WASHINGTON, Oct 10 (Reuters) – Alex Karras, a hulking giant
with a puckish personality who starred on the football field for
the Detroit Lions and later in the television sitcom “Webster,”
died on Wednesday at the age of 77, his attorney said.
Karras had been suffering from kidney failure and dementia.
Earlier this year, Karras joined a class-action suit by
former National Football League players who said the NFL did not
do enough to protect them from head injuries. The suit said he
had sustained repeated head trauma.
July 31 (Reuters) – Writer Gore Vidal, who filled his
intellectual works with acerbic observations on politics, sex
and American culture while carrying on feuds with his big-name
literary rivals, died on Tuesday at the age of 86, Los Angeles
“Vidal died Tuesday at his home in the Hollywood Hills of
complications of pneumonia,” the newspaper said, quoting the
author’s nephew Burr Steers.
(Reuters) – Actor Andy Griffith, whose portrayal of a small-town sheriff made “The Andy Griffith Show” one of television’s most enduring programs, died on Tuesday at his North Carolina home at age 86.
Griffith died at about 7 a.m. at his home on Roanoke Island, Dare County Sheriff J.D. Doughtie said.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans in the U.S. Congress are under a “reign of terror” imposed by the party’s conservative wing that also has pushed presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to the right, President Barack Obama’s senior campaign strategist said on Sunday.
David Axelrod, in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” program, cited the Obama administration’s plans for immigration reform as an example of Republican intransigence in Congress.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Charles Colson, a Richard Nixon White House operative during the Watergate scandal who had a reputation for ruthlessness before going to jail and starting a prison ministry, died on Saturday at age 80, the ministry said.
Colson, who compiled Nixon’s infamous “enemies list” before Watergate brought down the president in 1974, died of complications from a brain hemorrhage after being admitted to a hospital in Fairfax, Virginia, on March 31, Prison Fellowship Ministries said in a statement on its website.
By Bill Trott
(Reuters) – Andy Rooney, the curmudgeonly commentator who pondered everything from shoelaces to the existence of God on CBS’s “60 Minutes” news show for more than 30 years, died on Friday night at the age of 92, CBS said.
Rooney, a four-time Emmy winner, died one month after he had signed off from “60 Minutes” in October, concluding a 33-year run. A statement on CBS News’ website said he died in a New York hospital of complications following minor surgery. An earlier CBS statement said Rooney died on Saturday.
Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, who may seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, went into damage control mode Tuesday because of remarks he made about the 1960s civil rights movement in his state.
A profile of Barbour in a conservative magazine, The Weekly Standard, included comments from him about what life was like growing up in Yazoo City, Mississippi, in the civil rights movement in the 1960s.
The protests against healthcare reform took an ugly turn on Saturday. Black congressmen told reporters that demonstrators called them the N-word and one representative said he was spat upon.
“This is not the first time the congressman has been called the N-word and certainly not the worst assault he has endured in his years fighting for equal rights for all Americans,” said a statement from the office of Democratic Representative Emanuel Cleaver.