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Coretta Scott King, Wendy Wasserstein

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            DEAD END - Friday, February 3, 2006        
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"Death borders upon our birth, and our cradle stands in the 
grave. Our birth is nothing but our death begun." Bishop Hall

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Welcome to another edition of Dead End.

With the passing of Martin Luther King Jr.'s widow Coretta 
Scott King this week, let's take a moment to honor her 
memory by hearing the love and respect that MLK had for his 
wife. Please click below to view this touching video:


MLK on Wife Coretta Scott King

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The widow of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott 
King, has died at the age of 78. King transformed the 
tragedy of her husband's assassination into an inspiring 
devotion enshrining his legacy of human rights and equality. 
She stood by her husband's side during the hardest days of 
the American civil rights movement, and after he was killed 
on April 4, 1968, she kept his dream alive while also 
raising their four children. She spent her days working to 
keep his ideology of equality for all people at the focus 
of the nation's agenda. In 1969, she opened the Martin 
Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, and 
made sure the center became involved with the issues she 
said bred violence - hunger, unemployment, voting rights 
and racism. King's last public appearance was Jan. 14 at a 
"Salute to Greatness" dinner in Atlanta, a fundraiser for 
the King Center. It also celebrated the 20th anniversary 
of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Wendy Wasserstein died in 
a New York hospital Monday from complications of lymphoma at 
age 55. The New York native received both the Pulitzer Prize 
and a Tony Award in 1989 for her play, "The Heidi Chronicles."
Her other works include "Uncommon Women and Others," "Isn't 
it Romantic," "The Sisters Rosensweig" and "An American 
Daughter." She wrote the screenplay for the 1998 film "The 
Object of My Affection" as well as a children's book, 
"Pamela's First Musical," which was being worked into a 
musical at the time of her death. Wasserstein's latest play, 
"Third," recently opened at Lincoln Center's Mitzi E. 
Newhouse Theatre. She is survived by her 6-year-old daughter, 
Lucy Jane, her mother, a brother and a sister.



Award-winning CBS News director Arthur Bloom, who helped 
create "60 Minutes" and donated his watch for its opening 
credits, has died at age 63. Bloom died of lung cancer 
Saturday at his home in Grandview-on-Hudson, N.Y., the New 
York Daily News reported Sunday. Bloom spent his entire 45-
year career with CBS although he only worked occasionally 
in the past three years as his disease grew worse, the Daily 
News said. In addition to shaping "60 Minutes," Bloom helped 
train Dan Rather to take over Walter Cronkite's anchor chair 
in 1981, CBS said. He was awarded the Directors Guild of 
America's first Lifetime Achievement Award in News Direction 
in 1995. He also received awards for CBS News' coverage of 
the 1976 Democratic and Republican conventions and for "60 
Minutes" in 1973.

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Jazz drummer Sherman Ferguson, who played on more than 80 
albums with Dizzy Gillespie and George Shearing among others, 
has died at age 61. Ferguson died from complications of 
diabetes at his home in La Crescenta, Calif., Jan. 22, the 
Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday. He was a member of the 
jazz studies faculty at UCLA. Ferguson's career spanned more 
than four decades. He moved from his Philadelphia home to 
Los Angeles in 1976 for session work as well as teaching at 
the University of California, Irvine, the California 
Institute of the Arts and the Los Angeles Music Academy. 
Jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell, founder and director of UCLA's 
jazz studies program, told the Times Ferguson was "an extra-
ordinary talent and a major figure in the Los Angeles jazz 
scene." He is survived by his wife and a sister.

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Notable deaths this week in history...

In 1963, poet Robert Frost, who won four Pulitzer Prizes for 
his works, died at the age of 88.

In 1966, Buster Keaton, the poker-faced comic who amused two 
generations of movie audiences, died at the age of 70.

In 1996, actor and dancer Gene Kelly, most remembered for An 
American in Paris and Singin' in the Rain, died at 83.

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