- The Washington Times - Friday, April 3, 2009

Tom Wardell Braden

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Tom Wardell Braden, a former CIA agent who helped launch CNN’s political debate show “Crossfire,” has died. He was 92.

Braden died Friday of natural causes at his home in Denver, according to his daughter, Susan Braden of Takoma Park, Md.

Braden also was known for writing “Eight is Enough,” a 1975 book about his eight children that inspired a TV show.

Braden was born in Greene, Iowa and graduated from Dartmouth College. After serving with the British and U.S. armies during World War II, he joined the CIA.

He returned to Washington and helped start a local radio and TV show called, “Confrontation.” Then in 1982, he took the same idea of partisan sparring and created “Crossfire” with Pat Buchanan. He left the show in 1991.


Jim Guinan

NEW YORK (AP) _ Jim Guinan, the founder of an iconic Irish bar and general store in suburban New York that became the subject of a memoir by a Wall Street Journal columnist, has died. He was 83.

Guinan died Wednesday in a Tampa, Fla., hospital from heart failure, his family said.

Guinan was the founder of Guinan’s Country Store and Pub in Garrison, about 50 miles north of Manhattan. The store closed Jan. 31, 2008, after nearly 50 years in business and Guinan moved to Lutz, Fla., to live with a daughter and her husband.

The pub became nationally known when Wall Street Journal writer Gwendolyn Bounds moved to the town off the Hudson River after 9/11 and wrote about Guinan’s in her book “Little Chapel on the River.”

In the preface to her memoir, Bounds wrote, “This is the story of a place, the kind of joint you don’t find around much anymore, a spot where people wander in once and return for a lifetime.”

She continued, writing that, for some people, going to Guinan’s “was something of a religion… There was even a pastor of sorts _ Jim _ who on a good night could tell a story that might run as long as a Sunday sermon.”


Kyle Woods

WACO, Texas (AP) _ Former Baylor defensive back Kyle Woods, paralyzed from the neck down during a practice in 1979, has died. He was 49.

Woods had a heart attack on March 22 and never regained consciousness. He died Thursday at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, the university announced in a news release.

As a 19-year-old sophomore from Dallas, Woods fractured his neck and severely damaged his spinal cord while making a tackle during a Baylor practice in 1979.

Former Baylor coach Grant Teaff set up a trust fund that same year that was used to help purchase a home for Woods in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas, where he lived for 29 years, The Dallas Morning News reported in a Friday obituary.

In 2000, Baylor professor L.M. Dyson and former teammates Scott Smith and Robert “Radar” Holt raised $92,000 to buy Woods a van with a wheelchair lift.

In 2003, they began a campaign to build Woods a bigger, more accessible house. Baylor gave $60,000, and $160,000 more was raised to go toward a home for Woods in Cedar Hill. The home was also furnished with new furniture and appliances.

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