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USA TODAY Executive Editor. Writes sometimes, frets always. RTs are fun but reporting is better.

Dick Smith, movie makeup master, dies at 92

lohud.com — Dick Smith, the Larchmont native who became a Hollywood makeup legend - turning Linda Blair into a demon in "The Exorcist" and Marlon Brando into an aging mafia don in "The Godfather" - has died at age 92. Smith's death, which came after a long illness, was announced by his friend and fellow makeup artist Rick Baker on Thursday.

Movie makeup master Dick Smith dies at 92

usatoday.com — Dick Smith, the Hollywood makeup legend who turned Linda Blair into a demon in The Exorcist and Marlon Brando into an aging mafia don in The Godfather, has died at the age of 92.

Violent flare-ups in Ukraine and Gaza need to kept in proper perspective

usatoday.com — With Twitter ablaze with tweets of war and terror, and cable news airing carnage at the top of every hour, it's easy to think the world is unraveling. Especially now, when troubles loom from Gaza to Ukraine and beyond.

Voices: Why we need Godzilla more than ever

usatoday.com — In an era of 9/11, Katrina, tsunamis and typhoons, is it too soon for Godzilla to return? The monstrous truth is that the Big G has always been a creature of his times, thundering ashore like a force of nature, yes, but making a gigantic political statement as well.

Passages 2013: Remembering those we lost

usatoday.com — Remembering those who left us in 2013, the talented, the influential and, in a few cases such as Nelson Mandela, the very great. "Oh it's such a perfect day, I'm glad I spent it with you ...

Our guide to 2013's best graphic novels and collections

usatoday.com — USA TODAY's fanboy triumvirate picks 'S.H.I.E.L.D.,' 'Black Beetle' and 'Fifth Beatle' as some of 2013's best. Every Yuletide, Eisner Award-nominated Brian Truitt and USA TODAY's other comic-book enthusiasts, David Colton and John Geddes, compile their Super Gift Guide, the best collections and graphic novels from the past year.

World finally catches up with Rube Goldberg

usatoday.com — Has the world finally caught up with Rube Goldberg? As daily life gets more complicated -- just how many steps does it take to activate a cellphone these days? -- the mechanized whimsy of Goldberg's crazed contraptions seems more relevant than ever.

Somber skies: Flying on 9/11

usatoday.com — I've flown on Christmas Day - sad flights as you scan the faces row by row to see where the holiday magic has gone. Once I flew on Halloween night and was startled by flight attendants in witches' hats, green facepaint and brooms. But this morning I flew on the 12th anniversary of 9/11.

Front page photo

usatoday.com — USA TODAY's front page captured a moment in gay marriage debate, and also drew criticism. Front page of USA TODAY on day after Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage. (Photo: USA TODAY) Executive Editor David Colton offers an occasional look inside the USA TODAY newsroom.

'Things to Come' could still come to pass

usatoday.com — The 1936 film is a chilling prediction of a future that has mostly come true. Raymond Massey in the 1936 film 'Things to Come.' (Photo: Courtesy The Criterion Collection) Now that the electronic surveillance of George Orwell's 1984 has come true with a vengeance, it might be smart to look back at other visions of what the future used to be.
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Oct 19, 2014

Spain: Nursing assistant now clear of Ebola virus. usat.ly/1tDvkWR via @usatoday

Oct 19, 2014

'An added prudent measure.' Pentagon announces a domestic rapid-response Ebola team usat.ly/1tDlaWn via @usatoday

Oct 19, 2014

Alabama, Auburn up, Notre Dame down in new Amway Coaches Poll from USA Today Sports shar.es/1mEwCD via @USATodaySports

Oct 19, 2014

Hysteria will fade, hopefully, with more results like this: Cruise ship passenger does not have Ebola. usat.ly/1wd6YRA via @USATODAY

Oct 18, 2014

Obama holds Saturday night cabinet meeting on Ebola, but 'czar' doesn't attend. usat.ly/1wcT2Hs via @USATODAY

Oct 18, 2014

'I don't believe flat is the new up.' Fascinating look inside the turmoil at NPR. npr.org/2014/10/17/356…

Oct 18, 2014

Doesn't 59-0 raise questions about this whole 'Top 25' thing?

Oct 18, 2014

For more than a decade, the saddest 30 minutes on Washington TV is the Redskins Coaches Show. #Excruciating.

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