February 1, 2013
Ed Koch, the combative former mayor of New York City, died early Friday morning at 88 of congestive heart failure.
Mr. Koch had entered New York-Presbyterian Hospital Thursday for the fourth time in recent months because of fluid
build-up in his lungs. He had rallied several times in his 80s from health scares, and just three months ago had
descended 16 flights of stairs despite spinal stenosis, a pacemaker and heart problems after his Manhattan apartment
lost power during Hurricane Sandy's flooding. He stayed with his sister in New Jersey until electricity was restored.
As mayor from 1978 to 1989, Mr. Koch rallied the morale of New Yorkers after years of rising crime and fiscal problems. He
was known for his signature phrase, "How'm I doin'?"
Mr. Koch won three terms as mayor after a stint in the House of Representatives, but his electoral career also features
two high-profile losses: To Mario Cuomo in the 1982 Democratic primary for governor and to David Dinkins in the 1989
primary for mayor. (Mr. Koch had defeated Mr. Cuomo in the 1977 mayoral primary.) He remained active in politics after
leaving office, endorsing Republicans as well as members of his own party, and campaigning tirelessly for independent,
nonpartisan drawing of legislative districts.
Koch also appeared in several movies and Television shows as himself such as "The Muppets take Manhattan", "The First
Wives Club", "Spin City" and "Picket Fences"
february 1, 2013
Barney, the Scottish Terrier that accompanied
former President George W. Bush through his
entire two-term presidency, has died. He was
12 and a half years old.
They say if you want a friend in Washington,
you should get a dog. President George W.
Bush brought one with him from Texas.
Barney was a mainstay in the White House
during his eight-year residency.
In a statement, the former president
announced his friend’s passing:
"Laura and I are sad to announce that our
Scottish Terrier, Barney, has passed away.
The little fellow had been suffering from
lymphoma and after twelve and a half years of
life, his body could not fight off the illness.
Barney and I enjoyed the outdoors. He
loved to accompany me when I fished for bass
at the ranch. He was a fierce armadillo
hunter. At Camp David, his favorite activity
was chasing golf balls on the chipping green."
The Bush family was known to dress the dog
up for holidays. His comedic YouTube videos
were ahead of their time.
February 19, 2013
Lou Myers, who played Mr. Vernon Gaines on the
1980s TV series A Different World, has died. He was 77
Myers passed away at the Charleston Medical Center
in West Virginia, where he was being treated for a
heart-related emergency. He had previously been
hospitalized in December for pneumonia and again in
January after he collapsed at home.
On Tuesday, Feb. 19, Myers' heart stopped and he fell
into a coma. According to TMZ, he died just a few hours
The actor, who also had roles in The Wedding Planner,
Tin Cup, It's kind of a Funny Story, and How Stella Got
Her Groove Back, is survived by his son and mother.
C. Everett Koop
February 25, 2013
Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. C. Everett Koop, seen here in 2002, raised the profile of the surgeon
general by riveting America's attention on the then-emerging disease known as AIDS and by railing against
smoking. He has died in New Hampshire at age 96.
When C. Everett Koop finished his 8-year term as surgeon general in 1989, he left behind a landscape
where AIDS was a top research and educational priority, smoking was considered a public health hazard,
and access to abortion remained largely intact.