July 6th, 2012
02:50 PM ET

Andy Griffith died of heart attack, death certificate says

Andy Griffith's death certificate says the actor died of a heart attack, after years of suffering from other illnesses, including coronary artery disease.

The North Carolina native had long endured hypertension and hyperlipidemia, his certificate said, which can suggest high cholesterol or high triglycerides.

The heart attack occurred about 24 hours before he died, the certificate says. Griffith passed away at 7 a.m. Tuesday morning and was buried less than five hours later.

He was 86.

Most known for his role as the sheriff of Mayberry on the CBS series "The Andy Griffith Show," Griffith "has been laid to rest on his beloved Roanoke Island," the family said in a statement issued Tuesday.

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Andy Griffith dies at 86
July 3rd, 2012
12:15 PM ET

Andy Griffith dies at 86

Actor Andy Griffith, the man who played folksy Sheriff Andy Taylor in the fictional town of Mayberry, has died at the age of 86, Sheriff J.D. "Doug" Doughtie of Dare County, North Carolina, said Tuesday.

Griffith died at about 7 a.m. at his home on Roanoke Island, the sheriff said in a statement. The statement did not provide a cause of death.

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Best known for his role on "The Andy Griffith Show," the actor also starred as a murder-solving Southern attorney in the television series "Matlock" during the 1980s and 1990s. He was also known for his roles in movies and on the stage, as a producer and as a Grammy Award-winning gospel singer.

Ron Howard, who played Taylor's son, Opie Taylor, on "The Andy Griffith Show," said he is "forever grateful" to the actor.

"His pursuit of excellence and the joy he took in creating served generations & shaped my life," Howard said on Twitter.

Time: 'The Andy Griffith Show' helped shape America

2003: Griffith says love was theme for 'Andy Griffith Show'

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Overheard on CNN.com: Richard Dawson, TV 'Hero' and smooching game-show host
Richard Dawson appears with cast members of "Eight Is Enough" on "Family Feud" in April 1978.
June 4th, 2012
01:57 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Richard Dawson, TV 'Hero' and smooching game-show host

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

"It's like my dad said, 'There are people dying now who never died before.' RIP Richard, you were a big part of my childhood.
Jim Steele

Richard Dawson, longtime "Family Feud" host and actor, died Saturday night in Los Angeles. Readers responded to news of Dawson's death, fondly recalling his TV shows and acting roles, his penchant for kissing female guests on "Family Feud" and that show's famous phrase, "survey says." Several "Hogan's Heroes" fans jumped in to comment. What would be on your list?

Former 'Family Feud' host Richard Dawson dies

Several readers mentioned "Family Feud."

Snowball12: "Survey SAYS!: Thanks for all the great years of entertainment. You had wit, swagger and charm, and we’re going to miss you. RIP, Richard and condolences to your family and friends."

ReallyJersey: "His salute on the cheek was appreciative while never crossing the line into salaciousness. This was a gentleman who knew how to do that politely, with class and flair. He wanted to be a nice guy you would feel comfortable sitting next to. ... He succeeded by making us feel like we were all invited to be part of playing a party game among our friends and neighbors. Bless you Richard, for making us laugh and smile. My sincere sympathy to his family and many friends."

"Hogan's Heroes," a sitcom set in a World War II German camp, left a particular mark on many readers. Some of the actors had served in the military, and some were Jewish and had fled Germany. Dawson portrayed Corp. Peter Newkirk, one of the Allied officers.

2nova: "Aw Richard you'll always be Newkirk to me. My brother liked 'Hogan's Heroes' when I was just little, so of course I watched it, too. Our parents, a WWII vet and a refugee of the Holocaust, always grumbled that it made the Nazis too likable and goofy, but even they had to smile at it. A different time. A time whose positive aspects you were representative of.  RIP, sweetheart."

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'Whale Wars' captain freed on bail from German jail
Activists put up a poster calling for a German court to free Sea Shepherd leader Paul Watson.
May 21st, 2012
11:02 AM ET

'Whale Wars' captain freed on bail from German jail

Controversial Sea Shepherd conservationist and "Whale Wars" star Paul Watson was released from a German jail on Monday after posting 250,000 euros ($318,000) bail in an extradition case from Costa Rica.

Watson, whose attempts to disrupt Japanese whalers at sea gained fame through Animal Planet’s “Whale Wars” TV show, was detained last weekend at the Frankfurt airport after Costa Rica issued an international request for his arrest.

