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Five years ago: Utility crews in South Florida scrambled to restore power to more than 1 million customers blacked out by Hurricane Katrina, which continued to churn in the Gulf of Mexico. A fire raced through a crowded, rundown Paris apartment building housing African immigrants, killing 17 people, mainly children.
One year ago: Authorities in California solved the 18-year-old disappearance of Jaycee Lee Dugard, who appeared at a parole office with her children and the Antioch couple accused of kidnapping her when she was 11. A giant wildfire erupted north of Los Angeles; the blaze went on to destroy more than five dozen homes, kill two firefighters and force thousands of people from their homes. Death claimed crime story author Dominick Dunne, 83, in New York City; Ellie Greenwich, 68, who'd co-written songs like "Chapel of Love," "Be My Baby" and "Leader of the Pack," in New York City; Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim, 59, one of Iraq's most influential politicians, in Tehran.
Today's birthdays: Former Washington Post Executive Editor Benjamin C. Bradlee is 89. Former Democratic vice-presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro is 75. Actress Francine York is 74. Singer Vic Dana is 68. Rhythm-and-blues singer Valerie Simpson is 64. Pop singer Bob Cowsill is 61. Actor Brett Cullen is 54. NBA coach Stan Van Gundy is 51. Jazz musician Branford Marsalis is 50. Country musician Jimmy Olander (Diamond Rio) is 49. Actor Chris Burke is 45. Actress-singer Shirley Manson (Garbage) is 44. Rock musician Dan Vickrey (Counting Crowes) is 44. TV writer-actress Riley Weston is 44. Rock musician Adrian Young (No Doubt) is 41. Actress Melissa McCarthy is 40. Latin pop singer Thalia is 39. Rock singer-musician Tyler Connolly (Theory of a Deadman) is 35. Actor Macaulay Culkin is 30. Actor Chris Pine is 30. Rhythm-and-blues singer Cassie Ventura is 24. Actress Keke Palmer is 17
Thought for today: "Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person." -- Mother Teresa (1910-1997)
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