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Former Syracuse Great Dwayne ‘Pearl’ Washington Dies at 52

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0225-pearl-1jpg-2e54cbace9c8feeeFormer Syracuse great Dwayne ‘Pearl’ Washington passed away at 52. Washington was diagnosed with a brain tumor last summer and received surgery in the fall.

Washington grew up in Brooklyn, New York where he first received his nickname “The Pearl” for his skills on the court. Nearing the end of High School, Washington became the most sought after recruit in 1983. He committed to Syracuse under Coach Jim Boeheim.

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Washington proved to be a great asset to the Syracuse team and is recognized for helping Syracuse become a well-known name in basketball.

Washington earned All-American status from 1984-1986. He was named first-team All-Big East twice, and he was the conference tournament’s most valuable player in 1986. He led the Orange in assists and steals during each of his three seasons with the school. Syracuse was 71-24 when Washington was with the team.

In 1986 Washington was the No. 13 overall pick by the New Jersey Nets in the NBA draft, with whom he played two seasons. Washington played his final NBA season with the Miami Heat.

Syracuse retired Washington’s No. 31 jersey on March 2, 1996.

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Michael Strahan to Join ABC’s “Good Morning America”

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michael-strahan-320Former Football Michael Strahan is leaving the “Live! With Kelly and Michael” morning program to join ABC’s “Good Morning America” for a full-time spot starting in September, ABC announced Tuesday morning. ABC is hoping Strahan will help it gain new ground in TV’s ever-intensifying morning-news wars.

Strahan has become a large TV presence with his stints as a commentator for Fox Sports’ football coverage and being the host of a new kid-award franchise on Nickelodeon. He will retain his duties as a football analyst for Fox in the fall.

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Strahan has been a twice-a-week presence on “GMA” for the past two years, bringing a new energy to the broadcast.

“Michael has been a stellar addition to the broadcast.  Over the past two years on ‘GMA,’ he’s proven to be a tireless and versatile broadcaster with an incredible ability to connect with people, from veterans to American pop culture icons and newsmakers,” said James Goldston, president of ABC News, in a memo sent to staff. “He will end a four year run as Kelly Ripa’s co-host on ‘Live!,’ where he has honed his skills as an interviewer with genuine warmth and a quick wit.  At ‘GMA,’ he’ll now have even more opportunities to tell stories that inspire, inform and empower people.

Strahan is joining “Good Morning America” at a critical time when morning shows are losing overall viewership. During Strahan’s time on “Live,” it was ranked number one among entertainment daytime talk shows.

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Famous ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ Mom Passes Away

posted by Corine Gatti

Doris Roberts played the famous in-law who kept everyone in stitches on television’s best sitcoms, “Everybody Loves Raymond” died Sunday peacefully in her sleep.

She was 90. Roberts played the role of Marie Barone, an obnoxious mother-in-law living across the street from her son Raymond (Ray Romano) and his wife Deborah (Patty Heaton). “Everybody Loves Raymond” became the longest sitcom to run on the network, and morphed into an American icon. The show ran for nine seasons, and is still treasured today. Her television family shared their thoughts on her passing.

Heaton Tweeted that it was an end to an era. “Truly the end of an era. My wonderful TV mother-in-law and ELR nemesis Doris Roberts was a consummate professional from whom I learned so much,” she said in a statement along with a photo of herself with Roberts. “She was funny and tough and loved life, living it to the fullest. Nothing gave her greater joy that her three wonderful grandchildren, of whom she was so proud. It truly was a privilege Doris. I love you and miss you.” Roberts, who started acting during the 1950s, won numerous awards for her role on the sitcom and worked for over six decades in television and films. Fans will also remember her role in “Remington Steele” during the 1980s where she played secretary Mildred Krebs. Roberts was awarded five Emmy awards over her career.

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In a statement Romano shared that Roberts was simply an amazing woman who was full of life and spirit.

“She never stopped. Whether working professionally or with her many charities, or just nurturing and mentoring a green young comic trying to make it as an actor, she did everything with such a grand love for life and people and I will miss her dearly.”

Here are a couple of quotes from Marie B.!

“Ray, we told you you were a good writer so that you would think you were a good writer. See, then somebody gave you a job. That’s what parents do, they all lie to their kids for their own good.”

“Your father, his idea of culture is an undershirt with sleeves.”

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Runners Remain Boston Strong at 120th Boston Marathon

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CgQGhoGXIAE3W0OThe 120th Boston Marathon, held on Monday, was another race filled with powerful memories of what it means to be “Boston Strong.”

Three years ago, the marathon was marked with bombings at the finish line, killing three civilians and injuring over 260 others.

This year for the first time two runners who had each lost a leg in the bombings completed the 26.2 mile course. Patrick Downes and Adrianne Haslet-Davis each ran on a prosthetic leg.

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“I feel like I’m celebrating the body that I have left, and it feels spiritual,” Downes told The Boston Globe before the race. “It feels triumphant.”

The race took place on a gorgeous day; however the presence of strong security was evident. Authorities said they found no credible threats to the race.

On the men’s side, 21-year-old Lemi Bernahu Hayle of Ethiopia won in 2:12:44 seconds, pushing himself one minute ahead of Lelisa Desisa, who won the race last year.

Atsede Baysa was the women’s winner, creating a five-year streak in which Ethiopian women had won the race, finishing at 2:29:19.

Despite the bombings several years ago, people flocked from all over the world to watch and participate in the Boston Marathon. Over 16,000 males and 14,000 females were entered into the race. It was an extremely diverse group of runners, with every U.S. state represented and citizens of 99 world countries.

The energy and spirit brought this year to the marathon once again shows that no matter how tragic or horrific an event, the world will remain Boston Strong.

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