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Comedian and actor Robin Williams a suicide at age 63

The Hollywood Reporter was reportedly told by Mara Buxbaum, Williams' publicist that: "Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time." Williams' third wife, Susan Schneider, told the paper: "This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken.

New Yorker writer Roger Angell honored by Baseball Hall of Fame

Roger Angell, a writer for The New York magazine, was recognized by the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York as the recipient of their writing honor, the J. G. Taylor Spink Award. Primarily a fiction editor at the magazine, Angell has been writing about baseball for over 50 years.

"Up the Down Staircase" author Bel Kaufman dead at 103

A former New York City high school teacher whose classic first novel, published in 1965, spent more than a year on the New York Times best-seller list, Bel Kaufman died at home in Manhattan at the age of 103. Story-telling was in her blood: her maternal grandfather was the celebrated Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem.

NY governor's team savaged for ethics investigation meddling

After promising an independent commission to investigate corruption in New York State government, and then abruptly ending the commission's work, The New York Times publishes full details of the work of the committee. Ranging from inappropriate influence and allegations of meddling from supporters and members of Governor Andrew Cuomo's administrative team, the detailed dissection of the goings on are likely not be the type of influential media coverage a politician hopes for just months before a re-election campaign.

Popular actor James Garner dead in Los Angeles at 86

Down-to-earth actor James Garner, born James Scott Bumgarner in Norman, Oklahoma on 7 April 1928, won acclaim in successful television series as a popular weekly guest in viewers homes. Grandson of a native-American, he gave his production company the Cherokee name.