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B. Jeff Stone, American rockabilly singer-songwriter, died he was 75

B. Jeff Stone was an American rockabilly and country
singer and songwriter  died he was 75.. After first recording in the 1950s, he achieved
particular success in Europe from the 1990s onward, and was inducted to
the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.
(24 April 1936 – 26 August 2011)

He was born in San Antonio, Texas, and began playing guitar at the age of eight. He first recorded in 1954 for the SARG company in Luling, Texas, before winning a regular slot on radio station KBOP in Pleasanton, Texas with his group, the Texas Cut-Ups. Following a period in the US Air Force, he returned to San Antonio
and formed a new group, initially called the Westernairs. After
recording a country hit single, “Hey, Little Newsboy”, the band changed
their name to the Newsboys. In the late 1960s, he started a solo career
and toured with Marty Robbins, Willie Nelson, and others.[1]
After giving up performances in the mid 1970s, he started a construction company, moving from Fort Worth to live in Corsicana in 1985. In 1995, he decided to record again, and his traditionally-styled country album Everybody Loves Me and single “A Good Woman’s Love” became successful in Europe, where he toured. He recorded several further albums, Something’s Going On (1996), Texas Country (1998), Stone Country (1999) and Stone Tradition (2000), and had one of his biggest single hits in 1997 with “Hello, Mr. Heartache”.[1]
Stone died at the age of 75 in Tyler, Texas.[2]

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Nadine Winter, American politician, member of the Council of the District of Columbia (1975–1991), died she was 87.

Nadine P. Winter was a Democratic politician in Washington, D.C .died she was 87. She was elected as one of the original members of the Council of the District of Columbia in 1974 when D.C. gained home rule. She represented Ward 6 on the council from 1975 to 1991.

(March 3, 1924 – August 26, 2011)

Winter was born in New Bern, North Carolina in 1924. Beginning at an early age, she was a community activist and helped to found Winston-Salem‘s first girl scout troop for black girls.[2]
After graduating from Atkins High School in Winston-Salem, she attended the Hampton Institute where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree after transferring to Brooklyn College.
During this time, she lived in a multi-ethnic community in Brooklyn,
where she founded a store-front community service agency and worked
nights to complete her education.[2]
After moving to Washington, D.C. in 1947, Winter graduated from
Cortez Peters Business School and later received a Master of Arts degree
from Federal City College (now the University of the District of Columbia).
Soon, Winter began to fulfill a social action and social services role
in the city. She was the founder and previous Executive Director of
Hospitality House, Inc., which served numerous underprivileged citizens
in the District by providing day care for youth and seniors, as well as a
temporary homeless shelter. In addition, she also served as an original
organizer of the National Welfare Rights Organization.[3]
Winter was also a presidential elector in the 1996 and 2000 presidential elections.[2]

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A. A. Birch, Jr., American lawyer and judge, Chief Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court, died from cancer he was 78

Adolpho A. Birch, Jr. was an American lawyer and judge who was the first African American to serve as Chief Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court  died from cancer he was 78.

(September 22, 1932 – August 25, 2011)

Early life

Birch was born in Washington, D.C. in 1932 and grew up in that city, the son of an Episcopal priest who was widowed
early and subsequently raised his son as a single parent. His father’s
professional concerns for his parishioners left Birch with much time on
his own, and he often raised small amounts of money for himself by
picking up soft drink bottles for their deposit values, and generally
learned to function independently.[1]
Birch graduated from Washington’s well-known Dunbar High School in 1950. After high school he attended Lincoln University in Pennsylvania from 1950 to 1952. He then attended Howard University in Washington, where he earned the Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Jurisprudence degrees, serving on the law review 1954-56 and graduating in 1956. A Naval Reservist, he served on active duty 1956–1958.[2]

Pre-judicial career

Birch then moved to Nashville, where he taught medical law at Meharry Medical College and law at Fisk University and Tennessee State A&I University. During this time (1958–1963), Birch also maintained a private law practice.[2] In the early 1960s he provided volunteer legal representation to civil rights activists who had been arrested for conducting sit-ins at segregated lunch counters.[3]
In 1963 Birch was appointed assistant public defender for Davidson County. This was then a part-time position and Birch maintained his private law practice as well. In 1966, he was appointed assistant district attorney
for Davidson County, a full-time position which required him to end his
private law practice. Birch served in this position for three years. He
was the first African American to work as a prosecutor in Davidson County.[3]

Judicial career

Birch is the only person in Tennessee history to serve in every level of the state’s judiciary.[3] In 1969, Governor Buford Ellington
appointed him as a General Sessions Court judge in Davidson County,
making him the first African American to serve in that office. In 1970
he was elected to the judgeship, the first time an African American won
election as a judge in the county.[3]
In 1978 he was appointed Criminal Court Judge for the Twentieth District (Davidson County) by Governor Ray Blanton.
Birch served in this position until 1987; in 1981-82 he was the
presiding judge over the Trial Courts of Davidson County, making him
responsible for case assignment and other procedural issues. Again, he
was the first black ever to serve in this capacity. Also in 1981, Birch
became an instructor at the Nashville School of Law, a position he still maintained as of 2006.[2][3]
From 1983 to 1986, Birch served on the Court of the Judiciary, a
specialized court which investigates allegations of judicial malfeasance
and determines sanctions when allegations are found to be valid.[2]
On March 2, 1987, Birch was appointed to the Tennessee Court of Appeals by Governor of Tennessee Ned McWherter. In August 1988, Birch was confirmed by the voters of Tennessee to this office under the provisions of the Tennessee Plan. In August 1990, Birch was elevated by the voters under the provisions of the Tennessee Plan
to the Tennessee Supreme Court, becoming only the second black ever to
serve on that body to that time. In October 1994 Birch was selected
Chief Justice by his fellow Justices, serving in that capacity until May
1996. In August 1998, Birch was confirmed for another eight year
Supreme Court term, and served again as Chief Justice from July 1997 to
August 1998 and September 1999 to August 2001.[2] In 2006 Birch announced his retirement, and retired when his term ended on September 1 of that year.[2]

Recognitions, death and legacy

Birch died from cancer in Nashville on August 25, 2011.[3]
He had battled cancer since 2004, when he first received a cancer
diagnosis and took a leave of absence from the Supreme Court to undergo
Among the honors Birch received was the National Bar Association’s William H. Hastie Award, awarded to him in 1995. The international Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity honored him with its Barbara Jordan Award, the fraternity’s highest honor.[4] In 2010, the American Civil Liberties Union
of Tennessee recognized Birch with a Lifetime Achievement Award, citing
his “enduring commitment to equality and justice” and calling him a
“beacon for equality” in Tennessee.[5]
The A. A. Birch Criminal Justice Building in downtown Nashville,
completed in 2006 to house Davidson County Criminal Courts, was
dedicated in his honor in June 2006.[4] A bust of Birch is displayed in the entrance of the Tennessee Supreme Court Building in Nashville.

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Who is Kevin Wayne Durant ?

Who is Kevin Wayne Durant? The basketball world know him as Kevin Durant he is an American professional basketball player. Playing the position of small forward, Durant currently plays with the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association.
Standing at 6’9″ (235 lbs) and playing the position of small forward, Durant was the consensus 2007 National College Player of the Year and the 2006–2007 Big 12 Player of the Year, amongst other awards. After a standout freshman season at the University of Texas,[2] Durant opted to enter the NBA Draft,[3] where he was selected second overall by the Seattle SuperSonics. There he went on to win the NBA Rookie of the Year Award after his debut season. In 2007, Durant signed an endorsement contract with Nike.[4] In the 2009–2010 NBA season, Durant led the NBA in scoring and became the youngest player ever to win the NBA scoring title.[5] He is a 3-time NBA scoring champion and a 3-time member of the All NBA First Team.

