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Lottery for Stephen Hawking Service Has One Odd Detail

Time travelers are welcome to apply

(Newser) - No time travelers showed up at the party Stephen Hawking held for them in 2009, but they'll still be welcome when he's laid to rest. In what was apparently a form of invitation, not an error, people entering the lottery to attend the late professor's memorial service... More »

A Superhero Funeral for a Superhero Boy

Townville shooting victim Jacob Hall laid to rest surrounded by all his favorite characters

(Newser) - No sadder news emerged in the aftermath of the Townville school shooting last month than the death of 6-year-old Jacob Hall . But though his family and friends lost the South Carolina first-grader much sooner than they should have, they didn't lose his spirit—which is why a variety of... More »

Dallas Chief's Stevie Wonder Speech Resonates

Chief David Brown delivered soulful tribute at memorial service

(Newser) - President Obama delivered a stirring call for unity at Tuesday's memorial service for five slain Dallas police officers, but the city's top cop's soulful tribute is the one getting the most attention. Dallas Police Chief David Brown recited lyrics from Stevie Wonder's "As," explaining... More »

In Florida for Dad's Memorial, Man Drowns Saving Daughter

William Moritz died saving 6-year-old caught in rip current

(Newser) - As a GoFundMe page set up in his honor notes, William Moritz died doing "what any great father would do": saving his young daughter. The 28-year-old Michigan man was in Jacksonville Beach, Fla., for his own father's memorial service, per Action News Jax , but a morning swim on... More »

New Service Will Send Email From Beyond the Grave

'Yahoo Ending' will delete documents, deactivate accounts, more

(Newser) - With a quarter of Japan's population already 65 and older, a new service from Yahoo Japan called Yahoo Ending aims to help people plan for their own afterlives, including the digital details. For $1.80 a month, subscribers can plan their funerals, manage their posthumous online content, and create... More »

2 Hoffman Memorial Celebrations Planned: Mom

Public events set for New York City, Rochester

(Newser) - Two public celebrations of Philip Seymour Hoffman's life are planned, says his mother—one in New York City and one in Rochester, New York. At a screening of the Hoffman film Capote in Rochester, critic Jack Garner read a statement by Marilyn O'Connor thanking fans and friends for... More »

Obama at Texas Memorial: 'You Are Not Forgotten'

President travels to Waco near site of plant explosion

(Newser) - President Obama and the first lady took part in a memorial service in Waco, Texas, this afternoon for the victims of last week's fertilizer plant explosion . While the "eyes of the world may have been fixed on places far away, our hearts have also been here in your... More »

At Service, Biden Calls Tsarnaevs 'Knock-off Jihadis'

Boston remembers MIT officer Sean Collier

(Newser) - Joe Biden called the Tsarnaev brothers "two twisted, perverted, cowardly, knock-off jihadis" during the memorial service today at MIT for slain campus officer Sean Collier, reports CNN . "It infuriates them that we refuse to bend, refuse to change, refuse to yield to fear," the VP said of... More »

Jessica Chastain Skips Father's Memorial Service

But she didn't consider him her true dad

(Newser) - Oscar-nominated actress Jessica Chastain didn't attend her father's memorial service yesterday—but it's not because she's too busy, the Daily News reports. Chastain hasn't communicated with biological father Michael Monasterio in years and considers Michael Hastey, her stepdad, to be her true father. Chastain hasn'... More »

Families Blast Aurora Theater for Invite to Re-Opening

'Ridiculously offensive' email called a stunt

(Newser) - Family members of nine of the victims from July's movie theater shootings in Aurora, Colo., are furious over what they call "ridiculously offensive" email invitations to a memorial event to re-open the theater, reports AFP . The theater's parent company, Cinemark, says it intends to re-open the Century... More »

RFK Jr: 'I Did Everything I Could to Save Her'

Mary Richardson Kennedy's funeral worsens family divide

(Newser) - Robert F. Kennedy Jr. told mourners yesterday that he was blameless in the death of wife Mary Richardson Kennedy, who hanged herself last week after a long battle with depression. “I know I did everything I could to help her,” Kennedy said in his eulogy at a church... More »

Somber Japan Marks Year Since Quake

Country pauses to remember its dead

(Newser) - At 2:46pm local time today, people all across Japan stood in silence to remember the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami exactly one year ago that killed more than 19,000 people, destroyed 370,000 homes, and created the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl, reports the AP... More »

Nicholson Mourns 'Soulmate' Hopper

Friends, family, and locals attend memorial Mass

(Newser) - Mourners including Jack Nicholson and Val Kilmer remembered Dennis Hopper yesterday at his memorial Mass. The actor was laid to rest in New Mexico, where he first went in 1969 while scouting locations for Easy Rider and lived for 12 years. Nicholson, who acted alongside Hopper in Easy Rider, called... More »

Obama Eulogizes W.Va. Miners

In praising 29 men who died in explosion, president criticizes safety sustem

(Newser) - President Obama paid tribute this afternoon to the miners who died in the explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia, implicitly criticizing the mine-safety system as he celebrated the lives of the 29 men who perished, reports the Hill . "How can we fail them?" he asked.... More »

Poland Holds Memorial for Crash Victims

Thousands mass as 2 days of mourning begin

(Newser) - Church bells pealed and emergency sirens blared across Poland at 8:56am local time today to mark the minute a week earlier that a plane crashed as it attempted to land in Russia, claiming the life of Polish President Lech Kaczynski, his wife, and 94 others. Thousands of Poles massed... More »

20K Honor Slain Wash. Cops

Service draws fellow officers from across continent

(Newser) - An estimated 20,000 law-enforcement officials from the US and Canada today joined families and friends of the four cops gunned down last week at café in Washington state. Some 2,100 cars made a four-hour procession through Lakewood and Tacoma to a service at the Tacoma Dome. More »

Images From Fort Hood Service

Emotional memorial service recognizes victims

(Newser) - Here are images from today's memorial service at Fort Hood for the 13 people killed in last week's shooting spree. "We knew these men and women as soldiers and caregivers," President Obama told the crowd. "You knew them as mothers and fathers; sons and daughters; sisters and... More »

Obama Salutes Victims, One by One

President speaks at memorial service at Fort Hood

(Newser) - President Obama spoke the names and told the stories today of the 13 people slain in the Fort Hood shooting rampage, honoring their memories even as he denounced the "twisted logic" that led to their deaths. "No faith justifies these murderous and craven acts; no just and loving... More »

Obama, First Lady Meet Victims' Families

Fort Hood hosting memorial service for victims

(Newser) - Stepping for the first time into the role of national consoler, President Obama is honoring the 13 people slain in the Ft. Hood shooting rampage by remembering what they left behind, offering personal stories about the lives they touched and the service they provided to their country. The president and... More »

DJ AM Tribute Vid Hits the Net

(Newser) - While most footage of DJ AM’s memorial is still hush-hush, a tribute video from last week's service has hit the Internet, E! Online reports. The video, compiled by friends, shows the DJ behind his turntables with pals such as Jay-Z, Travis Barker, and Sam Ronson. It also shows him... More »

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