Costa Rican authorities allege that Watson’s crew aboard Sea Shepherd’s Ocean Warrior ship endangered a Costa Rican fishing vessel during a confrontation off Guatemala’s coast in 2002, according to the Frankfurt court.

The court ruled Friday that Germany will consider the request and that Costa Rica will have 90 days to make its case. The German Ministry of Justice then will decide whether to extradite Watson.

Speaking outside the prison Monday, Watson defended what happened in the Costa Rica case.

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Gotta Watch: Obama grabs late night laughs with a song
President Obama joins Jimmy Fallon in a slow jam.
April 25th, 2012
07:07 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Obama grabs late night laughs with a song

President Obama took time from his hectic schedule to unwind and share some laughs on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" Tuesday night. The president is well-known for singing in public, but last night he took on a slow jam with the late night host. You've "gotta watch" Obama's performance.

First lady Michelle Obama, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry are among the political figures who have also enjoyed some leisure time lately on the late night talk show circuit.  See how they've poked fun at themselves and others in front of a national TV audience.

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Obama slow jams with Jimmy Fallon

President Obama has sung before, but last night he and Jimmy Fallon team up for a special slow jam session on Fallon's late night talk show. Watch to see what they sing about.

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Romney's top ten: 'Gingrich? Really?'

Mitt Romney stopped by David Letterman's show to share the top ten things he'd like to share with the American people. Be sure to see number one on his list.

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First lady gets Leno spoof treatment

Jay Leno has a little video editing fun with some footage of First lady Michelle Obama. Check out what he has her do.

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Perry pokes fun of himself on Letterman

Gov. Rick Perry appeared on David Letterman's show to poke fun at his presidential debate performance. Watch how he smooths over his infamous "oops" moment.

'America's oldest teen' Dick Clark dies
April 18th, 2012
03:48 PM ET

'America's oldest teen' Dick Clark dies

[Updated at 4:34 p.m. ET] Broadcast icon Dick Clark, the creator and longtime host of "American Bandstand," has died, publicist Paul Shefrin said. He was 82.

Clark suffered a heart attack while at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica for an outpatient procedure, his publicist said. "Attempts to resuscitate were unsuccessful."

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Photos: Clark through the years

Clark suffered what was then described as "a mild stroke" in December 2004, just months after announcing he had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

That stroke forced Clark to cut back on his on-camera work, including giving up the hosting duties for the "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" specials. He reappeared as a co-host with Ryan Seacrest on December 31, 2005.

His "American Bandstand" work, which he began as a local TV show in Philadelphia in 1956, earned him the nickname "America's oldest living teenager." The show was picked up by ABC and broadcast nationally a year later.

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Olbermann sues Current TV days after firing
April 5th, 2012
06:30 PM ET

Olbermann sues Current TV days after firing

Television personality Keith Olbermann sued his former employer, Current TV, on Thursday, claiming breach-of-contract, unfair dealing and disparagement in an action filed in California Superior Court.

Current TV's co-founders, including former Vice President Al Gore, ousted Olbermann (pictured) last week.

"This action is necessary as Current has repeatedly and willfully breached its written agreement with Olbermann," the lawsuit said, "often continuing to do so after receiving specific notices to cure such breaches.

"In its most recent breach, Current unilaterally, and without cause, terminated its Agreement with Olbermann. Current's sudden and public termination of Olbermann was the latest in a series of increasingly erratic and unprofessional actions undertaken by Current's senior management," the lawsuit said.

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This Week's Top Videos
March 30th, 2012
02:50 PM ET

This Week's Top Videos

Editor's Note: This post is a recap of the top five videos on CNN.com from the past week. So in case you didn't catch our best videos during the week, here is your chance to see what you missed.

The most watched video on CNN.com this week was the surveillance video of George Zimmerman in handcuffs after the Trayvon Martin shooting. Following as the second most popular video was a firsthand account of the erratic Jet Blue pilot who was subdued by passengers. Rounding out the top five are a heart-warming reunion between a soldier and an excited dog, a teen signing sensation, and finally, an open mic mishap from President Obama. Check out the videos below and see what everyone else was watching this week on CNN.com.

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Zimmerman in handcuffs night of shooting

Police surveillance video shows George Zimmerman arriving at the police department in handcuffs the night of shooting.

