Saturday, January 14, 2006

A couple of deaths to mention tonight. Shelley Winters has died at 85. The veteran actress had a long career in films ranging from the sublime(Alfie, Lolita) to the ridiculous(Jury Duty). However to many younger folks she's best known as Roseanne's grandmother, a role she played in 10 episodes of Roseanne. Ironically Estelle Parsons, who played Roseanne's mother, was only 7 years younger than Winters.

State TV in Kuwait has announced that the Emir of Kuwait has died. Sheik Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah was the 13th ruler of Kuwait's al Sabah dynasty. Who ends up being his successor could have a major impact on US policy in the area, as Kuwait is an important regional ally and base for as many as 30000 US troops. It may also be an opening for reform, as both democracy activists and Islamists had called on the Emir to loosen his control on the state and share power.

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