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From SE…..Former North Dakota Governor Arthur A. Link Dies at 96……

From The Grand Forks Hearld:

Arthur Link, a former North Dakota governor, congressman and longtime state legislator known for environmental stewardship and staying true to his rural roots, died today surrounded by family, a family spokesman said. He was 96.

Link wasn’t feeling well after dinner Saturday and was taken to St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck, where he developed and was being treated for pneumonia, said Bob Valeu, a family spokesman.

“His five sons, along with his wife, Grace, and grandchildren were with him over the weekend,” Valeu said. Funeral arrangements were pending.

Link was born in Alexander in 1914, the son of homesteaders from Czechoslovakia and Germany, and was raised on the family farm. Friends said he never forgot his upbringing during his four-decade political career, which included only two lost races.

The Democrat advocated for allowing oil-producing counties to keep some tax revenues for road repairs and pushed for strong regulations for reclaiming land mined for coal.

Gov. John Hoeven said Link’s environmental stewardship while governor left a lasting legacy on the landscape of North Dakota’s reclaimed lands, and his “deep faith and principled decision-making throughout his long life” earned him widespread respect and affection.

“He was a remarkable man, a courageous leader and a dear friend,” U.S. Sen. Kent Conrad said in a statement. “He knew what he believed, he knew what he stood for, he knew the values that he had been raised with.”

U.S. Rep. Earl Pomeroy added: “He approached issues with a strong conscience and the kind of common sense that you get growing up on the prairie. He was interested in results, not the limelight.”



June 1, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Media, Men, PoliticalDogs SE posts, Politics, Updates | , , | 5 Comments

SE……Dennis Hopper has passed……

The 74 year old actor has passed due to prostate cancer……

The American film icon made his last public appearance on March 26, 2010, when his star was dedicated on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.


May 30, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Media, Men, Movies, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

SE……Gary Coleman has passed…..

Gary Coleman had been on life support at the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center.

He was 42 years old…..He died from a brain hemorrhage……

Former child star Gary Coleman died Friday after suffering a brain hemorrhage from a head injury that occurred at his Utah home this week. The “Diff’rent Strokes” star was 42.

Utah Valley Regional Medical Center spokeswoman Janet Frank said life-support was terminated and Coleman died at 12:05 p.m. local time.

His wife, Shannon Price, made the decision to pull the actor off life support early Friday morning, TMZ.com reports. Friends and family members were reportedly by Coleman’s side when he passed.

Since the incident Wednesday, Coleman, best known for playing Arnold in the ’70s TV sitcom, had slipped into a coma, according to his rep John Alcantar.

Though Alcantar initially said Coleman was “conscious and lucid,” his condition quickly took a turn for the worse and he was placed on life-support midday Thursday.

Price released a statement Thursday to KUTV-TV, saying that the actor was taken to the hospital with “a serious medical problem.”

“We are asking for everyone’s prayers at this time,” she said. “We hope those prayers are answered and that Gary will be able to recover and return home soon.”

Coleman had a long history of health issues.


May 28, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, Updates | , | 2 Comments

SE……Willard Witz has passed……..

Former JFK and LBJ Labor Secretary Willard Wirtz has Died

From The Washington Post:

Willard Wirtz, a lawyer and longtime public servant who was secretary of labor under presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, died April 24 at an assisted living facility in Washington. He had been in failing health, but the cause of death was not immediately known.

He was 98 and was the last surviving member of the Kennedy and Johnson cabinets.

Regarded by admirers as an icon of liberalism, Mr. Wirtz took to heart the plight of the jobless. “Maybe I do get emotional about the unemployment problem,” he told an interviewer in 1962.

But, he said, “I think the situation is so deplorable in human terms that it warrants an indignant intolerance of any explanation for it in terms of any kind of economic analysis.”

A gifted mediator, he was credited with a behind-the-scenes role in resolving many thorny labor-management disputes.

After serving as under secretary of labor at the start of the Kennedy administration, he was named to the top post in 1962 when Kennedy nominated then-Secretary Arthur Goldberg to the Supreme Court.

During his career at the Labor Department, Mr. Wirtz was credited with forestalling or ending several high-profile strikes, including a Longshoremen’s strike and another affecting New York’s newspapers.

In the Cabinet, Mr. Wirtz helped create programs and policies of Johnson’s “War on Poverty.” He was a vigorous advocate of retraining for workers to cut unemployment. He sought legislation to root out causes of joblessness and championed remedial education for school dropouts.

RIP.Posted by SE-779

April 25, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Health, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDogs SE posts, Politics, Updates | , | Leave a comment

Former LAPD Chief Daryl Gates is gone……

Chief Daryl F. Gates speaks to the media after the riots. With him is Deputy Chief Robert Vernon.

The controversal chief rock and rolled one of nation’s premier Police Departments…….

The well-known Police Chief fought thru his whole tenure as the LAPD’s boss……

And was loved by many of his troops…….

He was 83 years old…..

A proud emblem of progress to some, he was a disturbing symbol of stagnation to others. When the city went up in flames over the acquittal of four white officers accused of beating black motorist Rodney King, he was castigated as a leader out of touch with the changing realities of the city, yet to the end he remained righteous about his authority to police it.

Faced with a proliferation of illegal drugs and street violence, he hammered gangs with police sweeps and broke into crack dens with an armored vehicle armed with a steel battering ram. He made no apologies for declaring that casual drug users should be shot.

By turns charming and brash, articulate and tactless, he generated controversy with gaffes about Latinos, blacks and Jews, most famously with a remark about blacks faring poorly under police chokeholds because their physiology was different from that of “normal” people. Fiercely loyal to his rank and file, he clashed frequently with elected officials, particularly when they slashed his budget or meddled in department discipline, and vowed he would never be bullied by “crummy politicians.”