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Witness: Fliers 'wrestle' JetBlue pilot

A JetBlue passenger describes the incident that caused a flight to be diverted.

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Dog goes nuts when soldier comes home

A dog can't contain himself after seeing his owner come home from Afghanistan.

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Teen takes TV talent show by storm

Jonathan Antoine's booming opera voice leaves judges on "Britain's Got Talent" pronouncing him the next Pavarotti.

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Open mic catches Obama seeking help

An open mic catches President Obama seeking help from Russia's outgoing president for NATO's missile defense.

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March 23rd, 2012
07:01 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Celebs 'attacked' by food and other surprises

Kim Kardashian was able to laugh off a flour-bomb attack in West Hollywood Thursday night. She joins the ranks of other stars who have received similar surprises. You've gotta watch how other big-name celebs handled their "attacks."

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Kim Kardashian gets flour-bombed

Police say a woman walked up to Kim Kardashian and doused her with what they believe was a bag of cooking flour.

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'Dictator' spills ashes on Seacrest

Actor Sacha Baron Cohen, dressed as his character from "The Dictator," spills ashes on Ryan Seacrest at the Oscars.

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Cruisin' for a bruisin'

Pranksters and protesters take aim at celebrities and politicians with everything from water guns to pies.

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Murdoch's wife's 'very good left hook'

Rupert Murdoch's wife tries to save him from a pie in the face. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports.

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Gotta Watch: Wild antics on 'Toddlers and Tiaras'
Alana Thompson stars in TLC’s “Toddlers and Tiaras.”
March 16th, 2012
11:39 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Wild antics on 'Toddlers and Tiaras'

Alana Thompson is the 6-year-old known as “Honey Boo Boo Child” on TLC’s “Toddlers and Tiaras.” Her huge personality and hilarious antics made her a favorite on the reality show, but she and her mother have also been the subject of several controversies this year. Alana has been seen using “pageant crack” and dancing on a bar. Yesterday, mother June Shannon defended her daughter on HLN. You’ve Gotta Watch this pageant family.

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Not a ‘sleazy bar’

Alana Thompson’s mom sets the record straight on the notorious video showing the little girl dancing on a bar for dollars. Learn why she defends the event.

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Bar dancing

If you missed the video that caused this controversy in the first place, we’ve got it for you. This YouTube video shows Alana dancing on top of a bar. You’ve got to see what she’s wearing.

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‘Pageant crack’

How do those tiara-wearing toddlers get so peppy onstage? Many of them inhale sugary Pixie Stix to get an energy boost. Watch to decide what’s in Honey Boo Boo’s mysterious “go-go juice.”

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Pawn shops' popularity rises with TV shows, down economy
The Van Nuys Pawn Shop in Los Angeles is seeing an increasing number of customers turn to it for short-term loans.
March 9th, 2012
06:43 PM ET

Pawn shops' popularity rises with TV shows, down economy

For years, pawn shops have had a seedy and hopeless connotation: people pawning items for short-term loans because they can’t get a loan from a bank or don’t qualify for mainstream credit. But over the past five years or so, pawn shops have had a whole new light shed on them.

In this down economy, especially with high credit-card and bank-loan interest rates, pawn shop business is up. Pawn popularity also is up because of reality shows like the History Channel’s "Pawn Stars."

(Click the audio player to hear more on this story from CNN Radio's Jim Roope)

"Pawn Stars" features the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas and its owner, Rick Harrison, who says pawning is banking at its most basic.

"You give collateral on a loan; (if) you don’t pay it back, you lose your collateral, and that’s the end of it," Harrison said. "There is no turning you into a credit reporting agency. There’s no suing you, no garnishing your wages. It’s just that simple."

Cesar Salgato, manager of Van Nuys Pawn in Los Angeles, says that over the past four or five years, his business has increased 60%.

"A lot of the middle class and upper middle class is starting to pawn," Salgato said. "It's incredible, the amount of money that goes out for meeting mortgages and meeting payroll."

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Overheard on CNN.com: Davy Jones, did you make the last train to Clarksville?
Mark Stepaniak of Stuart, Florida, says he and some friends met Davy Jones just days before he died. Do you have memories?
February 29th, 2012
08:08 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Davy Jones, did you make the last train to Clarksville?

