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Eadington, gambling economist, dies

RENO, Nev., Feb. 18 (UPI) -- William Eadington, a U.S. economist who might be called the father of gambling studies, has died of cancer at 67, a colleague said.

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UPI Almanac for Friday, July 6, 2012.
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Zellweger may star in 'My One and Only'

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Hollywood actress Renee Zellweger reportedly is in negotiations to star in the 1950s-set, big-screen comedy "My One and Only."

Celebrities gather to remember Griffin

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Celebrities, including actor-turned-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, were on hand this week in California to remember late TV personality Merv Griffin.

Game Show Network plans Griffin tribute

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Game Show Network will pay tribute this weekend to Merv Griffin, the U.S. media entrepreneur who built a game-show empire.

TV's Merv Griffin dead at 82

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- TV game show and hotel mogul Merv Griffin, who started his career as a $100 a week singer in San Francisco, died of prostate cancer Sunday.

Merv Griffin reported in grave condition

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Entertainment icon Merv Griffin reportedly is in grave condition after having been hospitalized in Los Angeles last month for a recurrence of prostate cancer.

Merv Griffin hospitalized for cancer

LOS ANGELES, July 19 (UPI) -- Merv Griffin, creator of the popular game shows "Jeopardy!" and "Wheel of Fortune," has been hospitalized in Los Angeles for a recurrence of prostate cancer.

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Is the "jinx" finally about to end, with a Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner finally going on to win the Kentucky Derby?

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Today is Thursday, July 6, the 187th day of 2006 with 178 to follow.
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Trump gets 'Monopoly'

NEW YORK, June 7 (UPI) -- Billionaire Donald Trump's deal to bring the board game "Monopoly" to TV will allow contestants to simulate his specialty -- developing properties.
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Merv Griffin
Pallbearers, including Tony Griffin (R), son of entertainer Merv Griffin, carry the casket containing the remains of Merv Griffin from the Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills, California on August 17, 2007. Griffin died August 12 of prostate cancer at the age of 82. (UPI Photo/Jim Ruymen).

Mervyn Edward "Merv" Griffin, Jr. (July 6, 1925 – August 12, 2007) was an American television host, singer, and media mogul. He began his career as a radio and big band singer who went on to appear in movies and on Broadway. During the 1960s, Griffin hosted his own talk show, The Merv Griffin Show, and created the game shows Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune, Click, and Merv Griffin's Crosswords. He is considered an entertainment business magnate.

Griffin was born into an Irish-American family on July 6, 1925, in San Mateo, California, to Mervyn Griffin Sr., a stock broker and Rita Griffin (née Robinson), a homemaker. Raised as a Roman Catholic, Griffin started singing in his church choir as a boy, and by his teens was earning extra money as a church organist. This is one of the reasons he got into show business early; he was considered a piano prodigy. He attended San Mateo High School, class of 1942, and continued to aid in financing the school.

During World War II, Merv was declared 4F after failing several military physical exams due to having a slight heart murmur. Drafted for service during the Korean War, he was then deemed fit for service, but was considered too old as the draft limit was 26 and he had just turned 27.

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