NBC News: Museums across the nation work to archive mementos of grief left after shootings. “At the Clark County Museum in Henderson, Nevada, a group of volunteers gathers every week to sort through boxes of historical artifacts. But rather than coming from ancient times, these mementos are recent tributes in response to tragedies that are becoming all too familiar. Flowers, notes, teddy bears and cowboy hats were left in memorial on Las Vegas Boulevard in the days and weeks after Stephen Paddock killed 58 people during a country concert last October.”
Hollywood Reporter: William Shatner Not Happy With Facebook After Death Hoax Ad. “William Shatner is alive and well — in fact, he turned 87 on Thursday, so the actor was not pleased when he saw an ad on Facebook sharing a story about his alleged death. The Star Trek icon blasted Facebook for the ad via his social media channels after a fan alerted him to it.” This is not uncommon at all, unfortunately.
Tubefilter: Woman Who Fatally Shot Boyfriend In YouTube Video Prank Officially Receives 180-Day Jail Sentence. “The legal fallout relating to a YouTube video-related fatality has officially been resolved. Monalisa Perez, who shot her boyfriend Pedro Ruiz as part of an ill-conceived stunt the couple planned to post on their YouTube channel, has accepted an 180-day jail sentence stemming from manslaughter charges against her. Perez shot and killed Ruiz last June. The couple mistakenly thought that an encyclopedia would stop a bullet from a Desert Eagle handgun, but when Perez fired on her boyfriend at point-blank range, the round penetrated the book and mortally wounded Ruiz.”
Global Newswire: NHF Receives Grant from Legal & General America to Foster Healthy Communities through Development of a Find a Grief/Bereavement Provider Tool (PRESS RELEASE). “Legal & General America has awarded a $25,000 grant to the National Hospice Foundation for the creation of an online resource to help the public find information and community support services addressing grief and bereavement. LGA will work with NHF affiliate the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization to create an online searchable database that will offer resources such as individual counseling, group support and workshop activities designed to help individuals struggling with grief and loss.”
New York Times: Overlooked. “Obituary writing is more about life than death: the last word, a testament to a human contribution. Yet who gets remembered — and how — inherently involves judgment. To look back at the obituary archives can, therefore, be a stark lesson in how society valued various achievements and achievers.”
The Next Web: Google’s DeepMind teaches AI to predict death. “DeepMind wants to solve the problem of patient deterioration in hospitals. The Google sister-company fed its AI the historical medical records of about 700,000 US veterans in hopes it will learn to predict changes in patient condition that, unchecked, lead to death.”
Thanks to Jonathan B for throwing this my way, from The Conversation: Estate planning for your digital assets. “The law is very clear about handling paper documents and other physical property when someone dies. But as a law professor at Drake Law School who has been studying property transfers for years, I’ve seen that laws, regulations and court rulings are only recently trying to figure out how to handle the ever-changing realm of digital technology. So far, in most cases the information is controlled by the companies that store it – regardless of what users want or direct to happen after their death.”