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Ten years ago: Five people, targeted for being minorities, were killed in a shooting rampage in suburban Pittsburgh; a suspect, Richard Baumhammers, was arrested. (He was later convicted and sentenced to death.)
Five years ago: A military jury at Fort Bragg, N.C. sentenced Army Sgt. Hasan Akbar to death for the 2003 murders of two officers in Kuwait. More than 100 volunteers joined police in Duluth, Ga. in searching for Jennifer Wilbanks, a bride-to-be who had vanished two days earlier. (Wilbanks turned up in Albuquerque, N.M., having run away on her own.)
One year ago: Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius won Senate confirmation, 65-31, as health and human services secretary, thrusting her into the middle of the nation's swine flu scare. Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania defected from the Republican Party, joining the Democrats. Country singer Vern Gosdin ("Chiseled in Stone") died in a Nashville-area hospital at age 74.
Today's Birthdays: Author Harper Lee is 84. Former Secretary of State James A. Baker III is 80. Actress-singer Ann-Margret is 69. Actress Marcia Strassman is 62. Actor Paul Guilfoyle ("CSI") is 61. "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno is 60. Rock musician Chuck Leavell is 58. Actress Mary McDonnell is 57. Rock singer-musician Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth) is 57. Rapper Too Short is 44. Actress Simbi Khali is 39. Actress Bridget Moynahan is 39. Actor Chris Young is 39. Rapper Big Gipp is 37. Actor Jorge Garcia is 37. Actress Elisabeth Rohm is 37. Actress Penelope Cruz is 36. NFL player Jamal Williams is 34. Actor Nate Richert is 32. Actress Jessica Alba is 29. Actress Aleisha Allen is 19.
Thought for today: "If youth only had a chance or old age any brains." -- Stephen Leacock, Canadian humorist-educator (1869-1944)
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