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

"Just dug out my old Monkees album. Dusted off the B.I.C. turntable; cleaned the needle with rubbing alcohol on a Q-tip. Fired up the huge, ancient, Pioneer (two-channel) receiver. Threw the wax on the platter. The pops and clicks are part of 'Pleasant Valley Sunday.' Turned it up real loud. Memories never sounded so good."
–allmosttoast

Jones' death at 66 has sparked a massive amount of genuine, heartfelt comments. Daydream Believers, Clarksville residents and denizens of Status Symbol Land remembered meeting and idolizing the musician from The Monkees.

The Monkees' Davy Jones dead at 66

iReporter Mark Stepaniak of Stuart, Florida, just got to meet Davy Jones a few days ago. He and some friends went to The Black Marlin restaurant after a February 23 performance and caught up with the star, whose wife was in a show at the Lyric Theatre across the street. Stepaniak took the photo at the top of this post, which shows Rebecca Anderson and Sara Mullen posing with Jones, and decided to send it in to CNN. He has fond memories going back to childhood.

“As a kid, I would always watch their TV shows and would listen to their records, back when they were vinyl," Stepaniak said.

Below is the most-liked comment, a fond farewell to Jones. One replying reader pointed out that the other David Jones owes a little something to Davy.

MrBunbury: "Thank you for the music Davy, a true class act. They don't make 'em like you anymore. Rest in peace."

Ras137: "Actually they do, the music industry today pretty much functions the way the Monkees were created. Get a bunch of pretty people, have professional songwriters give them their material. Endlessly promote them. The ignorant masses buys it up. Wash. Rinse. Repeat. Even with all that, you can't deny the greatness of some of their singles: 'I'm a believer,' 'Pleasant Valley Sunday,' 'Daydream Believer.' RIP Davy Jones. As a side note, without Davy Jones we would not have David Bowie (whose original name is David Jones, but changed to avoid confusion with this Davy Jones). So I guess we would have David Jones and the Spiders from Mars. Just seems wrong."

One reader recalled once meeting Jones. FULL POST

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February 8th, 2012
06:10 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Hey Clint Eastwood, make my day

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

"Clint Eastwood doing 'Spaghetti' car commercials ... priceless."
–jedclampet1

Readers buzzed about a Super Bowl ad featuring Clint Eastwood, wondering if "halftime in America" was a political statement or a misunderstood ad slogan.

Don't pick a fight with Clint Eastwood
Were politics buried inside Eastwood's 'Halftime' commercial?

We took a look at responses to a couple of the stories about this subject. Turns out some of our posters are big fans of Dirty Harry, and we saw a variety of descriptions of the actor.

Is he conservative? Some readers said Clint Eastwood ...

"... is a Republican. I don't think he would have done this to plug for President Obama. Maybe the ad is just the truth." –Rrigo

"... is a Hollywood liberal. And a joke." –jcg20

"... has stated that he is a libertarian. Therefore I honestly doubt the ad was politically motivated." –JohnnySeven

"... is an American folk hero, and a lifelong Republican." –bp4truth

"... still has a seemingly naive notion that government can work." –nzgrrj

"... is a staunch conservative (I don't hold that against him as he is a brilliant film maker) so it is not likely he would be endorsing Obama - something (Rove) could never figure out with his tiny brain." –statman29

There were some readers who got the feeling that there were politics behind the ad, whether Eastwood realized it or not. FULL POST

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Overheard on CNN.com: M.I.A.'s flipped bird takes flight after Super Bowl
M.I.A.'s middle finger was definitely not missing in action during the Super Bowl halftime show Sunday night.
February 6th, 2012
02:57 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: M.I.A.'s flipped bird takes flight after Super Bowl

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

"Obscenity mars Super Bowl halftime show? I think you meant Super Bowl halftime show mars obscenity. No gesture, cursing, or wardrobe malfunction could be nearly as offensive as that 'music' was to my ears."
–HoopleDoople

It's amazing how one little finger can say so much, without actually speaking. M.I.A.'s centermost digit performed its own Super Bowl halftime show, inviting obligatory morning-after comparisons to the infamous Janet Jackson "wardrobe malfunction" of yore. Lots of people are talking about it. Commenters, too.

Middle finger 'malfunction' mars Super Bowl halftime show

A quote from Devon Soltendieck of Montreal got people riled up.

"Can we all stop pretending #MIA flipping the Finger during the halftime show is offensive in 2012?" he asked. That got people talking.

