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Man stabbed to death at Calgary party was kind of son every parent wants: father

CALGARY - The father of a young man stabbed to death at a house party says his boy was the poster child for the kind of son every parent wants. Bruce Rathwell told mourners at his son Zackariah's funeral Tuesday that the young man was athletic, artistic, loved music and spent years as a Boy Scout. A display at the front of the Calgary chapel was a testament to the 21-year-old's interests and accomplishments. It included three guitars, a Boy Scouts uniform, rugby jersey, hockey equipment and skates. There was also a large photograph and what appeared to be a self portrait

Nobel winner Garcia Marquez, master of magical realism, dies at 87

By Anahi Rama MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Colombian author whose beguiling stories of love and longing brought Latin America to life for millions of readers and put magical realism on the literary map, died on Thursday. He was 87. A prolific writer who started out as a newspaper reporter, Garcia Marquez's masterpiece was "One Hundred Years of Solitude," a dream-like, dynastic epic that helped him win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.

Garcia Marquez widow "full of sadness," a friend says

Mexico City, Apr 18 (EFE).- Mercedes Barcha is "full of sadness" for the death of husband Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a family friend said Friday as he was leaving the Mexico City home of the late Nobel laureate. "She's fine, constantly answering the telephone, full of sadness but calm," journalist Jacobo Zabludovsky said. Zabludovsky made his statement after stepping out of the author's home, where "Gabo" died Thursday at the age of 87. "This is an occasion for national mourning," Zabludovsky said. "For me he was the most important writer in the world at that time."

Garcia Marquez widow "full of sadness," a friend says

Mexico City, Apr 18 (EFE).- Mercedes Barcha is "full of sadness" for the death of husband Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a family friend said Friday as he was leaving the Mexico City home of the late Nobel laureate. "She's fine, constantly answering the telephone, full of sadness but calm," journalist Jacobo Zabludovsky said. Zabludovsky made his statement after stepping out of the author's home, where "Gabo" died Thursday at the age of 87. "This is an occasion for national mourning," Zabludovsky said. "For me he was the most important writer in the world at that time."

The life of Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombian author and Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who crafted enchanting stories that blurred the line between magic and reality, died on Thursday at the age of 87. * Garcia Marquez was born in 1927 in Aracataca, a town near Colombia's Caribbean coast. His childhood in the banana-growing backwater influenced the settings and characters in some of his novels, including the protagonist in "No One Writes to the Colonel," said to be based on his ex-soldier grandfather.

List of works by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Colombia's Nobel literature laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who died Thursday, was a prolific writer and pioneer of magical realism whose seminal work was "One Hundred Years of Solitude." Here is a selection of novels, articles and other works written by Garcia Marquez: NOVELS "Leaf Storm" (1955) "No One Writes to the Colonel" (1958) "In Evil Hour" (1962) "One Hundred Years of Solitude" (1967) "The Autumn of the Patriarch" (1975) "Chronicle of a Death Foretold" (1982) "Love in the Time of Cholera" (1985)

Northwestern appeals labour board ruling that its college scholarship athletes are employees

WASHINGTON - Northwestern University is asking the National Labor Relations Board to overturn a regional director's ruling that the school's football players are employees under federal law and thus entitled to unionize. The university filed a formal appeal board Wednesday. Northwestern says that it had presented "overwhelming evidence" that its athletic program "is fully integrated with its academic mission, and that it treats its athletes as students first." The players are set to vote by secret ballot April 25 on whether to form a union.

Book Talk: Roddy Doyle on music and language in 'The Guts'

By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Award-winning Irish author Roddy Doyle brings a few of his earliest characters back in his latest book, "The Guts", an achingly funny novel about some of life's more serious issues. Doyle is on his familiar Dublin turf in the book about Jimmy Rabbitte, the former manager of an Irish soul band who appeared in his first book "The Commitments" in 1987.

Illinois Supreme Court strikes down eavesdropping law as too broad

By Eric M. Johnson (Reuters) - The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday struck down as unconstitutional a state eavesdropping law, one of the strictest in the United States, saying it criminalized recording a sweeping array of innocent behavior such as fans cheering at an athletic event. The ruling is a big blow to the 1961 Illinois Eavesdropping Act, which had made it a felony to record audio of conversations unless all parties consented, a deeply controversial restriction in an age of ubiquitous mobile phones.

Popularity of "The Walking Dead" shows no signs of waning

Los Angeles, Mar 13 (EFE).- "The Walking Dead," AMC's drama series about a post-apocalyptic world dominated by flesh-eating zombies, appears to have plenty of staying power based on the strong viewership for the show's fourth season. "We don't know how long it will last," creative director Scott Gimple said at a Screen Actors Guild gathering in Los Angeles that was also attended by Robert Kirkman, creator of the comic book on which the series is based, and two of the show's actors, Lauren Cohan and Steven Yeun.
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