago?” she wrote. “Why put mom through the pain of grieving the loss of Dad just to have her join him 13 days later?“Today was a day of tears, and there will no doubt be more to come in the weeks that follow,” she added.In the coming days, Jenn wrote, “I will write another obituary, we will process another cremation, and we will make another slide show. We will order another set of flowers and each of us will give another speech at another memorial.“Then there will be the week of stillness,” she wrote, the “week where reality sets in because both of my parents are gone and my life will never be the same.”More from Morning MixLetterman’s mom was everyone’s mom: Dorothy Mengering dead at 95‘Charging Bull’ sculptor says ‘Fearless Girl’ distorts his art. He’s fighting back.Kentucky Coal Mining Museum in Harlan County switches to solar power

Autopsy shows 2 lawyers found dead in Lake Tuscaloosa were electrocuted - AL.com

Monday, May 01, 2017

While in college, she was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority, according to her obituary.She and her husband, Chris, lived briefly in Washington D.C. where she obtained her law degree from George Washington University. "Shelly will be remembered for her quick wit, creative spirit, and tender, loving heart for all of God's creatures,'' her obituary reads. "She. Was. Awesome."Darling's funeral will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church in Tuscaloosa.Efforts to obtain funeral information for Whipple weren't immediately successful. Tuscaloosa authorities plan to release more information about the deaths later this morning.

Dr. Terrell Davis 'Ted' Blanton - Shelbyville Times-Gazette

Monday, May 01, 2017

He was an artist and musician. He played the banjo, drums, guitar, and piano. He was a member of the band The Docs of Dixieland, which cut records and played at events such as The Satellite Ball in Washington D.C. (He was known to dance the night away with his wife at Presidential Inaugural Balls.) Since moving to Shelbyville, he has enjoyed nearly weekly meetings with the R.O.M.E.O. Club (retired old men eating out), reading books suggested by friends and family, and recounting the stories of his childhood and bragging about his grandchildren to anyone with two good ears.Throughout his life, he was an active member of the Church. He and Barbara attended First Baptist Church in Shelbyville, where he was a Deacon. Ted was a Gideon, taught Sunday School, and loved the members of his Sunday School class.He will be greatly missed by his former patients, friends, the community, and his family.Visitation will be held at First Baptist Church on Sunday, April 16th from 2-5 PM with service following.Feldhaus Memorial Chapel, Shelbyville TN is assisting the family.Ott and Lee Funeral Home, Forest MS will assist the family in Mississippi.In lieu of flowers, please donate to Hinds Community College, where Barbara and Ted met, in Ted’s name.Hinds Community College501 East Main St.Raymond, MS 39154(601) 857-3467

Jay Dickey, Arkansas Lawmaker Who Blocked Gun Research, Dies at 77 - New York Times

Monday, May 01, 2017

He declared that research could have been conducted without encroaching on the rights of legitimate gun owners.By then a consultant and lawyer, Mr. Dickey wrote an op-ed article in The Washington Post with Mark Rosenberg, who, until the Dickey amendment was passed, had been responsible for research on gun violence as the director of the disease control centers’ National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. (He later became chief executive of the nonprofit humanitarian agency Task Force for Global Health.)Mr. Dickey and Mr. Rosenberg wrote that while about the same number of Americans died from guns as from automobile accidents, the government spent $240 million a year on traffic safety research but virtually nothing on firearm safety.The automobile studies, they pointed out, had been effective, credited with saving more than 350,000 lives since 1975 and producing practical results like child restraints, seatbelts, frontal airbags, highway dividers, a minimum drinking age and motorcycle helmets. Yet firearms safety research had been neglected, they said, even though research suggested that “childproof locks, safe-storage devices and waiting periods save lives.”“As a consequence,” they concluded, “U.S. scientists cannot answer the most basic question: What works to prevent firearm injuries? We don’t know whether having more citizens carry guns would decrease or increase firearm deaths; or whether firearm registration and licensing would make inner-city residents safer or expose them to greater harm.“We don’t know whether a ban on assault weapons or large-capacity magazines, or limiting access to ammunition, would have saved lives in Aurora, or would make it riskier for people to go to a movie. And we don’t know how to effectively restrict access to firearms by those with serious mental illness.”After a gunman fatally shot 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in December 2012, President Barack Obama called on the Centers for Disease Control to investigate gun violence, but a Republican-controlled Congress, under pressure fr

