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Gabriel García Márquez, Nobel Laureate, Dies at 87 (GalleyCat)
Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez passed away Thursday. He was 87 years old. Time The Nobel Prize-winning author was hospitalized for nine days in late March for an infection in his lungs and urinary tract. He had been recovering in his home in Mexico City since April 8. NYT His death was confirmed by Cristóbal Pera, his former editor at Random House. García Márquez, who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982, wrote fiction rooted in a mythical Latin American landscape of his own creation, but his appeal was universal. His books were translated into dozens of languages. He was among a select roster of canonical writers — Dickens, Tolstoy and Hemingway among them — who were embraced both by critics and a mass audience. The Guardian Journalists gathered outside García Márquez’s house in Mexico City in the hope that one of the family members who was reportedly at his side would emerge. Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto expressed sadness at the death of “one of the greatest writers of our time,” in the name of Mexico, the novelist’s adopted home. Chilean writer Luis Sepúlveda was quoted by the Mexican newspaperReforma as saying that he was “the most important writer in Spanish of the 20th century.” WSJBorn in the sleepy town of Aracataca, Colombia, García Márquez was best known for his 1967 masterpiece, One Hundred Years of Solitude. In a career spanning more than 60 years, García Márquez wrote some of the Spanish language’s most revered books, many of which became best sellers in the U.S. They included Autumn of The PatriarchChronicle of A Death ForetoldLove in The Time of Cholera and The General in His Labyrinth. García Márquez was also an accomplished journalist, whose lyrical, deeply reported stories first caught the eye of readers in Colombia’s capital, Bogotá, in the early 1950s. He later became renowned not only his profiles of presidents and despots but for the real-life close ties he cultivated with leaders ranging from Fidel Castro to Bill Clinton to François Mitterrand.

Denver Post Hires Whoopi Goldberg to Write for Marijuana Blog (The Guardian)
The Denver Post, the Colorado newspaper that has closely chronicled the legalization of recreational cannabis in its home state, on Thursday unveiled actor and TV star Whoopi Goldberg as a celebrity contributor to its marijuana blog. Poynter / MediaWire Goldberg will write a column about every two months, Post owner Digital First Media said in a press release. In the release, Cannabist editor Ricardo Baca said he and Goldberg “instantly connected” when he appeared on The View. Goldberg’s “curiosity and desire to discuss the issues surrounding America’s ever-changing marijuana laws immediately reminded me of my colleagues back in Denver,” Baca says. HuffPost Goldberg made her debut in a piece for the Cannabist called “My Vape Pen And I, A Love Story.” In it, she explains how her daughter introduced her to the vaporizer pen and how she’s been using it ever since. She waxed poetic about her vape pen, which she said has helped her “live comfortably with glaucoma.” THR The Cannabist was founded in December 2013 by the Post, which launched the marijuana news website to coincide with the legalization of the drug in Colorado.

Chris Wallace Re-Signs With Fox News (TVNewser)
Fox News has re-signed Chris Wallace to a multi-year deal to continue as the anchor of Fox News Sunday, the network announced Thursday afternoon. Wallace has anchored Fox News Sundayand contributed to Fox News’s political and election coverage since joining the network in 2003. This year marks his 50th year in the broadcasting industry. Mediaite “Chris is a renowned journalist whose hard-hitting interviews and lifetime of dedication to the news have established him as one of the best in the industry. We are pleased he will continue his exceptional work on Fox News for years to come,” Fox’s CEO Roger Ailes said in a press release. HuffPost On Thursday, Wallace returned Ailes’ praise in the network’s statement, adding, “It is the high point of my career to work at Fox News.” Megyn Kelly, Greta Van Susteren and Shep Smith also signed new long-term deals in the past year. Variety Prior to joining Fox News, Wallace worked at ABC News for 14 years, and was senior correspondent for Primetime Thursday and a substitute host for Nightline. Before ABC News, he was with NBC News where he served as the chief White House correspondent from 1982 to1989. Wallace anchored Meet The Press from 1987 to 1988 and anchored the Sunday edition of NBC Nightly News from 1982 to 1984 and 1986 to 1987.