- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 22, 2009

Jade Goody

LONDON (AP) _ Jade Goody, who turned her tumultuous life and struggle with cervical cancer into a one-woman reality show, died Sunday. She was 27.

Goody died at home after a long and public battle with cervical cancer, said her publicist, Max Clifford.

Mocked as a slob, then celebrated as an everywoman, Goody lived one of the world’s most public lives, with cameras capturing everything from her racial slurs to her cancer diagnosis and chemotherapy.

Goody gained fame in 2002 at age 21 when she joined the British version of the reality television show “Big Brother,” in which contestants live together for weeks and are constantly filmed. She became a divisive star and something of a national touchstone who sparked debate about race, class and celebrity.

While filming of an Indian version of “Celebrity Big Brother” in the summer of 2008, Goody received a diagnosis of cervical cancer by telephone from a doctor in Britain. The camera captured the deeply personal moment, which was shown repeatedly on TV.

The progress of her illness was chronicled in detail in the tabloid press and weekly magazines. She underwent surgery and chemotherapy in the public eye _ filming part of the experience.

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George Weber

NEW YORK (AP) _ George Weber, a longtime WABC-AM radio reporter, died Sunday. He was 47.

Weber was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment, the victim of an apparent homicide, ABC News Radio Vice President Steve Jones said.

Weber worked at WABC for 12 years as the on-air reporter for popular shows such as “Curtis and Kuby.” The station let him go amid programming changes last year, and he had since worked as a freelancer for ABC News Radio, the national network. His last newscast was on March 15.

Weber was a veteran radio newsman who worked at stations including KGO in San Francisco and KTLK and KMPC in Los Angeles before coming to New York.

While at WABC, Weber contributed to “Live from City Hall with Mayor Mike and John Gambling,” a weekly show featuring Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The show and host John Gambling moved to WOR-AM last year.

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