IdahoJ: "Yeah, it is. Ever gotten the bird from another driver on the highway? Or flip it at someone who cuts ahead in a line? So yeah, we can brush it off, but we don't like it when it's us who are on the receiving end ... Point is, what's the point? All it did was cheapen the act IMO ... If obscene gestures and language is what people want to see, more power to them. Personal choice. Just stand in front of your mirror at in the privacy of your own home, make all the rude gestures and abuse yourself verbally all you want."

Saresudog: "IdahoJ, when people do that to me, I just laugh at them. When you get angry you're just empowering the person. If you have such low self esteem that a simple gesture or word angers you, than you got some real big problems. I don't know how you survive in this cruel world. Funny how we teach children about 'sticks and stones,' but a lot of adults don't seem to understand the concept. One reader said he's heard and probably said worse, but doesn't want that kind of stuff on TV. Others wondered if the whole thing was such a big deal."

Some said they've seen and done worse, but they were still bothered. FULL POST

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Overheard on CNN.com: Jesus' take on helping poor, Trump's big endorsement
Readers are debating how President Barack Obama's religious beliefs should affect his economic policies.
February 2nd, 2012
07:30 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Jesus' take on helping poor, Trump's big endorsement

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

Our readers had varying thoughts on a story about President Barack Obama's comments on how his religious beliefs affect his policy decisions at the National Prayer Breakfast.

Obama: Jesus would back my tax-the-rich policy

Many disagreed with Obama.

RoboKnuckle: "For the first time in your presidency I can say that you are right Mr. Obama. People should be helping their less fortunate neighbors as the Bible says. But here is where you are wrong: I don't remember the Bible stating that we should give it to the government for them to decide who our donations help. I believe that is why there are numerous charities and nonprofit organizations available for people to do this on their own. I have very little faith in the government getting my donations to the deserving parties."

Others said Jesus would lean a bit to the left.

FreeRadicals: "Jesus would be a liberal. I can't imagine how he would react to the GOP pretending to be Christians."

But many readers didn't think the government needs to be the vector for social assistance.

papillon1: "Yes, Jesus taught us to be compassionate and help the poor, but where does Jesus tell us to have Big Government do it for us? We are to do it directly. Get government out of the welfare business, and let us keep our dollars for local people helping local people."

Others said one should not confuse religion and government. FULL POST

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Overheard on CNN.com: 'Soul Train' founder brought peace, love, soul to many
"Soul Train" creator Don Cornelius, shown here on the set of the show in the '70s, died from a gunshot wound on Wednesday.
February 1st, 2012
03:00 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: 'Soul Train' founder brought peace, love, soul to many

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

"It's better to celebrate the life of someone rather than mourn their loss in death. Therefore, I say thank you, Don Cornelius. You were a credit to the human race. You helped facilitate the spread of Soul as the conductor of the train, giving artists an outlet beyond the confines of the industry machine so we all could be inspired. Let the Soul Train Scramble Board read: 'Rest in Power Don Cornelius.' "
–Manny UNO Cortez

Our readers are remembering "Soul Train" founder Don Cornelius today after he was found dead of a gunshot wound. He was 75. Authorities are investigating the incident. We're seeing lots of tributes from our readers who said Cornelius inspired them in so many ways.

Authorities: 'Soul Train' founder dead of gunshot wound

This comment echoed the thoughts of many who said Cornelius' appeal transcended race and culture:

cherriterri: "I grew up in inner-city Chicago and didn't know there were any other radio stations other than WVON. I loved the Ohio Players and once called to request a song when Don was still doing his show on air. LOL. I asked him if it were okay if I were white. He chuckled and said if it was what I wanted to hear, then it was okay. (I think I was about 11 at the time.) He said it didn't matter what color I was (in that awesome deep voice of his) and that music had the power to make everyone the same color. In that short conversation, he confirmed what I believed even then, color just didn't matter. :) I watch 'Soul Train' religiously every Saturday. The man was pure class. He inspired me. Rest in Peace, Don."

