You may know him as the cranky lawyer from the '90s TV series "Picket Fences." But he got his first break as a child star in the Yiddish theater in Brooklyn. Fyvush Finkel died on Sunday at his home in Manhattan. He was 93.
The late Robin Williams made many of us laugh just when we needed it most. His gift was perhaps never more poignant and important as when he performed for US troops fighting overseas. The comedian devoted many hours to entertaining with the USO.
Papa Wemba died earlier this week, after he collapsed on stage in Ivory Coast. The star, known as the king of Congolese rumba, was jailed in 2004 for smuggling Congolese people to Europe. Lubangi Muniania, a Congolese arts educator who knew Papa Wemba, explains Wemba's history.
Activist Patricia Samayoa survived civil war and death squads, but was shot while running an errand in Guatemala last week. Her death is another symbol of the violence that has become commonplace and sent thousands of people abroad seeking refuge.
Lee Kuan Yew will be remembered as the man who turned Singapore into a global economic power. But the long-ruling prime minister and founding father of Singapore didn't do so without clamping down on some of his people's rights.