Joan Rivers dies at age 81

Comedian Joan Rivers died in a New York hospital Thursday afternoon, a week after suffering cardiac arrest during a medical procedure, her daughter said.

“She passed peacefully at 1:17 p.m. surrounded by family and close friends,” Melissa Rivers said in a written statement.

Joan Rivers: A pointed, pioneering comedian

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Survivor lead singer Jimi Jamison is dead

Jimi Jamison, who belted out the hits “The Search is Over” and “Burning Heart” for 1980s rock band Survivor, has died. He was 63.

“The entire Survivor family is very shocked and saddened by the passing of our brother Jimi Jamison,” the band’s official Facebook page said. “Our thoughts, love and prayers go out to his family and friends.”

Jamison joined the band in 1984 after Survivor scored the No. 1 hit “Eye of the Tiger,” from the “Rocky III” soundtrack. Original lead singer Dave Bickler left the band for medical reasons.

Jamison sang on five Top 20 singles. In addition to “The Search is Over,” which peaked at No. 4, and “Burning Heart,” which made it to No. 2 on the charts and was on the “Rocky IV” soun

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TuscaloosaNews.com

BIRMINGHAM | Police say a man is dead after being shot in the head at a Birmingham park.
Al.com reports 50-year-old McDaniel Watson was shot a about 10 p.m. Friday while walking with his wife in George Ward Park in the city’s Glen Iris neighborhood. Police said Saturday that Watson was taken to UAB Hospital, where he died.
Police say Watson and his wife were approached in the park by a man who asked for Watson’s wallet, then shot him in the head and fled.
Police were still investigating Saturday. No arrests had been announced.

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OPELIKA | Two pedestrians were killed in a traffic accident in Opelika.
Lee County Coroner Bill Harris said police found two people, 42-year-old Angela Brooks and 51-year-old Ronald Edwards, seriously injured Friday night in an accident on Columbus Parkway.
Brooks was flown by helicopter to Midtown Medical Center in Columbus, Georgia, where she died.
Edwards was taken to East Alabama Medical Center, and then flown to UAB Hospital in Birmingham. He died in the hospital’s intensive care unit.
Authorities said Brooks and Edwards were attempting to cross the parkway when they apparently stepped in front of a westbound vehicle. The accident remains under investigation.

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Colorado man killed in Dale County wreck – News – Dothan Eagle

A Colorado man was killed in a one-vehicle accident early Wednesday morning in Level Plains.

Dale County Coroner Woody Hilboldt said the 30-year-old man, whose identity was not released pending next-of-kin notification, died of injuries sustained in the accident.

Hilboldt said the man was traveling on County Road 1, crossed a railroad track at a high rate of speed and veered off the road. The driver overcorrected, resulting in the accident, which ejected him from the vehicle.

The accident remains under investigation by the Level Plains Police Department.

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Pratville man pleads guilty in toddler death

WETUMPKA – A Prattville man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the 2013 death of an Elmore County toddler.

Joey Alan Grizzell, 28, of the 100 block of Teri Lane, entered the plea Monday morning before Circuit Judge John Bush, courthouse records show. Grizzell was originally charged with murder in the Feb. 6, 2013, incident that lead to the death of 13-month-old John Keller Monson.
The state is recommending a sentence of 16 years. The length of sentence isn’t random, said District Attorney Randall Houston.
“Any sentence over 15 years, and the defendant is not eligible to receive ‘good time,” Houston said. “They wind up spending the majority of their sentence in prison. Grizzell will have to spend