Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Tuesday Reads

I was too lazy to post anything yesterday. A couple of obituaries to note for today:

Frank DeFord, a journalist known for his work for Sports Illustrated, died on Sunday. He had started with the magazine in 1962 and won many awards for his work. He remained there until 1989.

In 1980, while on still on staff at Sports Illustrated, Deford began contributing weekly commentary on sports to National Public Radio's "Morning Edition." He continued doing so for 37 years, retiring from NPR just weeks before his death. He said that at NPR, "because it has such a broad audience, I was able to reach people who otherwise had little or no interest in sport ... Nothing made me happier than to hear from literally hundreds of listeners who would tell me how much the commentaries revealed about a subject they otherwise had never cared much for."

Deford was also the author of 20 books, including the novel Everybody's All-American, which was turned into a 1988 movie starring Jessica Lange and Dennis Quaid.

He was 78.

Another obit: Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noreiga, 83, has died. He was ousted from his job by a U.S.-backed coup.

The former general — a onetime U.S. ally who ruled Panama with an iron fist from 1983 until 1989 — served a 17-year sentence for drug trafficking and money laundering in the United States after his ouster. After he completed that sentence in 2007, he was imprisoned in France for money laundering, before being returned in 2011 to Panama, where he had already been convicted in absentia.

Noriega accused Washington of a “conspiracy” to keep him behind bars and tied his legal troubles to his refusal to cooperate with a U.S. plan aimed at toppling Nicaragua’s leftist Sandinista government in the 1980s.

Following Noriega’s ouster Panama underwent huge changes, taking over the Panama Canal from U.S. control in 1999, expanding the waterway and enjoying a boom in tourism and real estate.

Really smart, you stupid sculptor, to trash women and girls in this manner.

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