Early life and high school career

Kevin Durant was born September 29, 1988 Washington, D.C.
on September 29, 1988, one of four children of Wanda and Wayne Pratt.
Durant has one sister, Brianna, and two brothers, Tony, and Rayvonne.
Durant was raised by his parents and his grandmother, Barbara Davis.
During his childhood, Durant and Michael Beasley grew up together, and had a close friendship. The two remain friends to this day.
A basketball player from his earliest days, Durant played for a successful Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) youth basketball team, the PG Jaguars, based in Prince George’s County, Maryland. The Jaguars won multiple national championships with Durant and fellow future blue chip recruits Michael Beasley of the Minnesota Timberwolves, and Chris Braswell from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Durant wore, and continues to wear, the number 35 jersey in honor of
his childhood mentor and Amateur Athletic Union coach, Charles Craig,
who was murdered at the age of 35.[6]
Durant later moved on to play AAU basketball with fellow McDonald’s All-American Ty Lawson of the Denver Nuggets,
for the D.C. Blue Devils. After spending two years at National
Christian Academy, and one year at Oak Hill Academy, Durant grew five
inches and was 6’7″ when he started at Montrose Christian School in Rockville, Maryland for his senior year, during which he grew two more inches.[7]
At Montrose, Durant led the team in scoring and steals and was named
the Washington Post All Met Basketball Player of the Year. During his
time at Montrose, he played in The Les Schwab Invitational, a nationally drawing invitational basketball tournament in Oregon State. Durant also played with current New Orleans Hornets point guard Greivis Vasquez
while at Montrose. Vetter described Durant as a hard working player,
complete with size, and incredible skills in shooting, ball handling,
defense, and even some post up moves.[8] Durant also was named a McDonald’s All American and named co-MVP of the 2006 McDonald’s All American game along with Chase Budinger. Behind Greg Oden, Durant was widely regarded as the second-best high school prospect.[9][10]

College career

A 6’9″ swingman with a 7’5″ wingspan,[11] Durant was one of four freshman starters for the University of Texas
basketball team. Durant started in all 35 games of the season, which
culminated with a loss in the second round of the NCAA tournament to the
University of Southern California. Texas finished third in the conference with a 12–4 record and was the runner-up in the 2007 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament.[12]
Although he had a slender frame, Durant frequently used it to his
advantage by posting up bigger players, while shooting over smaller
guards.[13] ESPN analyst Dick Vitale
praised Durant as the “most prolific offensive skilled big perimeter”
ever and proceeded to compare Durant’s game to those of current NBA stars like Kevin Garnett and Dirk Nowitzki.[14] After a 37-point, 23-rebound winning performance against the Texas Tech Red Raiders, head coach Bob Knight described Durant as quick, fast and mobile, and being “really good”.[15] Texas coach Rick Barnes
admitted to rarely calling set plays for Durant, instead relying on
Durant himself and on his teammates to find him within the flow of the
Coming into the season, Durant was widely hailed by the media as the Big 12‘s top freshman and a top candidate to be named Freshman of the Year.[17] He averaged 25.8 points per game and 11.1 rebounds per game during his freshman season with the Texas Longhorns.
In Big 12 games he averaged 28.9 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. His
college career high for scoring was 37 points, which he achieved on
four occasions. Durant had thirty 20-point games his freshman year,
including 37 in a losing effort against Kansas for the regular-season Big 12 title.
In March 2007, Durant was named the NABC Division I Player of the Year,[18] and received the Oscar Robertson Trophy[19] and the Adolph F. Rupp Trophy,[20] becoming the first freshman
to win each of these awards. On March 30, 2007, he was selected as the
Associated Press college player of the year, becoming the first freshman
and the first Texas athlete to receive this award since its inception
in 1961.[18][21] On April 1, 2007, he became the first freshman to receive the Naismith Award[22] and on April 7, 2007, won the John R. Wooden Award.[23] Less than a week after being drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics, the University of Texas announced the retirement of Durant’s No.35 jersey. The number will now hang in the rafters at the Frank Erwin Center along with the No.11 of former Longhorn great T. J. Ford.[24] Durant’s jersey is now one of nine retired by the University of Texas .[25]

College statistics

Texas 2006–07 35 35 35.9 1.9 1.9 11.1 1.3 25.8 .473 .816 .404

Professional career

Rookie season

Durant declared himself eligible for the 2007 NBA Draft on April 11, 2007 and signed his first professional contract on May 25 with the Upper Deck Company, who later heralded Durant to be the focus of their 2007–08 NBA trading card
line. On June 28, 2007, Durant was taken second overall in the 2007 NBA
Draft by the Seattle SuperSonics. It was expected that either he or Greg Oden, the starting center for Ohio State, were to go Number 1 in the draft. However, Oden was drafted first overall by the Portland Trail Blazers.[2] In the proceeding month, Durant went on to sign a seven-year, $60 million endorsement deal with Nike—a rookie deal only surpassed by LeBron James‘ contract with Nike.[26] In doing so, Durant reportedly turned down a potential $70 million contract with Adidas, opting for Nike since he had worn them all his life.
On October 31, 2007, Durant made his NBA debut with 18 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals[27] in a loss to the Denver Nuggets.[28] On November 16, 2007 Durant made the first game-winning shot of his NBA career with a key 3-pointer to beat the Atlanta Hawks in double overtime.[29] Durant finished with 21 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, and 3 blocks.[30] On November 30, 2007, Durant scored 35 points to beat the Indiana Pacers.[31]
In a game against the Denver Nuggets, he flirted with a triple double
as he came up with 37 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. In the last game
of his rookie season, Durant finally recorded his first double-double
of his career with a then career-high 42 points and a career-high 13
rebounds, and also added 5 assists. In addition to leading all rookies
in scoring for the season, he was named the NBA Western Conference
Rookie of the Month for November,[32][33] December[34] (2007), January,[35] March[36] and April[37] (2008).[38] Durant’s 20.3 point per game season average broke the SuperSonics’ 40-year-old rookie record set by Bob Rule during the 1967–68 season. On April 30, 2008, Associated Press reported that Durant was awarded the NBA Rookie of the Year Award for the 2007–08 season.[39]

2008–09 season

Following the 2007–08 season, the Seattle SuperSonics relocated from Seattle, Washington to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma as the Oklahoma City Thunder. Although Durant was not selected to play in the 2009 NBA All-Star Game in Phoenix,
he did take part in two events. On February 13, 2009, Durant led the
Sophomore team to a 122–116 victory over the Rookie side at the T-Mobile
Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam. He was crowned the MVP for the game
after he set the scoring record with 46 points, breaking the old mark
set in 2004 when Suns F-C Amar’e Stoudemire had 36 for the sophomores. The next day, Durant came from behind to win the first ever H-O-R-S-E Competition in NBA All-Star weekend history, beating out Joe Johnson from the Atlanta Hawks and O. J. Mayo from the Memphis Grizzlies after getting four quick letters early in the game.

2009–10 season

Entering the season, the team was not expected to compete for a
playoff berth; however, led by Durant, they finished the regular season
with 50 wins and earned the eighth seed in the Western Conference
playoffs. The 27-game improvement from the previous year was the sixth
biggest turnaround in NBA history. Durant won the 2010 H-O-R-S-E contest
to win his second in a row. He also made his first All-Star Game
appearance, and coached the rookies at the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and
Youth Jam. He became the youngest in league history to win the scoring
title at 21, averaging 30.1 points per game, beating out LeBron James. Durant also set the modern record for most games in a row with at least 25 points, breaking Allen Iverson‘s old record.
On April 18, 2010, Durant made his playoff debut with 24 points in a 79–87 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.
He scored 32 in a 95–92 loss in game 2, but responded with 29 points
and 19 rebounds in a 101–96 win at Oklahoma City. He then went on to put
up 22 points in the game four win against the defending champs. In game
5, Durant chipped in 17 points as his team lost, 111–87. Game 6 ended
the season for the Thunder as Pau Gasol tipped the ball in for a buzzer-beating basket. The Los Angeles Lakers
went on to round 2 of the playoffs as they won 95–94. Durant scored 26
points in his last game of the season. On May 2, 2010, the NBA announced
that Durant finished second in the MVP voting for the 2009–2010 season,
behind LeBron James. Durant joined LeBron James as the forwards on the 2010 All-NBA First Team, alongside Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade, as announced by the NBA on May 6, 2010. It was his first selection to an All-NBA team.

