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Larger in Death Than in Life - Cemetery for Drug Lords in México

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Hispanically Speaking News
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
"Welcome to Jardines De Humaya" in Culiacán, Sinaloa, a cemetery that illustrates the grim contrast between dying a drug lord, and dying anybody else, in Mexico.

This Mexican cemetery has mausoleums that are several stories high; there’s a mausoleum with a telephone line, and another one with stereo system.  Ivory statues, Persian rugs, furniture. The tomb of a drug pilot, is actually adorned with crystal planes!
Read the full article (includes 3 short videos & 16 photos) at Hispanically Speaking News

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Monks’ casket trial decision postponed

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St. Tammany News
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
The monks of St. Joseph’s Abbey will have to wait a few weeks to hear the decision of their three-hour trial in U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Monday. U. S. District Judge Stanwood Duval heard arguments from both sides but has postponed his decision until sometime in July.

"A trial is a search for the truth and the truth here is that there is no legitimate reason to deprive the monks of their constitutional right to earn an honest living," said Institute for Justice senior attorney Jeff Rowes. "A casket is just a box and you don’t even need a casket for burial...The bureaucrats and special interests are so out of control in this country that not even monks are safe."
Read the full article & see video (1 min 9 sec) in the St. Tammany News

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Woman is injured in graveyard by falling tombstone during "extracurricular activities."

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The Trenton (NJ) Times
Friday, June 03, 2011
HAMILTON (NJ) - A woman who may have been engaged in sexual activity in a township cemetery Tuesday evening was injured when a tombstone fell on her leg, police said.
Read the full article in The Trenton (NJ) Times

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 June 2011 19:23 )

Guess who pays for funeral home advertising? You.

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6/8/11---"Why, it's awfully nice of you to pay to advertise our business, especially after you gave us thousands of dollars to bury your dad!" That's what Texas funeral homes should tell their customers. After all, grieving families in the Lone Star State are spending between $1 and $2 million every year making sure funeral home logos show up in the newspaper. What's that? You didn't know?

Of course you didn't, because funeral homes aren't telling you. The Funeral Consumers Alliance of Texas has discovered many mortuaries are inserting their logos into the newspaper obituaries, notices that consumer families pay for. FCAT's Jim Bates, also on the national FCA Board, reports the price for a column-inch of space runs from $33 to $95 in the newspapers he surveyed. Strangely, none of the itemized funeral bills Bates examined disclosed the advertising charge consumers paid, and Bates wants the Federal Trade Commission to know about it.

Last Updated ( Monday, 20 June 2011 12:24 ) Read more...

Dying for a Laugh

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Death with Dignity
May 18, 2011
Talking about death and dying doesn't always have to be a somber or depressing discussion, and to encourage everyone to start speaking candidly about death, the UK-based Dying Matters Coalition produced this video in partnership with PictureWise Productions.

This week marks the second annual Dying Matters Awareness Week, an effort by the UK's National Council for Palliative Care to encourage everyone to talk more openly about death.
Read the full article and see video (6 min 24 sec) at Death with Dignity

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