Wednesday, May 06, 2015


Former House speaker Jim Wright, 92, has died. He was a victim of Newt Gingrich's dirty tricks:

Former U.S. House Speaker Jim Wright, the longtime Texas Democrat who became the first House speaker in history to be driven out of office in midterm, has died. He was 92.

The World War II veteran and author, often praised for his eloquence and oratorical skills, was living in a nursing home when he died early Wednesday morning, according to the Harveson and Cole funeral home in Fort Worth. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Wright represented a Fort Worth-area congressional district for 34 years, beginning with his election in 1954. He was the Democratic majority leader in the House for a decade, rising to the speakership in January 1987, to replace Tip O'Neill.

Sociopath Gingrich wanted the House speakership for himself, so it was critical he went after the Democrats when they were the majority party, and then engineered the House takeover in 1994 by targeting vacant House seats.


Singer Errol Brown, 71, has died.

Brown, said Phil Dale, had had liver cancer and died at his home in the Bahamas.

Hot Chocolate had hits in more than 50 countries worldwide, including You Sexy Thing, It Started with a Kiss and Every 1's a Winner.

Brown was made an MBE by the Queen in 2003 and received an Ivor Novello award for his outstanding contribution to British music in 2004.

Actress Ellen Albertini Dow also died at the age of 101:

Her breakout rap in "The Wedding Singer" led to memorable and often foul-mouthed character roles in films like "Wedding Crashers," "Road Trip" and "54," as the drug-addled party girl Disco Dottie.

Dow's numerous television credits include "Seinfeld," "ER," "Will and Grace," "Six Feet Under," and "New Girl," which, at age 99, would be one of her last on-screen appearances.

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