2010–11 season

On July 7, 2010, Durant announced on his Twitter page that he signed a 5-year contract extension with the Thunder.[40] The extension is worth about $86 million.[41] For a second straight year, Durant led the NBA in scoring, averaging 27.7 points a game[42] and finished 5th in MVP voting.[43] Durant made his second All-Star appearance, and scored 34 points, helping the West defeat the East 148–143.[44]
Durant led the Thunder to 55 wins, and the number four seed in the
Western Conference. The Thunder lost in the Western Conference Finals to
the eventual NBA champions, the Dallas Mavericks.[45]

2011–12 season

Durant reached his career high in scoring on February 19, 2012, in a home match against the Denver Nuggets that OKC won 124–118. Durant scored 51 points, while his teammate Russell Westbrook scored 40. Durant was voted to play as a starter for the 2012 NBA All-Star Game for the second consecutive year. He scored 36 points and was awarded his first career All-Star Game MVP.[46].
Durant scored the game-winner with 1.5 left on the game clock to beat
Dallas Mavericks 99–98 during game 1 of their 2012 first round NBA
playoff series.[47]

International career

In late February 2007, Durant received an invitation to the Team USA Basketball training camp, becoming the second freshman after Greg Oden to achieve this.[48] After playing only a handful of games in the 2007 NBA Summer League, Durant was chosen to play for Team USA and participate in the State Farm USA basketball challenge, alongside NBA all-stars like Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwight Howard.[49]
Although Durant held his own in scoring 22 points for the Blue team in
one game, he was ultimately dropped when the roster was trimmed to the
twelve-player limit.[50] Coach Mike Krzyzewski cited the experience of the remaining players as the deciding factor in making the cut.[50] He was also one of the last cuts to the USA Men’s Senior National Team for the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Durant was finally able to represent the USA at 2010 FIBA World Championship
and turned out to be the go-to-guy since other stars were unavailable
for various reasons. Before the tournament, he downplayed this notion
saying “he was another guy on the team.”[51] Eventually, he led Team USA to its first FIBA World Championship since 1994 and was named MVP of the Tournament.[52]
Along the way, Durant broke several Team USA scoring records including
most points in a tournament (205) and most points in a single game (38).
He averaged 22.8 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.4 steals in
nine games.
He has expressed interest in playing for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team.

NBA career statistics

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Led the league

Regular season

2007–08 Seattle 80 80 34.6 .430 .288 .873 4.4 2.4 1.0 .9 20.3
2008–09 Oklahoma City 74 74 39.0 .476 .422 .863 6.5 2.8 1.3 .7 25.3
2009–10 Oklahoma City 82 82 39.5 .476 .365 .900 7.6 2.8 1.4 1.0 30.1[53]
2010–11 Oklahoma City 78 78 38.9 .462 .350 .880 6.8 2.7 1.1 1.0 27.7[54]
2011–12 Oklahoma City 66 66 38.6 .496 .387 .860 8.0 3.5 1.3 1.2 28.0[55]
Career 380 380 38.1 .468 .364 .878 6.6 2.8 1.2 1.0 26.3
All-Star 3 2 29.0 .516 .364 .867 5.0 1.7 1.7 .7 28.3


2010 Oklahoma City 6 6 38.5 .350 .286 .871 7.7 2.3 .5 1.3 25.0
2011 Oklahoma City 17 17 42.5 .449 .339 .838 8.2 2.8 .9 1.1 28.6
Career 23 23 41.4 .423 .326 .847 8.0 2.7 .8 1.2 27.7

Awards and honors

Milestones and records
Seattle SuperSonics/Oklahoma City Thunder Franchise Records
  • Consecutive games scoring 30 or more points [7 (twice), from
    December 22, 2009 to January 2, 2010 and from April 4, 2010 to April 14]
  • Consecutive games scoring 25 or more points (29, from December 22, 2009 to February 23, 2010)
  • Most 30+ point games in one season (48, 2009–2010)
  • Most points in one season (2,472; 2009–2010)

Other achievements


Wanda Pratt.

Durant is the son of Wanda and Wayne Pratt. He has one sister, Brianna and two brothers, Tony and Rayvonne.[62] His grandmother, Barbara Davis, helped to raise him.[63] Durant and Michael Beasley grew up together having a close friendship and remain best friends.[64] Durant is a spokesperson for the Washington, D.C. branch of P’Tones Records, a nationwide non-profit after-school music program.[65]
From when he entered the draft, in 2007, Durant was represented by agent Aaron Goodwin, but on February 17, 2012, Durant announced he was splitting from Goodwin.[66]

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Iya Savvina, Russian actress, People’s Artist of the USSR, died she was 75.

Iya Sergeyevna Savvina was a Soviet film actress who was named a People’s Artist of the USSR in 1990 died she was 75..

( 2 March 1936 – 27 August 2011) 

Savvina was not a professionally trained actress. She graduated from the Department of Journalism of the Moscow State University and has appeared in 30 films following her star turn as Anna Sergeyevna in Iosif Kheifets‘s The Lady with the Dog (1960). Since 1977, she had served in Moscow Art Theatre. During her career she received many awards including the Crystal Turandot Award and State Prizes of USSR and Russian SFSR.
She was also a notable memoirist and cinema scholar who wrote about her colleagues Faina Ranevskaya, Mikhail Ulyanov, Lyubov Orlova and others.

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Wade Belak, Canadian ice hockey player (Toronto Maple Leafs, Nashville Predators), died from suicide he was 35.

Wade Belak was a Canadian professional ice hockey forward and defenceman died from suicide he was 35.. He was drafted 12th overall by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. He played for the Colorado Avalanche, Calgary Flames, Toronto Maple Leafs, Florida Panthers and the Nashville Predators in the National Hockey League (NHL). He died on August 31, 2011.

(July 3, 1976 – August 31, 2011)

Saskatoon Blades

Belak made his WHL debut with the Saskatoon Blades as a 16 year old during the 1992-93
season, getting no points in seven games, along with 23 PIM. In seven
playoff games, Belak had no points. He made the Blades as a full-time
player in 1993-94,
scoring four goals and 17 points in 69 games, while recording a team
high 226 PIM. In 16 playoff games, Belak had two goals, four points and
43 PIM. After the season, Belak was drafted in the first round, 12th
overall by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft.[citation needed]
In 1994-95,
Belak appeared in all 72 games, scoring four goals and 18 points, while
finished fourth in the league with 290 PIM. In the playoffs, Belak had
no points in nine games, while recording 36 PIM. He returned to the
Blades for the 1995-96
season, scoring three goals and 18 points in 63 games, while getting a
team high 207 PIM. In four playoff games, Belak had no points and nine
penalty minutes.[citation needed]

Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche

Belak made his professional debut during the 1994-95 AHL playoffs, when the Quebec Nordiques assigned Belak to the Cornwall Aces.
In 11 playoff games, Belak had a goal and three points, while getting
40 PIM. During the 1995 off-season, the Nordiques relocated to Denver, Colorado, and became the Colorado Avalanche. In the 1995-96
season, Belak appeared in five regular season games with the Aces,
getting no points, followed by two playoff games, where he also had no
points.[citation needed]
Belak spent most of the 1996-97 season with the Hershey Bears,
where in 65 games, Belak had a goal and eight points, as well as a team
high 320 PIM. In 16 playoff games, Belak had an assist and 61 PIM. He
made his NHL debut during the 1996-97 season with the Colorado Avalanche on December 21, 1996, getting no points in a 6-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Overall, Belak appeared in five games with Colorado, going pointless with 11 PIM. Belak began the 1997-98 with the Avalanche, and on October 22, 1997, Belak had a goal and assist against Olaf Kolzig of the Washington Capitals
to record his first NHL points in a 4-3 win. Belak had an injury
plagued season, appearing in eight games with Colorado, getting two
points and 27 PIM, while in 11 games with Hershey, Belak had no points
and 30 PIM.[citation needed]
He began the 1998-99
in Colorado, and in 22 games with the Avalanche, Belak had no points
and 71 PIM. He also appeared in 17 games with Hershey, getting an assist
and 49 PIM. On February 28, 1999, the Avalanche traded Belak, Rene Corbet, Robyn Regehr, and the Avalanche’s second round draft pick at the 2000 NHL Entry Draft to the Calgary Flames for Theoren Fleury and Chris Dingman.[citation needed]

Calgary Flames

Belak began his Calgary Flames career with the teams AHL affiliate, the Saint John Flames in the 1998-99
season, appearing in 12 games with Saint John, getting two assists and
43 PIM. He made his Calgary debut on March 27, 1999, as Belak had no
points in a 2-1 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes. Belak earned his first point as a Flame on April 1, 1999, getting an assist in a 4-1 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes.
Overall, Belak had an assist in nine games with Calgary. At the
conclusion of the regular season, Belak was sent back to Saint John for
the playoffs, where he had an assist in six games, along with 23 PIM.[citation needed]
Belak spent the entire 1999-2000 in the NHL,
where he appeared in 40 games with Calgary, recording two assists and a
team high 122 PIM. He suffered a shoulder injury on February 10, 2000
against the Colorado Avalanche that made him miss six weeks of action. He began the 2000-01 season with the Flames, where in 23 games, Belak had no points and 79 PIM. On February 16, 2001, the Toronto Maple Leafs claimed Belak off waivers.[citation needed]

Toronto Maple Leafs

Belak made his Toronto Maple Leafs debut on February 17, 2001, getting no points in a 5-5 tie against the Colorado Avalanche. He scored his first goal and point as a Maple Leaf on February 25, 2001, scoring against Jocelyn Thibault in a 6-4 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. It was Belak’s first goal since October 22, 1997, when he was a member of the Colorado Avalanche. He finished the season appearing in 16 games with Toronto, scoring a goal and two points, as well as 31 PIM.
Belak played in 63 games with Toronto during the 2001-02 season, scoring a goal and four points, while recording 142 PIM, which was second to Tie Domi on the team. Belak made his playoff debut on April 18, 2002, getting no points in a 3-1 win over the New York Islanders. He scored his first playoff goal and point on April 28, 2002, scoring against Chris Osgood in a 5-3 loss to the New York Islanders. Belak appeared in 16 playoff games for Toronto, getting one goal and 18 PIM. He had his most productive season during 2002-03,
as Belak had three goals and nine points in 55 games, as well as a team
high 196 PIM. In the playoffs, Belak appeared in two games, getting no
points and four penalty minutes.[citation needed]
Belak had an injury plagued 2003-04 season, as he suffered an abdomen injury on November 20, 2003 against the Edmonton Oilers and a knee injury on January 6, 2004 against the Nashville Predators.
He appeared in 39 games, getting a goal and two points, along with 110
PIM. In four playoff games, Belak had no points and 14 PIM.[citation needed]
During the 2004-05 NHL lockout, Belak signed with the Coventry Blaze of the EIHL.
In 42 games with the Blaze, Belak had seven goals and 17 points and 178
PIM. In the playoffs, Belak had a goal and two points in eight games.
After the season, Belak was named to the EIHL Second All-Star Team. Belak returned to the Maple Leafs for the 2005-06 season, as in 55 games, he had three assists and 109 PIM, second highest on the team. In 2006-07,
Belak appeared in 65 games with Toronto, getting three assists and 110
PIM, again finishing with the second highest penalty minute total on the
Leafs.[citation needed]
Belak began the 2007-08 with the Maple Leafs, and on December 4, 2007, Belak ended his 143 game scoreless drought, as he scored against Chris Mason of the Nashville Predators in a 3-1 Maple Leafs win.[1]
He played in 30 games with Toronto, scoring the lone goal, while
getting 66 PIM. On February 26, 2008, the Maple Leafs traded Belak to
the Florida Panthers for the Panthers fifth round draft pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Florida Panthers

Belak finished the 2007-08 with the Florida Panthers,
playing in 17 games, getting no points and 12 PIM. His first game as a
Panther was on February 27, 2008 against his former team, the Toronto Maple Leafs. He began the 2008-09 season with Florida, where in 15 games, he had no points 25 PIM. On November 27, 2008, the Panthers traded Belak to the Nashville Predators for Nick Tarnasky.[citation needed]

Nashville Predators

Belak made his Predators debut during the 2008-09 season, as on November 28, 2008, he suited up against the Atlanta Thrashers, earning no points. He recorded his first point as a Predator on December 4, 2008, getting an assist in a 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche. Belak finished the season appearing in 38 games with Nashville, recording two assists, and 54 PIM. In 2009-10, Belak returned to the Predators, getting two assists in 39 games, as well as 58 PIM.[citation needed]
Belak played his last season in the NHL in 2010-11,
going pointless in 15 games with the Predators. On February 25, 2011,
the Predators placed Belak on waivers, however, he went unclaimed. The
club then assigned Belak to the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL, however, on March 8, 2011, Belak retired and remained with the Predators in an organizational role.[2]

Personal life

Belak was born in St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, to Lorraine and Lionel Aadland.[dead link][3] His mother, Lorraine, married Barry Belak when Wade was four years old and they took his surname.[4] When he was six years old, his family moved to Battleford where he attended St Vital’s Catholic School, Battleford Junior High, and North Battleford Comprehensive High School. By age 14, he was aiming to become a certified lifeguard.[dead link][5] His younger brother, Graham, played in several lower-tier leagues and was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche, 53rd overall, in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, although he never played in the NHL.
On July 20, 2002, Belak married Jennifer Jordan Russell in Banff, Alberta. The couple had two daughters, one born in 2004 and one in 2006, both born in Toronto.[dead link][5]


At approximately 1:33 p.m. on August 31, 2011, Belak was found dead in a condo at the One King Street West hotel in Toronto.[6][7] Police have not confirmed a cause of death, but Toronto Police treated it as a suicide.[8][9] He was 35 years old, and had been preparing to take part in the upcoming season of Battle of the Blades. His death was the third in a string of NHL players found dead in a four-month span, following Derek Boogaard and Rick Rypien.[9] His mother stated that he had been suffering from depression.[8] Michael Landsberg
reported that he had been in talks with Belak a week before his death
about their mutual depression, and that Belak admitted having been on “happy pills” for the past four to five years.[10]
Landsberg stated that Belak was agreeable to appearing in a documentary
on celebrity depression that Landsberg was working on, and going public
about his condition.[10]
On September 2, 2011, P. J. Stock
suggested that Belak’s death might not be suicide. “Let’s just call it
an accidental death right now. But he did die of strangulation” said
Stock.[11] Belak’s family members also believe his death was accidental.[12]
Belak’s funeral was held in Nashville, with friends, family and former teammates in attendance.[13]

Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1992–93 Saskatoon Blades WHL 7 0 0 0 23 7 0 0 0 0
1993–94 Saskatoon Blades WHL 69 4 13 17 226 16 2 2 4 43
1994–95 Saskatoon Blades WHL 72 4 14 18 290 9 0 0 0 36
1994–95 Cornwall Aces AHL 11 1 2 3 40
1995–96 Saskatoon Blades WHL 63 3 15 18 207 4 0 0 0 9
1995–96 Cornwall Aces AHL 5 0 0 0 18 2 0 0 0 2
1996–97 Colorado Avalanche NHL 5 0 0 0 11
1996–97 Hershey Bears AHL 65 1 7 8 320 16 0 1 1 61
1997–98 Hershey Bears AHL 11 0 0 0 30
1997–98 Colorado Avalanche NHL 8 1 1 2 27
1998–99 Hershey Bears AHL 17 0 1 1 49
1998–99 Colorado Avalanche NHL 22 0 0 0 71
1998–99 Saint John Flames AHL 12 0 2 2 43 6 0 1 1 23
1998–99 Calgary Flames NHL 9 0 1 1 23
1999–00 Calgary Flames NHL 40 0 2 2 122
2000–01 Calgary Flames NHL 23 0 0 0 29
2000–01 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 16 1 1 2 31
2001–02 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 63 1 3 4 142 16 1 0 1 18
2002–03 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 55 3 6 9 196 2 0 0 0 4
2003–04 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 34 1 1 2 109 4 0 0 0 14
2004–05 Coventry Blaze EIHL 42 7 10 17 178
2005–06 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 55 0 3 3 109
2006–07 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 65 0 3 3 110
2007–08 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 30 1 0 1 66
2007–08 Florida Panthers NHL 17 0 0 0 12
2008–09 Florida Panthers NHL 15 0 0 0 25
2008–09 Nashville Predators NHL 38 0 2 2 54
2009–10 Nashville Predators NHL 39 0 2 2 58
2010–11 Nashville Predators NHL 15 0 0 0 18
NHL totals 549 8 25 33 1263 22 1 0 1 36
WHL totals 211 11 42 53 746 36 2 2 4 88
AHL totals 110 1 10 11 460 35 1 4 5 126

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Hugh Fox, American poet and novelist, died he was 79.

Hugh Bernard Fox Jr. was a writer, novelist, poet and anthropologist and one of the founders (with Ralph Ellison, Anaïs Nin, Paul Bowles, Joyce Carol Oates, Buckminster Fuller and others) of the Pushcart Prize for literature died he was 79.. He has been published in numerous literary magazines and was the first writer to publish a critical study of Charles Bukowski.

(February 12, 1932 – September 4, 2011)

Life and career

Fox was born and raised in Chicago as a devout Catholic, but converted to Judaism in later life. He received a Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and was a professor at Michigan State University in the Department of American Thought and Language from 1968 until his retirement in 1999.[5] Hugh Fox died on September 4, 2011 in East Lansing, MI.[1]


Fox was the author of over sixty-two books, including six books on anthropology.
He wrote over fifty-four books on poetry and many volumes on short
fiction, and published many novels. Fox also wrote a number of books on
pre-Columbian American cultures and catastrophism. Some of these works were labeled in the pseudoarchaeological category, such as his book Gods of the Cataclysm: A Revolutionary Investigation of Man and his Gods Before and After the Great Cataclysm (1976). Some of his books with these themes have been compared to the work of Ignatius Donnelly.[6]
His book Gods of the Cataclysm received a number of positive
reviews. Editor Curt Johnson praised the book claiming “Hugh Fox’s Gods
of the Cataclysm…ought to be required reading for cultural historians
of all disciplines,” and Robert Sagehorn of The Western World Review
cited Hugh Fox as “… one of the foremost authorities (perhaps the foremost authority) on pre-Columbian American cultures.” Gods of the Cataclysm was revised and re-released in the summer of 2011 by Aardwolfe Books. [7] [8]
The Ibbetson Street Press of Somerville, Massachusetts published Way, Way Off the Road: The Memoirs of an Invisible Man
by Hugh Fox with an introduction by Doug Holder in 2006. This book
recounts Fox’s life and the people he knew from his extensive
associations with the “Small Press” marketplace over the years,
including Charles Bukowski, A.D. Winans, Sam Cornish, Len Fulton, and numerous other people.
Fox’s novel e Lord Said Unto Satan was published in the spring of 2011 by Post Mortem Press (Cincinnati). [9] His final novel was Reunion, published by Luminis Books in summer 2011.[10]
Also in summer, 2011, Ravenna Press published his description in prose
poems of one year of his life in E. Lansing, MI, “The Year Book.” [11]

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Dave Hoover, American comics artist, died he was 56

David Harold Hoover  was an American comic book artist and animator, most notable for his art on DC ComicsThe Wanderers limited series, as well as lengthy runs on DC’s Starman and Marvel ComicsCaptain America died he was 56..

(May 14, 1955 – September 4, 2011)

Early life

Hoover received his B.S. in Media Arts & Animation from the Art Institute of Philadelphia; and his Associate of Specialized Technology in Visual Communication from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.[1]



Hoover started his career in animation, first as a layout artist for Filmation Studios
from 1977–1985, and during that time also worked for several other
animation studios including Hanna Barberra and Mihan Productions.[1]
Over his career as an animator, Hoover worked on such shows as Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, The Archie Show, Tarzan, Flash Gordon, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, She-Ra: Princess of Power, The Super Friends, The Smurfs, Men in Black: The Series, Godzilla, RoboCop: Alpha Commando, and many more.
Hoover also worked on two animated feature films, Fire and Ice (1983), the Frank Frazetta-inspired movie; and Starchaser: The Legend of Orin (1985).
In 1997, Hoover worked as a freelance animator for Columbia/Tri Star Children’s TV.[1]


Hoover’s rendition of Spider Queen from Invaders vol. 2, #1 (Marvel, May 1993). Inks by Brian Garvey.

From 1987 to about 1995, Hoover worked in the comics industry. In addition to his stints on The Wanderers, Starman, and Captain America; Hoover has also worked on The Amazing Spider-Man, Starman, Punisher, Tarzan, and The Invaders.
In 2003, he returned to the comics industry with his creator-owned adult series Wilde Knight with co-creator/writer Gary Petras; and in 2004 Hoover joined EAdultComics‘s lineup of artists. Having established himself as one of the premiere good-girl artists working today, Hoover’s first assignment for the online adult comics publisher was Jungle Love.
Hoover also pencilled the interiors of the first three Charmed comics and its prequel which Zenescope began releasing in June 2010.
He died in September 2011.[2]


Hoover has been on Digital Media faculty at the Art Institute of Philadelphia since 1999.[1]

Bibliography (selected)

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Bill Kunkel, American video game designer and magazine editor, died from a heart attack he was 61.

Bill Kunkel  was the executive editor of Electronic Games Magazine in the early 1980s died from a heart attack he was 61..

(July 21, 1950 – September 4, 2011)

More recently, Kunkel was editor-in-chief of Tips & Tricks
magazine from January 2007 until August 2007 when it ceased
publication. His nickname is “The Game Doctor” based on a column he has
written for several magazines (including both versions of Electronic Games, VG&CE, EGM, and CGW) and game sites (including HappyPuppy.com, PostalNation.net and J2Games.com).
Kunkel was a game journalist, author of numerous strategy guides, a
game designer, expert witness and taught several courses in Game Design
for the University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV). He remained active in the industry until his death, having served as editor-in-chief of Tips & Tricks
during its final year of publication (2007). He continued to be active
as a member of Running With Scissors and EIC of Postal Nation
(PostalNation.net) and wrote regularly for J2Games.com. He received a
Lifetime Achievement Award from the Classic Gaming Expo in 1999 along with the other co-founders of the original Electronic Games magazine, Arnie Katz and Joyce Worley-Katz. The trio revived the Electronic Games
title for several years in the early 90s for Sendai/Decker. As Subway
Software, the trio were involved as designers on well over a dozen video
and computer games, including Bart’s Nightmare (Acclaim) and Batman Returns (Konami).
Dubbed “The Grandfather of video game journalism,” Kunkel published his memoirs under the title Confessions of The Game Doctor (RolentaPress.com).
Kunkel is also well known for having been a ground-breaking wrestling journalist and cartoonist beginning in the 1970s.
He wrote for comics, with stories being published at DC in 1977–1978 including Superman, Madame Xanadu, and Vigilante and at Marvel, Spider-Man in 1978–1979.[2] Starting in 1979, he wrote Richie Rich for Harvey Comics.
He was the “must-read” columnist during the early days of Pro Wrestling Torch playing a key part in turning the small newsletter into a wrestling newsletter powerhouse. Kunkel later moved to Wrestling Perspective as a featured columnist and cartoonist. Along with the Phantom of the Ring, Kunkel’s work for Wrestling Perspective attracted respect and prestige to the publication.

