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September 23rd

Wanda Sykes: I had a double mastectomy

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(CBS) Comedienne Wanda Sykes made a very serious revelation during an interview on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

In the appearance, which is set to air Monday, Sykes admits that she was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year and decided to have a double mastectomy.

"I had breast cancer," Sykes, 47, said, according to reports. "Yeah, I know it's scary."

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Wanda Sykes (born March 7, 1964. 47 years old) is an American writer, stand-up comedian, actress, and voice artist. She earned the 1999 Emmy Award for her writing on The Chris Rock Show. In 2004 Entertainment Weekly named her as one of the 25 funniest people in America. She is well known for her role as Barbara Baran on The New Adventures of Old Christine and for her appearances on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm. In November 2009 The Wanda Sykes Show, her own late-night talkshow, premiered on Fox, airing Saturday nights. It ended in April 2010.

Sykes also had a successful career in film, appearing in Monster-in-Law, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Evan Almighty, and License to Wed, and voiced characters in Over the Hedge, Barnyard, Brother Bear 2, Rio, and Ice Age: Continental Drift.

September 21st

The End of R.E.M., and They Feel Fine

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R.E.M., the underground band from Athens, Ga., that helped invent the alternative-rock sound of the 1980s, said on Wednesday that its members were splitting up after 31 years of making music together.

September 17th

Death in Kennedy, Mondale, & Percy Family (US Politics)

One must bring up "Death Comes in Threes" myth.  This time it will be "Political Death Triad" rather than "Celebrity Death Triad".

Also, both Kennedy & Mondale were 51 years old.

  • September 16, 2011 - Kara Kennedy Allen, daughter of the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy, died Friday night at a health club in Washington, D.C.  Kennedy Allen, 51, had just taken a swim in the club, according to multiple people on close terms with the Kennedy family, who said she was found in the steam room by another gym member.
  • September 17, 2011 - Eleanor Mondale Poling, 51, daughter of former Vice President Walter Mondale, died at her Minnesota home early on Saturday after a six-year battle with brain cancer.
  • September 17, 2011 - Charles H. Percy, a brilliant businessman who represented Illinois for nearly 20 years in the U.S. Senate, once headed the chamber’s powerful Foreign Relations Committee, and harbored unrealized ambitions to run for the presidency, died early Saturday. He was 91.

September 16th

Hollywood Stunt Pilot Crashes Aircraft, 11 dead and 58 injured

Jimmy Leeward died on September 16, 2011, when his aircraft went off course and crashed into the crowd at the National Championship Air Races at Reno Stead Airport, northwest of Reno, Nevada, killing 11 and injuring 58 spectators. Early eyewitness news accounts, as reported on CNN, said that it appeared Leeward knew he was going to crash and tried to avoid the grandstands

James Kent "Jimmy" Leeward (October 21, 1936 – September 16, 2011) was an American air racer, owner of the Leeward Air Ranch in Ocala, Florida, and the pilot of the heavily modified North American P-51 Mustang racing aircraft, The Galloping Ghost.  Jimmy Leeward had several film credits as a stunt pilot, actor, crew and himself.

September 7th

Russian jet carrying top hockey team crashes, killing 43 people

A Russian jet carrying the Kontinental Hockey League’s Lokomotiv Yaroslavl crashed shortly after takeoff Wednesday, killing nearly all of the club’s players and coaches on what the president of the International Ice Hockey Federation called “the darkest day in the history of our sport.”