Jo Mackie

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Adrian Mole author Sue Townsend dies

Novelist Sue Townsend, best known as the author of the highly-successful Adrian Mole series of books, has died.<p>Townsend, 68, passed away at home on Thursday after a short illness. She had been left blind after suffering from diabetes for many years.<p>The first of her comic series, The Secret Diary of …

With not much in Mickey Rooney's estate, fight possible over his remains

Actor Mickey Rooney did not want to be buried in a cemetery plot he bought years ago, before splitting with his wife, his lawyer said Wednesday.<p>Rooney, who died of natural causes at age 93 on Sunday, also did not want his stepson Chris Aber to attend his funeral, attorney Michael Augustine …

Smart Power -- US Strategy for the 21st Century

By the turn of the 21st century, it was clear that a new approach to the use of American power to protect our national interests and values was necessary.<p>At the risk of some over-simplification, by the end of former President George W. Bush's second term, essentially two lines of thinking had …