Saddam Hussein Was Executed Tonight By Hanging

Saddam Hussein Was Executed Tonight By Hanging

The Times of London announced tonight that:

“Saddam Hussein was hanged shortly before dawn today after the Iraqi Government rushed through the formalities of his final hours.  With unexpected speed, the Iraqi Prime Minister swept aside any remaining political hurdles and signed the former dictator’s death sentence.  Iraqi and US officials met for almost three hours late last night to confirm that all legal requirements for the execution had been met.

The official witnesses to the execution gathered at the green zone in Baghdad in the early hours as final preparations were made.  A gallows had been erected in a parade ground still dominated by a triumphal arch formed of crossed swords held in hands modeled on Saddam’s own.  Judge Moneer Haddad, who was one of the official witnesses, told The Times that he read the death warrant to Saddam before asking him for his last wish and request.  Another witness, a Muslim cleric, then asked Saddam to deliver his final words.”

SADDAM HUSSEIN’S VERDICT:  SENTENCED TO DEATH BY HANGING

VIDEO OF SADDAM HUSSEIN’S DEATH BY HANGING

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And A Happy New Year!

WAITING FOR THE FIREWORKS

NEW YEAR’S EVE FIREWORKS IN CHICAGO

NEW YEAR’S EVE FIREWORKS IN PARIS

PHOTOGRAPHIC SLIDESHOW: HAPPY NEW YEAR!

James Brown: Tribute at The Apollo Theater

JAMES BROWN LIES IN REPOSE AT THE APOLLO THEATER

The occasion for obituaries is death, which is sad.  But the subject of obituaries is life itself, which is wonderful.

Today’s New York Times reported:

With pomp, circumstance, chants and song, New York City is bidding farewell to James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, today in Harlem.

The proceedings, which had a slightly festive mood, commenced shortly after noon today as a white hearse escorted by a police car pulled up in front of …The House of Justice on West 145th Street and Mr. Brown’s 24-karat-gold coffin was transferred into a white carriage drawn by two white Percheron horses with feather plumes on their heads.

A crowd that had been waiting since before 9:30 a.m. surrounded the glass-sided carriage and began the 20-block walk down Malcolm X Boulevard toward the Apollo Theater on 125th Street.

Walking behind the carriage were…Frank Copsidas, Mr. Brown’s personal manager; Charles Bobbitt, Mr. Brown’s business manager; Ollie Woodson, a member of The Temptations in the 1980’s; Fred Wesley, the trombone player; and other friends and fans.

The crowd chanted “soul power” and the procession moved quickly along.

Mr. Brown died of congestive heart failure on Monday morning at age 73.

Several hundred people cheered as the carriage stopped in front of the the Apollo’s marquee, which read, “Rest in Peace Apollo Legend, The Godfather of Soul, James Brown, 1933-2006.”  Pallbearers then carried Mr. Brown’s coffin into the theater, where it was placed on the stage and opened for mourners to view the body.”

VIDEO:   JAMES BROWN: IN REPOSE AT THE APOLLO THEATER

NEW YORK TIMES MULTIMEIA SLIDESHOW:   A REMEMBRANCE OF JAMES BROWN

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