Author Maurice Sendak dead at 83
DANBURY, Conn., May 8 (UPI) -- Beloved children's book author and artist Maurice Sendak died Tuesday in Danbury, Conn., of complications from a recent stroke, his editor said. He was 83.
Perhaps best known for his classic 1963 picture book "Where the Wild Things Are," Sendak also was a famous designer of theatrical sets who wrote and illustrated the children's books "In the Night Kitchen," "Outside Over There," "The Sign on Rosie's Door," "Higglety Pigglety Pop!" and "The Nutshell Library," a boxed set of four books -- "Alligators All Around," "Chicken Soup With Rice," "One Was Johnny" and "Pierre" -- small enough to fit in a child's hand.
The New York Times said Sendak published "Bumble-Ardy," his first new picture book in 30 years, last September. "My Brother's Book," a poem written and illustrated by Sendak and inspired by his love for his late brother, Jack, is to be published next February.
The American Library Association awarded Sendak the Caldecott Medal in 1964 for "Where the Wild Things Are."
Prescription drugs, alcohol killed Kinkade
MONTE SERENO, Calif., May 8 (UPI) -- Painter Thomas Kinkade died last month of acute ethanol and Diazepam intoxication, autopsy results released by California's Santa Clara County Coroner showed.
"Mr. Kinkade died of respiratory depression as a result of a high concentration of ethanol combined with benzodiazepine use," said the report, which was released Monday.
NBC Bay Area News said Kinkade's April 6 death at his Monte Sereno home has been categorized as an accident involving alcohol and valium.
His brother, Patrick, told the San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News Thomas battled alcoholism for years and suffered a relapse in his sobriety shortly before his death at age 54.
'Daily Show' to tape at Republican National Convention
NEW YORK, May 8 (UPI) -- A week of episodes of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" will be taped at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., Comedy Central said Tuesday.
The segments of the satirical news program will be recorded at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Ferguson Hall, and will air nightly from Aug. 28-31.
The show previously announced its coverage of the 2012 DNC, which will be taped at ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center in Charlotte, S.C., and will air nightly from Sept. 4-7.
"We are incredibly excited to spend a week in the beautiful city of Tampa," Rory Albanese, the show's executive producer, said in a statement Tuesday. "We look forward to enjoying the beaches and the exciting nightlife, plus we assume this counts as a visit to our grandparents."
"The Daily Show" premiered on the cable network in 1996.
Alessandra Ambrosio gives birth to a son
LOS ANGELES, May 8 (UPI) -- Brazilian supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio has given birth to a son, her fiance, California businessman Jamie Mazur, announced via Twitter.
"Welcome my son, can't wait to show you around this crazy place," Mazur tweeted Monday.
No other details about the child -- such as his name, weight and birthplace -- were immediately reported.
The couple are already parents to daughter Anja, 3.
UsMagazine.com said the Victoria's Secret model enjoyed a baby shower with friends and family Saturday, just two days before the boy's birth.
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