Obituary reflects on life of woman killed in her N. Idaho home - KREM.com

Monday, May 01, 2017

Hope, Idaho reflects on her life as a life-long North Idaho resident.Shirley Ann Ramey, 78, died after being shot in the head, on April 5.Ramey went to Newport Schools, then Eastern Washington University, Washington State University and North Idaho College, according to her obituary.Ramey worked as a city clerk in Hope, Idaho for more than 25 years, according to her obituary. She “so enjoyed her work that she never missed a Council meeting, even while battling cancer,” her obituary reads.“She could also be seen around town sporting hats and scarves while lunching with the Red Hat Society,” her obituary reads.Friends: Bonner Co. murder victim was ‘sweet, sweet old woman’Ramey is survived by her husband of 57 years, her two sons, a sister, as well as multiple grandchildren and a great-grandson.RELATED: Former Bonner Co. murder suspect released from jail, charges unfoundedThe original suspect in the case, Nathan Utt, has been cleared of all charges. Authorities said Wednesday they did not have any suspects.© 2017 KREM-TV .oembed-asset-link { background: #fff; border-bottom: 1px solid #e1e1e1; } .oembed-link-anchor { display: block; clear: both; } .oembed-link-thumbnail{ float: left; padding: 14px; } .oembed-link-thumbnail img { max-width: 78px; max-height: 60px; display: block; } p.oembed-link-title { font-si

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'He belongs to Alaska': Adventurer, wilderness conservationist Ken Leghorn dies at 62 - Juneau Empire (subscription)

Monday, May 01, 2017

Leghorn was still making trips and helping set up fundraisers for the center.He remained as active as he could in his final months, whether it was assisting with a shipment of fish from Sitka to Washington, D.C., for a fundraising dinner there or going to a show at Folk Fest. When he had to stay in the house, he set up his bed in his living room to gaze out the large window there to watch birds.Leghorn had previously served on the board at Audubon Alaska, a conservation nonprofit based in Anchorage, and Audubon planned an event in May where Leghorn would blog about the birds he was watching from home.Now that Leghorn is gone, Audubon is inviting others to record the birds they see, in honor of Leghorn.The fact that he was so active and involved in his final months wasn’t lost on Warner. The past few months weren’t easy, but she made sure to visit a few times and call her father often. She ensured him that the lessons he taught her, such as being sure to treat others with kindness and understanding, had stuck with her.Seeing Leghorn’s legacy continue through his vast collection of friends has also stuck with Warner.“You’ll always have those connections and you’ll always have those people who can be there with you or for you,” Warner said.Those people have come out in droves in recent weeks, many of them telling stories akin to Skaggs’ anecdote from that sailboat two decades ago. Those connections, more like family than friends, were happy to be part of his adventures,

Lawrence J. Hogan Sr., Md. Republican who called for Nixon's impeachment, dies at 88 - Washington Post

Monday, May 01, 2017

Critics from both parties charged that Mr. Hogan’s call for Nixon’s impeachment was an opportunistic effort to gain statewide publicity during the governor’s race. But in a 1987 interview with The Washington Post, he said he had no such calculated purpose in mind.“I assumed that in coming out for impeachment I would lose the nomination, which I did,” he said. “It had absolutely nothing to do with politics. I still resent people saying that now.”Lawrence Joseph Hogan was born Sept. 30, 1928, in Boston and grew up in Washington. His father, a bookbinder, was a Democrat and an ardent union member.Mr. Hogan graduated from Gonzaga College High School in 1946 and from Georgetown University in 1949. He received a law degree from Georgetown in 1954 and a master’s degree in public relations from American University in the mid-1960s.He joined the FBI in 1948 while still in college and spent more than a decade with the law enforcement agency. He opened a public relations firm in 1959 and later became a lecturer at the University of Maryland in the 1960s, known on campus for his 8 a.m. lectures and tough grading.In 1978, four years after his failed gubernatorial campaign, Mr. Hogan returned to public life by running for Prince George’s county executive. That year, inspired by California’s budget-cutting Proposition 13, Prince George’s leaders pushed through the Tax Reform Initiative by Marylanders, placing a cap on county property taxes.Mr. Hogan capitalized on that trend, making lower taxes and fiscal restraint the central themes of his campaign. Brandishing a report on how he could cut the county budget by $43 million, he castigated county leaders for lavish spending on schools, social programs and personnel. He was elected by a 3-to-2 margin over incumbent Winfield M. Kelly Jr.As county executive, Mr. Hogan eliminated more than 3,000 jobs, including those of more than 500 teachers. He slashed the budgets for libraries and schools, and infrastructure spending fell to a bare minimum.From the start, Mr. Hogan had a bitter relationship with the County Council, often battling over political appointments. Once, in a fit of rage, Mr. Hogan threatened to castrate Democratic Council Chairman Parris N. Glendening, who eventually succeeded him. Glendening served as Maryland governor from 1995 to 2003.Mr. Hogan’s strained relations with labor leaders helped precipitate a 1980 strike, in which 1,500 county employees walked off the job for 11 days. Amid the tumult, a prisoners’ riot broke out at the county jail. Mr. Hogan fired 121 jail guards, and the other employees went back to work without a contract.During his four-year term, Mr. Hogan reduced the county’s property tax rate by 20 percent, cut the county’s budget and eliminated 2,400 public employees from the county payroll. He was also credited with improving the county’s low-income housing program and with doubling the number of African American police officers, including naming the first black deputy police chief in Prince George’s.As the only Republican officeholder in a heavily Democratic jurisdiction, Mr. Hogan attributed many his problems as county executive to partisan rancor.The Fraternal Order of Police, which had supported Mr. Hogan’s run for county executive in 1978, turned against him after contract disputes and other quarrels. The leader of the police support group called Mr. Hogan “a little Napoleon.”Mr. Hogan’s final campaign

