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Parents Denied Access to Dead Daughter's Facebook

German court overturns prior ruling

(Newser) - When a 15-year-old girl died after being hit by a subway train in Berlin in 2012, her parents tried to access her Facebook account to determine whether it was an act of suicide. In 2015, a German court ruled in their favor, saying the girl's contract with Facebook passed... More »

Trayvon Martin About to Receive College Degree

Florida Memorial University to honor him with posthumous aeronautical science bachelor's

(Newser) - If Trayvon Martin were alive today, he would be 22 and perhaps preparing this month for his college commencement. One Florida school is giving his parents the honor of accepting a degree for him. CNN reports that Florida Memorial University will bestow a posthumous bachelor's degree in aeronautical science... More »

Dead People Have Donated $586K to Politicians

And some people want those donations to be unlimited

(Newser) - Last week, someone noticed that a super PAC loyal to Mitch McConnell had gotten a $100,000 contribution from GOP mega-donor Bob Perry on June 3, which seemed odd given that Perry died back on April 13. The PAC later said there had been a clerical error, and that it... More »

Mormons Also Baptized Daniel Pearl

Posthumous baptisms continue to cause uproar

(Newser) - The Mormon Church is already under fire for posthumously baptizing Anne Frank and the parents of Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal , and now it turns out the church did the same thing to Daniel Pearl. The Wall Street Journal reporter, who was killed in Pakistan soon after 9/11, was baptized last year... More »

Activists to Harvard: Give Degrees to Expelled Gays

Group wants students expelled by 'secret court' in 1920 recognized

(Newser) - In 1920, seven students were expelled from Harvard University because they were gay or thought to be gay—and now a group of students and faculty wants the school to award the seven with posthumous degrees. The group also wants Harvard to formally abolish its "secret court," the... More »

Unlikely Grammy Winner: Steve Jobs

Apple founder will be honored for contributions to music industry

(Newser) - Guess what Lady Gaga, Eminem, and Steve Jobs have in common? All are Grammy Award winners. Yes, really. For his revolutionary work with entertainment technology, Steve Jobs will be awarded a posthumous Grammy in February, the Huffington Post reports. The Apple founder will receive the Trustees Award because he "... More »

New Hendrix Disc the Real Deal

Don't expect new musical frontiers, but the Experience still sounds great

(Newser) - At long last, the rights to Jimi Hendrix’s music have been settled, and tomorrow we’re getting our first blast of never-before-heard psychedelic rock with Valleys of Neptune. Does it satisfy? The critics weigh in:
  • Most posthumous Hendrix releases have been “exploitive scraps,” writes Greg Kot of
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New Jackson Single No Classic

Response to 'This Is It' tepid from critics, all over the place from fans

(Newser) - Michael Jackson’s posthumous single was released to much hype, but the critical response is lukewarm and fan reactions are mixed. A sampling:
  • In a roundup of fan comments on Michael Jackson’s website, the Times reports that while some are pleased—“This single is great, even better than
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Jacko's Final Single Debuts

'This Is It' was written in 1991 but left off Dangerous

(Newser) - Michael Jackson's first posthumous single premiered this morning on his website, featuring backing vocals by his brothers. "This Is It" was written for the 1991 album Dangerous, but was cut before the album was released; it will be the only new song on a double CD coming later this... More »

Jackson Left Behind Secret 100-Song Library

(Newser) - Michael Jackson might have a few albums left in him. The singer left behind over a hundred recorded songs that could now be released posthumously, the Times reports. The songs were made for his children, according to Jackson biographer Ian Halperin, but because the singer also left behind about $400... More »

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