Pancreatic cancer

LAS VEGAS | Reid machine keeps humming in Nevada, even in his retirement

LAS VEGAS — Harry Reid may no longer lead Senate Democrats in Washington, but the political machine he built in Nevada has Republicans on the run. Democrats romped up and down the state in the Nov. 6 midterm elections, ousting Republican Sen. Dean Heller, winning races for governor and lieutenant governor, and expanding their state … Continue reading LAS VEGAS | Reid machine keeps humming in Nevada, even in his retirement

NEW YORK | Tony Hoagland, witty, prize-winning poet, dead at 64

NEW YORK  — Tony Hoagland, a prize-winning poet admired for his candor and sharp, off-beat humor, has died at age 64. Jeff Shotts, executive editor of Graywolf Press, told The Associated Press that Hoagland died Tuesday at his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The cause was pancreatic cancer. A native of Fort Bragg, North … Continue reading NEW YORK | Tony Hoagland, witty, prize-winning poet, dead at 64

HUDSON, Wis | Todd Bol, founder of Little Free Library book sharing, dies

HUDSON, Wis. — The Wisconsin man who founded the Little Free Library, a nonprofit that began with a dollhouse-like box of free books in his front yard and ballooned into an international book-sharing and literacy project, has died. Todd Bol died Thursday in a Minnesota hospice of complications from pancreatic cancer, said Margret Aldrich, spokeswoman … Continue reading HUDSON, Wis | Todd Bol, founder of Little Free Library book sharing, dies

DETROIT | Detroit opera, fine arts champion David DiChiera dies at 83

DETROIT— Musician David DiChiera (DEE’-kee-AIR-uh), who championed opera’s role in reviving downtown Detroit and directed several opera organizations nationwide, has died of pancreatic cancer. He was 83. Michigan Opera Theatre spokeswoman Erica Hobbs says DiChiera died Tuesday at his Detroit home. He founded the organization in 1971 and was its longtime general director. In 1993, … Continue reading DETROIT | Detroit opera, fine arts champion David DiChiera dies at 83

NEW YORK | Bill Clinton, Smokey Robinson to speak at Franklin funeral

NEW YORK  — Former President Bill Clinton, Smokey Robinson, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Cicely Tyson will be among the speakers at Aretha Franklin’s funeral next week. Franklin’s rep, Gwendolyn Quinn, says other speakers will include former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, music mogul Clive Davis, the Rev. Al Sharpton, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and … Continue reading NEW YORK | Bill Clinton, Smokey Robinson to speak at Franklin funeral

NEW YORK | MTV VMAs to feature Cardi B, J. Lo and Aretha tribute

NEW YORK — Cardi B will make her first public appearance as a mom at the MTV Video Music Awards, and it might be worth it: She could be the night’s big winner. The rapper is the top contender with 10 nominations. She will open Monday’s show, which kicks off at 9 p.m. EDT from … Continue reading NEW YORK | MTV VMAs to feature Cardi B, J. Lo and Aretha tribute

NEW YORK | Aretha Franklin’s funeral set for Aug. 31 in Detroit

NEW YORK — Aretha Franklin’s funeral will be held Aug. 31 in her hometown of Detroit. The late singer’s publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn, said Friday that the funeral, to be held at Greater Grace Temple, is limited to the Queen of Soul’s family and friends. Public viewings will take place Aug. 28-29 at the Charles H. … Continue reading NEW YORK | Aretha Franklin’s funeral set for Aug. 31 in Detroit

DETROIT | Detroit residents remember Aretha Franklin, impact on city

DETROIT— To the rest of the world, she was the “Queen of Soul” — a woman whose strong and soulful voice could effortlessly jump multiple octaves whether belting out tear-jerking ballads or jump-and-shout gospel. To residents in her hometown of Detroit who followed her more than 50-year career, she was simply “Aretha” or more personally … Continue reading DETROIT | Detroit residents remember Aretha Franklin, impact on city