Richard 'Racehorse' Haynes, colorful Texas lawyer who won high-profile murder cases, dies at 90 - Washington Post

Monday, May 01, 2017

Ladies and gentlemen, I want to thank each and every one of you. And I promise you that I will never, ever do it again.”Read more Washington Post obituariesNorman Hatch, Marine who captured heroism and horror on film, dies at 96Hugh Montgomery, spy with exploits from battlefield to powder room, dies at 93William T. Coleman Jr., barrier-breaking civil rights lawyer, Cabinet officer, dies at 96

Vail Daily obituary: Megan Elise Dickie, 1981 — 2017 - Vail Daily News

Monday, May 01, 2017

After law school, Megan served as a legal fellow with the Environmental Defense Fund until 2012. Between 2012 and 2013, Megan was a policy analyst for the Environmental Investigation Agency in Washington, D.C Most recently, Megan was a policy and planning Associate for the Wilderness Society in Denver. This was her dream job — working to protect the environment and living in Colorado.  In her short 35 years, Megan did more than most people do in a lifetime. She lived every day to the fullest, holding everyone, including herself, to the highest moral and ethical standards. She had incredible and unwavering integrity.Megan could be both silly and serious. She loved salsa dancing and always conveyed a quiet confidence about whatever she was doing. Given her passion for our natural environment, her love of the Colorado mountains and her strong Evanston connections, there will be two memorial celebrations of her life.  An Evanston celebration is scheduled for May 6 at the Chicago Botanical Garden from 2 to 4 p.m., and a Colorado celebration in Vail on June 24, with time to be announced at a later date. Additional details regarding both celebrations will be added to the website, http://www.rememberingmegan.com. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Wilderness Society, 1660 Wynkoop, St. Denver, CO 80202 in Megan's name — http://www.wilderness.org/tribute.  

Community calendar - Alton Telegraph

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Union School Road, Alton.Weight Watchers: 9:30 a.m., 6 p.m., Bethalto First United Christian Church.Wednesday, April 19GriefShare Support Group: 4:30 p.m., Wednesdays, Cornerstone Ministries, 1426 Washington Ave., (Brown and Washington) Alton, 618-HELP (4357) or visit www.buildingthefamily.org.Narcotics Anonymous: 7 p.m., New Attitudes Recovery House, 830 Brown Street, Alton; 7 p.m., Try Club 609 Berkshire Blvd., East Alton.Bingo: 9:30-11:30 a.m., Senior Services Plus, 2603 N. Rodgers Ave., Alton, www.seniorservicesplus.org.Single Deck Pinochle: 12:30 p.m. Senior Services Plus, 2603 N. Rodgers Ave., Alton.Chess Club: 6-9 p.m., free and open to public, Reid Cafeteria, Lewis and Clark Community College, Godfrey.Thursday, April 20Civic Memorial Class of 1965: 9 a.m., monthly breakfast, Eagles Nest Restaurant on Hwy 140 in Bethalto. All classmates are invited, so come and bring a fellow classmate. Questions may be referred to Chuck Bennett, 618-259-5434.TOPS Chapter 1234: 5 p.m. weigh in, 5:30-6 p.m. meeting every Thursday. Jerseyville Community Hospital, classroom, by cafeteria. Jerseyville. Call Carol, 618-535-7981.GriefShare Support Group: 10 a.m. Faith Lutheran Church, in partnership with Gent Funeral Home of Alton, is offering weekly class at Faith Lutheran, 6809 Godfrey Road, Godfrey; 618-466-3833, ext. 200.Rotary Club of the Riverbend: Noon, Mac’s Time Out, on Thursdays, except the third Thursday.Rummage Pre-Sale: 6-8 p.m., Women of Worship of St. Paul United Methodist Church, 10 North Center St., (Rosewood Heights) East Alton. Admission, $2.Sportsmen’s Club Bingo: 6:30 p.m., every Thursday, Alton-Wood River Sportsmen’s Club, Godfrey, doors open 5 p.m.Weight Watchers: 7:15 – 8:30 a.m., Open Hours (weigh-in only, no meeting); 9 a.m. Meeting (weigh-in hours for meeting 8:30 – 9 a.m.); 6 p.m. Meeting (weigh-in hours for meeting 5:30 – 6 p.m.). Each Thursday, Atrium Conference Center, formerly Holiday Inn, Alton.Friday, April 21Rummage Sale: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Women of Worship of St. Paul United Methodist Church, 10 North Center St., (Rosewood Heights ) East Alton.Adult Grief Support: 1 p.m., OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center, Pastoral Care, #1 Saint Anthony’s Way. Free. No registration