Neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks speaks at Columbia University in June 2009 in New York City. Sacks, a prolific author and commentator, has died at age 82.
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August 30, 2015 His book Awakenings, about reviving patients from a catatonic state was turned into a 1990 film. He also wrote more than a dozen other books, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.
August 30, 2015 Ten years after hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, former NPR correspondent Gwen Thompkins reports on the struggles of her beloved hometown, New Orleans, to rebuild lives.
August 29, 2015 When he debuted earlier this summer, Kyle Jean-Baptiste was also the youngest person ever to play the lead character in Les Miserables on Broadway. He died in an accident Saturday.
People attend a candlelight vigil in front of the WDBJ-TV station in Roanoke, Va. a day after reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward from the station were killed during a live broadcast.
August 29, 2015 Alison Parker and Adam Ward were shot and killed while reporting on live television. The two journalists loved their jobs, and the viewers of WDBJ-TV in Roanake, Virginia loved them back.
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Al Arbour, the longtime coach of the New York Islanders, led the team to four Stanley Cup titles.
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August 28, 2015 The long-time coach of the New York Islanders won four Stanley Cup championships with the team — after winning four as a player.
August 28, 2015 ESPN reporter Tom Friend discusses the legacy of Darryl Dawkins, who could have been one of the best players in NBA history. Injuries sapped his talent, but his eccentric personality and jaw-dropping dunks still left a lasting impact. Dawkins died Thursday at 58.
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August 28, 2015 Ex-NBA player Darryl Dawkins was known for thunderous dunks. Dawkins played 13 seasons in the NBA after being drafted out of high school by the Philadelphia 76ers. He died on Thursday at age 58.
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Darryl Dawkins, seen here at the 2013 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, died Thursday at age 58.
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August 27, 2015 Dawkins played 13 seasons in the NBA after being drafted out of high school by the Philadelphia 76ers. At 6 feet, 11 inches and more than 250 pounds, he broke two glass backboards in one month.
August 27, 2015 In 50 years, Amelia Boynton Robinson went from being beaten on a bridge in Selma, Ala., to being pushed across the bridge in a wheelchair alongside President Obama.
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August 26, 2015 Marcy Borders was captured in a haunting photo where she was pictured covered in dust after fleeing the World Trade Center during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
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August 26, 2015 Civil rights activist Amelia Boynton Robinson has died. Her brutal beating during the 1965 Bloody Sunday march was depicted in the movie Selma.
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Justin Wilson, seen here in May, had designated himself as an organ donor. "He just keeps setting the bar higher," his younger brother, Stefan, said Tuesday.
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August 25, 2015 The 37-year-old racer and father of two died Monday, after suffering a head injury in Sunday's race in Pennsylvania.
August 23, 2015 Mourners turned out in Montgomery, Ala., to remember civil rights pioneer Julian Bond, who died Aug. 15. In 1971, he became the first president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, based in Montgomery.
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August 21, 2015 Also this week: Two years after her husband choked to death, a producer for Morning Edition relates a journey of heartbreak and humor.
August 20, 2015 Jonathan Daniels is a little-known civil rights martyr who died 50 years ago. The seminarian from New Hampshire was killed near Selma, Ala., where he was trying to help black citizens register to vote.
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