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Fermo Mino Martinazzoli, Italian politician, after long illness, died he was 79.

Fermo Mino Martinazzoli was an Italian lawyer, politician and former Minister died he was 79.. He was the last secretary of the Christian Democracy (Democrazia Cristiana, DC) party and the first secretary of the Italian People’s Party (Partito Popolare) founded in 1994.
( 3 November 1931 – Brescia, 4 September 2011


Martinazzoli studied at Collegio Borromeo in Pavia, where he received a law degree. He then became a lawyer.
In the years 1960–1970s he assumed official roles in Brescia’s DC,
and became president of the province (1970–1972). He was also elected in
the Italian Senate,
after which he became Minister of Justice in 1983, a position he held
for three years. In 1986–1989 he was president of DC’s deputies. In
1989–1990 he was Minister of Defence, but resigned (together with other
ministers of DC’s left wing) after the approval of a law which
strengthened Silvio Berlusconi‘s monopoly over private TV channels in Italy.
In 1992, when Democrazia Cristiana was being wiped out by the Tangentopoli
bribery scandal, Martinazzoli, generally respected as an honest and
competent man, was elected national secretary. Despite his efforts, the
political crisis which followed the corruption scandals forced him to
dissolve DC in 1994. Martinazzoli then founded a new party, based on
similar ideals, known as People’s Party” (1994–2002) (Partito Popolare
Italiano, or PPI), whose name recalled that of the ancestor of DC, which
was founded in the early 20th century by Luigi Sturzo.
In the new majoritarian system, Martinazzoli’s party placed itself in the center, between the left (which included the heirs of the Italian Communist Party) and the new Silvio Berlusconi‘s Forza Italia, which had allied with the northern regionalist party, Lega Nord, and the post-fascist Alleanza Nazionale. His will not to ally with any of them caused numerous politicians (such as Pierferdinando Casini and Clemente Mastella) to leave PPI and form the Centro Cristiano Democratico, which supported Berlusconi. At the 1994 elections, Martinazzoli formed a center alliance known as Pact for Italy,
including PPI and other democratic centre forces. However, the result
of the election was disappointing, with PPI obtaining 11%, some one
third of DC’s consensus before its dissolution. In the same year, he
accepted to run as mayor of Brescia for the new centre-left formation L’Ulivo, winning the final ballot and acting as mayor until 1998. In 2000 he lost the competition with Roberto Formigoni for the presidency of Lombardy.
After PPI was dissolved in 2002, Martinazzoli migrated to Mastella’s UDEUR (2004), being appointed as its president. He resigned in 2005.

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Jag Mundhra, Indian film director (Bawandar), died he was 62.

Jagmohan “Jag” Mundhra was an Indian filmmaker best known for his early career as an American exploitation film writer-director and his later career as maker of such issue-oriented films as Bawandar and Provoked.

(29 October 1948 – 4 September 2011)

Early life

Mundhra was born at Nagpur,[2] and grew up in a Marwari locality in Calcutta,
in a conservative family where films were frowned upon. He nevertheless
nurtured a secret ambition to become a filmmaker. His childhood as of
other Indians of his generation, was a tough one, counting pennies for
the tram that rode to the other, affluent side of the city, and
withstanding his family’s strict traditions.[3][4]
Says Mundhra, “The family was very conservative and my grand mother
was very strict and we were allowed to see maybe a couple of films a
year and that too of the Har Har Mahadev variety. As a child I never saw
myself as a young Marwari boy but a lot beyond that. In those days, the
word global citizen was not there, but inside I felt like one”.

Life at IIT Bombay

A key influence on Mundhra was his admission to the highly competitive and prestigious IIT Bombay [1].
In his words, “I had studied in a Hindi medium school up to 9th grade
and always admired people who spoke English fluently. IIT taught me a
lot of humility. In my wing, there were students who were from different
states, and as far as English went, this person from Bihar who couldn’t
speak English to save his life outshone everyone else with his
brilliance. I did well, but realized very early on while in IIT that
engineering was not for me. I would be very unhappy if I was to live my
life being an engineer, but I stuck it out because I didn’t want to let
my parents down”.[3] He then went for his MS in Electrical Engineering, in Michigan. However, he switched to marketing after one semester.
Mundhra wrote his marketing thesis on motion pictures. He did a
comparative study of marketing practices in Hollywood and Bollywood. The
study led him to visit the Bombay film industry and meet people. After
finishing his Ph.D., he taught for a year at California State
University. His stay in California brought him closer to Hollywood. In
1979 he resigned and decided to become a full time filmmaker.[citation needed]

Professional career

After his first dramas, Suraag, and the socially-relevant film, Kamla,[5] Mundhra directed, in the late 1980s and the 1990s, a string of horror and erotic thriller movies for theatrical distribution and direct to video, including The Jigsaw Murders (1988), Halloween Night (1988), Night Eyes (1990), L.A. Goddess (1993), Sexual Malice (1994), Tales of The Kama Sutra : The Perfumed Garden (2000) and Tales of The Kama Sutra 2 : Monsoon (2001).
Beginning with Bawandar (2000), which he directed under the name Jagmohan, Mundhra was back to issue-oriented films. Bawander is about the fight of a poor woman for justice and was based on the story of a Rajasthani woman Bhanwari Devi.[6]
After the film’s release Ashok Gehlot, the chief minister of Rajasthan
called him and said, “Aapke bawandar ne bada bawander machaya hai.” He
gave Rs 50,000 and land for Bhanwari Devi and also money for her son’s
education. To Mundhra, “It’s not a movie about rape, but the empowerment
of a woman. This character could be fictitious and yet the story would
have had the same powerful message”.[3] In his own words, Kamla, Bawander and Provoked are his trology of strong women centric films.[7]
At the time of his death he was working on a film based on the life of Sonia Gandhi.[8] Mundhra was also a life member of International Film And Television Club of Asian Academy Of Film & Television.


He died in Mumbai on 4 September 2011, aged 62, from undisclosed causes.[9][3]

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Lee Roy Selmon, American Hall of Fame football player (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), died from a stroke he was 56.

Lee Roy Selmon  was a Hall of Fame NFL football defensive lineman.

(October 20, 1954 – September 4, 2011)

Early life

Selmon was the youngest of nine children of Lucious and Jessie Selmon, raised on a farm near Eufaula, Oklahoma. A National Honor Society member at Eufaula High School, he graduated in 1971.

College career

Selmon joined brothers Lucious and Dewey Selmon on the University of Oklahoma defensive line in 1972. He blossomed into a star in 1974, anchoring one of the best defenses in Sooner history. The Sooners were NCAA Division I-A national football champions in 1974 and 1975. Selmon won the Lombardi Award and the Outland Trophy in 1975. OU Head Coach Barry Switzer called him the best player he ever coached, and College Football News
placed him as the 39th best college player of all time. He was known as
“The Gentle Giant.” In the fall of 1999, Selmon was named to the Sports Illustrated NCAA Football All-Century Team.
Selmon was named a consensus All-American in 1974 and 1975 by
Newspaper Enterprise Association. His long list of achievements, in
addition to the Vince Lombardi Award and the Outland Trophy,
includes the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete, GTE/CoSIDA
Academic All-American and Graduate Fellowship Winner National Football
Foundation and Hall of Fame.
His brothers Lucious Selmon and Dewey also were All-American defensive linemen for Oklahoma, and played on the same defensive line together in 1973. The trio is still regarded as the most famous set of brothers in OU history.
The 1996 Walter Camp “Alumnus of the Year” was voted to the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame [1] in 1992.


