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Tony Snow dead at 53 (VIDEOS)


(July 12) Former White House Press Secretary  Tony Snow died from colon cancer earlier today. Snow had previously worked as a political commentator for FOX News.

Excerpt from today’s FOX News Web article:

“I don’t think you ever arrive,” he said. “I think anybody who thinks they’ve arrived or made it, anywhere in the media — they’re nuts.”

Robert Anthony Snow was born June 1, 1955, in Berea, Ky., the son of a teacher and nurse. He graduated from Davidson College in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, and he taught briefly in Kenya before embarking on his journalism career.

Tony Snow now was 53.

1. Associated Press video (2:48 )
2. FOX News video (17:13)

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Time remembers Tony Snow

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Family of mother murdered during carjacking speaks-out

Tina Davila was a mother of 5

UPDATE: August 11, 2009: Breaking News: Tina Davila murder suspect arrested


(July 2, 2008) Heart-wrenching.  That may best describe this morning’s Today Show live interview with two children and the ex-husband of Tina Davila (please see video below).

Davila’s teenage children struggled to find the right words. At times, no words came out.  But these were moments that told so much about the pain still fresh on this family’s doorstep.

Host Meredith Vieira even seemed to have difficulty holding back tears near the end of the interview.

Who can blame her?

Tina Davila was murdered as she walked up to a Houston-area cell phone store to pay her bill.  Someone wanted her car.

But Davila’s 4-month-old baby was inside that car.

And as surveillance video featured in the Today Show story clearly demonstrates, Davila fought and died while protecting her child.

The man suspected of stabbing Davila to death has yet to be found.  A spokesperson for the Harris County Sheriff’s Department says 24-year-old Timoteo Rios might be in Mexico.

Murder suspect Timoteo Rios might be in MexicoInvestigators say Rios is an illegal immigrant with a criminal record.

Anyone with information about this case can call Crime Stoppers of Houston at 713-222-TIPS.

More could be said here, but no words written by this blogger could approach the compelling story told in the video below; nor express the reasons why a murder suspect must be caught.

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NBC journalist Tim Russert dead at 58 ( MSNBC coverage )

Tim Russert, host of NBC’s Meet the Press, has died. Russert reportedly collapsed at work and appears to have died from a heart attack.

MSNBC reports:

Russert was recording voiceovers for Sunday’s “Meet the Press” broadcast when he collapsed, the network said.
He had recently returned from Italy, where his family was celebrating the graduation of Russert’s son, Luke, from Boston College.

Russert was also a political analyst for NBC Nightly News and the Today show.

MSNBC’s coverage can be viewed here.

additional info:

-from presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama:

I considered him not only a journalist but a friend. There wasn’t a better interviewer on television, a more thoughtful analysts about politics.” He was “one of the finest men I know.

“I am grief-stricken with loss and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family.” (Washington Post)

-from presumptive GOP nominee Sen. John McCain:

I am very saddened by Tim Russert’s sudden death…Cindy and I extend our thoughts and prayers to the Russert family as they cope with this shocking loss and remember the life and legacy of a loving father, husband and the preeminent political journalist of his generation.

He was truly a great American who loved his family, his friends, his Buffalo Bills, and everything about politics and America. He was just a terrific guy. I was proud to call him a friend, and in the coming days, we will pay tribute to a life whose contributions to us all will long endure.

-from The Buffalo News (Russert’s hometown newspaper)

-Russert was a board member of Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame

-from MSNBC @ 2:17pm PST: “…an autopsy is underway.”

-Sen. Joe Lieberman on Tim Russert:

He was Explainer in Chief of our political life.

-Andrea Mitchell of NBC News:

Tim was our friend, our leader, our cheerleader, our teacher, my mentor.

-from President George W. Bush

Laura and I are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Tim Russert. Those of us who knew and worked with Tim, his many friends, and the millions of Americans who loyally followed his career on the air will all miss him.
As the longest-serving host of the longest-running program in the history of television, he was an institution in both news and politics for more than two decades. Tim was a tough and hardworking newsman. He was always well-informed and thorough in his interviews. And he was as gregarious off the set as he was prepared on it.
Most important, Tim was a proud son and father, and Laura and I offer our deepest sympathies to his wife Maureen, his son Luke, and the entire Russert family. We will keep them in our prayers.