Throughout his tenure, he had a fractious relationship with Tom Bradley, the former LAPD lieutenant and councilman who united a diverse coalition of constituencies to become the city’s first African American mayor.

Gates “fought vigorously to make sure the chief’s duties were not encroached upon.


April 16, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Crime, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates | , , , | 4 Comments

Robert Culp has passed…..


I will never forget Robert Culp with the Bill Cosby in ‘ I Spy’……Never…….

Actor Robert Culp, best known for his role as an international tennis star and globe-trotting secret agent in the hit 1960s television series “I Spy,” died Wednesday morning after a fall at his Hollywood home, authorities said.

The 79-year-old actor was rushed to Queen of Angels hospital shortly after 11 a.m. after hitting his head while taking a walk outside his home in the 1800 block of El Cerrito Place, said LAPD Lt. Bob Binder. He was found by a jogger who called 911, and paramedics, patrol officers and detectives responded to the scene.


March 24, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Fiction, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Updates | , , , | 3 Comments

Former Congressman Fred Heineman passes…….

From The Daily Reflector:

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Frederick Heineman, a law enforcement veteran who served as Raleigh’s police chief for 15 years before being elected to Congress, has died. He was 80.

Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue announced Heineman’s death in a news release Sunday morning. Heineman’s congressional biography says he is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served on the New York City police force for a quarter-century before becoming police chief in 1979.

Heineman retired as chief in 1994 to run for the 4th District House seat. The Republican won, squeaking past four-term Democratic Rep. David Price by a mere 1,215 votes. However, Price ultimately won back his seat in the well-educated, Democratic-leaning district in 1996.



March 21, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDogs SE posts, Politics, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

Steward Udall has passed……..SE….

From a Press Release from Senator Tom Udall’s Senatorial page:

Santa Fe, N.M. — Former Interior Secretary Stewart Lee Udall, 90, father of Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., passed away peacefully this morning at his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico, surrounded by family.

Following a fall last week, Udall, who had been in failing health, was confined to his bed and died of natural causes.

Stewart Udall was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Erma Lee Udall. He is survived by their six children; Tom, Scott, Lynn, Lori, Denis and Jay, and their families, including eight grandchildren.

A “Celebration of Life” memorial will be held later this year in Santa Fe. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the following organizations: Santa Fe Pro Musica, Santa Fe Conservation Trust, and Think New Mexico.

Stewart L. Udall was born in St. John’s, Arizona on January 31, 1920 to former Arizona Supreme Court Justice Levi S. Udall and Louise Lee Udall. He attended the University of Arizona where he earned undergraduate and law degrees.

During World War II, Stewart served four years in the United States Air Force as a gunner. He flew fifty missions over Western Europe for which he received the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters.

In 1954, Stewart was elected to serve Arizona’s second district in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was elected to serve four terms in the Congress.

In 1960, he proved instrumental in helping persuade Arizona Democrats to support then-Senator John F. Kennedy during the Democratic Nomination Convention. Upon election in 1960, President Kennedy appointed Stewart Udall Secretary of Interior, where his accomplishments under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson made him an icon in the environmental and conservation communities.

Legislative achievements from Secretary Udall’s cabinet career include The Wilderness Act of 1964, The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, the expansion of the National Park System and the creation of The Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Until his passing, Stewart Udall continued his devotion to public service as an author, historian, scholar, lecturer, environmental activist, lawyer and citizen of the outdoors. He was the last surviving member of President Kennedy’s original cabinet.



March 21, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

Oregon State Treasurer Ben Westlund has Died……

From the Capitol Currents:

State Treasurer Ben Westlund lost his battle with lung cancer today. According to a statement issued by the Oregon Treasurer’s office, Westlund died this morning in Bend. Prior to being elected Treasurer in 2008, Westlund served in the Oregon legislature for 12 years–first as a Republican, then as an independent, and finally as a Democrat.

Westlund first battled cancer in 2003, then announced last fall that his cancer had returned. There has been no announcement yet on memorial services for Westlund, who is survived by his wife and two children, age 21 and 17. In a statement, Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski said “Oregon has lost a leader, a friend and a member of our collective Oregon family, but (Westlund’s) spirit and enthusiasm will continue to inspire the best in all of us.”



March 8, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Health, Media, Men, PoliticalDogs SE posts, Politics, Updates | , , , | 5 Comments

From SE…..Former Reagan Secretary of State Alexander Haig has Died….

Via CNN:

Alexander Haig, who managed the Nixon administration during the Watergate crisis and served a controversial stint as secretary of state under President Reagan, died on Saturday. He was 85.

Haig died at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, after he was admitted there on January 28, spokesman Gary Stephenson said.

“He served his country well. For that he should be remembered,” said William Bennett, who was secretary of education during the Reagan administration. “He carried himself well. He carried himself with dignity and honor.”

The White House issued a statement mourning Haig, saying he “exemplified our finest warrior-diplomat tradition of those who dedicate their lives to public service.”

A top official in the administrations of three presidents — Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan — Haig served as Nixon’s chief of staff during the Watergate political crisis, a scandal that dogged the administration in the 1970s.

“There was a time during the Watergate crisis when President Nixon was nearly incapacitated,” said political analyst and CNN contributor David Gergen, who worked with Haig during the Nixon and Reagan administrations. “He had a hard time focusing, so obviously obsessed with the scandal and the gathering storms around him. I watched Al Haig keep the government moving. I thought it was a great act of statesmanship and service to the country.”



February 21, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Health, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDogs SE posts, Politics, Updates | , , | Leave a comment