Season Tackles Sacks TFL
UT AT TT Sack YdsL TFL Yds
1972 5 6 11 3 16 1 ?
1973 37 20 57 9 49 2 ?
1974 65 60 125 18 71 1 ?
1975 88 44 132 10 48 4 ?
Career 195 130 325 40 184 8 ?

All statistics courtesy of the official website of the Oklahoma Sooners

Professional career

1976 24
1977 110
1978 92
1979 117
1980 97
1981 73
1982 58
1983 71
1984 100
Total 742
1976 5.0
1977 13.0
1978 11.0
1979 11.0
1980 9.0
1981 6.5
1982 4.0
1983 11.0
1984 8.0
Total 78.5

In 1976, Selmon was the first player picked in the NFL draft, the first-ever pick for the expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
He joined older brother, Dewey, who was a second round pick of the
Bucs. In his first year Selmon won the team’s Rookie of the Year and MVP
awards. Selmon went to six straight Pro Bowls and was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1979. Buccaneer assistant Abe Gibron said, “Selmon has no peers” at defensive end, while former Detroit Lions coach Monte Clark compared him to “a grown man at work among a bunch of boys”.[2] A back injury made the 1984 season his last, and the Bucs retired his number, 63, in 1986. He is a member of the Florida Sports Hall of Fame. In January 2008, Selmon was voted by a panel of former NFL players and coaches to Pro Football Weekly ‘s All-Time 3-4 defensive team along with Harry Carson, Curley Culp, Randy Gradishar, Howie Long, Lawrence Taylor and Andre Tippett.[3] He was the first player to be inducted into the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ring of Honor on November 8, 2009.

After football

Selmon stayed in Tampa, Florida, working as a bank executive and being active in many charities.
From 1993-2001, Selmon served as an assistant athletic director at the University of South Florida under Paul Griffin. When Griffin moved on to take the same position for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, Selmon stepped up and took over the athletic department.
As the USF Athletic Director, Selmon launched the football program,
spearheaded the construction of a new athletic facility and led the
university’s move into Conference USA and then into the Big East Conference. Citing health issues, Selmon resigned as the USF Athletic Director in 2004. He assumed the role as president of the USF Foundation Partnership for Athletics, an athletics fund-raising organization.
The Lee Roy Selmon Expressway is named for him, as is a chain of restaurants.[4]
The chain, Lee Roy Selmon’s, was named one of the 10 best sports bars
in America in 2009. Its motto is “Play Hard. Eat Well. And Don’t Forget
to Share.”[1]
He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1988 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1995. To date, he is the only Hall of Famer to have earned his credentials primarily in Tampa Bay.


Selmon suffered a massive stroke on September 2, 2011, which left him hospitalized in extremely critical[5] condition.[6][7] His restaurant initially released a statement announcing his death; however, this was later confirmed to be false.[5] In fact, at one point his condition was said to be improving.[8]
On September 4, 2011, Selmon died at the age of 56 from complications of the stroke.[9] Visitation
was scheduled for the following Thursday at the Exciting Central Tampa
Baptist Church. The funeral was held the next day at Idlewild Baptist
Church. Former teammates, the current Buccaneer team, the USF football
team, other members of the NFL, and the general public attended. The USF
football team wore a #63 decal on their helmets for the 2011 season, as
did the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Both teams conducted a ceremony to honor
Selmon the weekend following his death.[10]

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Dana Wilson, New Zealand rugby league player, died from a car accident he was 28.

Jonathan “Dana” Wilson  was a professional rugby league player who represented the Cook Islands died from a car accident he was 28..

(22 May 1983 – 4 September 2011)

Playing career

Wilson played lower grades for Manly for a season before moving to England in 2005. He played for Oldham Bears, Leigh and Halifax before joining Swinton in 2009.[3] He scored the match-winning try for Leigh in the 2006 Northern Rail Cup final against Hull Kingston Rovers.[4]
He was a key member of Swinton Lions’ promotion-winning team in Championship 1 in 2011.[3]

Representative career

Wilson represented New Zealand Under‑16’s and Under‑18’s before
switching his allegiance to the Cook Islands, where his mother was born
(his dad was born in Samoa).
Wilson played in the Pacific Cup, toured Fiji and played for the Cook Islands in the 2006 World Cup qualifiers.[3][4]

Personal life

Wilson lived in Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside, England, with his wife Kirsten and their three children.[5]


Wilson was killed in a car accident on Forshaw Lane, Burtonwood, Cheshire, England, on 4 September 2011.[5]

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Andrzej Maria Deskur, Polish Roman Catholic cardinal, President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications (1973–1984), died he was 87.

Andrzej Maria Deskur  was President emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications and a Cardinal of the Catholic Church  died he was 87.

(February 29, 1924 – September 3, 2011)


Deskur was born in Sancygniów near Kielce, Poland, to a family of French origin. He received a doctorate in law in 1945 from the Jagiellonian University (study underground).
He was the secretary general of the very important post-war Polish
student organization called “Bratniak”. He entered the seminary in Kraków and was ordained a priest on 20 August 1950. He obtained a doctorate in theology from the University of Freiburg and, after two years of pastoral activity and study in France and Switzerland, in September 1952, he was called to Rome to work in the Secretariat of State. During this period he served as undersecretary of the Pontifical Commission for Cinematography, Radio and Television (1954–1964), secretary of the Preparatory Secretariat for the Press and Entertainment during Vatican II
(1960–1962), peritus for the assembly of the Council (1962–1965) and
was a member of the Conciliar Commissions for Bishops, for the Clergy,
for the Laity, and for the Press and Entertainment.[1]
In 1973 he was named president of the Pontifical Commission (now Council) for Social Communications.[1] He was appointed titular bishop of Tene on 17 June 1974 and received episcopal ordination the following June 30. On 15 February 1980, John Paul II named him Archbishop and president emeritus of the Pontifical Commission.
Deskur was raised to the Cardinalate on May 25, 1985, becoming Cardinal-Deacon of San Cesareo in Palatio,
that had belonged to Pope John Paul II himself until his elevation to
the Papacy. After ten years as a Cardinal-Deacon he exercised his right
and his titular church
was elevated and he became Cardinal-Priest. Cardinal Deskur lost the
right to participate in the conclave when he turned 80 years old in
Deskur contributed to numerous congresses and meetings for
professionals of the press, radio, television and cinema, visiting about
70 countries on five continents. Among other endeavours, he was one of
the promoters of the radio station “Radio Veritas” for countries in Asia and Oceania.
The challenge of promoting Christianity in the field of social
communications did not impede Cardinal Deskur from dedicating himself
also to pastoral activity. During all his years in Rome he performed his
priestly and episcopal ministry in numerous parishes. For many years he
devoted himself to the office of spiritual director at the pre-seminary
St. Pius V.
He was President of the Pontifical Academy of the Immaculate Conception.
Curial membership:

Deskur died on 3 September 2011, aged 87.[2]

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Don Fambrough, American football player and head coach (University of Kansas), died from injuries from a fall he was 88.

Donald Preston “Don” Fambrough was an American football player and coach died from injuries from a fall he was 88.. He was the head coach at the University of Kansas.

(October 19, 1922 – September 3, 2011)

Early life

Fambrough was born on October 19, 1922 in Longview, Texas to Ivey and Willie Whittington Fambrough. He attended Longview High School.

