Roger Ebert, one of the United States’ most influential film critics who used newspapers, television and social media to take readers into theatres and even into his own life, was laid to rest Monday (local time) with praise from political leaders, family and people he’d never met but who chose movies based on the direction of his thumb. “He didn’t just dominate his profession, he defined it,” said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a brief eulogy to hundreds of mourners who gathered at Holy Name Cathedral just blocks from where Ebert spent more than 40 years as the film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times
In Western societies, disposing of a dead body has come down to two choices: there’s burial, and there’s cremation.
A 9-year-old girl was laid to rest Wednesday as a 15-year-old girl, described as an acquaintance, was in court on charges she carried out the younger girl’s murder On Wednesday, Olten’s family looked towards closure as two drastically different scenes unfolded in Missouri.
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“The greatest expectations were placed upon Ted Kennedy’s shoulders because of who he was,” observed President Barack Obama in his eulogy, “but he surpassed them all because of who he became.” Thus did a sitting President honor the man who never became one, acknowledging that power is wielded in many ways. It was fitting that, in a church famous for its healing miracles, the funeral service was a celebration of private love, for the scarred and broken family he held together; of personal strength in the face of “a string of events that would have broken a lesser man”; and of a public life spent in merry battle. “While his causes became deeply personal, his disagreements never did,” Obama declared.
Nine police officers were killed and 11 wounded in a suicide bombing north of Baghdad on Saturday, local officials told CNN. The senator’s funeral is scheduled for Saturday at Boston’s Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica in Boston’s Mission Hill section. Dozens of Kennedy’s fellow senators are scheduled to attend as well as three former presidents — Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W
Sen. Ted Kennedy will be buried Saturday at Arlington National Cemetery after a private funeral Mass.
Sen. Edward "Ted" Kennedy didn’t wear his faith on his sleeve, but those close to him say Catholicism was much more than an ethnic and cultural identity. Kennedy’s family chose Boston’s Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, also known as the Mission Church, for his funeral Mass on Saturday.
Sen. Edward Kennedy’s close friends and family prepared for a memorial service at the JFK Presidential Library on Friday as mourners from all walks of life continued their own personal farewells. Numerous political heavyweights are expected to speak at the “celebration of life” service, including Vice President Joe Biden, Connecticut Sen.