The normally staid Centers for Disease Control is helping the masses preparing for the Rapture, coming Saturday in case you didn't know, which is potentially putting a damper on your summer plans.
Yes, the CDC has compiled Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse which is obviously, given the lowly number, a beginning course. Or, as a zombie might put it, a gut class.
Your federal tax dollars are hard at work, folks.
Buddy Miles is dead.
The drummer died Tuesday at home in Texas of conjestive heart failure. He was 60. You might know him as man assaulting the skins on "Them Changes" or from a live record with Carlos Santana.
From Chris, who was writing from South Dakota: "I feel a profound sadness at the loss of someone who I considered a father to me and I only hope you can possibly help other people see how he lived and how much he actually gave back to the community and those around him. Craig was a great man who thought nothing of himself and always thought about the welfare of others before considering himself."
I'd spent an evening in May with Craig and his newest little brother, Pernell Francis, as "Perry" wolfed down a meal and a half at Tony Luke's. Craig visited Perry each week, picking him up at his South Philly rowhouse, taking him to dinners, and other events in Perry's packed life. The column's here. That's Craig and Perry, together in this photo, being honored by U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah this September.
Thursday's column about the Wawa in the Northeast Philly that has a hugging problem prompted this email from Cindy Newman, which she allowed me to post:
As a recently retired law enforcement officer having read your column today regarding hugs at a local WaWa Store I was sadly reminded of an incident that occurred during my career. I was blessed to have spent the last 17 years working in S. Florida in a school-based policing program. We were a pro-active unit whose purpose was not just enforcement. We saw our students everyday, taught in the classrooms, built positive relationships with them outside of the arena of law enforcement. We were part of their everyday lives and I loved everyday I went to work with "my" kids.
But you watched The Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder.
Barbaro is gone. The Kentucky Derby winner was euthanized in his stall this morning, ending his fight to survive the catastrophic injury he suffered during the May 20 Preakness Stakes.
Devotion from his cyberfans lasts forever. On Tim Woolley's horseracing site, some comments reflect strangely deep sorrow:
I must admit that on hearing the sad news of Barbaro's passing, the only other times that I have felt so empty and so devastated was when President Kennedy was assassinated, and when the World Trade Center Twin Towers collapsed.
What spokesman James Hagerty failed to understand was that the column was a spoof.
The writer replied, "Hagerty is wrong. I write adulterated rot."