College football/military career

Fambrough played college football at Texas in 1941 and 1942 before serving in the US Army Air Corps during World War II.[1] After returning home from the war, he and his wife moved to Lawrence, Kansas. While in Lawrence, he chose to play football at the University of Kansas.

Coaching career

His first coaching job was at Kansas as assistant from 1948 to 1953.
After that, he served as an assistant at East Texas State and Wichita
State. Fambrough eventually found his way back to Kansas as assistant
coach under Jack Mitchell from 1958. Following the 1970 season, he got
his dream job as the head coach at Kansas before the 1971. He served as
the coach of Kansas from 1971 to 1974 and again from 1979 to 1982 and
compiled a 37–48–5 record as a head coach.

Later life

Fambrough remained involved in Kansas football leading up to his
death, and would occasionally take part in team practices. The school
dedicated a bench overlooking Memorial Stadium to him in 2007.[2] Fambrough is known for his hatred of rival Missoui[3] and gave an annual anti-Missouri speech to the football team before each Border War game.[4]

Personal life

He married his wife, Del Few on October 4, 1941. His wife preceded
him in death on November 17, 2001. The couple had two children, sons
Robert and Preston.


Farmbrough died September 3, 2011 at his home in Lawrence, Kansas from injuries sustained in a fall.[5] He was survived by two children, four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Kansas Jayhawks (Big Eight Conference) (1971–1974)
1971 Kansas 4–7 2–5 T–5th
1972 Kansas 5–6 3–4 T–5th
1973 Kansas 7–4–1 4–2–1 T–2nd L Liberty 15 18
1974 Kansas 4–7 1–6 T–7th
Kansas Jayhawks (Big Eight Conference) (1979–1982)
1979 Kansas 3–8 2–5 T–5th
1980 Kansas 4–5–2 3–3–1 4th
1981 Kansas 8–4 4–3 T–3rd L Hall of Fame Classic
1982 Kansas 2–7–2 1–5–1 T–6th
Kansas: 37–48–5 20–33–3
Total: 37–48–5
#Rankings from final Coaches’ Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.

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Fred Fay, American leader in the disability rights movement, died he was 66.

Frederick A. Fay was an early leader in the disability rights movement
in the United States died he was 66..

(September 12, 1944 – August 20, 2011) 

 Through a combination of direct advocacy,
grassroots organizing among the various disability rights communities,
building cross-disability coalitions between disparate disability
organizations, and using technology to connect otherwise isolated
disability constituencies, Fay worked diligently to raise awareness and
pass legislation advancing civil rights and independent living
opportunities for people with disabilities across the United States. He
won the 1997 Henry B. Betts Award for outstanding achievement in civil
rights for Americans with disabilities.
Fay was recognized for “flat-out advocacy” over several decades. He
helped lead the nationwide efforts by disability advocates to secure
passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.[1]
Jonathan Young, chairman of the National Council on Disability,
said, “Fred was one of the great early pioneers in disability
advocacy…the depth and breadth of his knowledge and commitment was
surpassed only by the life he lived and the legacy he leaves behind.”[2]
Frederick Allan Fay, Ph.D., was born on September 12, 1944, and raised in Washington, DC. At age 16, he sustained a cervical spinal cord injury,
and started using a manual wheelchair for mobility. At 17, he launched
his disability advocacy career by co-founding “Opening Doors,” a
counseling and information center.[3]
Fay attended the University of Illinois, one of the nation’s first wheelchair-accessible universities. A few years later, he was a founder of the Boston Center for Independent Living[4], the Massachusetts Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities, and of the American Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities.[5]
Fay worked for many years at the Tufts New England Medical Center, until syringomyelia
made it impossible for him to sit upright. For the past quarter
century, Fay has worked from his home in Concord, Massachusetts. In the
early years, he used a headset to speak and listen on the phone, plus a
personal computer mounted on a stand near his motorized bed. He had an
electronic workstation suspended over the bed.
It was from there that Fay launched the Justice for All forum that
compiles and distributes disability rights information to his wide
network of friends and allies.
One of the continuing visionaries of the disability rights movement,
Fay provided ongoing leadership to disability advocates. He was
recognized in the movement for his irrepressible enthusiasm and
Fay made a short video with another disability rights notable, Roland W. Sykes, founder of DIMENET.

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Rafael Halperin, Israeli businessman and professional wrestler, died he was 87.

Rafael Halperin and Family

Rafael Halperin was a prominent Israeli businessman and the author of several religious books and an encyclopedia. In the 1950s, he worked in the United States as a professional wrestler in Vince McMahon Sr.‘s Capitol Wrestling in the 1950s. He later became a Baal teshuva, embracing Orthodox Judaism.[1]

(1924 – 20 August 2011) 

Early life

Born in Austria, Halperin moved to Palestine with his family in 1933. The Halperin family moved to Bnei Brak the following year, and Rafael studied in Haifa and Jerusalem as a teenager. He also excelled in several athletic pursuits, including weightlifting and karate.[2] He entered competitions and became the national champion in karate, boxing, and bodybuilding.[2][3] He is also said to have been a skilled diamond cutter.[2]

Professional wrestling

Halperin decided that he wanted to open a chain of athletic
facilities, so he began wrestling professionally to earn the necessary
money. His career took him to the United States, where he was reported
to have won 159 consecutive matches. He earned the displeasure of some
promoters and fellow wrestlers because he treated his matches as legitimate
athletic contests rather than a scripted performance. He refused to
yield, however, as he felt that he was upholding the dignity of his
country. He also wrestled as a face (fan favorite), refusing to break any rules, for the same reason.[2]
Halperin continued to wrestle in the United States and Canada into the 1960s. During this time, he faced such opponents as Antonino Rocca while competing for Capitol Wrestling.[2] He later returned to Israel, where he is credited with popularizing professional wrestling.[4]


After retiring from wrestling, Halperin held several jobs in his home
country. He fulfilled his dream of opening a chain of athletic centers.
He also became an author, writing several books including an
encyclopedia and a weight-loss guide. During the Yom Kippur War, he served in the Israel Defense Forces.[2] Halperin also founded a chain of optical centers in Israel.[2][3] In 2008, he and his wife Bertie decided to divide the optical business among their five children.[5]
Halperin had also been ordained a rabbi.[5] Because of his orthodox Jewish beliefs, he was opposed to businesses operating on Shabbat. To combat this “desecration” of the holy day, Halperin led an initiative to create a credit card containing a chip that renders it inoperable on Saturday. It is also designed not to function in any store known to operate on Shabbat.[3][6]

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Patricia Hardy, American actress, died from colon cancer she was 79.

Patricia Hardy was an American television and film actress whose career was most active during the 1950s died from colon cancer she was 79.. She was the wife of actor Richard Egan.

(December 23, 1931 – August 20, 2011) 

Hardy, who was originally from Brooklyn, New York, was of Irish descent.[1] She won several beauty pageants during her early years, including Miss Brooklyn, Miss Coney Island and Miss New York Press Photographer.[1] She also appeared on the cover of Look Magazine.[1] She began her entertainment career in New York City, performing at the Copacabana [nightclub] with several well-known actors, including Danny Thomas and Jimmy Durante.[1]
She met her future husband, actor Richard Egan, in 1956.[1] The couple married in June 1958 and remained together until Egan’s death in July 1987.[1] The couple had four daughters – Patricia, Kathleen, Colleen, and Maureen Egan, a writer and music video director[1], as well as a son, Richard Egan, Jr., who founded Vagrant Records,
Hardy moved from New York to Los Angeles to pursue a film and television career. She was cast in several 1950s television episodes including the series State Trooper, Perry Mason, The Loretta Young Show, Lassie and Schlitz Playhouse, in which she co-starred in an episode with James Dean.[1] Her film credits included Girls in the Night in 1953 and Don’t Knock the Rock in 1957. [1]

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