-Transcript of the initial NBC News coverage of Russert’s passing:

I’m Tom Brokaw, NBC News. And it’s my sad duty to report
this afternoon that my friend and colleague, Tim Russert, the moderator of “MEET
THE PRESS” and NBC’s Washington Bureau Chief, collapsed and died early this
afternoon while at work in the NBC news bureau in Washington. Tim had just
returned from a family trip to Italy with his wife, Maureen Orth, the writer,
and his son, Luke. They were celebrating Luke’s graduation from Boston College
just this spring. Tim, of course, has been the host of “MEET THE PRESS” longer
than any other person in that long-running television broadcast. He has been a
very familiar face on this network and throughout the world of political
journalism as one of the premier political analysts and journalists of his time.

Tim, 58-years-old, grew up in Buffalo and he wrote a No. 1 best selling “New
York Times” book called, “Big Russ and Me,” about his childhood and especially
about his relationship with his father, big Russ. That was followed by another
No. 1 “New York Times” best seller called, “The Wisdom of our Fathers.” That
book was inspired by the many letters that he received from other children
talking about their relationship with their fathers.

This was one of the most important years in Tim’s life for so many reasons. He
loved this political campaign. He worked to the point of exhaustion so many
weeks, not just on “MEET THE PRESS,” but on MSNBC, and with our colleague, Brian
Williams, of course, during the debates and on “Special Coverage” on NBC Nightly

Tim was a true child of Buffalo and the blue collar roots in which he was
raised. For all of his success, he was always in touch with the ethos of that
community. Just last week, he was back in Buffalo moving his father from his
home to another facility. His father now in his late 80s. Big Russ, it goes
without saying, our heart goes out to him and all members of Tim’s family.

Tim loved his family, his faith, his country, politics. He loved the Buffalo
Bills, the New York Yankees and the Washington Nationals.
He of course had season tickets to that team when they moved to Washington. We
will have additional details throughout the evening here on NBC News and MSNBC,
of course.

Brian Williams will have continuing coverage.

But to repeat, our beloved colleague, one of the premier journalists of our
time, Tim Russert, died this afternoon after collapsing at work at the NBC News
bureau in Washington, D.C. And I think I can invoke personal privilege to say
that this news division will not be the same without his strong, clear voice.
He will be missed as he was loved, greatly.

I’m Tom Brokaw, NBC News in New York.

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Tonight’s Larry King Live to focus on Strong City church

Larry King


Watch the program here. (May 9, 10:50am PST)

I’ve been told Jeff Bent, son of arrested LOR church leader Wayne Bent, will also appear on tonight’s program. This is not yet confirmed. (May 8, 12:08pm PST)


CNN’s Larry King Live is scheduled to include a segment this evening focussed on the The Lord Our Righteousness Church and this week’s arrest of church leader Wayne Bent. has learned scheduled guests include former church member Prudence Welch and British filmmaker Ben Anthony.

Anthony produced the documentary, The End of the World Cult. The program first aired in the United Kingdom December 12, 2007 on Channel 4.

Later, a revised edit of Anthony’s documentary found an audience in the United States.National Geographic Chanel promo Inside a Cult appeared on the National Geographic Channel April 23, 2008.

NGC repeated Inside a Cult May 7, 2008.

According to its Web site, the National Geographic Channel will be showing Inside a Cult, once again, May 11 at 12am (please check your local listings).

Larry King Live promo

If you want to hear more from Prudence Welch, you can watch my 46-minute interview with her here.

Welch also recently appeared in an interview with Shepard Smith of FOX News. That interview certainly got the attention of her mother.

Welch’s mother lives at Strong City and soon fired-off her own videos.

You can watch it ALL (Shepard Smith interview, Welch’s mother’s videos and my interview with Welch) by clicking here.

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