Native Minnesotan, Iconic New York Times Journalist David Carr Dead at 58

Categories: Media, Obituary

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David Carr, one of the nation's most revered and respected journalists, collapsed and died yesterday in the New York Times newsroom. He was 58.

The Hopkins native broke into journalism at the now-defunct alt weekly Twin Cities Reader in 1982 with an exposé on police brutality we dusted off and posted a few years back.

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David Carr's 'First Big Break' in the Twin Cities Reader Revisited

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Huggie Bear, Lover of Meat and Chasing Squirrels, Dies Peacefully at Age 126

Categories: Obituary, Pets

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Huggie Bear, despite his private battle with Beggin' Strips addiction, always lived each moment fully.

Huggie Bear, age 126 in dogs years, passed away peacefully by lethal injection surrounded by loved ones at his Eden Prairie home on February 1.

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So Are Dogs Going to Heaven or Not?

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Don Gillmor, U of M media law professor, dies at 86

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Donald Gillmor wrote the first modern casebook on media law.
Very few people bear the qualities necessary to be regarded as one of the world's leading experts in media law and be listed among the nation's sexiest professors by Esquire, but Donald Gillmor achieved both of those honors.

Gillmor, a professor of journalism at the University of Minnesota for 35 years, died last week due to complications related to Alzheimer's at age 86.

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Adam McCloud dies after Stillwater bar fight; Police sign off on murder charges

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Photo: Caring Bridge page for Adam McCloud (right).
Adam McCloud, the 29-year-old hospitalized after a bar fight in Stillwater last week, died Thursday from injuries sustained by a blow to the head.

One-punch homicide: When a night at the bar goes horribly wrong
One-punch homicide costs California district attorney his job

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Family of Joel Rosenberg, deceased gun rights advocate, hosts benefit tonight

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Joel Rosenberg died suddenly in early June.
Joel Rosenberg, the vocal gun rights activist, was in a bit of a financial pickle. He wasn't working and was using most of his available funds to defend himself against felony charges of possession of a dangerous weapon in a courthouse.

Then, on June 1, the worst happened: Rosenberg suffered a massive heart attack. By the following day, he'd been declared brain dead and his family removed him from life support.

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Gov. Mark Dayton proclaims Tuesday "Linda Scheid Day"

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Senator Linda Scheid began her career in Minnesota politics in 1976.
At sunrise tomorrow morning, all the flags at state and federal buildings throughout Minnesota will be ceremonially lowered to half-staff.

That's because Tuesday has been proclaimed "Linda Scheid Day," in honor of the Brooklyn Park senator. She died on June 15, after discontinuing chemotherapy for ovarian cancer.

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Joel Rosenberg, gun rights advocate, has died

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Joel Rosenberg passed away yesterday.
Joel Rosenberg, the vocal gun rights advocate, has died.

This morning, his wife Felicia Herman posted an announcement on his website "Free Joel Rosenberg," which he created to chronicle his public spat with Minneapolis Police Sgt. William Palmer.

Under the title, "Joel Rosenberg -- husband, father, mensch," she announced that he died yesterday at Hennepin County Medical Center. Today would have been their 32nd anniversary.

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RIP Harmon Killebrew: Esophageal cancer claims Twins legend

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Harmon Killebrew, the way we'll remember him.
Harmon Killebrew, the former Twins great who announced just last week that he had entered hospice care in Arizona after a months-long battle with esophageal cancer, died today. He was 74 years old.

"I have exhausted all options with respect to controlling this awful disease," the hometown legend said in a brief note to his fans last week. "My illness has progressed beyond my doctors' expectation of cure."

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RIP Derek Boogaard: One of the sweetest tough guys to ever play hockey

Categories: Obituary, Wild
RIP Derek Boogaard
Derek Boogaard, the popular Wild enforcer who had signed with the New York Rangers, was found dead in his apartment Friday at the age of 28.

Boogaard was found unresponsive by his brothers Ryan and Aaron at around 6 p.m. in his condo at 415 1st Street North in Minneapolis. It could take weeks for the toxicology test that could determine the cause of death, but foul play is not suspected.

I met Boogaard in 2007 for a City Pages cover story. Although he made his living terrorizing opponents on the ice with his fists, he was a soft-spoken giant with a deep connection to his family and his teammates.

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Gen. Vang Pao candlelight vigil tonight in St. Paul

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The venerated Gen. Vang Pao in the early '60s.
Last night, news arrived from California that Gen. Vang Pao succumbed to a 10-day battle with pneumonia and died at the age of 81.

Though decades have passed since he lead the Royal Army of Laos in guerrilla combat during the Vietnam War, he was revered as the stateside leader of the Hmong people, and he'll be honored tonight in St. Paul.

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