Archive for November 3rd, 2008

Obama’s Grandmother Dies…

Monday, November 3rd, 2008


Barack Obama’s grandmother dies


Barack Obama with his maternal grandparents Stanley and Madelyn Dunham Photo: Reuters

Madelyn Dunham, 86, was ill with cancer


The Associated Press
Mon., Nov. 3, 2008

CHARLOTTE, N.C.Barack Obama’s ailing grandmother died Monday in Hawaii, a day before Obama was to stand election for the presidency, his campaign announced.


Madelyn Payne Dunham was 86.


The Democratic presidential candidate announced the news in a joint statement with his sister Maya Soetoro-Ng. The statement said Dunham died peacefully after a battle with cancer.


Obama last saw her on Oct. 23-24 when he took a break from campaigning and flew home to visit her.


“She was the cornerstone of our family, and a woman of extraordinary accomplishment, strength, and humility. She was the person who encouraged and allowed us to take chances,” Obama said in a statement. “She was proud of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and left this world with the knowledge that her impact on all of us was meaningful and enduring. Our debt to her is beyond measure.


The candidate learned of her death Monday morning while he was campaigning in Jacksonville, Florida. He planned to go ahead with campaign appearances.



Saving Marriage…

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

Saving Marriage



Produced and directed by John Henning and Mike Roth


When Massachusetts becomes the first state to recognize gay marriage, a constitutional amendment immediately emerges that would take that right away. Now, seasoned lobbyists and rookie activists are in the battle of their lives. The holy grail of gay rights is within reach, and their fight to save marriage will change forever how people – including them — view same-sex relationships. Civil rights history begins a new chapter in Massachusetts, and Saving Marriage is there on the scene as the drama unfolds.





Obit…Yma Sumac

Monday, November 3rd, 2008


Yma Sumac, ‘Peruvian songbird’ with multi-octave range, dies at 86


Bursting onto the American music scene after signing with Capitol Records in 1950, the raven-haired Sumac was known as the “Nightingale of the Andes,” the “Peruvian Songbird” and a “singing marvel” with a 4 1/2-octave (she said five-octave) voice.


The singer with a persona matching her exotic voice became an international sensation in the 1950s.


By Dennis McLellan
November 3, 2008


Yma Sumac, the Peruvian-born singer whose spectacular multi-octave vocal range and exotic persona made her an international sensation in the 1950s, has died. She was 86.   (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)