Here's my own brief look at some of the more notable celebrity deaths of 2009. As always, they fall into two categories: "The Good Riddance List" and "The Folks We'll Miss List."
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One would remain an enigma whose legend mystified millions, while the other became a high profile murderer who horrified millions more.
I do not want to create the false impression that compassion was the sole criteria parole commissioners faced during former Manson Family member Susan Atkins' 2009 hearing.
Israeli government approves construction of hundreds of new homes in occupied West Bank. How do you say, "Up yours, Obama " in Hebrew?
I asked readers to imagine sitting on the California parole board to decide whether to grant convicted murderer Susan Atkins "compassionate release" based on her terminally ill condition.
Isn't it up to God to forgive the truly horrible, like members of the Manson Family? Should we forgive all mass-murderers? Must we go that far?
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