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Tweeting Mom's Goodbye - — My mother finally closed her eyes amid the grim bleats of the intensive care unit for a little sleep. I slipped my hand from hers and sat back. I picked up my phone to call my wife but saw it was 3 in the morning. I looked at emails, but didn't really read them.

At Last, A Fitting Farewell For Richard III — Richard III was buried this week, two years after his abandoned bones were certified to be under a modern-day car park, and 530 years after he was the last English king to die in battle on English soil.

Might A Brush With Death Set The Stage For Greatness? — A name from the small print of history died this week. Izola Ware Curry was 98, and died in a nursing home in Queens. In September 1958, Dr. Martin Luther King was signing books in a Harlem department store when Izola Curry stabbed him with a letter opener.

Seven Decades On, Anne Frank's Words Still Comfort — A 15-year-old girl named Anne Frank died 70 years ago this week; the exact day is unknown. She died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, not long after her sister Margot, who was 19. Anne Frank's Wikipedia entry refers to her as a "diarist and a writer"; she sure was.

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High School Coach Takes The Heat, And Teaches Her Team About Character — Gauchos don't wear pink. The Narbonne Gauchos high school girls' basketball team in southern California will play for the section championship against the Palisades High School Dolphins tonight. But they began the week on the bench, tossed from the championships because in their slender victory last Saturday over the View Park High School Knights, the Gauchos wore pink.

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Rats Blamed For Bubonic Plague, But Gerbils May Be The Real Villains — Rats have a bad rap. They have for centuries. Ever since the middle of the 14th century when the Black Plague descended over Europe. Rats took the rap for spreading the bubonic plague, which killed millions of people over the next 400 years.

The Heavy Moral Weight Of Carnegie Mellon's 800 Botched Acceptances — A lot of people saw their hopes and dreams fulfilled this week - for just a few hours. Carnegie Mellon University emailed about 800 people who had applied to graduate school to say, 'Congratulations, you're in.'

'Do Not Fear For Me': Remembering Kayla Mueller With Her Own Words — It has been wrenching these last few weeks to hear about the hostages killed by the group that calls itself the Islamic State, and learn about the extraordinary people we have lost: humanitarian workers, independent journalists, people who chose to put themselves in one of the most dangerous spots on earth in hope that they might do something needed and good.
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Mar 29, 2015

Thanks to Twitter, learned Wilde quote I can't put down: "I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable."

Mar 29, 2015

@GarrisonMark @sarahcgilbert Mark, I grew up hearing car park. Might also be my father (British army vet) or my Irish mother.

Mar 29, 2015

RT @ConanOBrien: Buzzfeed now has a seat in the White House press briefing room. I read about it in their list of 14 Sentences That Confuse Your Grandmother.

Mar 29, 2015

@BrianGrazer @CBSSunday Thanks so much to letting us wander through your curious mind, Mr. Grazer. And the chance to swing!

Mar 29, 2015

Yes, I'm very glad to have story on @CBSSunday today. We want to watch while listening to @NPRWeekend w/@rachelnpr !

Mar 29, 2015

Thanks for nice reaction to NYT op ed today Our family blessed by so many

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