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Gail Campbell Woolley Book "Soar" Being Published Posthumously

After battling sickle cell anemia, a rare, painful, and misunderstood blood disease that affects mostly people of color, Gail Campbell Woolley died on March 16, 2015.

Woolley’s powerful story sheds light on the suffering from this horrific illness, and raises awareness of this overlooked disease that affects the African American community. It lacks proper treatment and funding for research. In sharing her story, Woolley hoped to change the quality of care for those suffering and living with this illness, and to pursue a cure for this genetic condition that affects an estimated 100,000 people in the U.S. alone.

Written in engaging, direct no-nonsense prose that reflects her many years in journalism (Baltimore Sun, Washington Times, Washington Star), SOAR chronicles Gail’s life from diagnosis to death and shows how certain aspects of her disease helped shape her indomitable spirit in ways that can inspire each of us – even if death does not lurk in our blood cells.

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John Whiteside, Commercial Flight Instructor, Newspaper Distributor

John Whiteside, 77, a commercial flight instructor in the late 1960s and 1970s with the American Flyers Airline Corp., died Sept. 28 at a hospital in Fairfax, Va. The cause was complications from sick sinus syndrome, a heart rhythm disorder, said a brother, Phil Whiteside.
Mr. Whiteside was born in Miami Beach and moved to the Washington area in 1958. He worked for the Washington Star and later The Washington Post as a newspaper distributor until he retired in 2005.

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Bruce Rader, Carol Hudson, Jim Ducibella are Media Hall of Fame finalists

Jim Ducibella, who was a sports writer at the Washington Star and Virginian-Pilot for three decades, is also a finalist. He is already a member of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.

Duce, as he is known, because of his Italian heritage, now writes for William and Mary's office of university relations.

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Baltimore Sun cartoonist Kevin 'KAL' Kallaugher wins National Press Foundation's Berryman Award

The Berryman Award, which was funded by former Washington Star art critic Florence Berryman in 1989 in memory of her father and brother, who were both Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonists, will be presented to KAL with a $2,500 prize at the press foundation’s annual awards dinner in February.

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Dennis Lewis, July 27, 1939 - November 2, 2017

A former Washington journalist, union activist and a veteran, died peacefully November 2, 2017, of apparent heart failure at the Potomac Manor nursing home in Potomac Md. He was 78. Lewis, a native of Norristown, Pa., worked as a columnist at both the "Washington Star" and the "Washington Times" during the 1970s and 1980s, writing about local radio and television news and personalities. He later worked 15 years as a production editor at the Bureau of National Affairs (BNA), a newsletter publishing company now owned by Bloomberg Inc. and headquartered in Arlington, Va. While working as a radio-television columnist, Lewis frequently interviewed Howard Stern and Larry King, who were then working in Washington in the early stages of their careers. While at the "Washington Star" and BNA, Lewis was an activist with the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild (WBNG), the union which represented employees at both companies. He was a co-chairman of the BNA unit for a number of years, served on the WBNG Executive Council, and participated in several Newspaper Guild national conventions. Lewis was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill, and an active participant with the St. Mark's Players theater group, performing in various roles and writing program articles. Lewis, whose original name was Richard Dennis Kennedy, changed his name as an adult after researching his family history. A few years after graduating from Norristown High School in 1957, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and received journalism training at the Defense Information School (DINFOS) at Fort Slocum in New York State. He served at a post in Saudi Arabia during part of his enlistment. As a teenager Dennis become very interested in politics and was an avid member of the "Young Democrats of America." This led him to a lifelong passion and involvement with the party and the issues of the day. Lewis was born July 27, 1939.

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James O.E. Norell - April 12, 1943 - September 25, 2017

NRA has lost one of its greatest communicators with the sudden passing of James O. E. Norell. Norell passed while vacationing in Chincoteague, Va., on Sept. 25, 2017. He was 74 years old.
For more than four decades, Norell crafted many of the compelling arguments on behalf of NRA leadership that motivated millions of NRA members to continue their staunch defense of their constitutional Right to Keep and Bear Arms—often successfully reaching out to and converting those who held opposing beliefs about gun ownership. As the first Director of Communications for NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, Norell was once considered the voice in Washington when it came to public dissemination of NRA’s message.
Prior to his tenure at NRA-ILA, Norell worked as a journalist for various newspapers, including the Washington Star, before becoming press secretary to Idaho Senator James McClure. After his NRA-ILA service, Norell went on to work at Legal Services Corporation. Norell was an avid hunter, gun collector and fisherman. He was an NRA Benefactor member, and was a member of NRA's Public Affairs Committee. Norell also has many award-winning screenwriting and filmography credits to his name. He appeared regularly on American Rifleman TV as a subject matter expert on certain firearms.

Full article: NRA's Voice for Freedom