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Overheard on CNN.com: Sometimes you buy a vowel, sometimes you buy a drink
Vanna White and Pat Sajak are icons from the TV game show "Wheel of Fortune."
January 26th, 2012
05:58 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Sometimes you buy a vowel, sometimes you buy a drink

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

[F]  _   _   _   _  [D]  _         [D]  _  _  [T]         _   _   [T]
[F]  _   _   _   _  [D]  _         [G]  _  [T]         _   _   [H]   _   _   [D]
[T]   [H]   _           [W] [H]   _   _   _         [D]   _   _   _   [K]
(This puzzle is based on a comment from Joe. Any guesses? Want to buy a vowel? Solution at the bottom of this post.) 

"Wheel of Fortune" host Pat Sajak gave a recent interview on  "Dan Le Batard is Highly Questionable" in which he said he and Vanna White sometimes went across the street to grab margaritas. Sajak has in fact admitted to being, in the joking words of reader Crys, "drunk behind the Wheel" on occasion. This is definitely on the lighter side of today's news, but the comments were great.

Pat Sajak's hosted 'Wheel of Fortune' drunk

This comment sums up the main points many users expressed.

mfx3:
1. Anyone who has seen 'Wheel of Fortune' already knew this.
2. If I had to host that show, I'd be drunk too.
3. Who cares? It's not like he was flying a plane or operating heavy machinery.

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Gotta Watch: Betty White is still raunchy at 90
Comedian Betty White celebrates her 90th birthday.
January 17th, 2012
11:01 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Betty White is still raunchy at 90

Actress Betty White turns 90 today, and she’s not slowing down any time soon. The former “Golden Girls” star returned to the public eye after a spot in a Snickers commercial that aired during the 2010 Super Bowl. She followed that up with book deals and a gig as the guest host of “Saturday Night Live.” Now we’re showcasing our favorite moments. You’ve Gotta Watch these bawdy Betty moments.

Sex symbol — Betty White answers viewer questions with Larry King in this clip. She takes on everything from Sarah Palin to “Dancing with the Stars.” Watch Larry King ask her if she was a “loose woman.”

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Murdoch launches Twitter tirade against Obama, Google over online piracy
Rupert Murdoch, seen at Sunday's Golden Globe Awards, went to bat for his companies on Twitter in the battle against Internet piracy.
January 16th, 2012
11:23 AM ET

Murdoch launches Twitter tirade against Obama, Google over online piracy

Rupert Murdoch didn't waste any time using his newfound popularity on Twitter to make waves and take shots at some other major names.

His targets? President Barack Obama and Google.

The media mogul took aim at the president and the leading Internet search engine after the White House announced over the weekend that it would not support legislation mandating changes to Internet infrastructure to fight online copyright and trademark infringement. The White House statement came in response to two petitions circulating on the Internet as well as widespread comments across the Web about the dangers of the legislation.

A major online backlash has developed regarding the Stop Online Piracy Act, with everyone from lawmakers to Web freedom advocates to some of technology's biggest players calling it a greedy and dangerous overreach that could have a chilling effect on free speech and innovation. Google, Yahoo and Facebook are among the Web heavyweights who have joined the chorus against SOPA, which backers hope to have ready for a vote by the end of the year.

The combination of Google and Obama attacking the bill clearly didn't make Murdoch happy. He began unleashing his frustration on Twitter by attacking Obama's relationship with so-called "Silicon Valley paymasters."

Naturally, Murdoch has a dog in the SOPA fight too his massive media empire. No doubt he doesn't care for all the websites where users can watch and download episodes of his company's TV shows and movies without ever subscribing or paying.

And clearly he isn't happy that all of this is out there. It means a loss of money for him and his advertisers. And for that, Murdoch squarely blames Google.

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Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days
January 15th, 2012
07:52 PM ET

Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days

Here is a look at some of the stories that CNN plans on covering this week:

Martin Luther King Jr. documents go online

Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, one of 10 national holidays in the United States.

Besides marking the day as a federal holiday for the 26th time, January 16, 2012, begins a new age of online accessibility for those wanting to know more about King and his work.

The King Center Imaging Project, which makes 200,000 of  the civil rights leader's documents quickly accessible online, goes live Monday. King's "I Have a Dream" speech, his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech and his letter from a Birmingham, Alabama, jail are among the documents available.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Non-violent Social Change in Atlanta and JPMorgan Chase & Co., working in partnership with AT&T Business Solutions and EMC, are responsible for the project.

Read a TIME.com history of MLK day

Taking King at his words

The memorial to Martin Luther King Jr. has sparked controversy, and perhaps this is fitting. He was a controversial man whose humanity and words still speak volumes today.

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